Welcome to Downtown Carmel, CA

California's Jewel

"California's Jewel"

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A little about Carmel

There are few places on earth as incredibly dynamic, yet so quaint and picturesque as Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Situated on Carmel Bay, nestled in a pine forest above the spectacular white-sand beach, the one-square-mile village of Carmel, CA offers endless vacation and cultural opportunities. Located just minutes from the Monterey Regional Airport, Carmel is the perfect base for activities and adventures, whether you have relaxation or recreation in mind. You'll have a wonderful time no matter what you choose to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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The history of Carmel

The Carmel-by-the-Sea area is permeated by Native American, early Spanish and American history. Most scholars believe that the Esselen-speaking people were the first Native Americans to inhabit the area of Carmel, but the Ohlone people pushed them south into the mountains of Big Sur around the 6th century. The first Europeans to see this land were Spanish mariners led by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542. Another sixty years passed before another Spanish explorer and Carmelite friar Sebastián Vizcaíno discovered for Spain what is now known as Carmel Valley in 1602, which he named for his patron saint, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Spanish did not attempt to colonize the area until 1770, when Gaspar de Portolà, along with Franciscan's, Junípero Serra and Juan Crespí visited the area in search of a mission site.The colony of Monterey was established at the same time as the second mission in Alta California and soon became the capitol of California until 1849.

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Businesses in Carmel, California

Here is a collection of downtown Carmel, California businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Dawson Cole Fine Art


Contemporary and Modern sculpture and works on paper


Gallerie Amsterdam


Presenting many of the nation's finest painters and sculptors


Mountainsong Gallery


Unique art at great values in a friendly, fun and upbeat setting


Sand to Glass Works


Fine craft-fused glass originals


Carmel Fireplace Inn


A charming, serene 18 room inn


Lincoln Green Cottages


Historic bed and breakfast built in 1925


Pine Inn


The Pine Inn Hotel, the first hotel built in Carmel in 1889


The Cypress Inn


Old world charm masterfully blended with modern comfort


400 Degrees Gourmet Burgers and Fries


Some days it takes a burger, we make it a good day




Recently voted Fifth best in San Francisco and the Bay Area


da Giovanni


Amazing location, inspired Italian


Salumeria Luca


Pure Italian flavors


The Grill on Ocean Avenue


One of the Monterey Peninsula's 10 best restaurants


Village Corner Bistro


Charming indoor outdoor Mediterranean style bistro


Carmel Bicycle


We are as passionate about bikes as you are!


Signature Day Spa


Preservative free in everything we do!


Yoga Center of Carmel


We respect that each individual is unique


Carmel Fine Rugs


The finest in hand created rugs




Fine Swiss timepieces


Diggidy Dog


A dog and cat boutique


Linens and Such


Linens & Such specializes in luxury and custom linens




Collected women's fashion from around the world


Sixth Avenue Fine Jewelers


Passion for the one of a kind


The Soiled Doves Bath House


A vintage bath and body store unlike anything you have seen


Wittpen's Antiques


One of Carmel's most charming shops!