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Things to do in Carmel California

Carmel California

There are few places on earth as incredibly dynamic, yet so quaint and picturesque as Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. This secluded jewel of a village offers everything for a perfect romantic getaway. Roaring surf, gentle breezes, and world-class amenities set the mood for romance in this European-style beach town where you can leave the world behind. All this, in a place where Clint Eastwood was once the Mayor! Situated on Carmel Bay, nestled in a pine forest above the spectacular white-sand beach, the one-square-mile village of Carmel, CA offers endless vacation and cultural opportunities.

Geography/History

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often called simply; Carmel, is a small city situated on the Monterey Peninsula with a population of approximately 3,800. Carmel is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. In 1906, the San Francisco Call devoted a full page to the "artists, poets and writers of Carmel-by-the-Sea", and in 1910 it reported that 60 percent of Carmel's houses were built by citizens who were "devoting their lives to work connected to the aesthetic arts." Early City Councils were dominated by artists, and the city has had several mayors who were poets or actors, including Herbert Heron, founder of the Forest Theatre, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and actor-director Clint Eastwood, who was mayor for one term, from 1986 to 1988. Carmel is also known for several unusual laws, including a prohibition on wearing high-heel shoes without a permit, enacted to prevent lawsuits arising from tripping accidents caused by irregular pavement.

 

Tourism

Situated on Carmel Bay, nestled in a pine forest above the spectacular white-sand beach, the one-square-mile village of Carmel, CA offers endless vacation and cultural opportunities. Located just minutes from the Monterey Regional Airport, Carmel is the perfect base for activities and adventures, whether you have relaxation or recreation in mind. Known for being a "Pet Friendly" city in the forest with a one mile long pure white sandy beach. This small town is a cultural mecca for the performing and visual arts with superb dining and shopping experiences. There is an amalgamation of art galleries, boutiques, shops, fine restaurants, and whimsically styled Vacation Rentals in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California evoking a storybook ambiance that can be appreciated by romantics of all ages. In fact many have enjoyed the treasures of Carmel by the Sea by making it their wedding location - a perfect spot for an unforgettable celebration! The area around Carmel-by-the-Sea, known simply as Carmel, has breathtaking scenery, wonderful parks and the historic Carmel Mission. You'll have a wonderful time no matter what you choose to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

For more information about a vacation to Carmel see:http://www.carmelcalifornia.org/

 




Map of Carmel California