SURFING IN Carmel Beach, Monterey, California, USA
So you want to surf on a beautiful beach and see how the 1% live? Head to the surf breaks at Carmel Beach. Carmel is nestled in the outer edge of the Monterey Peninsula, just south of the famed Pebble Beach neighborhood (where they charge you 10 bucks just for the privilege of driving through the neighborhood so avoid that route). The area around Carmel Beach is both upscale and amazingly beautiful nature, with sweeping beaches, nestled coves and tidepools, and crystal clear ocean water.
Break Type: Beach
Gear: Thick Wetsuit (Hood, Gloves, Boots seasonally)
Ambience: Big long wide-open beach with sweeping vistas of the cliffs and coves surrounding the beach. Can get crowded, especially on a nice sunny weekend. Your non-surf companions will love this place. Note there are no services close by so bring food and water.
Main Surf Spot: Carmel Beach
Link to current conditions: Surfline
Public Parking: Yes street parking only - can fill up quickly especially on weekend.
Public Showers: No.
Public Restrooms: No.
Transportation: Need a car.
Nearest Airport: San Jose (SJC)
Alternative Surf Spots
Carmel River State Beach - just south. Parking and restrooms are here.
Lodging: Carmel Green Lantern Inn
Food: Island Taco (about 15 minute drive - there are a bunch of places to eat in this little mall).