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Carmel's Scenic Walk / Drive

Scenic Road just off Ocean Avenue, Carmel, California

Scenic Road
Take a leisurely walk or jog along Carmel's beautiful Scenic Road, located just off the far end of Ocean Avenue — its walking path begins at Eighth Avenue (about a five-minute walk from the beginning of Scenic Road).



Magnificent Ocean Views
Scenic Road overlooks Carmel's beach and coastline and as you can imagine... the ocean views are absolutely breathtaking. The windy walking path runs approximately one mile down Scenic Road — it's great exercise!

Benches are dotted along the pathway so you can sit and admire the view. We could have stayed there forever! Enjoy magnificent ocean views on one side and fabulous beachfront homes on the other. Most of the houses are named — similar to those in England.

Fabulous Beachfront homes on Scenic Road, Carmel, California

Fabulous Beachfront homes on Scenic Road, Carmel, California

Fabulous Beachfront homes on Scenic Road, Carmel, California



As Scenic Road curves at the end of the beach, the walking path ends, but you can still carry on walking — or driving — and enjoy stunning rugged coastline, Cypress trees, beach and ocean views. As the road winds along the bluff, you'll see beautiful homes perched  above the rocks. Each turns brings another spectacular view — this makes such a great drive! It's about 1.7 miles from the beginning of Scenic Road to the end of the road (overlooking Carmel River State Beach).

Stairways down to Beach
Several wooden/stone stairways are discreetly situated along the pathway— each one leads down to the beach, so you can begin your walk along Scenic Road and jog back along the beach or visa-versa.

Parking
Do what the locals do — take Eighth Avenue to the beach,
where it dead ends onto Scenic Road. It's not as busy as taking Ocean Avenue and it's much easier to find street parking, especially during weekends and peak tourist season — although parking is limited.

Scenic Ocean Views, Carmel, California

Carmel Beach and Cypress Trees, Carmel, California

 

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Scenic Road and Ocean Avenue - Great drive or walk overlooking fabulous ocean views, Carmel, California

Walking Path, Cypress Trees and Ocean view from Scenic Road, Carmel, California

Walking Path, Wooded Bench, Cypress Trees and Ocean view from Scenic Road, Carmel, California

Ocean view from Scenic Road, Carmel, California

Carmel Beach and Cypress Trees, Carmel, California

Alana admiring Ocean View on Scenic Road pathway bench, Carmel, California

Old wooden bench along Scenic Road pathway overlooking fabulous ocean views, Carmel, California

Fabulous Beachfront homes on Scenic Road, Carmel, California

Beautiful homes perched above the beach, Carmel, California

Beautiful homes perched above the beach, Carmel, California

Carmel River State Beach, Carmel, California

Carmel River State Beach, Carmel, California

Rugged Coastline and Scenic Ocean Views, Carmel, California

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