Carmel River State Beach, Big Sur

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Carmel River State Beach, Big Sur - Address, Phone Number

Address: Carmelo St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, United States

Phone: +1-8316492836

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 24-hrs Details

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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 Information

  • Dogs are allowed on leash at this location.
  • The weather is changeable. So, layered clothing is advised.

Carmel River State Beach Ticket Prices

  • Call up the information desk for reservation details.

How To reach Carmel River State Beach by Public Transport

  • By Car

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  • Beautiful white sand and the bluest water. Although it is very touristy I always find a parking place. There is a wonderful trail that runs through the Del Monte forest where I've never seen a sole. .

  • Sand is very coarse here, and can be a bit prickly for smaller children to walk through. My boys were whining so I carried them through a good bit of it. The ocean here is INTENSE and beautiful - at least when we visited. You probably won't want children playing on the beach side due to the rough waves. However, on the other end, opposite the beach, is a beautiful river delta emptying out into a deeper portion where I saw some folks kayaking. It's a great wading area for small children. There was a large very shallow area to wade in, at least in the afternoon in summer. My 2 and 3 year olds enjoyed it! I will definitely return.

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  • Really nice beach! Sand was soft and the beach was clean. The beach is steep though so it's not good for swimming, but it was great for relaxing and playing in the surf with some beautiful scenery.

  • This is a great Beach for accessing the bay. You'll see families picnicking, scuba divers and sea kayakers. Visitation is free how are parking fills up on most weekends.

  • Beautiful, lots of driftwood, scenery is awesome. Take a drive thru Carmel to get there, free parking lot for about 20 cars. A unisex bathroom on site. At low tide we could walk south of mouth of Carmel River.

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