Carmel City Beach

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking
  • Bicycling
  • Picnic


  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking
  • Bicycling


Foot of Ocean Ave., Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, 93923
Monterey/Santa Cruz
Info: (831) 620-2000
Always open
On leash
Allowed off leash on beach
Last Reviewed:
April 2008
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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.

Trails and Pathways

Trailhead Location:
Foot of 8th Avenue at Scenic Road
Trail Length:
1-2 total miles
Typical Width:
30 in. to 4 ft.
Typical Grade:
Typical Terrain:
Trail Overview:

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.



The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, hard, slope greater than 2%;

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:
Partially Accessible – 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.
Yes – At Carmel River State Beach and about a half-mile from Ocean Avenue

Accessible Picnic Table:
no firm & stable path to tables, no firm & stable surface, less than 27" knee clearance

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