Carmel River State Beach
Carmel River State Beach
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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.
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Baerbel D
Greenbrae, CA5 contributions
Sep 2022
It was close to our hotel, however the waves are strong no swimming and deep walk down over the sand
Written 6 September 2022
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L & J
San Diego, CA49 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Beautiful beach for a nice walk ! Such a great area to explore with amazing flocks of sea birds overhead and wading in the river.
Written 25 June 2022
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GlobeTrotting825865
Portland, OR18 contributions
Apr 2022
This area is always lovely....and open for areas to stop for pictures or just to enjoy the waves and the beach
Written 9 May 2022
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593vivianl
Galt, United States7 contributions
Oct 2021
Ample parking, rest rooms, dogs can run off leash and play. Our dog had a great time. Beach itself stretches as far as the eye can see, so one can walk along the ocean for hours if one so wishes.
Written 14 October 2021
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mr_larry_smith
Austin, TX1,370 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
How does one pick the more beautiful places in the Carmel area? When I do rate them this is one of the best. We could just sit and admire as well as walk around.
Written 30 August 2021
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Mahmoud Kamal
Cairo, Egypt52 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
the most beautiful place you can visit in your whole life, the view is magical, the mountains, ocean and river are all amazing
Written 27 June 2021
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Patrick C
Reston, VA1 contribution
Jun 2020
It's a great beach, but once again, Trip Advisor is featuring a photo of a different place. Just look through all the photos to get a better idea of what it looks like.
Written 4 April 2021
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Amy E
Sarasota, FL94 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Great beach to see sea life in the distance. Quite rough seas on some days though. Smaller beach than I'm used to in Florida, but great view of cliffs, homes, and beauty
Written 21 March 2021
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,651 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
This was an expansive and fine sandy beach we discovered at the end of the Scenic Road drive. A small parking lot and restrooms were available. No lifeguard station anywhere.

It was a good break to get out and stretch our legs after the short drive. Views of the Pacific Ocean on one side, Carmel homes and the wetlands at the mouth of the Carmel River on the other. The sand was quite cold but soft to walk on. Waves did have a tendency to break over the top of the beach and roll towards the mouth of the river so being here at high tide meant making sure we sat down in the right spot. It was a lesson learned after the first wave swamped our poor dog.

What stood out the most was the huge flocks of birds (many varieties) that were spread out on the beach and in the wetlands. When disturbed they blanketed the sky and we had to walk away to avoid any potential bird droppings.

If it wasn’t so cold then we would have enjoyed visiting longer.

Written 9 January 2021
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Thainá M
Sao Bernardo Do Campo, SP26 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The perfect place to visit with family, friends or all together. If you’re on road trip by the sea you must go there.
Written 28 October 2020
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