The town that has been likened to the Garden of Eden in novelist John Steinbeck's "East of Eden," who was a native of Salinas, located east… This is Carmel! Generally known as Carmel, its formal name is Carmel-by-the-Sea, and with its focus on Ocean Avenue, it extends in a grid pattern down to the sea. There are various shops and cafes... souvenir and hobby shops, art galleries, restaurants, hotels, etc.. You're sure to find
something here to hold your interest, and then will find there aren't enough hours in the day to enjoy the charms of the neighborhood. You will also enjoy the sunset as you watch the sun sink into to the Pacific Ocean from the white sands of Carmel Beach which will add a warm tint to the memories of your trip.