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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  • July 21, 2017
    SOOOOO RELAXING AND BEAUTIFUL. My daughter & I had a great time strolling and sight-seeing. this place is picture perfect :) I only wished I had bought some chairs and/or blankets would have been grea...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    After we walked along the walkway, we headed over to the beach area and were floored as to how vast the beach is. There were a few people playing catch and some kids building castles but that was abou...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Our little kids loved playing in the sand. While the Pacific shore is very windy, this alcove of a beach is tolerable. No swimming. Bathrooms make it even better for young families. Views are terrific...  more »

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