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Carmel River State Beach

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Address: Carmelo St, Carmel, CA
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Very beautiful, small, quiet beach. Waves crashing and hills all around make this beach a great spot to walk to or from. Park here or at that "other" well known Carmel beach (next... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Very beautiful, small, quiet beach. Waves crashing and hills all around make this beach a great spot to walk to or from. Park here or at that "other" well known Carmel beach (next to down town) and just walk. The raid between these beaches is one way so there's less traffic to worry about-and they are usually going slow enjoying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This stunning beach is one of our favorites. Its a great place to walk to, walk on, picnic, watch the sunset and play! A perfect place to take the family and there is also parking available!

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Seattle, Washington
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Not too crowded and a great place to just sit and smell the ocean and look for otters. Small parking lot. Near downtown Carmel-By-The-Sea.

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

A lovely, friendly local met us on the main beach in Carmel and suggested we drove along the beach-hugging Scenic Drive to here, 15 minutes away. Sound advice. Wild and windy, with rocks and crunchy sand, it's a gem.

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Thank Dragonlair
San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Most Carmel visitors go to the Carmel Beach City Park, at the end of Ocean Avenue, and figure that's all they need to see in "seeing" Carmel. I would recommend a drive to this state beach, which is as scenic as Carmel Beach, without the crowds of tourists. Dogs on leashes are allowed. Fires on the beach are prohibited during... More 

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

It's a bit hard to find, which may be why it was practically deserted on the weekday morning and evening that we visited. Beautiful views of the ocean, rocks, lagoon, and salt marsh. Nice restroom, free entrance and parking. Dogs allowed on leash, although we saw several people with dogs off leash.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

If you have little children and want to make sure the shore is safe for them to play freely, this beach is the best kept secret! Beautiful and calm water with nice sand and few people.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

Another great vista that you must see while in Carmel. This beach is clean and very beautiful with rocks and white sand to enjoy.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Other than walking the scenic route we did not go into the Carmel Beach. However I was able to see some whales which we enjoyed.

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Livermore, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

doing the whole Carmel drive and ending up here is a nice experience. You can bring a picnic or something and just enjoy the view

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