Tranquil coastal community with less than 50 residents
Carmet is a small community of fewer than 50 people overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This charming census-designated place sits alongside the Coast Highway at an elevation of 180 feet. Many of Carmel’s homes enjoy dreamy ocean views with stunning sunsets and unspoiled coastal scenery, while others are within a short walk of both Carmet Beach and Schoolhouse Beach. Many other beautiful beaches stretch along the coastline to Carmet’s north and south. Housing options in Carmet are a mix of quaint coastal cottages and single-family homes. With gorgeous scenery stretching in all directions, Carmet is a popular location for vacation rentals.
Carmet offers an idyllic coastal lifestyle in a small and quiet community. The two beaches adjacent to Carmet are great places to beach comb or simply relax and take in the rolling ocean waves. While there are no shops or restaurants within Carmet, Bodega Bay is less than four miles to Carmet’s south. This larger town features a great choice of restaurants along with beachy shops and art galleries. The drive along the Coast Highway to Bodega Bay takes less than ten minutes. Other popular activities within easy reach of Carmet include golfing, fishing, kayaking, surfing, and hiking or horseback riding through redwood groves or along the stunning Pacific coastline.
Carmet is right next to Carmet Beach and Schoolhouse Beach on the Pacific Coast. Carmet Beach is a great fishing spot featuring a rugged rocky northern section and a sandy cove that curves to the south. A blufftop trail connects Carmet Beach with Schoolhouse Beach to Carmet’s north. This wider sandy beach is also an excellent fishing spot. Both beaches are part of the sprawling Sonoma Coast State Park, which extends over 17 miles of dramatic coastline between Jenner and Bodega Bay. Continue south from the sandy cove at Carmet Beach for more coastal exploration at Marshall Gulch Beach, Arched Rock Beach, and Coleman Beach. To the north of Schoolhouse Beach, Portuguese Beach is one of Sonoma County State Park’s longest and broadest sandy beaches. Scotty Creek Beach sits outside Sonoma County State Park’s boundaries at Portuguese Beach’s northern end with outstanding ocean views and a pastoral inland farming valley. Carmet is located roughly midway between the hamlet of Jenner and the town of Bodega Bay, both of which offer fantastic places to dine. Jenner highlights include coastal breakfast and lunch fare at Cafe Aquatica, Sonoma County wines at Tasting by the Sea Wine Bar, and refined land and sea cooking at the Jenner Inn’s Abalone Bar and River’s End Restaurant & Inn. Bodega Bay businesses include Gourmet Au Bay and Terrapin Creek for sophisticated seafood dining, East Shore Outfitters for all kinds of beach and outdoor wear, and Diekmann’s Bay Store and Pelican Plaza Grocery & Deli for groceries and delicious ready-to-eat foodstuffs. Carmet homes are also within easy reach of golfing at The Links at Bodega Harbor and Northwood Golf Club, as well as wine tastings at the many premier vineyards of Sonoma County Wine Country.
Carmet is served by the Shoreline Unified School District. Top educational opportunities include:
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