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Carmel River State Beach

Public beach in Monterey County, California

Travel Tips

Dogs must be kept on leash due to the bird sanctuary. 1

Pick up sandwiches and cheese from Salumeria Luca before heading to the beach. 2

While swimming might not be safe due to riptides, it's a top destination for other water activities. 3

Easily accessible with parking on side roads. 4

Parking is limited; arrive early to secure a spot. 5

Pick up sandwiches and cheese from Salumeria Luca for your picnic. 6

A great spot for bird watching and photography. 7

Swimming is not advised due to riptides. Great spot for bird watching and kayaking. 8

Walk the entire three-and-a-half-mile path for full experience or just a section for a shorter visit. 9

Introduction

Location and Directions

  • ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Address: 26478 Carmelo Street, Monterey County, California, United States.
  • ๐Ÿ“ Coordinates: 36ยฐ31โ€ฒ56โ€ณN 121ยฐ55โ€ฒ37โ€ณW.
  • ๐Ÿš— Directions: From Highway 1, head west on Rio Road (one mile south of Ocean Avenue). Turn left on Carmelo Street to access the parking lot.
  • ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ Accessibility: The beach is open to walk-in visitors.
  • ๐Ÿšป Facilities: Public restrooms are available next to the parking lot.

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Activities

  • ๐Ÿคฟ Diving: Monastery Beach is popular for diving, with kelp forests and steep rocky pinnacles.
  • ๐Ÿ›ถ Kayaking: A popular kayak launch spot with access to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
  • ๐Ÿฆ Birding: A stop on the Central Coast Birding Trail, with many species to spot year-round.
  • ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ Walking: Scenic place for a stroll, especially along the sweeping crescent of sandy beach.
  • ๐Ÿ“š Educational: Marine Protected Areas Coloring Book available for download to learn about marine life.

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Wildlife and Birding

  • ๐Ÿฆ† Bird Sanctuary: Lagoon attracts many migratory birds.
  • ๐Ÿฆ… Species: Great Blue Heron, Virginia Rail, Brown Pelican, Greater Yellowlegs, various gulls, egrets, and terns.
  • ๐ŸŒฟ Flora: Dune flora and fauna, rocky intertidal and sandy intertidal zones.
  • ๐Ÿ“… Best Seasons: Fall and winter are considered the best seasons for birding.
  • ๐Ÿ“ Locations: Carmel River Lagoon and Wetlands Natural Preserve is a prime birding area.

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Safety and Regulations

  • ๐Ÿšซ Swimming: Not recommended due to strong currents and dangerous riptides.
  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ Bonfires: Banned to minimize fire dangers; only raised and self-contained gas camp stoves allowed for cooking.
  • ๐Ÿ• Dogs: Allowed on leash; be mindful of families, other pets, and seasonal resting areas for Western snowy plovers.
  • โš ๏ธ Diving Safety: Severe riptides; divers advised to enter at the far north or south end only.
  • ๐Ÿงฏ Fire Safety: High fire danger and minimal rain have led to strict fire regulations.

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Historical Significance

  • โ›ช Spanish Explorers: Cross commemorates the landing of Sebastiรกn Vizcaรญno in 1602.
  • ๐Ÿ•๏ธ Portola Expedition: Gaspar de Portolร  encamped here during the Portola expedition.
  • ๐Ÿ“œ Rumsien Tribe: The beach was an important spot for the Rumsien tribe.
  • ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ Established: The park was established in 1953.
  • ๐Ÿ“ Historical Marker: A cross at the beach commemorates the historical significance.

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Nearby Attractions

  • ๐ŸŒฒ Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: Located 1.71 miles away, known for sea lions and scenic views.
  • ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Monterey Bay Aquarium: 5.62 miles away, world-class aquarium overlooking Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
  • ๐Ÿž๏ธ Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: 29.85 miles away, known for waterfalls and scenic trails.
  • ๐Ÿ–๏ธ Pfeiffer Beach: 21.6 miles away, famous for its unique scenery.
  • ๐ŸŽข Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 29.79 miles away, classic amusement park.
  • ๐Ÿก Tor House: 0.44 miles away, home of poet Robinson Jeffers.
  • ๐ŸŒณ Carmel Beach City Park: 0.79 miles away, pet-friendly beach with bonfires allowed south of 10th Ave.
  • ๐ŸŒฒ Point Sur State Historic Park: 15.95 miles away, known for its historic lighthouse.

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Travel Information
๐Ÿ“žย ย ย Phone: (831) 649-2836
๐ŸŒย ย ย Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=567
๐Ÿ“ย ย ย Address: 26478 Carmelo St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

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