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Address: Carmel, CA

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Stunning beauty, BUT Watch the water!

This is one of the more picturesque beaches along Highway 1. Please BE VERY CAREFUL if you choose to enter the water. The waves in that area are unpredictable and the water is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Erin F
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Carmel, California, United States
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8 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Look and appreciate the beauty but don't go near the water. Serious undertows at this beach. Too many have given their life to this stretch of water.

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Monterey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Beautiful to look at from shore, but can't underestimate the dangerous rip currents! Way too many people have died in that water!

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Park by the Bay School. Climb up to the rocks for a wonderful high view. Walk north to the mouth of the Carmel River. Walk up to The Cross. Enjoy the wildflowers, the birds in the wetlands along with the deer and occasionaly bobcat. Walk on the path or on the beach. Invigorating, restful, delightful.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This is one of the more picturesque beaches along Highway 1. Please BE VERY CAREFUL if you choose to enter the water. The waves in that area are unpredictable and the water is known for washing unsuspecting tourists off the beaches and rocks. Not a beach for kids to 'get their feet wet'. This is also a popular scuba diving... More 

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Salinas, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I live here and have gone to the is beach many times but tourists beware. This beach is a people eater and I mean it. The incidence of "rouge" waves at this beach is high and every year several tourists, children and adults as well as experienced divers are tragically pulled in by one of the unexpected waves and drown.... More 

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Aptos, California, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

There should be better and larger signage! Too many people have drowned here! Ask anyone from Carmel and they will verify this. All too sad because it is really lovely, right next to Pt Lobos and looks so very inviting. Beware!!

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Monastery Beach is right along highway one and is a scenic beach. It is just north of Point Lobos State Reserve area. Parking is free but limited as one parks by the road. As I was there midweek this time, I had no problems finding a spot. Going to this beach is also free. The reason for the beach being... More 

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Carmel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

a lovely but very dangerous place for swimmers and divers to experience the beauty and risks of adventure

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Nicknamed Mortuary Beach because of all the tragic accidents that have taken place here, this is a beautiful beach. The water, however, is dangerous and you should exercise great care if you decide to go in. Many drownings in the area.

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Carmel Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Really nice beach right off of Highway 1. Its nickname with locals is Mortuary beach, because of all of the drownings there. If you are not a strong swimmer or experienced surfer, please don't go in the water and watch your kids and pets. Multiple drownings in families on the same day plague that spot. So be careful!

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Address: Address: Carmel, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel

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