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Carmel is such a quaint seaside village nestled in a pine forest . The tree lined streets are full of boutique shops, art galleries,cute cottages, lots of cafes & restaurants.It is also home to a historical Spanish Mission with Mediterranean fountains & gardens.No streetlights, mailboxes ,tacky signs or discount warehouses are allowed here.It is also against the law in Carmel to cut trees & if mature tree roots break a side walk they just make a new sidewalk that goes over or around it There are no tract houses or mass produced anything. The homes are all picture perfect and sometimes seem like something from a fairytale.The unique charm of Carmel is both well planned & protected. The beach has soft white sand & is a very beautiful part of the California Coastline.

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  • Pros:Beautiful nature & architecture, lots of shops & cafes.
  • Cons:Only the rich can live here.
  • In a nutshell:Charming Seaside Village
  • Last visit to Carmel-by-the-Sea: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Carmel looks so pretty. We haven't traveled here yet, but it 's an enticing destination! Regards from Texas....

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Nice tips! I found it very interesting that in Carmel the houses are identified by name rather than by numbers. Also I found the info about the cypress and pines a learning experience. I didn't kow that these were being introduced in other countries!

  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Hello & absolutely great photos and tips--good reason you are a top 5 for this location. Thanks! Ann, The Travel Slut

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Thx for checking out my Monterey pages. You have another nice page here on Carmel. ~Joe

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2007 at 10:12 PM

    This is a very nice place with beautiful beaches, thanks for sharing!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Yes, this really does look like a lovely town, even if only the rich can live there. At least the rest of us can visit. Unfortunately I have never been there, even though I lived and worked in Berkeley for several years.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2007 at 7:53 PM

    What a beautiful group of pages you have created. Very insightful, descriptive, and helpful. Glorious photographs.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Great that this is a dog friendly place = loved the beaches & charmng cottages = thanks for the tour!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2007 at 7:23 AM

    I was in Carmel briefly and didn't see enough to satisfy me. Your photos definitely make me want to return. Carmel really is an enchanting place!

  • MissyWQ's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2006 at 10:59 PM

    Come back and visit Santa Barbara. We can have lunch.


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