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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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  • Average6%
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3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit at the Mission. The people there were very kind and it was nice to be able to leisurely explore the grounds and not be rushed. There is also an exceptionally marketed gift store with many Catholic goods that are sometimes difficult...More

Thank travelingalnow
Reviewed 14 August 2017

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

Thank JeanClaudeSmit
Reviewed 29 July 2017 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

1  Thank Mikey B
Reviewed 23 July 2017

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 15 July 2017

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 15 July 2017 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
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Paul L
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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.