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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  • Worth a visit and even more so a couple of days. On a human scale. Very refined and special. Nothing to do with Santa barbara or Santa Monica.
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  • Everyone spoke of Carmel!!!! Handsome!!!! Well worth a visit!! Gotta go!! Beautiful beach ... sunset wonderful!!!! The city is super charming! a free ...
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  • We enjoyed a GORGEOUS, SUNNY, CLEAR winter day on the beach (cold but beautiful scenery!) It's a 5-minute walk downhill from center of town - parking is available but packed! We shopped, ate and then ...  more »