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Carmel by the Sea

The soft white sands of Carmel Beach attract tourists (and their canine companions) from all over the world. Above the beach, the quaint town of Carmel is a combination of art galleries, fine restaurants, and unique boutiques. The homes of Carmel are charming in their diversity of architectural styles and whimsical names.

The Carmel Mission Basilica, built in 1771, was the second of California's missions. Located on Rio Road off Highway One, it's the site of concerts and weddings.

The performing arts are alive and well in Carmel. The Forest Theater is California's first outdoor amphitheater. It's a venue for local productions as well as the Annual Shakespeare Festival and the outdoor film festival. The Sunset Cultural Center is now closed for renovations and will re-open in 2003; many events, including the Carmel Bach Festival have found temporary quarters at Monterey's historic Del Monte Hotel. The Golden Bough Theater houses the Pacific Repertory Theater Company, which stages major works throughout the year.

Point Lobos State Reserve is a marvel of nature only two miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Shrouded in mist or bathed in sunlight, Point Lobos (Spanish for 'wolf') is a universe in itself. Meadows, headlands, coves and forests make this jewel of a state park the perfect place to hike, picnic, observe the abundance of wildlife, or just breathe in the fresh sea air.

Carmel River Beach
Carmel River Beach



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