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About Little Sur River Beach in Carmel, California

Little Sur River Beach is a picturesque beach on the rugged coast between Big Sur and Carmel-by-the-Sea. This is a sandy beach with dunes, drift logs, and steep mountains behind it. A lagoon pools up at the river mouth and birds are sometimes seen floating here. Unfortunately the land at the mouth of Little Sur River is privately-owned by the El Sur Ranch and you will find signs posting “Private Property” and “No Trespassing” on the barbed wire fencing along the highway. Little Sur River Beach has been proposed for acquisition by the state of California, but it hasn’t happened yet. Right now all you can do is photograph it from various pull-out parking areas along the shoulder of Highway 1. A rock arch is visible in the huge rock on the beach if you park north of the beach and look south. Little Sur River Beach is one of many beaches in the area that you might never see up close.

Cabrillo Hwy
Carmel, CA 93923
Private Land Owner
Photography, Birdwatching
Lagoon, Rock Arch, No Facilities
Map of Little Sur River Beach
Carmel Valley Village, US
12:51 pm, July 18, 2024
temperature icon 61°F
L: 61° H: 72°
Feels like 59.27 °F broken clouds
Wind gusts: 7 m/s
UV Index: 10.72
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 7 km
Sunrise: 6:03 am
Sunset: 8:23 pm
Humidity 64 %
Pressure1016 mb
Wind 7 m/s

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