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Carmel River Beach and Carmel Meadows
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

The Carmel River reaches the ocean just south of Carmel Point and provides an abundant supply of white sand for the beach. There is a significant wetlands area behind the beach, some of it converted to cropland but thankfully never developed.

Carmel Meadows is a bit of up-scale suburbia constructed on the hill between the Carmel River and Monastery Beach. Many, including famous photographer and nearby resident Ansel Adams, were opposed to its construction. At least the state retained title to the coastal strip with a trail and a few public parking spots.

South of the Carmel Meadows subdivision there is a small steep crescent of sand named Monastery Beach after the nearby Camelite monastery. It is here that a branch of the Monterey Submarine Canyon comes almost to shore.

Carmel River State Beach
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Scenic Road and Carmel River Beach

Scenic Road and Carmel River Beach

The south end of Scenic Road makes a sharp turn around a rocky point then ends at Carmel River Beach.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Carmel River Beach north end

Carmel River Beach north end

Carmel River Beach flanks the mouth and small estuary of the Carmel River.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Estuary of the Carmel River

Estuary of the Carmel River

The Carmel River is blocked by the sand of Carmel River Beach, which forms a small lagoon and large marsh., The river only reaches the ocean during major storms.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Date photographed: September 16, 2013
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Mouth of the Carmel River

Mouth of the Carmel River

From the south bank at the mouth of the Carmel River - the mission can be seen inland.

Carmel Point, California

Date photographed: February 10, 2016

Wading the Carmel River

Wading the Carmel River

Except after heavy rains the Carmel River is seldom too large to wade across here at Carmel River Beach.

Carmel Point, California

Date photographed: February 10, 2016

Houses on Carmel Point

Houses on Carmel Point

Photographer Ansel Adams was outraged when Carmel Point was subdivided and big houses built all over it. At least a shoreline corridor was preserved, a vital link in the California Coastal Trail which would otherwise have to follow Highway One.

Carmel Point, California

Date photographed: February 10, 2016

Between Carmel River Beach and Monastery Beach

Between Carmel River Beach and Monastery Beach

A narrow strip of sand with no official name at the base of Carmel Point. Monastery Beach is beyond the trees to the left, Carmel River Beach around the corner to the right.

Carmel Point, California

Date photographed: February 10, 2016

Monastery Beach on a sunny morning

Monastery Beach on a sunny morning

Monastery Beach on a sunny morning

Carmel River Beach State Park, California

Date photographed: April 3, 2001
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