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Carmel Car Rentals & Travel Guide

Daydreamers and beach lovers alike love the charming ambiance of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Spend time lounging on the sand, browse a famous library and museums, and meander through the village center's fairy tale setting. Rent a car in Carmel to increase your vacation enjoyment by driving lovely highways next to the Pacific or venturing inland for adventures.

Driving in and Around Carmel

The nearest regional airport to the sleepy town of Carmel is San Jose, which is about an hour and 20 minute drive, or 77 miles, to the north. Book flights to San Jose and pick up a rental car at the airport; you will have to book the rental car separately. You can also choose to take a cab or shuttle to your destination, though the length between the cities could create a large fare. Car rentals in Carmel are also beneficial for vacationers who have time to explore the area. Drive inland to visit cities such as Fresno, or stay closer to the coast by visiting Salinas. In Salinas, you can visit the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for an adrenaline rush or the National Steinbeck Center for a slower take on entertainment. Salinas offers plenty of opportunities to get in touch with nature, including farm tours and a zoo.

Exploring Carmel

Back in Carmel, the top attraction is the beach. Park Carmel car rentals for hours as you enjoy fun, sun, and sand. Once you've had your fill of sandy toes and warm waves, check into your choice of hotels in Carmel to clean up and rest before venturing out to tour historic sites such as the Tor House, Carmel Mission, and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. End each day with dinner in the heart of the charming beach down. Discover lovely settings such as Carmel across the globe when you browse vacation packages on Travelocity. Save more by booking hotels and flights together.

Here at Travelocity, we’re committed to helping you score cheap deals on Carmel car rentals. We’ll have your rental car waiting for you as soon as you arrive in town. Traveling with your whole family in tow? Choose a spacious and affordable van to keep your crew sane throughout the trip. Exploring the city with your sweetheart? Reserve a swanky two-seater as you paint the town red. With our low rates on rental cars in Carmel, you can go out and smell the roses, without stressing out your bank account. You can even use our mobile booking app to snag exclusive deals, so you can spend more on your adventures and less on your vehicle.

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