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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • 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

Loved this place and couldn't stop taking photos! Definitely have my wallpapers sorted for my computer for the next while :)

Thank JeanClaudeSmit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to a lot of CA's missions and by far the landscaping here is beautiful. It's a peaceful place with the restful sounds of fountains bubbling. However, in my opinion, it could be better curated and signage could be redone as most of it...More

Thank Mikey B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Because of the signage restrictions in Carmel it's easy to drive by this landmark so be on the lookout. It's set behind an adobe wall and fronted by a large parking lot that makes it look like a restaurant. You enter the mission grounds through...More

1  Thank RCSColumbus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to stop after we finished the famous "17 Mile Drive" and so glad we did! Such a beautiful and sacred place representing our Catholic faith. Even if your'e not Catholic you would enjoy it. There is so much great history & information on...More

Thank LetsGoAtl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice mission and a decent size gift shop. Peace a local history. Inside of the church there is some spooky art work but it is a nice tranquil place.

Thank Maritza C
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We went there today and was very pleasantly surprised. So much to see, it just keeps going and going. The grounds are beautiful and well cared for. This is the nicest mission that we've seen. Definitely recommended.

Thank asmittyincaVacaville
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Carmel is one of the best missions to visit to learn about the role the missions played in California's history. The architecture is distinctive, the gardens and courtyard lovely and the Father Serra information valuable. It's also an active church.

Thank TominCA
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on a road trip to Monterey, and I thought it was a. It pricey to get in and the gift shop. We loved the beautiful old church and the mission museum.

Thank Karyn B
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Nice place and convenient to check out, the gardener is this church is great as well. Also it's not required tickets, it took donations.

Thank Lian W
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Coming from the midwest I didn't realize the impact this mission had on the future of California. Great docent and tour

Thank gmleven1
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Paul L
9 January 2017|
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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.