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Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach

Ocean Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-2522
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Best beach ever

Always beautiful. The weather was wonderful. Responsible dog owners. We got to see a pod of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sacramento, California

We are a bit spoiled in Australia for beaches and so it's hard to find one that is exceptional... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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The water is brisk and the surf is hazardous, but the amazing views from the shore will draw you like a magnet to these striking white sand beaches for a leisurely stroll or picnic.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“run free” (16 reviews)
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Ocean Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-2522
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Always beautiful. The weather was wonderful. Responsible dog owners. We got to see a pod of dolphins and seals at play. Nice long walk on the beach. Wonderful

Thank lcurtis101
Reviewed 4 days ago

We are a bit spoiled in Australia for beaches and so it's hard to find one that is exceptional. This wasn't but it was still very nice with a reasonable amount of sand and nice, clean water.

Thank MrPurser
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful beach. Easy access. Street parking only. Long, wide and sandy. Otters and seals easy to spot. Great view of Pebble Beach. Lots of people with dogs. I’ve never seen a better day than the day we spent there. 77 degrees and sunny! Just lovely....More

Thank SFIrish69
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place. One of the cleanest beaches I have ever been. The sand is so so white. I recommend to go there, even in winter, just to appreciate it!

Thank EsterNY
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing spot to watch the sunset - we saw dolphins playing in the water too, which was utterly magical. The beach is lovely to walk on barefoot, which is something I rarely do, but enjoyed here. Lovely to watch the dogs having a great time...More

Thank yusqueya
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well mostly. I hope the people who do not pick up after their pets do not spoil it for most. Almost stepped in doggypoopy. That would not have been a happy experience. It’s such a beautiful beach to walk. We enjoyed the sunset as we...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 1 week ago

If watching the sun sink into the ocean while dogs frolic on the beach is your thing, then you should probably come here for sunset. Parking is limited, come early.

Thank auryan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is no better beach in the entire world to job on that this one. The sand is so soft, the temperature is perfect and the dogs offer a welcome distraction to running ;) you can also jog up and down the many staircases for...More

Thank Abbi W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have three older dogs so we aren't interested in going to the Carmel City Beach, where younger ones are frolicking around off leash. We head to the quieter more out of the way Carmel River Beach. A small parking lot provides easy and level...More

1  Thank gferrick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best dog friendly beach. Relative low waves, lots of open sand for people and puppies. Bathroom and water fountain there. Bring your dog a water bowl to fill at the fountain after play. This was the first time our 6 month old lab was at...More

Thank MKingRohnertPark
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20 September 2016|
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Response from Richard1939 | Reviewed this property |
The beach slopes up to the sidewalk not requiring steps. Further down the sand hills are steeper
27 August 2016|
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Response from tehachap | Reviewed this property |
If you own a beach wheelchair, Carmel River State Beach at Scenic and Carmelo has flat access from the car to the sand. I do not know what rental services offers 'beach wheelchairs.' No rental services at all are near any... More
Vicki L
18 May 2016|
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Response from Hoopsdad | Reviewed this property |
We ate at a place called From Scratch and we loved it. Our dog was also treated very well. This is a very dog friendly town and most places allow dogs. They simply have outdoor seating to accommodate them. As has been stated... More