No exploration of California’s central coast is complete without a sojourn to world-renowned Carmel-by-the-Sea. Located just five miles south of Monterey, there are few places on earth as incredibly dynamic, yet so quaint and picturesque. Situated on Carmel Bay, nestled in a pine forest above the spectacular white-sand beach, the one-square mile village of Carmel-by-the-Sea provides one-of-a-kind experiences around every corner.
It is one of California’s most beautiful seaside hideaways. A world-class destination for golfers, hikers, spa-enthusiasts and gourmets alike, this delightful beachside community boasts white sand beaches, turquoise waters, native Cypress trees and a picture postcard village.
The town is easily explored on foot and is home to some of the region’s best art galleries, boutiques, hotels, shops, fine restaurants and whimsically styled homes, which evoke a storybook ambiance.
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