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Carmel Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.8
Crowds: 2.4

Overall: 3.2

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Carmel Beach Spot ID

Sunset at Carmel Beach photo

Carmel Beach

Photo credit: Mark Mammel

Uncle Rock, Carmel Beach photo

Carmel Beach

Photo credit: Rick Cashbaugh

Summer in Winter, Carmel Beach photo

Carmel Beach

Photo credit: cal

Type: sandbar

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.0 °C

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Monday, 6 April 2020, 18:05 Local time
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 9 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 10
ESE 10
Wind State on glass cross-

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Carmel Beach in Monterey is an exposed beach break that is usually a safe bet and works all around the year. Offshore winds blow from the east. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of rips and locals.

California wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Carmel Cove, Carmel Bay, California, 4 km from Carmel Beach.

IS AT (local time)

Carmel Beach Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Carmel, 1 km from Carmel Beach.


Air temperature
12 °C

Current weather near Carmel Beach

Buoy Data:

At Cabrillo Point, Monterey Bay, CA, 6 miles from Carmel Beach.

  1PM 2PM 3PM 4PM
Data Age 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr 0 hr
Wave height (m) 0.7
Dominant period (s) 9 10 11 11

All wavebuoys around Carmel Beach

Overall Carmel Beach Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April


Surf stats for Carmel Beach: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Carmel Beach: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Carmel Beach Location Maps

Carmel Beach Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Carmel Beach:

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Wave buoys nearest to Carmel Beach:

Tide stations nearest to Carmel Beach:

  • Closest tide station
    Carmel Cove, Carmel Bay
    2 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    Monterey, Monterey Harbor
    4 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    12 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Moss Landing
    19 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Elkhorn Slough, Highway 1 Bridge
    19 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Carmel Beach is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in USA, 90 km (56 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Carmel Beach is Moffett Federal Afld (Mountain View) Airport (NUQ), also in USA, 96 km (60 miles) away.
  • Third is San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in USA, 125 km (78 miles) away.
  • Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK) in USA is 132 km (82 miles) away.
  • Modesto City Co Harry Sham Airport (MOD), also in USA is the fifth nearest airport to Carmel Beach and is 147 km (91 miles) away.
Carmel Beach break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Carmel Beach, CAL - Monterey. Use the tab navigation above to view Carmel Beach sea temperature, Carmel Beach photographs, Carmel Beach detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Carmel Beach webcams, current wind from CAL - Monterey live weather stations and Carmel Beach tide predictions. The United States swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United States and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United States wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Carmel Beach.