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Address: Carmel, CA
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.... Just enjoy

..... a lovely stop off and a place to rest after a long drive whilst soaking up the Californian sun and blue Pacific. We just sat....... cant say much more. Just see it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
Taunton, United Kingdom
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Medford, Oregon
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic place is Monastery Beach! Our family rented the cabins on Monastery Beach for a small family reunion and what a blessing it was. The cabin was located right on the beach with a beautiful full ocean front view. There were two stories, 3 bedrooms with a master suite, fully equip kitchen and a comfy living room with... More 

Thank Cyndi0413
Taunton, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

..... a lovely stop off and a place to rest after a long drive whilst soaking up the Californian sun and blue Pacific. We just sat....... cant say much more. Just see it.

Thank Grahame1950
Pompano Beach, Florida
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46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We stopped at this beach to watch the sunset on a recent trip and boy were we surprised. There was a run on some kind of small fish, which brought the ocean to life . There were seals all over the place surfing the waves, Dolphins galore and to our surprise , there were 2 whales right her about 50... More 

Thank Karen C
Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

A beautiful beach before reaching Point Loma. This coarse sand beach is one of a kind. The powerful waves and rugged sandstone formations provide plenty of good photo ops. However, it is not safe to wade nor swim, due to the strong undertows and rip tides.

Thank JoeBlackOld
Carmel, California
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66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

As the title of this review indicates, there is a sinister side to Monastery Beach due to the carelessness foolishness of some of the swimmers who swim here. This is attested to by the numerous drownings. Monastery Beach is nestled in between Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel Meadows, with a sweeping panoramic view to enjoy. It is right beside... More 

2 Thank John Wm S
Sosua, Dominican Republic
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96 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

If you are a Northern California Diver you may have heard the term "Monastery Crawl." It was created for a reason. You will most likely exit your dive this way! On a clear visibility day - Yes its a beautiful place to dive. You might get the feeling that you are now part of the food chain or possibly on... More 

Thank ClaytonGush
Seaside, California
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Sadly, Monastery Beach along Highway One south of Carmel, California, has earned the nickname "Mortuary Beach." That is because the beach has a steep slope and strong waves with a rip current. It's a beautiful and easily accessed beach, but over the years many careless visitors have gotten caught in the waves and rip current and drowned.

3 Thank LocalGuy93955
Monterey Peninsula
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There are great views from this small beach but even better views can be had at Carmel Beach or even Asilomar. The main reason I caution people is there have been so many drownings here; the 'sneaker waves' and dramatic drop-off are very dangerous to locals and tourists alike. Use caution.

3 Thank cvwomn
Mesa, AZ
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

It's a nice view but watch the signs as it's easy to get too close to areas that are dangerous. There are warnings posted but a lot of people walked right past them. Visit the little monastery behind it. There is a cute little garden and some nice views.

Thank momof4inaz
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66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is a beach area you should view from afar. It is extremely dangerous and definitely NOT for swimming!! There have been many drownings due to the sloping beach and dangerous tides. There are warnings that if you see someone in distress that you are not to try to help but to call for help. This should make one believe!

Thank Kathleen T

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