Carmel River SB

State Beach


On Carmel Bay, the mile-long beach features a bird sanctuary in a lagoon (just before the Carmel River empties into the sea) featuring a wide variety of waterfowl and song birds. Monastery Beach, also known as San Jose Creek Beach, is part of the park and is popular with scuba divers. Swimming, wading or walking near the ocean can be extremely dangerous at this beach.

Location - Directions

  • Highway 1 southbound.
  • Right on Rio Road.
  • Left on Santa Lucia.
  • Left on Carmelo.

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.


Dogs are allowed on leash at this location.

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·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Call the park

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (831) 649-2836

  • Region

    Central Coast



  • Purchase Annual Passes



For Weddings and Special Events, call 831-624-3407 or e-mail the Special Event Coordinator.

Operating Hours

Call the park