Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, Carmel

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#2 of 11 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. 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 City Beach/Carmel River Beach.
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  • Amazing spot to watch the sunset - we saw dolphins playing in the water too, which was utterly magical. The beach is lovely to walk on barefoot, which is something I rarely do, but enjoyed here. Lovel...  more »
  • Well mostly. I hope the people who do not pick up after their pets do not spoil it for most. Almost stepped in doggypoopy. That would not have been a happy experience. It’s such a beautiful beach to w...  more »
  • If watching the sun sink into the ocean while dogs frolic on the beach is your thing, then you should probably come here for sunset. Parking is limited, come early.  more »
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