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Carmel State Parks on the Beach - Guide to Carmel State Beach

Carmel State Beach Carmel, California

Walk along the Carmel State Beach in Carmel, California

Carmel River State Beach and Park is mile-long beach with a lagoon formed by the Carmel River. The lagoon attracts a large number of migratory birds. The state park includes Monastery Beach, (also called San Jose Creek Beach) which is popular with scuba divers. Kayakers also frequent the beach, which has easy access to Point Lobos Natural Reserve.

Historical Significance of Carmel State Beach

Carmel State Beach Carmel, California Presitine Sandy Beach

Walk along the Presitine Sandy Beach of Carmel State Beach in Carmel, California

In 1602, Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno landed at this beach and planted a cross here. Gaspar de Portolà, during the Portola expedition, was encamped on this beach and rested here before deciding to return to San Diego because of low supplies and having failed to rendezvous with the Spanish supply ships. A cross commemorating that marker can be found at the beach today.

Kayaking in Carmel State Beach

Carmel River State Beach is a popular spot for divers and kayakers, who can access the notable kelp forests in the area.

Swimming on this section of the coast can be extremely dangerous because of the strong currents. Carmel River State Beach is considered especially dangerous for swimming, as the steep drop-off from shore can minimize turbulent waves, giving the mistaken impression of a calm sea.

Bird Watching in Carmel State Beach

It is also popular with birders, and is a stop on the Central Coast Birding Trail. The best seasons for birding at Carmel River State Beach are fall and winter where the lagoon attracts a large number of migratory birds.

Location of Carmel State Beach

Location: Use following Coordinates: 36°31'55.86"N 121°55'36.83"W in a GPS for exact locations.

The park is located adjacent to Highway One, about one mile south of Rio Road in Carmel, north of the Big Sur coast in Monterey County, California.

Here is a detailed list of other state beaches of California besides Carmel State Beach.

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