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Carmel state beach have a lot of families and people with the dogs in the beach so it’s not the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dolce808
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Lisbon, Portugal
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stunning scenery in this well kept area

Well worth a visit, the scenery is stunning and preserved in a fairly wild state, few amenities but... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
stevel849
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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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.
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Carmelo St, Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Carmel state beach have a lot of families and people with the dogs in the beach so it’s not the best spot to take a bath in the sea but it’s a good place to relax a little and take some time to walk by.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dolce808
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth a visit, the scenery is stunning and preserved in a fairly wild state, few amenities but wonderful blustery walks available. It was great out of season as it felt we had the whole place to ourselves

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stevel849
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There is a charm to this place, the scenic view drive is a a stunner. Drove on the Scenic Road, 3 laps in a go and fell in love with it. A very very calm and beautiful little drive, well kept sea facing villas and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lostdipika
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being it was December we almost didn’t visit this beach, but decided to at the last minute. So glad we did. It is really nice and has great views either north toward Pebble Beach or South towards Point Lobos. There was no wind and the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank apilgriminprogress
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was almost no one here on a wonderfully warm fall afternoon. Just drive down the hill from Pacific Coast Highway, through the town and here is this almost secret gem..A must see if you're in the area.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here and enjoyed the view. Beautiful beach and locals told us it's never crowded. Lots of locals enjoyed the area with their families and dogs. Excellent place!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lynnetravels2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great almost hidden beach in Carmel. I like it because it's a perfect crescent beach that overlooks Point Lobos State Park (which is another gem). This beach sits just south of Carmel Village with its gorgeous homes and views, so if you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank raygay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ocean Ave shoppers rarely travel the 4-9 blocks to this tranquil prototypical Central California beach. Gorgeous sand, framed by cypress trees, with nice overlooks and access. Adequate parking and pet-friendly. The best months to visit are Oct-Dec; temps are often still in the mild, shirtsleeve...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jim L
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Easy to find with a vast stretch of sand. Not crowded at all compare to Carmel beach, clean toilets and beach, very dog friendly, and the view, oh, the view :)

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Culture809970
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Carmel River Beach is a spectacular beach. The water is beautiful shades of blue and white sands. Neat & clean. Friendly neighbors. Super awesome beach!......highly recommended for Family!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bose J
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Roam251091
September 19, 2016|
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Response from Richard1939 | Reviewed this property |
The beach slopes up to the sidewalk not requiring steps. Further down the sand hills are steeper
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Lovable209
August 26, 2016|
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Response from tehachap | Reviewed this property |
If you own a beach wheelchair, Carmel River State Beach at Scenic and Carmelo has flat access from the car to the sand. I do not know what rental services offers 'beach wheelchairs.' No rental services at all are near any... More
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Vicki L
May 18, 2016|
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Response from HoopsDad | Reviewed this property |
We ate at a place called From Scratch and we loved it. Our dog was also treated very well. This is a very dog friendly town and most places allow dogs. They simply have outdoor seating to accommodate them. As has been stated... More
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