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“I lucked out an got a parking place!” 4 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.
bay area sf
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“I lucked out an got a parking place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a beautiful beach and the weather was wonderful. I was able to get a street parking spot and walk the beach in the afternoon. While there is a big car show in town, the beach was relatively quiet. The village itself was a zoo!

Visited August 2014
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“Pristine white sand, not too crowded, plenty of room”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Although it has tons of visitors on an average high-season day, Carmel's city beach is a relatively long beach, so easy to get away from the people and claim your own quiet spot on the sand. If you walk to one end, you can enjoy watching the golfers on part of Pebble Beach's links.

Suggest parking in a nearby neighborhood and walking over to the beach if you can - parking in Carmel can be a challenge generally, and particularly near the beach during the high season.

This beach is also dog-friendly! Happily, everyone seems to pick up after their pooches.

Visited July 2014
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“Beautiful, Quiet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Happened upon this beach while driving through Carmel By The Sea (I was enchanted by the fairy tale houses). This is a neat beach because there is a river area where kids could swim, because the ocean beach is too cold and dangerous. Restrooms available.

Visited July 2014
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“make a fire !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

go at night, make a fire and have a glass of champagne one the beach....one of the few places in the world to do it legally

Visited July 2014
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“Must Do When in Carmel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It isn't a visit to see the family in Carmel Valley without an afternoon at the beach. We like the south side of Carmel Beach and enjoy having a quiet picnic while watching the waves and local surfers. Have found some great sea glass too!

Visited August 2014
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