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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.
Carmelo St, Carmel, CA 93923
(831) 649-2836
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Carmel has a great beach full of laid back dog walkers Silicon Valley geeks and movie stars. The town offers free parking and has a Brighton (UK) feel about it with craft shops and wholefood cafes

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank JohnParker-Rees
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to be somewhat off the beaten path go to Carmel River State Beach. It's at the southern end of Carmel where the Carmel River empties into the ocean. This beach is actually part of a nature preserve so be prepared for lots...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am from the southeast and have seen many beautiful, white sand, beaches. I have also had the pleasure of visiting Hawaii and enjoyed the black sand beaches and awesome sunsets. I never expected to be blown away by the beach in Carmel, but I...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Greg H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Carmel Beach is not big but it is a fun place to spend the day with the family.. There are trees to climb and a nice setting for a picnic

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Only visited this beach as part of an early morning run/hike, but with similarly spectacular views as the Carmel city beach, it seems to be less well-known and much quiter. There’s less surf, but it’s a wide, white and well-accessible beach.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank jschulen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The beach is glorious! The sand, the waves, the dogs, the sunsets.... Take a look at the picture...what else can be said?

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 10, 2019 via mobile

The sunset in Carmel was breathtaking. We went to Monterey for the night and was looking for a place to watch the sunset and one of the best place that I’ve found was this beach. Sunset was a bit late but soooo worth the wait....More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank EllexChellie
Reviewed June 6, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful long stretch of sands and sunset not to mention if you are dog(s) lover this is the place You meet so many dog owners and many breeds of dogs not to mention Pebble Beach golf course is within sight Beach , dog , food...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 27, 2019

Cool place to go, a lot less touristy that Monterey and others. Small town with a lot of character and beautiful homes. Carmel and Monterey are basically 3 miles apart.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Trish B
Reviewed May 26, 2019

The beach was clean and lots of folks with dogs. Carmel is really a dog friendly city. I stood in the sea water to recharge the energy. Weather was great for the beach on this early May day.

Date of experience: May 2019
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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
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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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