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Monastery Beach

Address: Carmel, CA
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Ranked #20 of 44 Activities in Carmel
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Carmel, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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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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United States
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118 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
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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164 reviews 164 reviews
18 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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167 reviews 167 reviews
105 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 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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10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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