Kayaking in Carmel River State Beach, Monterey, California USA

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Carmel River State Beach is a state park located in Carmel, north of Big Sur coast in Monterey County, California, USA.

It is a 1 mi/1.6 km long, breathtaking, public beach with a beautiful lagoon formed by the Carmel River. Carmel River State Beach merges with San Jose Creek State Beach (Monastery Beach). The park was established in 1953. In the lagoon immigrate a large number of migratory birds.

Winter and fall are the best seasons for bird watching. Carmel River State Beach at the section of Central Coast Birding Trail is believed to be one of the most dangerous places for swimming, because of the steep drop – off from shore creating turbulent waves that are incorrectly shown as calm sea and the strong currents. Carmel River State Beach is a hot spot for kayaking.

There is a lot of marshy water to paddle through, big variety of birds to watch and when kayakers join the mouth to the river, it seems endless. Kayakers should be careful, because the unusual drop – off near the shore can make the sea look deceptively calm.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Monterey
6.4 miles/10.3 km, 16 minutes
Take the side street to CA-1 S/Cabrillo Hwy. Turn right on Rio Rd. Turn left on Santa Lucia Ave. Turn left on Carmelo St.
Monterey Peninsula Airport,
8.8 miles/14.16 km

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight stops in nearby Salinas. Amtrak runs a bus service from the station to Carmel with stops in Monterey in between. The train can be slow and is often delayed. The food is okay, but sometimes limited so you might want to bring your own food or snacks.


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