Carmel City Beach / Carmel River Beach, Carmel
(4.8/5 based on 1,600+ 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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  • A lovely, a real piece of paradise! A beautiful beach with vegetation and breath-taking views
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  • O.K. this is a great beach, warm salty water and just the right amount of rocks on the beach. the sand is white and the locals say that the sand was trucked in by those that live in carmel. 
  • Although it was not summer, the place was perfect. It is a wide beach with nice views. House next to the beach are perfect and you get to see Pebble beach (golf court) from there.