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Carmel River State Beach, Carmel

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Carmel River State Beach is a state park unit of California, USA, featuring a 1mi protected beach with a lagoon formed by the Carmel River. The lagoon attracts a large number of migratory birds. The state beach includes Monastery Beach, (also called San Jose Creek Beach) which is popular with scuba divers. Sea kayakers also frequent the beach, which has easy access to the natural reserves of Point Lobos. The 297acre park was established in 1953.HistoryIn 1602 Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno landed at this beach. Gaspar de Portolà, during the Portola expedition, was encamped on this beach and rested here before deciding to return to San Diego because of low supplies and having failed to rendezvous with the Spanish supply ships. A cross commemorating that marker can be found at the beach today.Recreational activitiesCarmel River State Beach is a popular spot for divers and kayakers, who can access the notable kelp forests in the area. It is also popular with birders, and is a stop on the Central Coast Birding Trail. The best seasons for birdwatching at Carmel River State Beach are fall and winter.Swimming on this section of the coast can be extremely dangerous because of the strong currents. Carmel River State Beach is considered especially dangerous for swimming, as the steep drop-off from shore can minimize turbulent waves, giving the mistaken impression of a calm sea.
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  • A lovely state beach park popular with locals and tourists. This beach is not recommended for swimming, rip tide currents can be dangerous here. The park sits along the central coast bird trail, so bi...  more »
  • Carmel River State Beach has a small parking lot at the end of Carmelo St. Once there you can enjoy a vast beach that stretches all the way to Pt. Lobos. Most people hang out close to the parking lot ...  more »
  • REVIEW: photography is a hobbie of mine and this is a great place to take pictures Beautiful peaceful relaxing great view & great if your into Photography  more »