Having visited Carmel a few times, we finally visited Scenic Road. To get there take Ocean Road towards the Carmel Beach Boardwalk and then make a left on Scenic Road. It was a one way road that ended at the Carmel River Beach. The drive started in a typical residential neighborhood until it opened up on the right side with views of the Pacific Ocean. We found lots of parking as we drove and periodically got out to walk along the well maintained and paved path. Less people here so good social distancing was maintained compared to Ocean Avenue.
Small beaches appeared as well as rocky points with waves crashing. Monterey pine trees lined the roadways but some of the multimillion dollar homes caught our attention. Certainly built to enjoy the maximum viewing of the ocean and salty air. Some were tiny cottages while others were mansions.
Well worth the side trip if you have time.