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Carmel When To Go and Weather

Peak Season June - September

Summer may be the time when the most people come to Carmel, due to school vacation; however, the coastal fog during this time can be excessively drippy and may hover over the coastline all day. The need to pack layers of clothing for a trip to Carmel is especially important at this time; mornings can be cool with a misty layer that burns off in the afternoon, but temperatures in Carmel Valley can soar into the 90s. Take advantage of the extreme differences and plan to use the cool of Carmel-by-the-Sea as a relief after a hot outdoor adventure in Carmel Valley. Planning in advance for a visit during this time will help with hotel reservations—especially if you have a favorite one in mind—because properties fill up quickly. Expect the requirement of a two-night minimum stay on weekends during this time.

Off-Season December - March

While this area of California is consistently mild year-round, the winter months are cooler and bring the occasional shower. In outdoor-friendly Carmel, it’s not the best time for leisurely strolls through parks or on the beaches, nor for a shopping stroll—you may be dodging raindrops. But for those who are prepared for foul weather with warm and water-resistant clothing, the ability to be outside while everyone else is curling up by the fire can bring a big payoff. This is the time of year to see the wild Pacific surge along the coast, maybe even spy a passing whale, and enjoy crowd-free streets, shops and restaurants. Hotel rates can be at their lowest, although some hotels don’t lower their rates by much.

Shoulder Season April - May; October - November
The sunniest time of the year in Carmel is early autumn, and spring is often sunny, as well—before the summer fog rolls in. Both times of year bring warm, clear days and cool nights, and are some of the best times to visit. The way to pack for a Carmel vacation is to bring layers: lighter pieces to wear when the weather’s warm, plus heavier items to layer on when the temperature turns cool. In springtime in Carmel-by-the-Sea, flowers bloom everywhere and the salty scent from the beach mixes with their fragrance. Fall brings the rich colors of the harvest to Carmel Valley, where vineyards adorn the hillsides. Two-night weekend minimums may relax during this time, and you’re more likely to find a deal at hotels than during peak season.

Carmel, CA Weather Forecast

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