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Carmel River State Beach

Carmelo St, Big Sur, California 93923 USA

Open Now
Wed 6a-7p
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“beautiful mile long beach”

On Carmel Bay, the mile-long beach features a bird sanctuary in a lagoon (just before the Carmel River empties into the sea) featuring a wide variety of waterfowl and song birds. Monastery Beach, also known as San Jose Creek Beach, is part of the park and is popular with scuba divers. Swimming, wading or walking near the ocean can be extremely dangerous at this beach.

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Reviewed by
riverbeach

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Come in the spring for the best weather and pick up a great lunch for the beach @ Bruno's Market, it's been in town 30+ years great sandwiches and other "beach" food.

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Reviewed by
Jchour

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
February 25, 2014

Such a beautiful beach! Aqua colored water (late Feb) and many sea otters not far from the beach. Very picturesque.

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Reviewed by
Dee Ashley

  • 19 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
May 14, 2017
Rated 5.0

Excellent beach. Check out the nearby Point Lobos as well.

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Reviewed by
ollieshmoly

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  • 0 Helpful
April 07, 2015
Rated 4.0

The blue-teal water at this beach is absolutely surreal! Ideal for picnics or just lounging around. We came on a Saturday and the parking was free! There were some people but not too many. The sand is much more pebbly than other beaches so it hurts to walk around barefoot after awhile, I would recommend keeping your shoes on.

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Reviewed by
megumi.himura

  • 50 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
October 03, 2014
Rated 5.0

Great place to have a walk with your dog. Enjoy the spectacular views and the warm air coming from the waves of the sea. Also, enjoy the soothing and relaxing feeling while watching the calming view of the blue waters.

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Carmel River State Beach

Carmelo St
Big Sur, California
93923 USA

Hours

Open now until 7:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Private Parking
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