I recently visited this beach with my partner - picking it over the more crowded city beach. What an amazing find! The beach is absolutely stunning, perfectly clean with white sands and clear waters. We had been to Monterey earlier that day to go whale watching, but when we arrived at Carmel River State Beach we realised we hadn't needed to do that as you could see the humpback whales just swimming off the shore! We spent a perfect afternoon relaxing on the sands, watching the whales and enjoying the peace and quiet. Carmel itself is chocolate-box gorgeous so a must visit if you're on the West Coast.
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