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
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
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.