On Carmel Bay, the mile-long beach features a bird sanctuary in a lagoon (just before the Carmel River empties into the sea) featuring a wide variety of waterfowl and song birds. Monastery Beach, also known as San Jose Creek Beach, is part of the park and is popular with scuba divers. Ocean and swimming and wading are extremely dangerous.

walking
2 months ago

You can walk the whole thing in less than an hour. If the surf isn't high it's nice to hang out in the small beaches. It's more a day at the beach than a hike.