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Carmel City Beach / Carmel River Beach

Ocean Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
831 649 2836
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Ranked #3 of 28 Attractions in Carmel
Type: Beaches
Activities: Sunbathing, Birdwatching
Traveler Description:  The Carmel City Beach and the Carmel River Beach are two of the most scenic beaches in this area.  The pristine white sandy beach at Carmel is a... more »
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Oshkosh, WI
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

The sunset at the beach is not to be missed! While fog can lessen the beauty, grab a bottle of wine and some cheese and you won't forget the view.

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Carmel, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

People and dogs alike flock to this beach walk, both on the semi-paved walk and the beach itself for people-watching, fresh air, bird-watching, just enjoying nature.

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Carmel, California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
71 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Off the main tourist circut on the end of Scenic Drive you'll find the River Beach. There are wonderful rock formations to climb and some of the most beautiful crashing waves to see. You can see otters and kelp forest heads as well as tidepools and all sorts of beach birds. This is where to locals go. Warning: For those... More

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Stony Brook, NY
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

Come at sunset and watch the dog walkers. It seems as if the whole town turns out for thee beautiful views.

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California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

You haven't been to Carmel if you don't see the beach. I had a chance to visit at sunset this time. A lot of people flocked there to take pictures as the sun was setting, it was great!

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Santa Rosa, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

Gorgeous beach with a spectacular backdrop of cliffs and vegetation.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

The beach was fresh and clean, and swimming in winter was freezing.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

This is such a great beach. Walk to quaint streets, shops, etc. But on holidays parking is limited and it's usually too cold to go into the water (kids don't seem to mind, though!). I wouldn't worry too much about parking because walking anywhere in Carmel is a treat. This beach is very friendly to dogs who all seem to... More

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Babylon, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

Nice beach, close proximity to the hotel. We are from Long Island so we have beaches nearby and did not spend much time there.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Doggies welcomed and very clean wide sand area with good sunset vista.

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