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Carmel River State Beach

US Higway 1, Carmel, CA
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Ranked #5 of 29 attractions in Carmel
Type: Beaches
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English first
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
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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4 reviews 4 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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California
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The weather was ideal on our visit .It as was such a pleasant weekend, a little rain, some clouds and plenty of sun. Enjoying the environment was such an exciting adventure. Wetook a light lunch with red wine to enjoy this special time.

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Carmel, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a beautiful little hidden gem of a beach. Oftentimes there are small weddings and many of the locals like this little beach because it is so much more quiet.

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Oakland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

If you the river/lagoon is not flowing to the ocean, you can walk from Carmel to the southern end of this park. The southern end connects with Monastery Beach, parking near the little red school house. You can see dolphins, otters, an orca, falcons, turkey vultures, quail, bunnies, bobcats, lizards, pelicans, sea birds, and on and on. Not all on... More

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London
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I recently visited this beach with my partner - picking it over the more crowded city beach. What an amazing find! The beach is absolutely stunning, perfectly clean with white sands and clear waters. We had been to Monterey earlier that day to go whale watching, but when we arrived at Carmel River State Beach we realised we hadn't needed... More

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