Carmel is a chic city. Everything here exudes wealth and class ... the houses, hotels, shops, and even restaurants. It's a great place to go for a walk, and besides the shops on Ocean Avenue, there's a mini mall at the end of the street, named the Carmel Plaza. It's a small shopping center, and an absolute delight on sunny days. Inside there are stores from several brands and some cool cafes to sit and relax or play with the dogs. As I said, the city is expensive, so it has stores like Tiffany and Louis Vuitton.
The Kris Kringle is Carmel's Christmas shop. Right at the entrance of a gallery on Ocean Avenue, it is quite modest. The wooden dolls and super cute Christmas tree decorations caught my attention. Prices are high, but the products are handmade, so they're worth the expense. They customize some products for you, making it a great place to pick up something for your personalized Christmas!
Inside the Carmel River State Beach, you can find a lagoon that attracts many migratory birds. A good place to stop and relax! The park is located next to California State Route 1, about a mile south of Rio Road in Carmel.
The city is a popular tourist spot, tiny and charming. Go to the huge, beautiful beach at the end of the day to relax and watch the sun dip straight into the sea. Beautiful view, and you'll see the beach full of people playing with their dogs!