Carmel-by-the-Sea is a special place and it got that way on purpose! The City’s protective ordinances and delightful amenities, created over the years by dedicated and hardworking citizens, property owners, and elected and appointed officials, have kept the village a desirable place to live, work, play.
Through careful efforts, Carmel-by-the-Sea has retained its village character and quality of life since its incorporation as a City in 1916.
Carmel Beach is renowned for its brilliant white sand beach, which is maintained by City staff as well as community volunteers, who donate many hours keeping the sand and landscape free of litter.
In addition the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea is home to parks offering lush green belts, walking paths, play structures, and sports courts. It has nine formally designated park, open space, and recreational areas.
Looking to give back to the community and get involved? The following organizations provide community, environmental, and/or social services that enhance the well-being of residents. Although not endorsed by the City, our goal is to foster involvement and a sense of belonging in Carmel-by-the-Sea:
Carmel has been recognized and acclaimed as one of the nation’s most desirable places to visit, work, and live. The unparalleled natural beauty, the preservation of the downtown character, clean ocean air, beautiful beach and charming neighborhoods contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.