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Monastery Beach

Address: Carmel, CA
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Ranked #21 of 44 Activities in Carmel
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Bernalillo, New Mexico
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Monastery Beach is definitely worth a pit stop, full stop. It takes a while to drink in all the sensory experiences, which are mostly great. Yes the sand is pretty uncomfortable. Bring some water to wash your feet off with. Yet the scenery, the waves, the play of the water makes this a nice place to pause at.

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1,157 reviews 1,157 reviews
787 attraction reviews
923 helpful votes 923 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We stopped briefly at this beach because we heard so much about it and it's bad reputation. Our thoughts were: it is not a beach that is inviting is that there are better more sandy beaches along the coast, (2) the water is so cold you really won't swim there, (3) there is an undertow so small children need to... More 

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