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Carmel River State Beach

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Address: Carmelo St, Carmel, CA
Phone Number: 8316492836
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Beautiful white sand beach with a river running through it!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Di C
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Thank Di C
Monterey, California
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Thank Ray B
Baltimore
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37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Ed K
Sao Paulo, SP
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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank SASFlavio
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Thank Ashley E
San Jose, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars 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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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Carmel River State Beach is a windswept shore in Monterrey Bay. It's a cold beach, but a beautiful backdrop for romantic walks or even weddings. Even in the early spring through the summer, come prepared for the cold. Also, it's not advisable to go swimming as there are dangerous rip tides and swift currents. This mile long stretch of peacefulness... More 

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Thank Sandra M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

It is a beautiful beach. 5 stars due to its beauty. It is not a swimming beach. It is very dangerous because of the rip tides. Do an internet search of the beach drownings and near death experiences. You will find plenty. We visited with small children and were letting our girls get their feet wet (not swim). A local... More 

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Moraga, California
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

even more beautiful than the main beach downtown, but hardly any parking spots and no bike racks limits access to a handful of early risers or locals.

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Verneuil-en-Bourbonnais, France
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78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

The Carmel River State Beach is a place of peaceful beauty, with its lush lagoon and peerless ocean views always awaiting those to tread it scenic setting. As much as I enjoy Carmel Beach, it pales in comparison to the quiet ans yet stirring splendor that awaits one to the south. By all means, tramp along its inviting and boundless... More 

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