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Finding my Wayur Around Carmel by the Sea, California

A few short months ago, my mom and I road tripped to Carmel by the Sea, California for a four day mother-daughter trip. We were hoping for a relaxed trip filled with laughs, nature and wine and that is exactly what we found in Carmel.

We were able to use Wayur to quickly and easily create an itinerary that worked for us by adding beaches, state parks and the famous 17 Mile Drive to our list of things to do. 

With all the activities we chose to do, the app rated the itinerary as ‘relaxed’. This was perfect for us, as we were looking for a slower, casual paced vacation. Wayur broke out our activities by day and proximity so we were able to plan our schedule efficiently for the brief time we were staying.

First Day

Upon arriving on our first day, Wayur had suggested we visit Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Carmel Walks. Old Fisherman’s Wharf was on our way into town so we stopped there first for views of the ocean and the colorful, stilted buildings that sat propped above the water. We then went to stroll the little downtown Carmel. This picturesque downtown is full of adorable shops, incredible restaurants lined with outdoor seating and small wineries to taste at as you explore.

Downtown Carmel is a great area to explore

Having driven from San Francisco and walked around the majority of the downtown area, we were ready for a hearty meal. Our first taste of Carmel happened to be the popular Oaxacan restaurant in town called Cultura. Everything at this restaurant was spectacular, from the cozy outdoor seating to the smoky mezcal margaritas to the delicious food. We feasted on a variety of options from the menu including elote, roasted crickets (yes, really!), shrimp tacos and Mexican hot chocolate. I cannot recommend this place enough!

Second day

The following day was our park day, where we woke up early and headed out to Big Sur State Park. Due to fires, parts of the park had been closed but we drove out to Pfeiffer Beach which remained open. This area is slightly off the beaten path but allows for a short, scenic hike that leads you to a remote beach with gorgeous views and the famous purple sand. Here we spent the day exploring and relaxing under the California sun until it was time to head back to Carmel.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is a must-see in Big Sur
Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is a must-see in Big Sur

Third day

On our last full day, Wayur had a wonderful plan in store for us. The app had the 17 Mile Drive on our list as well as Carmel beach – which is exactly what we did. After stopping off on Ocean Ave for lattes at Carmel Valley Coffee Roasters, we headed to 17 Mile Drive.

This drive took us through beautiful scenery including forests, golf courses and of course gorgeous white sand beaches. This roundabout tour has many stops along the way such as vista points, wildlife homes and more. We stopped at a few that interested us most and snapped a few photos prior to making our way to Carmel beach for the rest of the afternoon.

The Lone Cypress is one is of the most photographed trees in North America
The Lone Cypress is one is of the most photographed trees in North America

This concluded our relaxing trip to Carmel and had us embarking on the return to the hustle of San Francisco the following morning. Wayur allowed us to easily plan the type of vacation that we wanted and made each day simple to schedule and navigate. Overall, we had a great time seeing the cute town that is Carmel by the Sea, exploring nature and tasting our way through the whole time.

Carmel by the Sea – Sample itinerary with Wayur

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