Surrounded by white sandy beaches and only minutes from Pebble Beach and the Big Sur Coast, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a quaint coastal enclave, a historic little station that has evolved into a world-renowned destination. This is a place to get away from it all without sacrificing the big-city offerings of art, theater, music, and dining. You can put on a black tie and take in the symphony, or slip on a pair of sneakers to hike the trails of Point Lobos. The town is also only a short drive from 20 renowned golf courses. The walkable streets of Carmel are dotted with galleries, boutiques and restaurants, as well as uniquely named cottages. In lieu of street numbers, the homes in Carmel bear monikers as quirky as racehorses, most of which have never changed. It's considered bad luck. From high-end art galleries to the rugged seashore, Carmel has something to suit every taste.