Carmel began as a planned seaside resort in the 1880s and quickly established a reputation as a bohemian retreat. The artistic flavor survives in the more than 100 galleries that line the town's immaculate streets.
The town's manicured appearance is ensured by strict local bylaws, which forbid neon signs, billboards and hot dog stands. Residents pick up their mail from the post office and houses have no street numbers, so addresses always specify the block and side of street. Even public phones, garbage cans and newspaper vending boxes are quaintly shingled.
Carmel & Monterey
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Extending from the quaint coastal village of Carmel-by-the-Sea into the heart of the Santa Lucia Mountains, this resort offers an unmatched collection of indoor and outdoor facilities.
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