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“Hands down best beach in Cali! ” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carmel City Beach / Carmel River Beach

Carmel City Beach / Carmel River Beach
Ocean Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
831 649 2836
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Ranked #3 of 25 Attractions in Carmel
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Sunbathing, Birdwatching
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Owner description: The water is brisk and the surf is hazardous, but the amazing views from the shore will draw you like a magnet to these striking white sand beaches for a leisurely stroll or picnic.
Monterey, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Hands down best beach in Cali! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Everything from the sand to the views of Pebble Beach this is the best beach in California. My family and I love to have picnics and have our dogs and kids run around. Note: if your dog does not play nice with others DO NOT bring them!!!!

A lot of us locals hanging out and enjoying where we live. You can also have bone fires at certain spots.

ENJOY!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“The softest sand!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had been traveling the Pacific Coast highway all the way from the tip of Washington and this sand was ultra-soft. We had a nice stroll along the beach in the early morning. Others were out, but it wasn't too crowded. The skies were overcast, but our moods light as we listened to the waves and viewed Carmel and the Pebble Beach golf course.

Visited August 2014
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Buffalo, New York
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“Gorgeous - must do the Scenic Road drive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A must see in Carmel, the beach is pristine with soft white sand and beautiful coastline view. We saw dolphins around sunset! Parking in the late afternoon/evening was not a problem. Highly reccommend driving down Scenic Road which is a one-way street starting at the beach parking lot. The homes on this road are like little storybook houses, amazing architecture with gorgeous setting. The best of Carmel is right there on the coast!

Visited August 2014
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San Francisco, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Clean, nice sand good time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We lucked out and got a parking spot right near the rest room practically on the beach. We tried to boogie board but the waves were not fabulous. We prefer the rougher surf at Marina beach with my 10 and 13 year old boys. But good for swimming and young kids as long as you keep an eye on them. But the beach was clean and dogs were allowed off leash. Looked at shells. etc.

Visited August 2014
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Kentwood, Louisiana
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“Dreamy locale”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a beautiful beach in an amazing area of our country. If you're in Carmel put this on your list of must visits. We hope to return for a view of the sunset.

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