Carmel Beach Photos of Carmel California Beaches

Carmel City Beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California is one of the region's most photographed beaches, seen in photographs around the globe, and painted by artists swept by the passion of this soft, pale, sand beach that is the hub of activity for those seeking a romantic stroll, walking the do, or returning from a round of surfing in the cool, Pacific Ocean of the Monterey Bay.


Carmel City Beach is one of several beaches in Carmel. The other is extremely popular beach is Carmel River State Beach. How many wedding proposals have been made here on Carmel Beach?  Probably thousands, at least. Carmel is one of the most beloved beaches as evidenced by the city Forest and Beach Commission that meets monthly to discuss beach tree trimming and vegetation. There aren't many beaches in California that garner such attention! Do you wish to remove a tree that sits prominently? You need to run it by the commission for approval.


As for Carmel beach, the rules are fairly generous by California beach standards.  Southern Californians in Los Angeles and Orange Counties face many restrictions that somewhat disappear as you leave the most populated areas of Calif.

Like other cities north and south, some rules are quite similar.  For instance, in Carmel if more than 50 people meet at the beach with catered food, etc., you may be required to obtain a Special Event Permit with a Certificate of Liability/ Endorsement Page. You are also asked to contact the neighboring residents and speak with them so they won't be alarmed by the noise and activity. Sound like a good neighbor policy, right? Community Services Manager at (831)620-2020.


Carmel city beach is popular for surfing, sand castles (annual sand castle competition is held here), relaxing, strolling and evening socializing, especially with the high school and college crowd, as well as tourists.

Bonfires are allowed on the beach; fires must be extinguished by 10 PM.  Fires are allowed south of 10th Avenue, only! The fires can't be larger than 3’ x 3’ x 3’ and must be at least 25' from the slopes. NO trash or any wood containing nails or sharp objects are allowed and fires are supposed to be extinguished with water not sand. Leave the coals open and visible to pedestrians.


Alcohol is allowed only on the beach. No alcohol is allowed on the roadway, the pathway, or after 10:00 p.m. You can park on Scenic Road until midnight. Dogs are allowed on the beach...but you must clean up after them.

Tents, canopies or similar structures and enclosures are not allowed. Guests are responsible for removing their own trash.

carmel beach at sunset
carmel beaches

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