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Address: Carmel, CA

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It's a nice view but watch the signs as it's easy to get too close to areas that are dangerous. There are warnings posted but a lot of people walked right past them. Visit the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Seaside, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Sadly, Monastery Beach along Highway One south of Carmel, California, has earned the nickname "Mortuary Beach." That is because the beach has a steep slope and strong waves with a rip current. It's a beautiful and easily accessed beach, but over the years many careless visitors have gotten caught in the waves and rip current and drowned.

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Monterey Peninsula
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There are great views from this small beach but even better views can be had at Carmel Beach or even Asilomar. The main reason I caution people is there have been so many drownings here; the 'sneaker waves' and dramatic drop-off are very dangerous to locals and tourists alike. Use caution.

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Mesa, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

It's a nice view but watch the signs as it's easy to get too close to areas that are dangerous. There are warnings posted but a lot of people walked right past them. Visit the little monastery behind it. There is a cute little garden and some nice views.

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Valrico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is a beach area you should view from afar. It is extremely dangerous and definitely NOT for swimming!! There have been many drownings due to the sloping beach and dangerous tides. There are warnings that if you see someone in distress that you are not to try to help but to call for help. This should make one believe!

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

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