Carmel has one of the most beautiful beaches in all of California. The sand is deep and white and thanks to volunteers, very clean. From the bottom of Ocean Avenue, you can stand right on the beach and see Pebble Beach to your right and Pt. Lobos to your left. 

One of the special activities that local's enjoy is watching the sunset from this vantage point. There is something so peaceful about watching the sun dip under the horizon while listening to the waves gently crash onto the shore. You can stop by the market and pick up some deli items and enjoy a little picnic or walk to one of many great cafe's for dinner.

The following restrictions apply to fires on the beach:

  1. All fires must be extinguished by 10:00PM.
  2. Fires are permitted only south of 10th Avenue.
  3. No fires larger than 3’ x 3’ x 3’.
  4. All fires must be at least 25 feet from the slopes.
  5. Do not burn trash or any wood containing nails or sharp objects.
  6. Extinguish fires with water not sand.   Leave the coals open and visible to pedestrians.

For a very memorable experience, you can enjoy a private, romantic bonfire for two through Romantic Room Designs. If you are traveling with a large party, many families and friends gather together in the coves at the very end of the beach. 

Although there are many great beaches in Monterey County, don't forget to take time to visit Carmel Beach.