Carmel Beach is surrounded by a Monterrey Pine Forest & twisted Cypress trees crown the pristine beach. Walk, play, frolic on the beach and sink your toes in the soft white sand. Its crystal blue water is so clean and beautiful, but is colder than the beaches of Southern California. In fact this was the first time I actually saw anyone in the water at Carmel Beach.
Like most beaches in Central California,Carmel Beach is often socked in with low coastal fog. Native Monterrey Pines and Cypress love and thrive in it, And tho heavy fog is quite common in the summer when many people vacation. the best bet for clear sunny weather is to visit in the Fall.
Going to visit Carmel-by-the-Sea, one thinks of the quaint town architecture with it's many Victorian style boutique shops, restaurants, and homes. What ever you do, do not forget the "Sea" part of Carmel-by-the- Sea. Walk or drive down to the seashore and walk the path that allows you to not only enjoy the view of the wide expanse of beach and the waves crashing on rocks but a chance to sink your toes into the sand and dip them into the Pacific Ocean and feel like a 4 year old, all over again. Quite exhilarating.
Oh, you will also view some wonderful plants, flowers, and trees while on your walk. Benches are also along the path to rest and take it all in. If not mesmerized by the ocean, look to the other side of the street and see some of the most magnificent homes that most only dream about. One more thing, the cars may be a little exotic as well.
Most tourists follow the crowd down the sandy hill to the beach. Instead go past the restrooms and follow the locals who use the stairs to get to the beach. Its much easier than walking in loose sand up the steep hill to get back to your car.
Locally known as the best place in Monterey County to watch the sunset, the Carmel Beach is a beautiful stretch of sandy-white along the Pacific Ocean in Carmel. The beach stretches a little over a mile Pebble Beach to Carmel Point.
While Carmel has a bit of a reputation for being a prim and proper town full of stuffy old people, but the beach breaks down many of these images of the town. First of all, the beach is often full of young, long haired surfers who park all along Scenic Drive. Second, the beach has few rules that I know of... it is very dog-friendly without even leash laws, it allows bon fires until around 10 pm, and it even allows alcohol on the beach.
From central Carmel, take Ocean Ave to the cliffs above the water. Turn left on Scenic Drive and you can follow the beach until you hit Carmel River State Beach to the south. The the north of the beach is Pebble Beach.
Carmel Beach stretches for a little over a mile along the Carmel’s shoreline. It is centered at the end of Ocean Avenue. Ocean Avenue is Carmel’s main downtown street. My last visit was in November of 2009. Although the winter temperature was somewhat cool, we enjoyed a nice stroll along the beach.
Carmel beach offers visitors and locals alike a chance to take a pleasant walk, sit by the water’s edge, or simple watch the waves roll in. It is a nice sandy beach and can be a welcome relief to the downtown shopping experience. Best of all it is free.
Carmel beach is also dog heaven! Dogs appear to be allowed to enjoy the beach off leash. When I visited, the off leach dog’s owners were fairly well behaved and seemed to have their four legged companions under as much control as you can have over a dog enjoying the ocean. It was fun to watch the dogs run around and play. They were actually fairly entertaining.
Regularly selected by locals as the best place to watch the sunset...Carmel Beach. With plenty of parking, and a quick walk from town, you could make quite an evening of a fancy dinner and a stunning sunset! Sure to impress even the most picky of your lady friends. One thing I don't think you can find here or in Pacific Grove is a restaurant with a view of the sunset from the dining area...maybe the Pebble Beach Lodge.
This beautiful spot is also frequented by local surfers who are always trying to find the perfect wave.
One of the most popular activities in Carmel is watching the sunset on Carmel Beach.
This large, sandy expanse is the perfect setting for watching the sun slip under the horizon with Pebble Beach to your right and Pt. Lobos to your left.
This is really one of Carmel's must sees!
We French people are fussy about the beach : quality of the sand, cleanliness, temperature of the water, sun....
We have no reproche to make to this beach. It would deserve to be in France.
Yes Carmel desserves to be named "by the Sea".
Get up early in the morning and enjoy a beautiful drive down the California coast, taking in the crashing waves along the shore and the roar of the Pacific.......no so pacific.
Walking on the beach in Carmel is so beautiful and so much fun that it doesn't even feel like exercise. It's more like a nature block party.