About Carmel Beach

One of the prettiest beaches in the world. The sand at Carmel Beach is fine and white and squeaky clean, and sometimes the surf is, too. There are peaks all along this half-mile beach, which change constantly and are best from October to July. The spots are 4th Street, 8th Street and 11th Street. The water is electric blue. Carmel Beach is hit or miss. The kelp and cove protect it from winds, so it can be offshore when everywhere else is blown out. Every now and then, there are serious tubes to be had. It's all just a matter of looking.

Source: Carmel Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate-Advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

A little vibey.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Can get crowded when it's good, but there's a lot of room.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Good.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Depends on size but generally a lot of paddling, especially when overhead.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Getting hit by the heavy shorepound.

Access

Easy, parking at the end of Ocean Avenue, if you can get a spot. Good luck if it's a weekend or holiday.

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Sand. Very pretty sand. Some rocks.

Best Season

October-July

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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