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Carmel River State Beach

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Address: Carmelo St, Carmel, CA
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Pretty beach

A nice beach close to Camel. Worth a visit whether you just want a walk or a day on the beach. We had limited time but enjoyed the views.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

A nice beach close to Camel. Worth a visit whether you just want a walk or a day on the beach. We had limited time but enjoyed the views.

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Oakville, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I walked twice from ocean avenue along scenic drive to Carmel river beach....they have parking and washrooms if need them. The waves, the rocks, the quiet and u can see over to point lobos....hewven

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

I used to pass this beach on the way to Point Lobos and Big Sur. Be very careful. Surf can be very unpredictable. But do stop and add pictures to your collection.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

There is something in the air is it pure happiness caused by the lovely sea air, the friendly locals strolling about, equally excited tourists or the exceptional aroma from the Monterey Cypress tree, in a post about the Carmel City Beach I referred to it as a Juniper, a big Faux pas, for there is a difference "Apologies" . It... More 

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Carmel, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is an idyllic stretch of beach with stunning views and lots of opportunities to see wildlife. Be VERY careful of going in the water - there are dangerous rips that can quickly drag you under and out to sea.

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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

Lovely white sand beach backed by dunes. Free parking, if you are lucky. Good surf to paddle in, but probably not safe to swim out. Not too busy, with a nice atmosphere. Whales and dolphins offshore are a bonus.

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Half Moon Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Nice little cove beach with public parking and restrooms. Not as overcrowded as the bottom of Ocean St. / main Carmel beach. Backs onto the marsh so if the waves are rough, you can also sightsee in the marshes and backwaters. Great rocks for family climbing exploring if the tide is out and you bring your tide tables!

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Carmel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The River Beach is less popular than Carmel's City Beach but it has some great surf, a lagoon with hundreds of birds and looks across at Point Lobos. We have often seen dolphin fishing in the cove. Lovely spot. The downside is very limited parking and bathrooms that are sometimes out of order.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This very wide beach is just beautiful. First walking out onto it, I needed a moment to take it all in. It really is just beautiful. Nestled in a cove, it has cliffs on either side and goes for a couple of miles I believe. Really great beach to go to if in the area. I highly recommend it.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Since I was there mid week it was easy to find a parking spot to enjoy the Carmel River State Beach. First, there is the delightful river area and lagoon area which is fun to watch the birds at. I then took a short walk down the sand hill to get to the beach area. It is a delightful place... More 

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