Carmel River State Beach, Carmel

4.8
#2 of 11 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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  • We visited this beach today to compare it with the main beach in Carmel. Quieter. Get there early to get a parking spot. Very beautiful. Afterwards we followed directions to drive the scenic drive. Th...  more »
  • South of the town of Carmel and its famous beach, is a beach, lagoon, marsh restoration at the mouth of the Carmel River. Even midday it was good viewing for birds. Fewer people around. Nice for a qui...  more »
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