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Review of Carmel City Beach / Carmel River Beach

Carmel City Beach / Carmel River Beach
Ranked #2 of 109 things to do in Carmel
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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.
Connecticut, USA
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Paradise!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

As East Coasters, we are enthralled by the northern California coast. Carmel City Beach is spectacular. I've been to Carmel in March and December and while neither are bikini weather (thank goodness!), the beach is always breathtaking -- even in the fog. The Monterey pine trees that provide a canopy of shade near the entrance to the beach are spectacular. Then, a short walk away, you're on the edge of Pebble Beach. In the opposite direction, you come to Point Lobos. And Carmelites have the most interesting dogs that they walk on the beach. It's like a sandy version of the Westminster Dog Show.

Visited December 2013
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Thousand Oaks, California
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“A California beach like no other”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

The stunning views of Pebble Beach, the splashing waves crashing against the ocean rocks, the golden sun reflecting the sunrise or the orange sky at sunset -- pick one or all, this beach is incredible.

If you are visiting Carmel -- try to stay near these beaches. There is a wonderful paved walkway along the beach if you are not into strolling in the sand. Well behaved dogs and neat campfires are permitted here. It's like a California dream of old. For those of us who grew up in California, this is how we'd like to remember it. Gorgeous scenery, quiet, casual atmosphere, no street vendors.

Carmel River Beach is near the mission and Carmel City Beach nearer to the city. You'll never want to leave this magical place.

Visited December 2013
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El Dorado Hills, California
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“Sand in your toes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

There are many beautiful beaches in the world but the Carmel beach is something special. Walk the length from the Pebble Beach golf course to the Mission Ranch beach and you will not only work up a good appitite but you'll also breath some of the freshest sea air.

Visited January 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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“Life is Good...in Carmel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

My son and I drove the PCH from LA to SF. We stopped off in Carmel to stay overnight. We stayed in town and spent New Year's Day walking the beach. Wow. It is SO nice in Carmel. Gorgeous area and a great vibe. And, like others have mentioned, a town that is doggy heaven!
The Main Street has so many fun shops to stroll past and linger in, and walking past some of the adorable homes made me want to stay in town longer. I would live in Carmel any day. It is nice there! We went out to the famous Carmel Valley Ranch for dinner and sunset. Super nice and relaxing time.

Visited February 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Doggie Heaven on Earth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

The Carmel City Beach is like no other beach we've ever been to. It's a breeze of a walk down hill (leaving is another story) and well-behaved dogs are welcome to go off leash and enjoy the beach. Through the hazy day we had, it honestly looked as though it were Dog Heaven on Earth (if there is such a place).

Visited January 2014
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