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Carmel City Beach / Carmel River Beach

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Address: Ocean Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone Number: +1 831-649-2836
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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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Take a Stroll on the Beach

Gorgeous views while strolling this beach in Carmel. Water is cold but it's usually always sunny by noon in Carmel and this is an easy walking beach and easy to get to.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Dan D
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Anaheim, California
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Anaheim, California
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gorgeous views while strolling this beach in Carmel. Water is cold but it's usually always sunny by noon in Carmel and this is an easy walking beach and easy to get to.

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gorgeous waves, lots of walkable beach (hiking boots might be better than flip flops in this chilly location) and even bathrooms!

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Columbia, Missouri
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The beach is tremendously beautiful and picturesque. It is almost sureal in beauty and style it is must visit place for everyone from everywhere in the world.

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Lee, Florida, United States
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Dog friendly and beautiful! It was so much fun seeing all the people and dogs enjoying this beach even on such a cool day. The beach is not pretty like Florida beaches as there was a great deal of kelp and other sea plants washed up on the beach. There aren't any shells like the Atlantic Ocean has. But it... More 

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Placentia, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After cruising Highway 1, and seeing all the amazing beaches surrounded by tall, soaring cliffs, rocks and vegetation, it's difficult to compare other beaches to it. Perhaps if Carmel City Beach was somewhere else, it would have more of a visual impact. However, in comparison to everything we saw on our drive down Highway 1, this beach would be considered... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach is one of the most beautiful beaches to walk on and observe and feel the natural awesome beauty. It is also dog friendly and you'll see lots of locals with their well behaved precious pets. The Sand Castle contest in Oct. was fun and wonderful to see. A beautifully maintained clean beach.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the beach in the evening just before sunset and there were lots of people. It's definitely a 'city'/'town' beach compared to some of the other beaches along the coast. In any case, the sand was pristine and sunset gorgeous.

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Fountain Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The beach was beautiful and dog friendly. The sand extra fine and powdery. I did see many that did not pick up after their dogs which made me a little uncomfortable but overall a nice place to be with the pooch.

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East Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My gf wanted to go somewhere beachy and skip the Thanksgiving shopping craze. I thought about Monterey or half moon bay. I even look at Big Sur (not beachy I know) but it wasn't worthwhile for just one day. So I thought maybe Carmel because neither my gf or I have actually stay here. It turn out to be a... More 

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Thank Trung D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spectacular and dog friendly - off leash. Offers year round wildlife. Often see dolphins, seals and otters, with the occasional whale

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