Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California audio tour: Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea in One Hour Walking Tour

Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea in One Hour Walking Tour

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

This Carmel-by-the-Sea in an Hour Walking Tour is a collaboration by Carmel Residents Association members Lynn Momboisse and Dale Byrne. To fit this tour into an hour for people that are on a tight schedule we keep things moving along. But, don’t be in too big of a hurry. We have designed the tour to be walked at a reasonably slow pace so you don’t walk through the next stop while we are talking.

The one square mile village of Carmel-by-the-Sea has 20 wine rooms, 100 art galleries, 50 restaurants, 50 hotels and countless other businesses. This tour will be covering about 15 square blocks of the downtown area to give you the “lay of the land”. In about 2 miles we will be exploring some of Carmel’s quaint courtyards and passageways and walk by a number of those wine rooms, art galleries, restaurants and hotels. You will also learn about Carmel’s founding fathers, distinctive architecture and storied past.

We think that once you have experienced this Downtown Carmel in an Hour Walking Tour, you will be excited to come back and spend more time in our “Village in the Forest”. Of course, if you have more than one hour, you are welcome to check out the places we will be passing. Just pause the tour and restart it when you are ready to continue. And remember, you can always stop the tour and use the Resume feature to continue at the closest point on the map.

This tour begins and ends at the Carmel Plaza on Junipero Street and Ocean Avenue. There are three public restrooms located along this walk, one on the third level of Carmel Plaza, one in Devendorf Park and one in Piccadilly Park. There are four ATM's located on this tour, including the NW corner of Carmel Plaza’s second level, the Doud Arcade, the Wells Fargo bank and a Bank of America ATM across the street from the rear entrance to the Courtyard of Fountains.

If you arrived by bus, your bus will probably be parked on the east side of Carmel Plaza. If you arrived by car, park as close as possible to the Carmel Plaza. Parking downtown has a two-hour parking limit. If you want to avoid this limit, try the residential streets outside downtown. There is also paid public parking under Carmel Plaza. Reach this via Mission Street between 7th Avenue and Ocean Avenue. Happy Adventures!

Tour Producer


Lynn Momboisse

Hi! My name is Lynn and I am a native of California and have resided in Northern California for most of my life. For many years I lived in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea where I co-authored the book Historic Homes and Inns of Carmel-by-the-Sea. My love of history and passion for discovering the beauty of the Golden State has led me to create a fun little blog titled "Adventures of a Home Town Tourist" where I recount many of my walking tours and hiking adventures throughout the world. I currently live in the majestic Sierra Foothills and will be exploring and writing about my adventures throughout this gorgeous country. And now I'll be able to further share my travels with you through the power of the new VoiceMap tour app. I can't wait for you to join me. Happy Adventures!

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Major Landmarks

  • Carmel Plaza

  • Carmel Bakery

  • Carmel Art Association

  • Cottage of Sweets

  • First Murphy House

  • Pilgrims Way Community Bookstore

Directions to Starting Point

Your tour begins at the Carmel Plaza on Ocean Avenue between Junipero and Mission Streets at the Trumpeter Draped bronze statue. Look for the large sculpture by Richard MacDonald which will be next to a water fountain in front of Bottega Veneta, Kate Spade and Khaki’s of Carmel.

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Places to stop along the way

Carmel Plaza, Devendorf Park, San Carlos Square, Carmel Post Office, Pilgrim's Way Book Store, Su Vecino Courtyard, Cottage of Sweets, Church of the Wayfarer Garden, Cypress Inn

Best time of day

Daytime hours are recommended but still some businesses or passageways may not be open during your tour.


Most of this tour is on sidewalk. When viewing residences or private property, please respect the privacy of the home owners and do not go behind private gates or fences. However, the hotels, wine rooms, art galleries, and restaurants are open to the public so feel free to stop in if they are open.

Pay attention when you cross the street. Make sure that cars coming your way see you and stop. Also, watch out for low hanging tree limbs and uneven ground as you walk. As you enjoy this tour please be mindful of your surroundings and your effect on other visitors in what can be a very crowded town including lots of dogs. While Carmel is generally a very safe town, please be sure to keep your valuables in a safe place as you walk.

There will be numerous photo opportunities. Note that using the video setting on your phone will shut down the VoiceMap app and you will need to reload your tour. Also when using VoiceMap with ear buds, it is not necessary that you have your phone out of your bag, but we have found that having your phone in front of you during these tours helps visitors stay on track. In map mode, there will be a blue dot on the map showing your location at all times. If you venture off the course you may use the blue dot to assist you getting back on the tour path. The blue dot will show your position in relation to the tour as well as upcoming stops that will trigger related audio content.


Great fun! Learned a lot even though we are part time residents. Takes more than an hour if you stop to look at all, which we did.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 7 months ago

Thank you for taking the time to remind us of this fact. I will make the changes. Do hope you enjoyed the rest of the tour. Happy Adventures!

Posted by Lynn , over 2 years ago

The diner is now closed.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 2 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea in One Hour Walking Tour