Carmel is a small town near Monterey, California. This coastal destination boasts white sand beaches and dramatic views of the type of scenic coastline for which seaside central California is famous. Known mainly as a destination for moneyed travelers, it is actually a great town for any type of vacationer. The small downtown area features art galleries, specialty shops and cafes. Carmel and the surrounding area have a full menu of estates that can host special events and also host travelers seeking luxury and privacy. The architecture of the area and the strong sense of history gives Carmel a classic ambiance that will feel ideal for people seeking a romantic setting for their wedding celebration. The glut of activities and attractions, from hiking and horseback riding to visiting the area's historic 400 year-old missions, means that vacationers can fill up their itinerary easily.