Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA  Map


Carmel-by-the-Sea often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. In 1906, the San Francisco Call devoted a full page to the "artists, writers and poets at Carmel-by-the-Sea", and in 1910 it reported that 60 percent of Carmel's houses were built by citizens who were "devoting their lives to work connected to the aesthetic arts." Early City Councils were dominated by artists, and several of the city's mayors have been poets or actors, including Herbert Heron, founder of the Forest Theater, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and actor-director Clint Eastwood.

We arrived here after exiting the famous "17 Mile Loop" and we continued through the entire Carmel coastline because of the unique and beautiful homes along that route.

Fun and/or Interesting facts about Carmel
  • Unwilling to see their village become "citified," Carmel's founding fathers rejected the practice of house mail delivery in favor of a central post office. To this day, there are still no addresses, parking meters or street lights, and no sidewalks outside of Carmel's downtown commercial area. Those seeking directions receive hints such as "fifth house on the east side of Torres Street, green trim, driftwood fence" or by the legendary names adorning most houses, such as "Hansel" or "Sea Urchin." It is, by the way, bad luck to change the name on a Carmel cottage.
  • Though often mistakenly thought of as an urban myth, the municipal code of Carmel bans wearing shoes having heels more than 2 inches in height or with a base of less than one square inch unless the wearer has obtained a permit for them. While the local police do not cite those in violation of the ordinance, this seemingly peculiar law was authored by the city attorney in 1963 to defend the city from lawsuits resulting from wearers of high-heeled shoes tripping over irregular pavement distorted by tree roots. Permits are available without charge at City Hall.
  • With no fast food restaurants in the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the city's charming eateries and tasting rooms offer a full range of cuisine and wine tasting all within walking distance from the over 40 hotels and inns. From Wine Spectator award-winning restaurants to casual eateries and pubs, great dining is abundant, but don't plan for your typical Starbucks venti frappuccino instead plan a stop at one of the many family owned coffee shops for speciality drinks and your morning cup of joe.
  • No ice cream could be sold or eaten - This local ordinance prohibited the sale and eating of ice cream in the city. Since almost every tourist town in the world offers this cold confection, what could those in authority have been thinking here? The reason was that ice cream tends to fall off cones, creating a sticky gooey mess on the streets. So they basically just outlawed it. That law, in particular didn’t sit right with one local resident named Clint Eastwood. In 1986 he ran for mayor on a pro-business platform and promptly repealed it. So today, you can enjoy your ice cream and walk around town unfettered.
17 Mile Drive

These images were taken at Moss Beach & China Rock Vista Point as we drove towards Carmel from Monterey. This portion of the drive was filled with beautiful ocean views & rocky beaches.

Carmel Beach Area

We entered Carmel via the "Carmel Gate" on 17 Mile Drive and drove to Ocean Avenue to look for parking so we could get some images of Carmel Beach. One advantage of getting there early in the morning was that there was quite a bit of parking available.

As you can see, Carmel Beach is pretty and a number of residents were out walking their dogs on the beach. Once we had enjoyed the beach view, we started driving again along Scenic Road, which is lined with beautiful homes all the way down to Carmel Point.

Downtown Carmel

Carmel's downtown area is small but very diverse with numerous shops, boutiques, restaurants and other places of interest. We stopped at Carmel Bakery for a pastry & espresso before we drove to Point Lobos.
For a complete list of what you can find in downtown Carmel, click here.

Point Lobos Reserve

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is outstanding for sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, SCUBA diving, and jogging. In addition to the spectacular beauty, nearly every aspect of its resources is of scientific interest. There are rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora and fauna of both land and sea. Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos ("Point of the Sea Wolves") where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the Reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the State Park System".

Carmel History

The history of Carmel began with Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s first sighting of the white-sand beach and pine forest of Carmel 50 years after Columbus discovered America. In 1602, another venturesome Spaniard, Sebastian Vizcaino, and three Carmelite friars found a river valley that they named "El Rio Carmelo." On June 3, 1771, Father Junipero Serra founded the second California mission, which still stands on the edge of present day Carmel-by-the-Sea. The mission was secularized in 1833 and the City of Carmel incorporated on October 31, 1916.
Click here for a more complete view of the history of Carmel.

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  • California Road Trip Overview Page: This page will give you a view of the entire trip, including maps and other information regarding each of our destinations; click here to read more.
  • San Francisco: our arrival airport as well as our first adventure in California - we explored it via walking, cable car as well as uBer. Click here to view our San Francisco page.
  • Bonita Point & Sausalito: We visited this area as we drove north from San Francisco to wine country. Click here to view our Bonita Point & Sausalito page.
  • Santa Rosa / Sonoma County: This is the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, and we explored this area with enthusiasm. Click here to view our Santa Rosa / Sonoma County page.
  • Muir Woods National Monument: One of the few Coast Redwood Forests remaining, the trees are stunning. After hiking about, we headed north through Muir Beach & Stinson Beach. Click here to view our Muir Woods National Monument page.
  • Rush Creek Lodge & Spa: . A beautiful place to stay, right on California Route 120 at the western edge of Yosemite National Park. Click here to view our Rush Creek Lodge & Spa page.
  • Yosemite National Park: A large and beautiful park, with amazing geography. Click here to view our Yosemite National Park page.
  • Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno, CA: We discovered this interesting place as we were searching for a good lunch spot in Fresno. The way it was built, and how the builder created such a fascinating home was well worth the time we spent there. Click here to view our Forestiere Underground Gardens page.
  • Santa Barbara, CA: This was the start of our "coastal drive" through California, and this city is such a great place to start such a drive. Click here to view our Santa Barbara page.
  • Coast Highway, CA: Even though we were looking forward to seeing Monterey, part of our enthusiasm was due to being able to drive north on this highway. Click here to view our Coast Highway page.
  • Monterey, CA: Somewhat of a "living museum" but now adjusting to life as a "tourist destination", this is a neat town that has a split personality, ie; one part bayside beach tourist town and the other part a typical California beach town where residents live. Click here to view our Monterey page.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA: This was a day trip drive we took to Carmel-by-the-Sea as we drove south to hike at Point Lobos. Click here to view our Carmel page.

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