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Monastery Beach

Carmel, CA
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Ranked #14 of 28 Attractions in Carmel
Type: Beaches
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Carmel, California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
71 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Lovely views and pristine sand but dangerous waves. Many tourist don't heed the warning signs. Rouge waves are a regular here. Don't turn your back to the water.

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Easily accessible when driving down towards Big Sur on Highway 1. This beach is across from the Benedictine Nun Monastery. While the views are breathtaking, the beach is really not sandy, but pebbly, which makes it for a less than great experience, even for those who just want to beachcomb, I would rather drive to the Carmel Beaches where the... More

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Giv'atayim, Israel
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64 reviews 64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

very nice scenery. locals warn visitors not to go inside the water because it's too dangerous. But walking on the beach is recommended.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

You owe it to yourself to experience a walk on this perfect, white, sugar-sand beach. Lose yourself in its beauty. Remember what it is like to be a barefoot child by the sea.

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Carmel Valley, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Monastery Beach is just to the north of Point Lobos Preserve, and not only features dramatic crashing surf, and views of Point Lobos, but you can walk from there north to the Carmel River Beach (either on the bluff trail or along the sand). However, this is not the type of beach where you play or go in the water.... More

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San Jose, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I really like this beach. The only thing that I dislike is the "sand." Well, like previous reviews have said...more like pebbles. I like to walk barefoot at the beach, but at this beach I can only do that for so long. After a while the pebbles start to hurt. Seriously, these little pebbles will exfoliate your feet and it... More

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

unbelievable beauty especially 17 mile tour drive. The beaches and houses are gorgeous beyond belief. I loved the drive just getting to Carmel.

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Monterey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

There are two areas of this beach, called the north end and the south end. There are restrooms here at the far end of the beach (away from Carmel and towards Big Sur). The beach is steep and if there are waves it can be dramatic. Looking out to the East you can see Ghost Tree (bring binoculars). I have... More

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Laredo, Texas
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We have gone for 2 days and will be back again. We have done several shops at old Monterrey Wharf, also dined at several restaurants, stopped to buy candy and took the whale watching trip too. You will see activity no matter what are planning to do. Enjoy all you can

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Sunnyvale, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Compared to the beach at the end of Ocean Avenue, this is much less crowded. However, the water is treacherous and I wouldn't recommend doing anything more than a little wading - and even then you have to be very vigilant about the waves. Sand is coarse, but with proper shoes it makes for a pleasant beach stroll.

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