- Type: Cafes, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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South of Monterey and Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a humble seaside village with a few small shops and cafés -- at least that's the cover story. In truth, this pricey town has plenty of designer stores and gourmet eateries that cater to its wealthy residents (like Clint Eastwood). You'll find most shoppers and diners around picturesque Ocean Street, which leads to Carmel Beach. Many forego the town's activities in favor of catching some rays on this wide dog-friendly beach. In fact, expect to see many pampered pooches parading all over town; Carmel residents love their pets.
One Yelp.com user describes, "I've stayed here, enjoyed some nice meals, and shopped around ... It's a little touristy, but the town's dignity and architectural uniqueness has been kept completely intact."
Carmel is known for more than just its charm, but also its quirky laws. For one, you're prohibited from eating ice cream on the sidewalk. And ladies beware: You need a permit to walk in high-heeled shoes. For more information about Carmel-by-the-Sea, check out the town's website.