Carmel by the Sea, also popularly known just as Carmel, is, as the name indicates, a Pacific Ocean coastal city located in the county of Monterey, US state of California, in the southwest part of of the country. Carmel by the Sea was founded in 1902 and it was incorporated to the state of California on the 31st of October (a day after Halloween) of the year 1916.
Given its location in the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel is rather popular among many tourists and travelers both American and international due to its stunning natural landscapes and rich background in the aesthetic arts. In 1906, a San Francisco local newspaper published a lengthy article dedicated to the many “writers, poets and artists of Carmel-by-the-Sea”. 4 years later, it was recorded that about more than half of the residencies in Carmel by the Sea had been erected by people whose main livelihood were related to the aesthetic arts. Even City Councils held in Carmel by the Sea were presided by artists, and, furthermore, many of the city’s mayors have been renown artists, actors, poets etc. Among them are Clint Eastwood, Perry Newberry (founding father of the Forest Theater) and Herbert Heron, just to name a few.
It is decidedly good news for all animal lovers out there that the city is one of the top dog friendly cities in the state of California. Many restaurants, hotels, cafés and many stores and markets allow dogs and small pets as a part of their guests.
Carmel by the Sea is also notorious for a few rather peculiar laws. For example, there is a ban on wearing high heels without a proper permit. Absurd as it may sound, this law was incorporated in order to stop citizens or tourists from suing the city council after being involved in some kind of accident resulted from tripping while wearing high heels.