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Address: Carmel, CA

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monastery beach

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
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Carmel, California
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Salinas, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
7 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Recently a friend visiting this beach was not even touching the water when she was swept away and drowned by a rogue wave. A happy vacation turned into a funeral as a young, vibrant life of an adult, experienced and strong swimmer was taken. AVOID. There are many beautiful beaches in this area--Mortuary Beach is not worth the risk!!!

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Fremont, California
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1,495 attraction reviews
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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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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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United States
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134 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Carmel Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A nice beach a couple of miles south of Carmel. It has a very steep drop off just offshore, so be careful if you go into the water.

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Carmel, California
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170 reviews 170 reviews
106 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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