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Carmel River State Beach

Address: Carmelo St, Carmel, CA
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Storm Lake
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

With the mouth of Carmel river terminating before it breaks the sand wall to reach the ocean this sandy domain offers evening views of frolicking dolphins, the sea otters and magnificent sunsets. At the time of heavy rainfalls the river joins the ocean and bars any further walk, but watching Carmel River rip the sand dunes is awesome!

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Los Angeles, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
26 attraction reviews
287 helpful votes 287 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a beautiful beach. Most tourists go to the beach accessed through the heart of Carmel village. Although beautiful, there are crowds and parking can be hard to find. Access to beach is down the sand hill. Carmel River State Beach is located close by Carmel Mission. The parking lot is maybe 18 slots but well worth a try.... More 

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Carmel Valley, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This little neighborhood beach has it all happening. Access by Carmelo Road leads to a small and crowded parking lot. Good rest room facilities. The combination of freshwater lagoon and beautiful beach with pounding shore break and great views to Point Lobos. My wife and I walked here one day and actually saw a small pod of humpback whales creating... More 

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Carmel Valley, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I like this beach because it is not as overrun with dogs as the city beach, and the dogs there are supposed to be on leashes. It is a nice long sandy beach, with beautiful rock formations, wildlife, and on stormy days some amazing crashing waves. But this is not a beach where you can go safely in the water.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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74 reviews 74 reviews
13 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This stretch of beach is just beyond Scenic Ave, and has a parking lot and restroom. Most tourists seem to never discover this beach, so it tends to be less crowded. It's the same sand, the same ocean... you do the math.

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San Francisco, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

When I was there, the waves were huge! There was no one surfing or playing near the water because I think it was a bit too dangerous. There were many people walking on the beach and taking photos since the views were beautiful, especially around sunset time. There is only a small parking lot.

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Kings Stanley, UK
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112 reviews 112 reviews
54 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We all went down to the beach to watch the sun rise. A great place for a pre dawn jog along the waves. Loads of wildlife to see in the form of birds that feed on the incoming waves. Quite safe as there were plenty of other people about.

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St. Louis, MO
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122 reviews 122 reviews
30 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

You can quickly see why so many people stop by for a visit. It was not very crowded so we were able to move around freely. Being able to see Pebble Beach in the distance was an added bonus. Parking was a snap and free.

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

While Carmel's pretentiousness is grating, it's beach is gorgeous. yes, there are a few of pretentius homes here too but there are also a variety of nicely appointed ones that are situated on a gorgeous white sand beach with a well maintained park in between. After finding a parking space (not easy), there is a sidewalk that runs the length... More 

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Rock Spring, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Breathtaking views from the cliffs to down by the water. The homes were beautiful also. One of the best places on earth.

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