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

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