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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
+1 831-624-1271
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Learn about Padre Junipero Serra's success in establishing the Spanish missions along California's coastline in the late 18th century. Carmel's mission is very well preserved and beautifully historic. Recommended for any visit to the Monterey Peninsula.

Thank Waterloonie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been looking forward to visiting this mission. It was the second one built after the one in San Diego. Unfortunately, I came here on Thanksgiving and everything was closed. I was able to look over the walls and take some great photos. I...More

Thank Woodpecker48
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mission of Saint Charles Borromeo was Junípero Serra's base. When I was in fourth grade, we studied how this Franciscan and a small band of friars went up the coast of California and established missions. Today he is a saint in the Catholic Church....More

Thank Denise C
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 8 November 2017 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 23 October 2017

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
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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.