Carmel River State Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
US Higway 1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California| Map |
Carmel River State Beach is a 297-acre state park featuring a one mile long protected beach with a lagoon formed by the Carmel River. It arises high on the eastern slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains and empties into the sea just south of Carmel. Many people bring binoculars to better view the many birds. At the north end of Carmel River State Beach is a brackish lagoon where shorebirds feed. Even the most casual bird-watcher will enjoy seeing the waterfowl at the Carmel River Lagoon and Wetlands Natural Reserve. Ducks, mallards and coots are regulars along the lagoon. Egrets and herons stand among the reeds while hawks hover overhead. Visitors will enjoy a walk that explores the river mouth, then travels the length of Carmel River State Beach to a point just north of Point Lobos named Monastery Beach, for the Carmelito Monastery located just across Highway 1 from the shore. While Carmel River State Beach is a popular spot for divers and kayakers, swimming is considered extremely dangerous because of the strong currents.
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Carmel River State Beach is a 297-acre state park featuring a one-mile long protected beach with a lagoon formed by the Carmel River. It is especially popular among birders, divers and kayakers but not safe for swimming.
Address: US Higway 1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California| Map
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