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Address: Carmel, CA

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Great Beach

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
Caroline S
Monterey Peninsula, California
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Monterey Peninsula, California
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59 reviews
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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.

Thank mini
Medford, Oregon
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

What a fantastic place is Monastery Beach! Our family rented the cabins on Monastery Beach for a small family reunion and what a blessing it was. The cabin was located right on the beach with a beautiful full ocean front view. There were two stories, 3 bedrooms with a master suite, fully equip kitchen and a comfy living room with... More 

Thank Cyndi0413
Taunton, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

..... a lovely stop off and a place to rest after a long drive whilst soaking up the Californian sun and blue Pacific. We just sat....... cant say much more. Just see it.

Thank Grahame1950
Pompano Beach, Florida
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45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We stopped at this beach to watch the sunset on a recent trip and boy were we surprised. There was a run on some kind of small fish, which brought the ocean to life . There were seals all over the place surfing the waves, Dolphins galore and to our surprise , there were 2 whales right her about 50... More 

Thank Karen C
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

A beautiful beach before reaching Point Loma. This coarse sand beach is one of a kind. The powerful waves and rugged sandstone formations provide plenty of good photo ops. However, it is not safe to wade nor swim, due to the strong undertows and rip tides.

Thank JoeBlackOld
Verneuil-en-Bourbonnais, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

As the title of this review indicates, there is a sinister side to Monastery Beach due to the carelessness foolishness of some of the swimmers who swim here. This is attested to by the numerous drownings. Monastery Beach is nestled in between Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel Meadows, with a sweeping panoramic view to enjoy. It is right beside... More 

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Sosua, Dominican Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

If you are a Northern California Diver you may have heard the term "Monastery Crawl." It was created for a reason. You will most likely exit your dive this way! On a clear visibility day - Yes its a beautiful place to dive. You might get the feeling that you are now part of the food chain or possibly on... More 

Thank ClaytonGush
Seaside, California
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Sadly, Monastery Beach along Highway One south of Carmel, California, has earned the nickname "Mortuary Beach." That is because the beach has a steep slope and strong waves with a rip current. It's a beautiful and easily accessed beach, but over the years many careless visitors have gotten caught in the waves and rip current and drowned.

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