Day 1: Carmel
Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
9Trip End Jul 08, 2009
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The San Jose airport is small and has a shuttle to the rental cars. We upgraded to a little bigger car. There was no gas in it but we had paid to start with a full tank and then get to return it empty. For the inconvenience of having to come back in the lot, we got a free upgrade.
Carmel was easy to find, we were using a tom tom. Our hotel got very mixed reviews on Trip Advisor so we weren't sure what to expect. We agree with the positive reviews. The man at the desk was friendly and helpful, the room was nice and clean and had a mini fridge and microwave, and we slept soundly
We drove down to the beach and explored for a while. It wasn't crowded and was very nice.
We sat in a tree and relaxed. Danny went back later and ran the beach. It was his first vacation since 2003!!
We stopped at the deli (Bruno's, I think) and got some things for supper. Carmel is an easy town to navigate. We were not interested in the little shops but if you are, there are plenty of them.