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Carmel River State Beach

Park Information

Contact Information

(831) 649-2836

Park Hours

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Driving Directions to Carmel River SB

From southbound Highway 1 in Carmel, the park is one mile south of Ocean Avenue. Turn right on Rio Road, then turn left on to Santa Lucia, then left on Carmelo. Parking lot is located at the end of Carmelo.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Brochures and Campground Maps

No online brochures available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


On Carmel Bay, the mile-long beach features a bird sanctuary in a lagoon (just before the Carmel River empties into the sea) featuring a wide variety of waterfowl and song birds. Monastery Beach, also known as San Jose Creek Beach, is part of the park and is popular with scuba divers. Swimming, wading or walking near the ocean can be extremely dangerous at this beach.

Location - Directions

  • Highway 1 southbound.
  • Right on Rio Road.
  • Left on Santa Lucia.
  • Left on Carmelo.

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.


Dogs are allowed on leash at this location.

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