Picture of Carmel River State Beach, a dog friendly attraction in Carmel, CA. Photo by @beautymajic.
Very Bright and Sunny Day.
First time for Mia at the beach.
Beach day with Mia
Picture of Carmel River State Beach, a dog friendly attraction in Carmel, CA.
Ruff Guide's featured attraction Carmel River State Beach
Picture of Carmel River State Beach, a dog friendly attraction in Carmel, CA. Photo by @beautymajic.


Soak up the serenity at this quiet, gorgeous Carmel beach which ends at a protected bird sanctuary. Leashed pets are welcome.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Carmel River State Beach has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 3 dog owners on BringFido.

  • May. 03, 2019
    Dogs Yes, but on a leash please!

    I am posting this as I see other dog owners indicate they allow their dogs off-leash on this beach, playing fetch, etc.

    I am a resident of Monterey Bay and visit this beach weekly. Carmel River State Beach is a beautiful, white sand beach with a protected lagoon and bird sanctuary. Unfortunately, there seems to be a misunderstanding that dogs are allowed off-leash on this beach. Dogs must be leashed due to the sensitivity of the habitat. Nesting birds use the sandy areas around the lagoon and potentially on the beach during the spring and summer months including the "threatened status" western snowy plover. These birds sit in small indentations in the sand often unseen until disturbed. We can all learn to protect and live with the native wildlife if we would only pay attention and adhere to the signs posted at the entrances.

    Please respect the state law pertaining to dogs on this beach. Off-leash dogs however are allowed on the main Carmel Beach just below the town. Lots of room to run around and meet other dog owners and their dogs!

    Thank you for helping to keep our coastline beautiful and safe for all living things.

  • More than one year ago.
    Favorite beach!

    I take my dogs to Carmel River State Beach once or twice a week. It's a beautiful beach! With the ocean to your west and the Carmel River lagoon to your East it's a great spot to experience two different habitats. The Carmel River Lagoon is fantastic for bird watchers and Kayaking. The majority of people stay towards to parking area of the beaches but I prefer to walk the 1/4 mile down around where the beach curves towards the bay at Monastery Beach. There are usually less people and I can plat fetch without being disturbed with training. The beach curves down and around towards Monastery and Ribera Beaches and you can walk to whole way if you decide for a long trek. It's much more rocky but it's not difficult and no problem for dogs as long as they aren't too elderly or leg issues. There are public restrooms and water fountains by the parking area also! Absolute favorite spot so far! Highly recommend!

  • More than one year ago.
    Dog vacations

    Our dogs love this beach. White soft sand and not crowded. We can walk the dogs as much as we lille. Then sit and have a picnic with them. They love to watch the sea gulls shouting at each other. There is so many of them sometime thy look as if they are having a annual meeting. When they take off one of the dogs loves to bark at them. Will be going again this year. Must be the 5-6th year we've been coming. So pleased you still allow dogs on the beach. Just wish every one who uses the beaches would clean up after there dogs. They will be the ones who spoil it for other people.

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Beautiful beach.
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