Carmel River State Beach
Carmel River State Beach
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The water is brisk and the surf is hazardous, but the amazing views from the shore will draw you like a magnet to these striking white sand beaches for a leisurely stroll or picnic.
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DesertRose
464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The sand is soft and perfect for relaxing or taking a nice walk on the beach.
The water is clear and there is little seaweed however it is very cold so I personally wouldn't plan on swimming long. In fact when my husband I were there a jacket would have been nice even for a beach walk.
The parking was awful however so be prepared to park way up the street and walk.
Written 13 June 2024
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Bart C
Foster City, CA472 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Broad sandy beach overlooking the Point Lobos Peninsula and right at the edge of the housing sections of Carmel. Not enough parking when busy, however. There was a lifeguard station and bathrooms, yet I don't know when they actually have a lifeguard.
Written 9 May 2024
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Tamara T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
One of the most picturesque beaches in the world! Thunderous ocean and quiet bird-filled wetlands are separated by a perfect white sand beach. A must see in the Carmel/Monterey area!
Written 1 November 2023
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WillieMacfan
Healdsburg, CA843 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Carmel River Beach is located where the Carmel River enters the Pacific Ocean so it offers some variety to other beaches in the area. The fresh water area allows protected wading for kids. There is a large expanse of sand allowing any number of beach activities
Written 5 May 2023
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Katie D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
There is construction going on here, but the beach is amazing and the color of the water is out of this world.
Written 27 February 2023
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DianaRae
Cincinnati, OH61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Such a magical place to be at sunset. My husband and I strolled as the sun went down and there were quite a few others there for the experience and it just felt festive and beautiful
Written 20 January 2023
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Baerbel D
Greenbrae, CA5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
It was close to our hotel, however the waves are strong no swimming and deep walk down over the sand
Written 6 September 2022
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L & J
San Diego, CA44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Beautiful beach for a nice walk ! Such a great area to explore with amazing flocks of sea birds overhead and wading in the river.
Written 25 June 2022
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GlobeTrotting825865
Portland, OR17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This area is always lovely....and open for areas to stop for pictures or just to enjoy the waves and the beach
Written 9 May 2022
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593vivianl
Galt, United States8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Ample parking, rest rooms, dogs can run off leash and play. Our dog had a great time. Beach itself stretches as far as the eye can see, so one can walk along the ocean for hours if one so wishes.
Written 14 October 2021
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