Carmel Walking – Town & Beach

We recently stayed in Carmel, CA. On a busy park visiting day (Jack’s Peak and Garland Ranch) we started at Carmel Beach and ended at Carmel River.

Carmel Beach is at the end of Ocean Ave from Hwy 1 to the ocean. Right through a charming small town to white sand beaches.

Carmel beach pines

Carmel Beach platform

Carmel Beach south

We had the place almost to ourselves. What a shame we didn’t have the time for beach strolling. Beautiful spot, that’s a gem to find without crowds. I had to take a picture of the small parking lot, because there is never parking here or in town on the weekends.

Carmel empty parking lot

At the end of the day, we stopped at Carmel River Natural Preserve. (That’s sand verbena blooming in yellow.)

Carmel River Natl Preserve

The Carmel River is what we crossed earlier in the day at Garland Ranch. Like the Russian River at Jenner, this river was not making it directly to the ocean.

Carmel River dead end

This is the view south.Carmel River Beach

This is the view north – back towards the beach in the town in Carmel around that point.

Carmel River Beach n

At dinner times we walked to town admiring a small park (part of a block), shops and restaurants. Flowers are planted everywhere.

We stayed at the lovely Horizon Inn.

Horizon Inn

And a special visitor enhanced our mountain view.

Room View with FredCarmel Town and Beach Map

Don’t forget to drive around Scenic Rd. to Carmel River Natural Preserve Map

Stay tuned for more trip – we have the Monterey Aquarium and Asilomar to go to yet.

Words by Lynn Millar, pictures by Lynn & Mike Millar

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