Our Trip:
Date Here:
September 4th, 2010
Location staying: CSUMB Apartments

 Carmel Beach
Carmel Beach is the city beach for strangely long and hyphenated "Carmel-by-the-Sea". Lots of rich people here, most famously, the former mayor Clint Eastwood. The sand is described in one guidebook as having the "look and feel of cocaine". It is very white and it is so fine it squeaks beneath your feet. The water is clear and blue, like a tropical beach...but with cold water. I think it is one of the prettiest beaches in California.

At about a half-mile long it's not a huge beach, but it's not pocket sized either. It's easily accessible down some steps in several places but parking can be a problem. There is limited parking along the road that runs along the beach as well as a tiny parking lot at the end of Ocean Avenue. Go early to get a spot on a nice weekend, or try for parking a few blocks next to a rich persons house.
I have only surfed Carmel Beach a few times, ranging in size from 2-5ft in conditions ranging from fun/glassy to grey/junk. It's decent beachbreak but what really makes the place is the natural setting. There were definately other surfers in the water but it wasn't overwhelming, with most on a peak at the south end.
There are lots of pricey restaurants and art shops here. Lodging is expensive but
if you want something cheap I would recommend the Saddle Mountain Recreation Park. Is is about 5 miles inland and has both RV spots and tent sites. The tent sites wind their way up the mountain and some near the end are quite large and well seperated. You could probably party pretty hard at some of these spots without disturbing nearby guests.
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