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.
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.
At the end of the day, we stopped at Carmel River Natural Preserve. (That’s sand verbena blooming in yellow.)
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.
This is the view north – back towards the beach in the town in Carmel around that point.
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.
And a special visitor enhanced our mountain view.
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