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Address: Ocean Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone Number: 831 649 2836
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Activities: Sunbathing, Birdwatching
Description: The water is brisk and the surf is hazardous, but the amazing views from...
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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First time watching the sunset at Carmel beach. Hopefully not my last! I can't think of a more perfect or better spot to watch the sunset on the west coast. The sand is super... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Vernon, B.C.
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285 reviews 285 reviews
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

First time watching the sunset at Carmel beach. Hopefully not my last! I can't think of a more perfect or better spot to watch the sunset on the west coast. The sand is super soft, the people are respectful and friendly and the sun (and weather) cooperated nicely. It was perfection! Kudos to the Carmel city council for not charging... More 

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Portland Oregon
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This beach has some of the cleanest light/white sand I have ever seen. Parking can be at a premium but if you are staying in town off Ocean Ave the walk isn't far. People rave about the shopping (I'm one of them) but this beach is a gem and deserves your equal time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

everything was great, really great sunset. Fun to watch the surfers. white sand. Enjoyed a bottle of vino on the beach

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We arrived just before sunset and were fortunate enough to find a parking space close to the beach - but they fill up quickly. There is a way to get a wheelchair or stroller out to view the sunset on a wooden ramp and viewing platform. Unfortunately, this small platform was filled with able bodied people. I think it would... More 

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El Dorado Hills, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Beautiful sand and fabulous sunsets. What more do you want? There were also benches to sit on just to watch the sunset.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Best sunset I've ever watched. Crowds literally come in force seconds before the sun is about to set, and the setting is nothing short of sensational.

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Central Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Easily one of the most beautiful, panoramic beaches I have ever been on – the longest I have been on since I was last at the Wildwoods in New Jersey. Easy surf for the little kids and it is dog friendly! You will be right below the greens of the world famous Pebble Beach golf course. That was cool.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

It is not the size of the beach it is the vibe for this Beach. The people that inhabit this beach are so vibrantly friendly. When you take a dog friendly beach, happy tourists, smiling locals and those beautiful Junipers that almost wave to you as you pass by it is a recipe for pure fun and tranquility at the... More 

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Cali, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

went during summer time with my family couple years ago!! really nice town… we went on a road trip all over the coast and this was my favorite town!! really nice house, beautiful beach, amazing weather, lots of small cute restaurants and cafes !!! carmel beach is a place to relax, spend quality time with your family, befriend, dog or... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great beach walk drooling over multi million dollar beach houses. Take the drive all along the coast here to see some awesome houses. Every one is unique

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