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Carmel River State Beach

Carmelo St, Carmel, CA
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Ranked #5 of 28 Attractions in Carmel
Type: Beaches
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Austin Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

If you have a dog, you will love it. We enjoyed watching everyone on the beach and the views were beautiful but too cold to actually lay on the beach and enjoy the sunshine.And this is their summer.

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Indianapolis
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Somehow we never made it to the beach during the day, but we sat on the beach in the evening and watched a beautiful sunset. Definitely wish we would have enjoyed the white-sand beach during the day!

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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 September 8, 2014

Around the bend from the Carmel Beach this is better for playing in the sand, climbing rocks and dipping toes. In a non-drought you can go in the much warmer water of the Carmel River.

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Carmel, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Beautiful beach for bonfires at night with family or friends. Picnics. Wet suit most likely required for water sports. Volleyball I the sand. Dog friendly. Great for whale or dolphin watching certain times of the year.

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San Lorenzo
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This beach was nice not two many people, which is great if you just want to relax on the sand and enjoy some nice and quiet. We did not get in the water as the waves were really sharp. A few folks were just getting their feet wet on the shore. I must warn the sand here is not fine... More

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New York City, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Everything. Carmel is such a lovely quaint town by the sea. We enjoyed just walking around and spending time with our friends sitting outside the inn talking with other guests.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Walking on this state beach is very enjoyable for me. It has fine-sand, long beach, and enough space to accommodate many tourists like me, locals for sun-tanning, and dogs lovers for their favorite fun games. However, don't expect to swim in the ocean not because of any sort of "shark threat" but because of the cold water temperatures (weather temps... More

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Austin, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Once again beautiful scenery. The day we were there, it was very cloudy and cool weather-wise, so we spent our time walking along the beach and enjoying the surroundings. Perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of all the shops. Parking is free, but limited. Clean, beautiful beach which is easy to maneuver. A wonderful morning experience.... More

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Maui, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I love the Carmel river beach! It is less crowded than its neighboring Carmel Beach and offers stunning views of Point Lobos. When the Carmel River is running low you can easily cross over to the rec trail that runs along the coast from the river beach to the monastery beach. One of my favorite beaches in the monterey area!

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west of Washington, DC
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108 reviews 108 reviews
34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We stopped at the Carmel River State Beach in a typical July weekday - we had a perfect beach day - sunny and calm weather, not very crowded, and amazing views! we sat on the rocks and watched whales off in the distance!

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