Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, Carmel

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#2 of 7 in Beaches in Monterey County
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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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  • Nice to chill in this summer weather,just bring a blanket,pillows & snacks and watch beautiful people enjoying the beach.  more »
  • Great sandy dunes leads you down to a dynamic waterfront...beaches as far as the eye can see !!! all the way to the fabled " Pebble Beach"  more »
  • If you do, Carmel beach is for you. the water is clear and an unbelievable aqua blue. The whole town including the beach is very dog friendly. the sand is powdery and white. Even just walking along an...  more »