With its dramatic coastline, forests, farmlands and unique communities large and small, Monterey County encompasses some of the world’s most beautiful scenery and offers the visitor a range of comforts.
The City of Carmel sits on Carmel Bay at the Pacific Ocean, off both Highways 1 and 101. and much nearer to Highway 1 in beautiful Monterey County in Central Coastal California. It is also know as Carmel-by-the-Sea, is a picturesque Pacific coastal town full of culture, elegance, and history. This beautiful town is located in the Monterey Peninsula on the California coastline. Carmel is such an interesting and colorful place, with lots of history and scenic beauty. Carmel has cobblestone walkways and interesting things to see. Furthermore, one of the gorgeous views you will never forget is when you take a stroll down Carmel’s white beach. The beautiful surf and the white sand is a sight to behold.
History of Carmel-by-the-Sea: Carmel-by-the-Sea was initially a small artist’s community. Its location near the ocean, river, mountains, and groves made it the quintessential town of inspiration for artists of all artistic styles including painters, sculptors, photographers, and writers. Today, the quaint little town of Carmel draws a large number of visitors from all over the world.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium mission has been to inspire conservation of the oceans. Today, the aquarium is even more popular. Programs and exhibits have expanded to accommodate an increasing tourist and local attendance. With more than 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species in nearly 200 exhibits filling 34 major galleries it is a showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world’s richest marine regions. The aquarium has grown to become one of the leading ocean conservation organizations in the world. Travelers can find more information about the aquarium’s exhibits and the local marine environment, plus live web cams, a special events calendar, special discounts, behind-the-scenes tours and more.
Things to Do in Carmel-by-the-Sea are:
Wine Tasting: Downtown Carmel is now home to over a half-dozen wine tasting rooms. You can sample some great wines in the late morning, stop for lunch in one of the over 60 restaurants in downtown, and then finish up in the early late afternoon.
Carmel Beach: This is such a beautiful, white and soft sandy beach that should be ranked as a Top 10 place to relax in all of California. The sunsets are simply magical as you enjoy views of the Pacific, Pebble Beach Golf Course to your right and Pt. Lobos State Park to your left. This is a popular spot to picnic or to enjoy a sunset beach bonfire.
Scenic Drive: Carmel is adjacent to Pebble Beach to the west, an upscale resort area that is famous among Californians and the world for golf and golf tournaments as well as shopping. However, perhaps the most spectacular feature of the community around Pebble Beach is the scenic route called 17-Mile Drive. This is a scenic byway next to the Pacific Ocean, full of natural attractions of geography, native plants, and local native wildlife. Some of the examples of plants and wildlife are endangered, threatened, or vulnerable by category and the latter includes the specific species of the oldest Lone Cypress on 17- Mile Drive. This Monterey Cypress grows only two places in the world both here in Monterey County, on 17 Mile Drive and at Point Lobos to the south.
Golf: Pebble Beach itself is famous for golf courses and golf tournaments. Our own Jack Nicklaus from Ohio loves the Pebble Beach course, although Pebble Beach operates four additional courses nearby in California. Each course is part of a resort locale, with accommodations, dining, and shopping.
Shopping: Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small village that consists of just one square mile of hotels, restaurants, cafe, unique, small boutique shops. If you go to Downtown Carmel for any activity, you can enjoy the free trolley car around town and to Carmel Beach as well as the San Carlos Mission.
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