Carmel River State Beach, Carmel

4.8
#1 of 10 in Beaches in Monterey County
Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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With two of Monterey's most pristine seaside locations, Carmel River State Beach offers white sands, blue ocean, and a classic panorama of the California coast. With more than 1.6 km (1 mi) of beachfront near the Carmel River and a significant stretch right at the edge of the city itself, the sand and surf are ideal for picnicking, walking, jogging, or simply relaxing. Both areas are vital parts of the rich peninsular ecosystem and teem with sea life, including whales, sea lions, kelp forests, and a wide variety of fish. Try kayaking to get an up-close view of the aquatic residents. Despite the beaches' tranquil appearance, the water's strong currents and steep drop-off from the shore can make swimming dangerous. Before you head to Carmel, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Carmel trip itinerary builder site, to make sure you see all that Carmel has to offer, including Carmel River State Beach.
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  • Ample parking, rest rooms, dogs can run off leash and play. Our dog had a great time. Beach itself stretches as far as the eye can see, so one can walk along the ocean for hours if one so wishes. 
    Ample parking, rest rooms, dogs can run off leash and play. Our dog had a great time. Beach itself stretches as far as the eye can see, so one can walk along the ocean for hours if one so wishes.  more »
  • How does one pick the more beautiful places in the Carmel area? When I do rate them this is one of the best. We could just sit and admire as well as walk around. 
    How does one pick the more beautiful places in the Carmel area? When I do rate them this is one of the best. We could just sit and admire as well as walk around.  more »
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  • The beach was nice I enjoyed it. I realize it is mid November, it was overcast, foggy, and cool. Still enjoyed it. Them I found a nice secluded area to go for a swim. Quite invigorating!
  • Beautiful Beach. The bathrooms have a solar panel on top, that was pretty cool. There is a nice short walk up to a cross that people have put some roses around. The sound of the ocean here was perfect. On one side is the ocean and there is a lagoon across the sand.

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