Our visit to Carmel River Beach was the highpoint of our visit to Carmel. Don't let the name fool you. This is the ocean. The Carmel River empties into the ocean here. It's a very unique beach with the largest sand I've ever seen. It's really closer to small pebbles than sand. Huge and soft on the feet. The surf is quite dangerous here. Be careful going into the water unless you're a really good swimmer. There is a lifeguard on duty here as well.