The Bay & Beyond: Waves breaking against sharp cliffs. A beach of pearly white sand. A backdrop of tree-topped rolling hills. Sound too good to be true? It's not — it's Carmel-by-the-Sea. This picturesque community delivers both dynamic atmosphere and a place to get away and recharge. Its relaxed pace mingles with European ambience, and its many annual arts festivals draw visitors from near and far. You can also browse unique shops, enjoy one-of-a-kind dining, and capitalize on the flexibility that such a village can provide. Proximity to scenic spots like not-to-be-missed Big Sur and charming Monterey add to the little town's big punch.