Carmel City Beach / Carmel River Beach, Carmel

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 1,500+ 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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  • Don't park at the bottom of Ocean Avenue, instead turn left and drive down a ways to access the best portion of the beach and then walk on. 
  • A very beautiful beach with white sand. Unfortunately, I have had no time to enjoy it. There is also an observation deck with views of the ocean and the surrounding area.
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  • Beautiful white sand beach with surrounding outcroppings. Just a few minutes walk from the shopping area. Great place to watch a sunset. 
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