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Monastery Beach

Carmel, CA
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Ranked #14 of 28 Attractions in Carmel
Type: Beaches
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Sandy, Utah
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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8 helpful votes 8 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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1,130 reviews 1,130 reviews
774 attraction reviews
874 helpful votes 874 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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Portland, OR
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40 reviews 40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

The sand here is a courser rocky sand, like the bottom of a fish tank. Good news is it doesn't blow around quite so bad in the strong winds. Not a good swimming beach, but nice for a break out of the car, and enjoy the views.

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Carmel, California
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21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Great beach right on Highway 1. You can park right by it, but watch out, it is very steep with a drop off. Read the warning signs as the beach is also treacherous.

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3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This is a wonderful beach if you want to enjoy a picnic, a sunset, or if you are a VERY EXPERIENCED cold water SCUBA enthusiast. Part of Carmel River State Beach, it is known as Monastery Beach because of it's location across form the Carmelite Monastery. The beach is beautiful but extremely dangerous. We live very near this beach and... More

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Santa Clara, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Be careful if you plan to visit this beach. I almost got drowned here. My husband(who also almost got drowned) and a friend of ours saved us. The waves were gigantic which pulled me off and I fell down near the shore calling for help. Many people have drowned here and it is well known as 'Mortuary Beach' which I... More

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