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Carmel City Beach / Carmel River Beach

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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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Great Beach!

Great beach in Carmel! We have been lucky with parking as it is on the street and free. There is no fee to get on the beach, dogs are allowed which is fun, sand is soft and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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El Dorado Hills, California
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El Dorado Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Great beach in Carmel! We have been lucky with parking as it is on the street and free. There is no fee to get on the beach, dogs are allowed which is fun, sand is soft and the stretch of beach is magnificent for a long walk. There are bathrooms at the top of the hill before you walk down... More 

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Niceville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The Beach here is one of the nicest in the region especially if you're bringing a family. It is beautiful and accessible with numerous places to shop and eat within easy walking distance. One nice thing here also is that, unlike so many California beaches these days, dogs are still allowed on the beach. Travelers should know that parking can... More 

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Carmel, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Two of the most beautiful beaches in the world are located in Carmel. Friendly locals and soul soothing. Carmel beach is dog friendly for well behaved dogs. It puts a smile on your face and all of whom are with you.

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We stopped to stretch our legs and because our daughters wanted to run on the beach. The sand was super soft and the water very cold, even in August. While I do not think this beach is great like the SoCal beaches, it is very nice. One note, it is a big hill to walk down to the water, and... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Walk down Ocean in Carmel to the City Beach and you'll find all sorts of people having fun: couples, families, extended families. It's a busy place with a matchless view of the bay.

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

White sand and big waves is what you should expect for this amazing beach at Carmel, it was so fun to hang out there, and play with waves.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Don't miss this wonderful beach scene in Carmel by the Sea. A gorgeous drive with great scenery. A great place to relax and smell the air.

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Carmel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Carmel beach is a great beach however the City has recently enacted restrictions on beach fires so if you wish to build a big bonfire be aware that's no longer allowed. The beach itself is a great beach for walking but there is also a pedestrian friendly walkway/sidewalk on Scenic drive which runs above the beach. Both the beach itself... More 

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

One of my favorite beaches to go to around the area. A huge perk is that this is (as far as I know) the ONLY beach around in which it is okay to bring your dog onto the beach without a leash. As a dog owner this is definitely was brought me back after my first visit. There are plenty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We have visited Carmel beach with my wife. Ww got a towel from a shop, got some drinks and went to the beach. It was aroung 4 when we fot there. It was a little bit windy and cold but the sun kept us warm. We swim a litte bit. Ocean is cokd as usual. Also you can the burst... More 

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