Bixby Creek Bridge Beach in Carmel, California
The land behind Bixby Bridge south of Carmel is private property and the beach below is inaccessible due to cliffs north and south of the bridge, but don’t let that keep you from stopping! Bixby is one of the most photographed California bridges and for good reason.
This sandy beach is at the mouth of Bixby Creek below a picturesque and frequently photographed arched concrete bridge that was completed in 1932. It is nearly impossible to get to Bixby Beach except by landing a boat there. The canyon walls are very steep and the land above the mean high tide level is privately-owned anyway. At the north end of the bridge there is a pull-out parking area with a great view of the bridge and the beach. Take pictures from there and don’t risk your life trying to climb down.
Behind the bridge Old Coast Road branches off Highway 1 and goes inland which provides a different perspective for photographing the canyon and the beach. Also, on a clear day you can take distant photos from Hurricane Point about a mile south. If you somehow get to Bixby Beach there is a sea cave at the south end that can be entered at lower tides.
Cabrillo Hwy and Coast Rd
Carmel, CA 93923
- Private Land Owner
- Photography, Scenic Driving
- No Facilities, Historic Bridge
- Free parking next to bridge