Carmel Sandcastle Contest

Over the weekend we attended a fun, family-friendly event in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The annual sandcastle contest took place on the beach Sunday. We almost didn’t make it, sometimes Sunday mornings can be slow going and make you just want to nap all day. But thanks to some encouragement from our friends, we pulled it together and made our way to the beach.

From what I read, the contest is open to anyone who wants to partake. No professional sculpting experience needed. Rumor has it that the judges welcome and expect bribery as a form of bolstering scores. And we did see tables set out with champagne and cookies that were for judges only! So the real trick here is to find out how to become a judge!

The theme was “post cards from the sea” and while you don’t have to adhere to it, most people did.  We were very impressed with the sand sculptures we saw!  Take a look at some of them below.

sandcastle1 sandcastle2


My favorite, “Sea Selfie”


If you didn’t make it out this year, put this event on your calendar for next year! You could come early and take part in the competition by building your best sand sculpture, or just come play on the beach and take a look at everyone else’s hard work! It was a fun atmosphere, we saw several people walking with mimosas and tables set up with breakfast foods. It’s not a bad way to spend a fall day!