Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, Carmel

4.8
#2 of 7 in Beaches in Monterey County
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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  • August 14, 2017
    This beach is so nice. Beautiful all around. The white sand is so soft under the feet. The water is coooold of course (it is Carmel!) I love it here walking along the shore.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    One of my favorite beaches in the area! We loved the wide beach and the white sands. Parking is a little scarce though and can get quite frustrating.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The Carmel Garden Inn is a delightful Inn with incredibly warm, friendly and attentive service to all that enter including furry family! Everyone involved at the Inn is focused on going over and above...  more »

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