With two of Monterey's most pristine seaside locations, Carmel River State Beach offers white sands, blue ocean, and a classic panorama of the California coast. With more than 1.6 km (1 mi) of beachfront near the Carmel River and a significant stretch right at the edge of the city itself, the sand and surf are ideal for picnicking, walking, jogging, or simply relaxing. Both areas are vital parts of the rich peninsular ecosystem and teem with sea life, including whales, sea lions, kelp forests, and a wide variety of fish. Try kayaking to get an up-close view of the aquatic residents. Despite the beaches' tranquil appearance, the water's strong currents and steep drop-off from the shore can make swimming dangerous. Before you head to Carmel, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Carmel trip itinerary builder site , to make sure you see all that Carmel has to offer, including Carmel River State Beach.
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This is a lovely beach away from the tourists. Being on the river there are lots of birds and natural life to watch. more »
We were staying at the Mission Ranch, so this was a stones throw from there. I would take a lovely walk through residential streets (I'm from the UK so this was a pleasure to walk the streets and see ... more »
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