Walking around Carmel

It’s about a hundred miles from our house in Castro Valley to the Ocean Avenue turnoff from Highway One to the quaint little village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, one of many scenic attractions on California’s Monterey Peninsula. A couple of Sundays ago we drove down to Carmel (just about everybody calls the town Carmel) and spent the afternoon walking around central Carmel which is basically Ocean Avenue plus a couple of blocks on either side of that main street.

Map of central Carmel.

Map of central Carmel.

Carmel merchants claim that they need a two-hour restriction on parking in the downtown area. Otherwise, beach goers will hog all of the parking spots all day and the merchants will go broke. We found a parking spot on Mission between 3rd and 4th that was just outside the two-hour restriction zone and began the first phase of our walk: down (south) Mission to 5th, then down (west) 5th to San Carlos, then over (south) to Ocean. We then crossed to the south side of Ocean Avenue and walked a half-block to the Doud Arcade, one of more than 40 hidden marketplaces in the downtown area. In the arcade we discovered a nice little cafe called Carmel Belle and had lunch there.

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Stonehouse Court on Mission near 4th.

The Carmel Fire Station on 6th between Mission and San Carlos.

The Carmel Fire Station on 6th between Mission and San Carlos.

The World War I Memorial Bell Tower at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and San Carlos.

The World War I Memorial Bell Tower at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and San Carlos.

The Doud Arcade on Ocean Avenue between San Carlos and Dolores.

The Doud Arcade on Ocean Avenue between San Carlos and Dolores. There are 12 shops and two restaurants inside the arcade.

To begin the second phase of our walk we exited the arcade on San Carlos and walked south to 7th and then down (west) 7th to Lincoln where we turned north to meet Ocean again.

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Paseo San Carlos courtyard on San Carlos and 7th.

Carmel Square on x.

Carmel Square on north side of San Carlos near 7th.

Plaza San Carlos on x.

Plaza San Carlos on 7th and San Carlos.

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Bougainvillea decorate Wittpenn’s Antiques on San Carlos between 7th and 8th.

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Some of the views down passage ways are stunning.

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These plants look like artichokes.

Agave plant.

Agave plant and other succulents thrive in Carmel gardens.

A simple Carmel composition: tree, window and flowers.

A simple Carmel composition: tree, window and flowers.

The Church of the Wayfarer is a United Methodist church on Lincoln between 7th and Ocean. We were impressed by the church’s beautiful gardens.

IMG_2019-Edit-1IMG_2020-Edit-1IMG_2022-Edit-1IMG_2024-Edit-1IMG_2025-Edit-1IMG_2027-1We then walked all the way down (west) the south side of Ocean seven blocks to Carmel Beach.

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B Real woman’s apparel shop at the end of an alley.

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A  popular Ocean Avenue restaurant.

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Jolie By the Sea at the end of another passageway.

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Passageway to American Crafts and Jewels in the Courtyard of the Golden Bough — on Ocean Avenue between Lincoln and Monte Verde.

Normandy Cottages.

Normandy Inn Cottages on Ocean between Monte Verde and Casanova.

Intersection of Casanova and Ocean. From here to the beach there are no more stores or restaurants -- just private residences and cottages for rent.

Intersection of Casanova and Ocean. From here to the beach there are no more stores or restaurants — just private residences and cottages for rent.

Lamplighter Inn cottages are on Ocean between x and x.

Lamplighter Inn cottages are on Ocean Avenue near Camino Real.

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Ocean Avenue near Scenic Road. The eucalyptus tree in the background is the largest tree in Carmel.

Carmel Beach:

Carmel Beach from the tip of Ocean Avenue -- looking south toward Point Lobos.

Carmel Beach from the tip of Ocean Avenue — looking south toward Point Lobos.

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Carmel Beach near the Ocean Avenue lookout platform.

Carmel Beach looking north from end of Ocean Avenue. Pebble Beach golf course is in the background.

Carmel Beach looking north from the end of Ocean Avenue. Pebble Beach golf course is in the background.

Wooded area at end of Ocean Avenue.

Wooded area at the foot of Ocean Avenue.

The third and final phase of our walk consisted of hiking (it’s all uphill) up the north side of Ocean Avenue from the beach all the way to Mission where we turned north and strolled the last couple of blocks to our car. The entire walk, including lunch, was about 2.5 hours. We also browsed a few shops and galleries during that time-span.

Monterey Cypress trees near the foot of Ocean Avenue.

Monterey Cypress trees near the foot of Ocean Avenue.

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Lobos Lodge on Ocean Avenue and Monte Verde St.

Harrison Library on Ocean Avenue and x.

Harrison Memorial Library on Ocean Avenue and Lincoln.

Window display on Mission near 6th.

Window display on Ocean near Mission.

Passageway on Mission near 5th.

Passageway on Mission near 5th.

Staircase on Mission near 4th.

Staircase on Mission near 4th.

We had no grandchildren daycare duties the following day and so we spent the night in Monterey and explored that city the next day before driving home Monday evening. I’ll post an article on our Monterey adventures in a couple of days.

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3 Responses to Walking around Carmel

  1. disperser says:

    Looks like a nice area.

  2. Nice photoreportage. Looks like there are some lovely gardens there.

    You might be interested to see a different Carmel:

    https://geotopoi.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/carmel-head/

  3. Lovely photowalk and imagery!

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