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Carmel River State Beach

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Address: Carmelo St, Carmel, CA
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+1 831-649-2836

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Beautiful estuary envrionment

Carmel River beach is a gorgeous example of a specialized ecosytem that is becoming more rare in California. It is also a beuatiful swath of beach with fantastic views up towards... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Linda S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Carmel River beach is a gorgeous example of a specialized ecosytem that is becoming more rare in California. It is also a beuatiful swath of beach with fantastic views up towards Carmel Valley and towards Pt. Lobos. It was an extremely important area to wildlife and Native Californians.

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Yucaipa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Carmel River State Beach is a nice stop on your drive into or out of Carmel. If you want to enjoy the quaint small town atmosphere of Carmel then park downtown but if you want to enjoy the coastline then this is your place. We easily found parking and were able to get out and explore.

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Granite Bay, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

There's a reason the town of Carmel is where it is. The beach is lovely with soft white sand and lots of friendly dogs. I love the fire pits the city provides for s'mores.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

Very charming and picturesque with good parking and restroom but you will need to bring water and food

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Depending on the time of year, this beach will either be fully walkable down to Ribera Beach (when the Carmel River is low, like it was in August) or only walkable to the Carmel River which is connected to the ocean (which it was in April).

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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

This beach is nestled between Carmel by the Sea beach and the more dangerous Carmel Beach. Plenty of white sands, a fresh water estuary with sea birds where the Carmel River meets the sea and a more gentle surf along one side of the beach give it its own special charm. Well maintained restroom facilities make it perfect for a... More 

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Baltimore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

One must stop for awhile at the beach at the end of Ocean Ave. One of the nicest beach and is dog friendly!! A must go and hang out and relax!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

Water here is warmer than in the beach, and is definitely a nice place to spend some time with your kids or dogs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Everyone hits Carmel Beach (which is a great view of the sunset), but I like this one so much more - safer wading for kids, great sand, not as many dogs peeing everywhere. Highly recommended.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

visited July 3rd so obviously travelling in from san jose was long overall nice beach with beautiful views. It was free. not as crowded as the beach at the end of Ocean Ave. parking was at side of road beach was a bit more pebbly and not as sandy as the other beach I mentioned above; dogs are welcome as... More 

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