Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, Carmel

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#2 of 7 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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  • Cute little town, super nice, clean. Worth knowing. Sunset amazing. Not to be missed.
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  • The small town is very beautiful, nice and clean rim with restaurants and multiple locations for pictures. Enjoy the Valley location.
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  • Carmel-by-the-sea is a hidden gem as it cannot be compared with other beach villages; it has no billboards, no major commercial advertizing, no fast food chains - everything is based on enjoying quali...  more »

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