Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, Carmel

(4.8/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
With two of Monterey's most pristine seaside locations, Carmel City Beach/Carmel River 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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Carmel holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The water is cold but the view is extraordinary. I love to walk along the beach and then sit at the top of the hill and watch the ocean.  more »
  • Nice cosy village with nice shops and restaurants. Beautiful beach and views. A beautiful architectural style of the houses, rolling terrain with lots of nature. Close to Highway 1, a beautiful coastal route from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
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  • The beach is beautiful, but I highly recommend getting there early or late if you want some space to yourself  more »