Carmel (United States)

Carmel Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Craig Howell

Carmel by the Sea

Great ocean views
Dog friendly
Also people friendly

Though the tag line may sound poetic, 'Carmel-By-The-Sea' is actually this town's official name, often abbreviated to Carmel. We thought that was a pretty cool idea, it's a wonder it didn't catch on. The extension to Carmel apparently originates from a promotional post card published by a real estate agent.

Carmel is a place with quite an interesting history, to try and cover this briefly: it was originally Native American land, then explored in the 1700s and later colonised circa 1770 by the Spanish. Once becoming part of Mexico which ended after the Mexican-American war it is now part of Monterey County, California.

Not designed for the budget traveller, Carmel is a rather buzzing, beautiful and slightly European oceanside town, attracting visitors for its glorious sunset ocean views, dog accommodating beaches & businesses (namely Doris Day's hotel) along with its integral connection to the arts.

With ease you can wander through this village... let's take a stroll. Take a left (or right) from your hotel or inn, walk amongst some of the charming narrow streets past the quintessential Hansel & Gretel style cottages, perusing its high-end boutique stores, taking in the alluring scents from the cuisine of cafes and restaurants. You can finish off by basking in the stunning views of the pacific ocean which meets a shoreline dusted with white sanded beaches - and that only took maybe 20-30 minutes.

You would be advised to spend more time with the some of the almost 100 art galleries; we would have also loved to include catching a performance at the Forest Theatre but alas this is currently closed with plans to reopen in 2016.

With a rich artistic history Carmel-By-The-Sea is a place where the arts are celebrated. Many of the town's former mayors have been poets and artists, oh and actor-director Clint Eastwood (1986-1988).

One final note, there is a perculiar law against wearing High heel shoes (taller than 2 inches) without a permit, some legacy from the 1920s about not suing the council for injuries endured on crooked pathways - you can grab one for free at city hall. [Review by nikodonnell]


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Key info

  • Carmel is a city in United States's region of California. It has a population of 3,722, is situated at an altitude of 223ft and the best airport to fly into is MRY (Monterey Peninsula, Monterey)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)

Other cities in the region (California, United States)

Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Malibu

Carmel Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

60 61 64 65 67 68 70 71 70 64 62 60

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

4.2 3.8 3.5 1.5 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.3 1.1 2.4 2.7

More Carmel travel resources

Carmel's official travel site is a one-stop-shop for your information.

For a quick read-up and good information go here

Wikitravel's typical good coverage

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