Carmel River State Beach, Carmel

4.8
#2 of 10 in Beaches in Monterey County
With two of Monterey's most pristine seaside locations, Carmel River State 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 River State Beach.
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  • This is where Carmel River meets the mighty Pacific Ocean. In Spring, before the river has the power to cut through the sand of the beach the river backs up and is magnificent for bird watching and fi...  more »
  • The beach is usually warm, when the city is cool. Dogs are welcome. The sunsets are amazing. Perfect alone, with a loved one, or a group of friends.parking is first come, first serve. The walk, down f...  more »
  • I have a lot of reasons to love this beach; soft white sand, beautiful trees and landscaping, amazing blue ocean, dog friendly, in one of the best cities in this state.. I could go on. If you have a f...  more »
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