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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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one of my favorite california beaches

I've been to MANY California beaches, north and south. This is a favorite for its breathtaking beauty, the gnarly trees, the silhouettes, the rugged coast line... plus a sandy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Stockholm, Sweden
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77 reviews 77 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I've been to MANY California beaches, north and south. This is a favorite for its breathtaking beauty, the gnarly trees, the silhouettes, the rugged coast line... plus a sandy beach. It really has it ALL.

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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

At the foot of Ocean Avenue lies Carmel's main beach. It runs quite a distance, affording people a good long walk. Many people with dogs let their dogs off leash to cavort in the surf. You can see part of famed Pebble Beach from the beach. When you've had enough of shopping in Carmel, walk the beach or Scenic Avenue,... More 

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Shawnee, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The beach is beautiful, just what you'd expect with it being in Carmel. I was there in April and the wind was blowing and it was pretty cool, but the sand was warm and with the day being clear and sunny, it made for good viewing of the beautiful surrounding scenery. There were a few dogs romping on the beach... More 

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Trinity, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If this is the Horseshoe shaped beach all the way around the bend from Scenic Drive...It is a force of nature. Waves break very close to shore and the current is STRONG. There are no lifeguards, be careful. Watching the ocean and walking and taking it all in is the best.

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Holladay, Utah
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This beach is so nice. I have been to many southern and northern California beaches and this is one of the best. With that being said this beach allows dogs so if you are not able to tolerate dogs then it might not work for you. Everyone was very respectful with their dog but they do exist.

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Meridian, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Beautiful ocean views, soft white sand beach, family and pet friendly. Enjoy the beach or observe from the look out above.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

There was a lot of parking and even in the cold the atmosphere was most inviting. The birds wanted to join us but did not harass us in any way; just sang to us as we had our wine and cheese.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Beautiful beach along Carmel Village. Great for walking, picnic, people-watching. Didn´t find any bathrooms when daughter needed one, though. Parking above beach, a bit crowded, but spots available southern part.

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Gardner, Kansas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

wide beach with room for everyone. Spectacular scenery and white sand make this a wonderful walk. Pets are welcome as well! A perfect spot anytime but would be ideal to watch a sunset.

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Akron, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

There is lots of space, soft sand, clean wonderful beach. This is one of my favorite beaches, and I've been all over. Gorgeous

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