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From charming courtyards to secret passageways, discoveries await around every corner. There are shops and art galleries to explore, restaurants to indulge, and wine tasting rooms to stop in and sip some of the California Central Coast's best varietals -- all within one-square-mile.
What makes Carmel-by-the-Sea so unique is a creative culture of locals who take pride in offering one-of-a-kind items and experiences. Even those who travel the world are unlikely to encounter another place that has so much to offer in one location.
While in Carmel-by-the-Sea, expect to see no street addresses, mailboxes, parking meters, or streetlights (read about fun Carmel facts). The local "93921" post office continues to serve as a social hub for residents retrieving mail from their boxes. Visitors, too, often feel like locals as they mingle with winemakers, chefs, artists, innkeepers and shopkeepers.