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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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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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34 helpful votes 34 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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Vancouver, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

In our trip to the Monterey area, we had two days planned with nothing except "playing on the beach". Although we spent some time at other beaches, we ended up at Carmel River State Beach both days because it was the best. Pros: Free parking. Bathrooms provided. Flat walk from parking lot to beach areas (another beach in the area... More

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Milpitas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Loved this beach, wasn't too crowded. so it was fun. its quite a steep slope to the beach, and walking all the way up and down on the sand was super fun! Visit the town and the beach, its a a great place.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Great Beach - treated to a whole bay full of dolphins - what a sight !! Soft sand and free parking. A definite stop on any california road trip

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Foothill Ranch, California
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61 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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62 reviews 62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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