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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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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
+1 831-624-1271
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The outside of the Mission, inside and throughout the gardens this is a wonderful sight to take your time to visit! Was there for a wedding and truly appreciated the experience. Make the time to visit whenever you are in the area!

Thank Caroline S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most informative history lesson in this well organized review of the Fr Juniper Serra’s contribution to the Mission expansion in California. Studying in a book does not compare with visiting the actual historical sight. A MUST VISIT WHILE IN CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA.

Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place to simply take the time to stroll through and just soak up the atmosphere. Saint Juniper Serra is buried here so you can be near his internment feel his influence in the area. We attended Mass there and it was...More

Thank Jan B
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This is a small but interesting museum. The gardens are quite well done. The interiors of the church are beautiful. There is a fair amount of interesting exhibits. Worth a quick stop to see everything.

Thank FuzzyBeaver
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We really enjoyed our visit to the mission. There was a peaceful, quiet, beauty in the garden. I enjoyed the small building in the back which gave one the history of the "princess" a benefactor who gave her support to the mission. The history of...More

Thank zfilly
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

I'm not usually one for visiting missions, but this one had a great back story so we went. Its absolutely beautiful inside and out. Amazing that it still had a school in operation. It explains the history and they give you a map with directions...More

Thank shieraSmiley
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

A very interesting mission to visit. Displays include information and descriptions. The grounds are lovely. Truly enjoyed our visit. Worth the admission charge.

Thank GrapeladyD
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We enjoyed this unexpected find about the missions and the people who built these beautiful grounds. Thankful to the people who continue to rebuild this historical building and grounds for all to enjoy. Fun shop for beautiful mementos as well a one of a kind...More

Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 23 September 2017

The chapel is beautiful. This is a working Catholic parish, and served as THE major mission administration for all 21 of the missions scattered throughout California founded by Fr Junipero Serra. We had intended to return for Sunday Mass (staying in nearby Pacific Grove, 7...More

Thank 440maryen
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

This place was ok but nothing out of the ordinary. There were a couple of pretty fountains, lots of statues and a dark and ornate church. The day I went they were letting people donate what they felt comfortable giving. I think admission on the...More

Thank Feenagh4
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Response from Ileana R | Reviewed this property |
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Monterey .
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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.