Carmel River State Beach, Big Sur

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  • Address: Carmelo St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, United States, Big Sur
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +1-8316492836
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Waterfront, Tourist Center, Family And Kids
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About Carmel River State Beach, Big Sur

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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Carmel River State Beach, Big Sur Reviews

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  • A little difficult to get there, at least because it was the first time for me. Beach is beautiful and flat and the river is right there which is a plus for children. Parking is rather small for the size of the beach but it comes with two family restrooms. View is amazing especially in the afternoon with the right amount of sunlight.

  • 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 or a soul! .

  • Having a restroom is always a plus at the beach. Recommend having some sort of footwear handy, though there are a few spots of soft sand. I always find myself in pain after walking bare footed along the water for more than 15 minutes. There's enough parking for about 20-25 vehicles.

  • Best beach close to San Francisco Bay Area...very neat and the water is clear... Carmel downtown is very beautiful and have plenty of restaurants and cafes. Generally it’s less crowded as compared to other beaches around like Santa Cruz and 17 mile drive.

  • Amazing! Should not miss this place. If you're passing by stop! Take a few minutes to enjoy this wonderful beach and view and well, just let it sink in.

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