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Carmel City Beach

Carmel City Beach is a spectacular white-sand beach fronting the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, known for hand-crafted cottages from its days as an early artists’ colony, for its galleries, shops, and restaurants, and also for its hospitality to off-leash dogs. An elevated shoreline trail runs behind the beach for less than a mile, from 8th Avenue south to Martin Way, affording close-up views of the surf. A small landscaped park has sloping lawns studded with cypress trees and picnic tables.

Trail/Pathway Details

Trailhead: Foot of 8th Avenue at Scenic Road

Length: 1-2 total miles

Typical Width: 30 in. to 4 ft.

Typical Grade: Gentle

Terrain: Firm


This short stretch of trail hugs the coast along residential Scenic Road and offers broad ocean vistas. It is heavily used by walkers and joggers, and at times two people may find it difficult to walk side by side. There are benches along the way.

You can extend your walk another .8 mile to Carmel River State Beach by traveling on pedestrian- and dog-friendly Scenic Road. Cars move slowly, the street is one-way, and it is commonly used by pedestrians.

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Accessible Parking: Yes

At foot of Ocean Street, close to the limited-access restrooms; along Scenic Road about .2 mile from Ocean Street; and at Carmel River State Beach

Accessible Restroom: Limited Accessibility

Near Ocean Street parking lot, up a gentle slope greater than 1:12; the stall is narrow and it may not be possible to close the door, and toilet height is less than 17 inches

Accessible Restroom: Yes

At Carmel River State Beach and about a half-mile from Ocean Avenue
Carmel City Beach
Carmel City Beach (Jean Morrison)

Features icon key

  • bicycling
  • hiking
  • picnic
  • wildlife viewing

Additional Information

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Managing Agency: City of Carmel
Address: Foot of Ocean Ave., Carmel-by-the-Sea
Nearest City: Carmel-by-the-Sea
Phone: (831) 620-2000
Hours: Always open
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Allowed off leash on beach
Public Transportation: Monterey-Salinas Transit
Reviewed by Ann Sieck, April 16, 2008
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