About Carmel-by-the-Sea

About Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small town on the coast of central California. Carmel attracts tourists and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, providing easy access to explore the rugged, remote and extremely picturesque surrounding coastline and countryside.

Local Laws

Several local laws preserve the natural beauty and rustic charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Franchise stores and restaurants are banned in the city and permission must be sought to chop down any tree.

Bird Sanctuary

Carmel River State Beach includes a freshwater lagoon that is preserved as a bird sanctuary, making it an ideal destination for ornithology enthusiasts.


Carmel- by-the-Sea welcomes four-legged friends and encourages you to take them exploring with you: Dogs are allowed to run off their leashes on the beach at designated times; many hotels and restaurants welcome them, too.


Carmel-by-the-Sea was voted "Best Destination" by TripAdvisor in 2008; listed as one of "America's Best Beaches" by the Travel Channel in 2006; and Condé Nast Traveler magazine awarded the city "Number 1 for Ambiance" and "Number 6 Travel Destination" in the United States in 2008.

Fun Fact

Famous local resident Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea and served for one term during the late 1980s.

Article Written By J.C. Lewis

J.C. Lewis is the editor and co-owner of a weekly newspaper, as well as a staffer and regular contributor to a group of three newspapers in Los Angeles, Calif. Her writing has appeared on USAToday.com, Hotels.com and various other websites. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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