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Carmel: fairy-tale village near MontereyTucked neatly along the southern shore of the Monterey Peninsula is the one-square-mile village called Carmel-by-the-sea, a name that seems fitting for a place known for its fairy-tale architecture and its popularity with artists. Just 4,500 people live in Carmel, but travelers from all over the world find the town an irresistible tourist attraction.
Maybe it's all the press Carmel used to get when its most famous resident actor Clint Eastwood was the hands-on local mayor. Or maybe it's the gorgeous white sand beach that's said to be the best on the Monterey Peninsula. Then again, it could just be all of those storybook cottages the ones with names instead of street addresses that make Carmel seem like a storybook village just beckoning travelers to visit.
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