Beaches in Carmel-by-the-Sea

At the foot of Ocean Avenue, you’ll find one of the most iconic locales on the central coast of California — Carmel Beach. Majestic scenery and a myriad of beach-friendly activities combine to create a little slice of paradise. Watch local surfers expertly maneuver the choppy sea, or traverse the Scenic Bluff Path and meander the eight ‘stairways’ that provide access to the beach below. While doing so, don’t forget to take in the breathtaking views of Pebble Beach and Point Lobos.

Bring your furry friends to Carmel Beach, or watch as other pups frolic along the sand and through the surf. At night, cozy up to a beachside fire and gaze up at the stars high above.

The beaches in Carmel are as diverse as the local wildlife. You’ll discover beautiful white sand as well as pebbly surfaces and jagged coastlines.

At Monastery Beach, the sunsets are must-see and the views are astonishing by day or night. China Cove and Gibson Beach are world-class. The pure, white sand has the softest feel between your toes, while the sight of sea lions sunning themselves along the beach will put a smile on your face.

Close to downtown Carmel, Del Mar Beach is the place to go for those romantic strolls along the water. Magnificent sunset views are all the more beautiful without the crowds of other popular beaches. Visit during the day and you may stumble upon a beach volleyball match or catch an impromptu surf lesson.

With beautiful blue water and a calming surf, Carmel River State Beach’s inspiring views are best enjoyed by a leisurely stroll and postcard-perfect picnic.

With everything from surfing and scuba diving to sea lions and swimming, the beaches of Carmel are a class of themselves, so when you visit us at Hyatt Residence Club Carmel, Highlands Inn, you’ll delight in the abundance of activities that keep your face tipped toward the sun.