One of the popular destinations among divers, kayakers and birders is Carmel River state beach. Take a look into the deep blue ocean, the water seems to be very calm. However, its sudden riptides attitude makes the ocean water unsafe for swimmers. So, it is better you don’t try your first hand swimming experience in this ocean. Rather consider kayaking near the sudden drop off near the shore that creates waves which are absolutely perfect for this water activity. Apart from this, this state beach is also a popular spot during fall and winter season for birding. You might come across Downy Woodpeckers, different breeds of Vireos and many such uncommon birds along the shore.
Carmel River State Beach Travel Tips
- Dogs are allowed on leash at this location.
- The weather is changeable. So, layered clothing is advised.
Entrance Ticket Details For Carmel River State Beach
- Call up the information desk for reservation details.
How to Reach Carmel River State Beach
- By Car
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91.26% of people who visit Big Sur include Carmel River State Beach in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
32.12% of people start their Carmel River State Beach visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Carmel River State Beach
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Carmel River State Beach
People normally club together Garland Ranch Regional Park and Point Lobos State Reserve And China Cove Gibson Beach while planning their visit to Carmel River State Beach.
People also prefer to start their day with Carmel River State Beach.
Carmel River State Beach Reviews & Ratings
Beautiful beach in Carmel. Another beautiful family walk. Wonderful places. Let's take care of our planet! 🌎
The river side is where lots of kids play but the shallow area was loaded with dog poop... It's a scenic place to lie down and relax because of the birds in the river side. No fire pit and no tent policy board is in front so if you want to do one of these this is not your beach!
Great part of the beach to take young kids. Plenty of space to build sand castles, run around, fly a kite, or whatever else you prefer. The lagoon has calm water perfect for splashing, wading, or swimming in. The parking lot is small, but you can find parking on the streets. Also a great place to watch the sunset.
Very nice place its beautiful. Great place for walks or to bring the kids to play. Theres rocks to climb on the beach. In certain areas on the weekend parking can be very hard to find or you will have to park a good walking distance. Overall I recomend.
Very casual beach. Decent parking and best of all, beach is very accessible from parking. Good open space to move around both for adults and kids. There was a lifeguard on duty.