Carmel River State Beach

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

Carmel River State Beach - Review

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 Address: Carmelo St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, United States, Big Sur
  • Carmel River State Beach Contact Number: +1-8316492836
  • Carmel River State Beach Timing: 24-hrs
  • Carmel River State Beach Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Carmel River State Beach(preferred time): 08:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Carmel River State Beach: 01:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Carmel River State Beach

  • 95% of people who visit Big Sur include Carmel River State Beach in their plan

  • 41.52% 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

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Carmel River State Beach

People normally club together Bixby Creek Bridge and Point Lobos State Reserve And China Cove Gibson Beach while planning their visit to Carmel River State Beach.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • We came to see the sunset. It was very quiet and peaceful because there were not many people where we were at. I honestly saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. The waves were crashing against the rocks and there were birds flying and sea lions jumping in the distance. The sun set over the ocean and it was gorgeous. I can't wait to come see the sunset here again.

  • I love this beach. It's not as crowded as some of the other beaches in the area. Great place to relax for the day or the whole weekend. We were here last fathers day weekend as one last getaway before our first baby was born. The beach is so nice he decided he wanted to try and see it for himself. Lol. My wife's water broke on the beach and our first baby boy was born in Watsonville. I can't wait to bring him back to the beach he wanted see this summer.

  • Beautiful coastline! The houses are amazing, I can't believe how beautiful the architecture is. Every house is different from the next. There are lots of cute little shops to visit and every single restaurant is 4 stars and up.

  • Such a fabulous beach! Watch the waves, though. We've been surprised by ones slurping dangerously close without warning. There's usually lots of driftwood to build with, and with a little bit of sun the waves are lit up with beautiful greens and blues.

  • Scenic as serene...it was a living post card! A must see for all Californians. The tide pools are amazing and the food at the wharf was fresh prepped by local fishermen!

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