Located on the central California coast is one of the finest beaches in the state (literally--the glistening white sand is almost powder-fine). While this is a public beach, it has the feel of privacy. Even on sunny days, it is never over-crowded and is an oasis of incredible beauty. Visit in the morning and you'll share it with only a few gulls, pelicans and gumptuous walkers with their pups. (It is pet friendly!) The beach merges with San Jose Creek State Beach for miles of breathtaking public shoreline. Trees line the distant beaches of Point Lobos, a 1,325-acre nature reserve.to the South and looking North; edging the sea, is Pebble Beach which offers seven world-class golf courses, a five star resort, surrounded by nature’s tranquil beauty.
SURF, TIDES, CLIMATE, WATER TEMP : Wave type/sandbar, direction, right and left, power/hollow, fast, bottom/sandy with rock. Tide posistion/Mid to falling and the swell is NorthWest to West. The current climate is: Bodyboarding only; there is a heavy shorebreak. The Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with intermittent fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the most ideal conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are unmatched.
BEACH ACTIVITES : Whether you are on a scenic walk, enjoying the glistening view of the scenic Pacific, picnicking with family or friends, or hiking up on the trails above the beach, or wrapping up an evening of fun around a fire (which are allowed), Carmel River State Beach is a beach filled with natural variance and a favorite spot with artists and photographers from all over the world.
SCENERY AND WILDLIFE : Carmel River State Beach is also known as Carmel River Lagoon and Wetlands Natural Preserve. It is a magnificent place to watch birds and other wildlife while the children dabble in the shallow lagoon. Canada geese, willets, herons and egrets are just a few of the birds that populate the marsh. This is part of the California Sea Otter Game Refuge that extends down the coastline to San Luis Obispo. A small land trail leads to Monastery Beach. A modern cross marks the spot where Gaspar de Portola erected a cross in 1769, making it a historical landmark. There are trails for hiking surrounding the beach, and three miles south of Carmel is Point Lobos State Reserve, a extraordinary oasis and one of the most beautiful places in the world. From day to day, the ever-changing skies and shifting seas is a kaleidoscope of Nature's most striking handiwork. The Reserve takes in 750 acres of underwater wonders and 550 acres of protected land full of trails and views. Whales and dolphins can be seen in the distance, seals bark on the rocks, and a variety of birds soar over head. There are picnic tables and restrooms. Divers, photographers, painters and nature lovers frequent this special park.
LOCAL FLAVOR : While tourism is year round, there is still a serene, small town demeanor that cannot be missed. In this romantic, quaint place, with its leaning cypress tress, oak lined cottage filled streets, Carmel by the Sea has a world-renowned selection of art galleries, quality dining and natural reservoirs to be enjoyed. Some other attractions are the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, open year round, during the summer months, the famous Bach Festival or the Pacific Repertoire Theatre performing at the famous “Forest Theatre,” designed after the Globe Theater in England. From September 16 through the 18th, there is the Monterey Jazz Festival for music enthusiasts, held at the Monterey Fairgrounds. This is the oldest outdoor jazz festival in the country.