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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
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La Quinta, California
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Carmel, California
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56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sitting beneath the gaze of a place pulled out of time, the Monastery Beach is a destination worth endeavoring to. The view of Point Lobos alone is worth it, but beware of this rugged coast as its currents have been detrimental to unwary tourists. Obey all the signs and enjoy a wonderful beach away from the hustle and bustle of... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The entry/exit was challenging, but the dive was outstanding! Don't even try to walk out of the water, just plan on doing the "Monastary Crawl" :)

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Thank Diver836
Monterey Peninsula, California
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

As a resident let me tell all you tourists and divers. We have failtalities at this beach every year !! Some locals call it Mortuary Beach. Lots of 911 calls of people drowing, Swimmers and divers alike. Use your common sense and stay off rocks and sit higher up on the beach.

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3 Thank duskglow55
Rio Verde, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

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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3 Thank Clarke I
La Quinta, California
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43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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 

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1 Thank Al R
Falmouth,MA
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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158 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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 

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Carmel, California
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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208 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 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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42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

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

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