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Carmel-by-the-Sea has retained its village character and exceptional quality of life since its incorporation as a City in 1916.  Located West of the Highway 1 in Southern Monterey County this unique area is a highly desirable place to live, work and play.


Life in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Quintessential Carmel cottages surrounds the vibrant village that is filled with charming cafes, gourmet restaurants, art galleries, world-class shopping and pet-friendly streets. Carmel’s unique 20-block downtown is enlivened by 45 charming courtyards and passageways, which encourage exploration of the interior spaces of the shopping district.

Carmel Beach is renowned for its brilliant white sand beach and urban forest of Monterey Pine, Monterey Cypress and Coast Live Oak . The landscaped beach bluffs are the buffer between Carmel Beach and the Scenic Road with views of sea and sunset.

Arts and theater are ingrained in the community with captivating venues including Forest Theater and Sunset Community and Cultural Center.


Schools in Carmel

The Carmel Unified School District schools consistently rank high in Monterey County. A strong selection of private schools from pre-school through high school is available for children from Carmel to Monterey Peninsula. California State University Monterey Bay, Monterey Peninsula Community College, and other colleges provide higher education and add to the area's culture.