Located in the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, in central California’s Monterey County, Carmel Beach is formed of a stunning arc of pale sand that runs for close to a mile in length. Edged by vegetation to one side and clear Pacific waters to the other, it looks almost tropical in appearance.
Despite slightly chilly water temperatures, which top out at around 61°F/16°C, Carmel Beach is a popular surfing spot. It is also a favourite with dog owners, since their canine family members are able to enjoy the sands off the lead.
Fires are welcome within the specified Beach Fire Zone every afternoon and evening, should you be looking for a romantic coastal moment or two.
There is a small free parking lot on Ocean Avenue, and more spaces on Camino Real and Scenic Road, which parallels the coast.
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