Quiet, but only several miles to the famous Carmel white sand beach. I get up early and head to the beach and have coffee, then walk the dog friendly beach before walking up into town for shopping with my wife, Lolly.
I liked the ones looking down over Carmel Valley.
Take a drive south down the rugged coast as far as you can go before the landslide closed the road. There are many pull outs for great photo opportunities.