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Carmel River State Beach

US Higway 1, Carmel, CA
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Ranked #5 of 28 attractions in Carmel
Type: Beaches
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Foothill Ranch, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
52 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This mile-long beach located on Carmel Bay is a nice stop. Check out the bird sanctuary or if you want to check it out it's full beauty, don't miss the view that can be encountered as a scuba diver.

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Henley in Arden, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Beautiful beach, as fine a sand as you will find and lots of it. This is free parking and was well frequented by people doing many different things, families with kids playing, lots of dog walkers., people having a walk, trying to surf etc. Everyone behaving very politely. All very nice and as good as it gets on a busy... More

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Bern, Switzerland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

On the way down south, we spent some time on the beach and played volleyball as a family in the sand at the beach. It is very clean, there's always a sense of fresh, ocean breath and everything seems to be in perfect order.

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Bay Area
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Pristine white sand, beautiful stretch of beach. Great place to walk by the ocean. Clean bathrooms make it easy to spend time there. Steep walk up the hill to town for lunch at any one of the various delicious cafes or restaurants.

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Carmel, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It was amazing as we visited this after our breakfast to walk off the wonderful meal. The parking was free but we chose to walk and exercise leisurely while enjoying the view of the water and the feel of the shore. Some people had their dog, but were extremely attentive to cleaning up after them. Everyone there was a pleasure... More

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Northern California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I like this beach much better than Carmel City Beach if you have a dog because it's less crowded, and has easier access...

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Oakland, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This wonderful beach has 3 perspectives - ocean, river flowing to ocean, estuary created by river. The sound of birds fills the estuary. And, less people than the Carmel City Beach. Note: Dogs are required to be on leash.

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Pismo Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This park we visited often as it was so nice and easy to access. Spent lazy late day picinicing with wine and cheese. The views awsome.

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This beach is large, so I recommend to stop at the southern end, off Highway 1 and San Jose Creek Canyon Road. Plenty of free parking there. It has everything you want to see: cliffs, breaking waves, sea lions!

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Mariposa, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This beach is close to Carmel downtown, right on the highway. Easy, free, parking and no entrance fee. Nice view of ocean

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