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Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach

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Address: Ocean Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
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The water is brisk and the surf is hazardous, but the amazing views from...

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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Superb for sunset!

We had a lovely stroll along the dramatic winter beach then climbed the stairs to walk along the promenade on the return trip, both highly recommended. And for the piece de... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a lovely stroll along the dramatic winter beach then climbed the stairs to walk along the promenade on the return trip, both highly recommended. And for the piece de resistance, after days of rain, we saw our first sunset of the week from the beach as the sun dropped below the clouds at the last minute, beautiful!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beach is beautiful and clean. We were here in a huge storm but still enjoyed the beauty. We have lived here before and never miss it when we return to Carmel.

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DFW, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Also, one of the few that allows alcohol and bonfires (apparently). We had a nice picnic on the beach in the winter. It can get quite full in the summer, but is perfect in the non-summer season. Park in Carmel city and walk down to the beach for a nice stroll (parking is very limited as well).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Staying in Carmel for a couple of nights I mistimed the first nights visit to watch the Sunset over the Pacific, so made absolutely certain of arriving both early enough but more importantly staying long enough to catch the full colouration of the evening sky. A bonus was watching dolphins (?) surfacing just offshore and moving slowly along the coastline.... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bring some chairs and lunch because if the weather is right, you won't want to leave. Well maintained Beach area although the bathrooms leave much to be desired. Decent parking and dog friendly for sure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

loved walking down to this beautiful beach at the edge of the quaint little city, we will visit again for sure

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Crowded but plenty of room to toss football and run around. Beautiful vistas and sunsets. There are restrooms on site which nice with kids.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If I would have a chance, I would stay there forever! The best ocean, the best walk, the best time!..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the whole coast along here is spectacular, Carmel beach was clean and was fairly quiet in may. you just have to do the coast run back through Big Sur it's an epic trip, we hired Harleys and rode it twice just for a laugh

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here a few times and enjoy walking on the beach. I was there at the weekend and there were a lot of dogs running freely, some were playing/fighting with each other at my ankles which made me very unconfortable - so just beware especially if you are not a dog-lover or have very young kids!

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