Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, Carmel

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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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  • Beautiful, well-maintained beach with pathways, dock, and a fantastic view to catch a romantic evening sunset.  more »
  • The most beautiful place in California, lovely beach, spectacular power, surrounded by nature and friendly people.
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  • Beautiful beach, dogs can run leash free. Friendly dog owners and have not encountered any aggressive dogs.  more »