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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 Valley, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
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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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
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
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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Sandy, Utah
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

This beach is just a short drive south from Carmel beach. Park along hwy 101 and you're there. It's interesting because it's actually quite a bit different than Carmel beach even though they are just few miles apart. The sand is more coarse but a beautiful light brown where Carmel sand is light grey. Also, has a sharper drop off... More

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San Francisco, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Nice beach for a picnic - close to the road for easy access & small enough to keep track of everyone. Snorkeling & diving is fine, as long as the swells are moderate - when it gets big, the waves drop on the beach with a WHUMP!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Yes, it's a lovely beach, and has nice views, but we locals call is "Mortuary Beach" because of the many deaths there over the years. I disagree with Tree4Life's review, it's treacherous. It has riptides that can quickly take both casual swimmers and experienced divers directly to the bottom of the Monterey Marine Canyon (5,000' below sea level) in minutes... More

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Morgan Hill
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Great dive site, especially for the experienced. The waves are a little difficult to get through with a steep drop out but the visibility has been consistently better than other places on the peninsula.

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