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Address: Carmel, CA

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Beautiful Sunset; Pebbles not so Romantic

I have never experienced a beach that only has small pebbles; where is the sand?! That was so strange and at first interesting but after awhile it began to hurt my feet. I would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2016
Al R
La Quinta, California
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Rio Verde, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The beach is famous for whale spotting as well as seeing seals, sea otter, dolphin and sea birds, and walking through tide pools. There is an extensive trail system that runs through this area from Carmel Beach to Point Lobos. Baby seals can be seen at the southern end of Monastery beach. The beach accommodates seasoned divers. Like most beaches... More 

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La Quinta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

I have never experienced a beach that only has small pebbles; where is the sand?! That was so strange and at first interesting but after awhile it began to hurt my feet. I would definitely visit again but would wear some type of fully enclosed shoe. There is no romantic walk on the beach feeling the soft sand in between... More 

1 Thank Al R
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This beach is dog friendly. On nice days it can be very crowded. It's clean and families and couples sit on the white sand, have lunch, walk their dogs. Due to undertow, serious currents and rogue waves, this beach is not for swimming. Several accidents and fatalities happen each year. People do dive....but I would suggest you have an awful... More 

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Elkview, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

Rough surf and pebbly sand make this an interesting stop but not really beachworthy. There is a monastery on the hill above the beach that is beautiful and has gorgeous vista's of the coastline. We drove in just at closing time and it wasn't until we drove out that we saw the sign that said the gates close automatically at... More 

Thank Lqchar
Carmel, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Monastery is a rough, beautiful and very dangerous beach. This is not a beach for kids or adults. Stay back from the surf's edge; many have been swept away here, not to be seen again, and I'm not exaggerating, the undertow is deadly. Swim at safe, beautiful Carmel Beach, not here. Experienced scuba divers love this beach but it is... More 

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Big Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

This was one of our first stops on a whim from SFO down the coast. It was nice to get out and stretch the legs, but this stop was little more then that. The beach is mostly pebbles, and the surf was rough (which was nice to see and hear). Doesn't look good for swimming. Nothing here really popped out... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

Certainly a beautiful place, but if you are searching for breathtaking, head to the Sonoma Coastline~

Thank Jacob S
Monterey Peninsula, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

This beach is located close to Carmel, The Barnyard and Point Lobos. Good place to enjoy the Pacific Ocean.

Thank Caroline S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Monterey is a very beautiful small city by the sea and very closed to Carmel. The fisherman's wharf is delicious and not so crowded as SF.

Thank Zhuoyuan C
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We enjoyed a walk along the Pacific Ocean at Monastery Beach to welcome the New Year. The beach is across the road from the monastery - thus its name. We have visited the beach a number of times. The beach is right before one gets to Point Lobos Natural Reserve if one is driving south on Highway One.

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