Carmel-by-the-Sea has been consistently ranked as one of the most romantic destinations in the world due to its natural charm, scenic white-sand beach and fairytale-inspired architecture. Valentine’s Day itinerary for couples in Carmel-by-the-Sea can include: Start your day with leisurely breakfast at one of the many quaint breakfast spots like La Bicyclette or Village Corner. Looking for breakfast in bed? Many of the village inns deliver a continental breakfast right to your door. Wander hand-in-hand through hundreds of one-of-a-kind shopping boutiques and art galleries nestled in this one-square mile village. Wander through the many charming courtyards & secret passageways in the village, soaking up sights of heart-shaped sculptures and smelling scents of fresh flowers. For a magical movie moment, take a short drive down Highway 1 in a classic vintage car, cruising the coastline. Stop at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, where couples can take a romantic scenic stroll through the “crown jewel” of California’s State Parks. Dine with your date during an elegant and romantic meal at Chez Noir, Casanova or Seventh & Dolores. We also recommend Anton & Michel, Cantinetta Luca or Grasings for a full weekend of culinary excellence. Sip and celebrate with world-class wine tasting at nearly 20 tasting rooms — all within walking distance of each other and your Carmel-by-the-Sea hotel or inn. Catch a romantic sunset on Carmel Beach, strolling hand-in-hand along the white-sand California coast line or cuddling up to watch the waves.