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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
+1 831-624-1271
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
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Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in the state and worth a visit for its serene aura. The mission includes a working church, gardens and interior exhibits.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

If you are interested in California history, or appreciate historical buildings and architecture, you will love the Carmel Mission. This is the 3rd CA mission I have visited and it is very beautiful. We visited on a Sunday and there was no admission fee, since...More

Thank KMTW
Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

A beautiful restored mission with incredible gardens. Even if you are not catholic or religious it is very interesting to see and read about the history of the mission. There is a very informative little museum. It makes for spectacular photos!

Thank Pomerols
Reviewed 22 July 2015

This is a beautiful and stunning mission. The grounds and flowers were amazing and the information telling about the mission was extremely interesting. I loved everything we saw while on our visit there and would not hesitate to go back again, next time we're in...More

Thank Linda2400
Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

In many ways this was like stepping back in time. Lovely atmosphere and the flowers were incredible. The docent was very sweet.

Thank Julia B
Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

Beautifully restored mission with many original elements still in place. Favorite hangout and burial ground of father Junipero Serra, the founder of the California missions. Conveniently close to the end of 17 mile drive coming from Monterey.

Thank Hermes_NL
Reviewed 20 July 2015

In guide books this place was described in a very positive way. It was a nice place but not as great as it has been described.

Thank PeterOdgaard
Reviewed 18 July 2015

We like to visit the missions and this one is very beautiful. As you may know not all of the 21 are is great shape. The sanctuary has been restored which took several million dollars and it shows. Another is planned for 2016 for the...More

Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed 18 July 2015

Carmel Mission Is just a couple of blocks off Highway One, on Rio Road, in Carmel, California. It is one of the most beautiful and best restored of the California Missions established in the late 1700's by Father Junipero Serra. Mass is s till heard...More

1  Thank LocalGuy93955
Reviewed 17 July 2015

This is an easy to access mission if you are in the Monterey area and want a taste of mission history. The courtyard gardens are pleasant and the church contains an historic statue of Mary. The buildings are also charming with their thick adobe walks...More

Thank YvonneT
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Fascinating history, beautiful gardens, peaceful ambience. Definitely worth a visit if you are on the Monterey Peninsula. You need not be religious to appreciate its beauty. For those who are religious, consideration of Father Junipero Serra for beatification makes this a place of particular significance....More

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Response from Ileana R | Reviewed this property |
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Monterey .
Denise O
4 June 2016|
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Response from J M | Reviewed this property |
Call and ask 831-624-1271. If you see a tour bus in the parking lot, I would suggest come back at another time.