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Ocean Avenue
Carmel-by-the-Sea California


The main drag in Carmel-by-the-Sea (its legal name) is Ocean Avenue, which runs straight downhill to the beach. It is unabashedly touristy but has a unique charm. There are no fast food or franchise stores in Carmel, nor are there street numbers or home delivery of mail. All trees belong to the city, which employs a municipal forester to safeguard them.

Carmel is a notable art center, founded by artists, writers, and associated Bohemians back around 1900. Writer Mary Austin lived in a treehouse, and photographer Edward Weston built a granite castle. There are now about 40 art galleries in town, but not many working artists can afford to live in Carmel.



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War memorial on Ocean Avenue, Carmel

(December 13, 2005)


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The Carmel public library, Ocean Avenue

(December 13, 2005)


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Carmel's Lamplighter Inn

(December 13, 2005)


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The Cottage of Sweets, a Carmel institution

(December 13, 2005)


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