Carmel-By-The-Sea is a beautiful oceanside town along California's Highway 1, complete with dramatic views, white beaches, friendly locals and great food. A luxury destination for geared towards adults, the town itself is small - you can walk across it in five minutes - but filled to the brim with art galleries, cafes, restaurants and inns. Every evening, visitors gather on the pristine beach to watch colorful sunsets.
Carmel Valley is the valley formed by the Carmel River, flowing some 20 miles from the Santa Lucia Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The town of Carmel Valley is located 12 miles inland from Highway 1, on Carmel Valley Road. Quite often, when Carmel-By-The-Sea is fogged in, Carmel Valley is sunny and warm.
Stroll through the town and admire the incredibly diverse architecture. The quintessential "Carmel cottage" abounds but contrasts, sometimes wildly, with the assortment of surrounding homes. The historic outdoor Forest Theater presents community theater performances in a natural amphitheater nestled into a pine forest. There are also film screenings throughout the summer as part of "Films in the Forest." Walk along the beach, play golf at Pebble Beach, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, explore Big Sur, shop, listen to live music or enjoy one of the local spas.
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(source : wikitravel)