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Address: Carmel, CA

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Stunning beauty, BUT Watch the water!

This is one of the more picturesque beaches along Highway 1. Please BE VERY CAREFUL if you choose to enter the water. The waves in that area are unpredictable and the water is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 27, 2015
Erin F
Stuttgart, Germany
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69 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is a beach area you should view from afar. It is extremely dangerous and definitely NOT for swimming!! There have been many drownings due to the sloping beach and dangerous tides. There are warnings that if you see someone in distress that you are not to try to help but to call for help. This should make one believe!

2 Thank Kathleen T
Carmel, California, United States
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32 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2015

Look and appreciate the beauty but don't go near the water. Serious undertows at this beach. Too many have given their life to this stretch of water.

3 Thank Annette H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2015

Beautiful to look at from shore, but can't underestimate the dangerous rip currents! Way too many people have died in that water!

2 Thank distances
Carmel, California
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27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2015

Park by the Bay School. Climb up to the rocks for a wonderful high view. Walk north to the mouth of the Carmel River. Walk up to The Cross. Enjoy the wildflowers, the birds in the wetlands along with the deer and occasionaly bobcat. Walk on the path or on the beach. Invigorating, restful, delightful.

Thank tony s
Stuttgart, Germany
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2015

This is one of the more picturesque beaches along Highway 1. Please BE VERY CAREFUL if you choose to enter the water. The waves in that area are unpredictable and the water is known for washing unsuspecting tourists off the beaches and rocks. Not a beach for kids to 'get their feet wet'. This is also a popular scuba diving... More 

2 Thank Erin F
Salinas, California
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72 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2015

I live here and have gone to the is beach many times but tourists beware. This beach is a people eater and I mean it. The incidence of "rouge" waves at this beach is high and every year several tourists, children and adults as well as experienced divers are tragically pulled in by one of the unexpected waves and drown.... More 

7 Thank vdoolittle
Aptos, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2015

There should be better and larger signage! Too many people have drowned here! Ask anyone from Carmel and they will verify this. All too sad because it is really lovely, right next to Pt Lobos and looks so very inviting. Beware!!

6 Thank Patricia0907
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank mini
Carmel, California
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34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2014

a lovely but very dangerous place for swimmers and divers to experience the beauty and risks of adventure

5 Thank martyone
United States
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697 reviews
504 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 624 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

6 Thank AAHolt

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