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Carmel Introduction


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Carmel, California, is the kind of place where a person might hand you a poem in the street. It's where at dawn you can get a strong cup of coffee in hand and take a long walk down the beach. You can learn anything you want about dogs, have an authentic Ayurvedic massage and watch the setting sun go flat as a disc on the ocean horizon, then turn around and observe waterfowl leaving skims of silver wake on the Carmel River before daylight disappears.   Click here to see the full Carmel travel guide on Travel42 »

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Carmel Geography


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Carmel lies immediately south of Monterey, separated by the hilly Monterey Peninsula. The southern half of the peninsula is famous for the 17-Mile Drive, which loops through the Pebble Beach golf course and along the rugged shore, past Seal Rock and the much-photographed Cypress Point.  Click here to see the full Carmel travel guide on Travel42 »

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Carmel History


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The first Native Americans who lived in the Carmel area were Esslen. Around the sixth century, the Ohlone people came and drove them south to what is now Big Sur.   Click here to see the full Carmel travel guide on Travel42 »

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Carmel Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Travelers are drawn to Carmel for its old-world atmosphere and picturesque streets lined with cafes, restaurants, art galleries and boutique shops. A fun day can be filled just wandering the cottage-lined streets festooned with bougainvillea and other tumbling shrubs. Let serendipity be your guide.   Click here to see the full Carmel travel guide on Travel42 »

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Carmel Nightlife


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Ever since the live music ban in places serving alcohol was lifted in 2006, Carmel has been flexing its wings as a nightspot. Nowadays you can even have a bit of a pub crawl without having to drive at all, if your hotel is close to Ocean Avenue. Most bars stay open until 10 pm, and a few stay open until 2 am.  Click here to see the full Carmel travel guide on Travel42 »

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Carmel Restaurants & Dining


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Carmel is nirvana to gourmands, and its restaurants are guaranteed to provide exceptional dining experiences. The bounty from the sea and fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs of the Carmel Valley and fertile Salinas Valley (the "salad bowl of California") offer the tastiest and freshest of ingredients. Of course, seafood reigns supreme: Expect to see abalone, mussels, scallops, salmon and other treasures from King Neptune's larder still dripping with brine from the sea.  Click here to see the full Carmel travel guide on Travel42 »

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