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Monastery Beach

Carmel, CA
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Beautiful Beach; Coarse Sand; Powerful Wave; but not safe to wade nor swim

A beautiful beach before reaching Point Loma. This coarse sand beach is one of a kind. The... read more

Reviewed September 12, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
Monastery or Mortuary Beach?

As the title of this review indicates, there is a sinister side to Monastery Beach due to the... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2015
John Wm S
Verneuil-en-Bourbonnais, France
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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...More

2  Thank JoeBlackOld
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...More

5  Thank John Wm S
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...More

Thank ClaytonGush
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...More

6  Thank LocalGuy93955
Reviewed July 8, 2015

There are great views from this small beach but even better views can be had at Carmel Beach or even Asilomar. The main reason I caution people is there have been so many drownings here; the 'sneaker waves' and dramatic drop-off are very dangerous to...More

5  Thank Kathy K
Reviewed July 6, 2015

It's a nice view but watch the signs as it's easy to get too close to areas that are dangerous. There are warnings posted but a lot of people walked right past them. Visit the little monastery behind it. There is a cute little garden...More

1  Thank momof4inaz
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...More

2  Thank Kathleen T
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.

5  Thank Annette H
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!

3  Thank distances
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...More

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Josh C
1) How is the beach for a wedding? 2) When is a good month to have a wedding at this beach?
February 22, 2015|
Response from NancyinIN | Reviewed this property |
It probably would be but as for when our best weather is in the fall and the spring. The summer months can be socked in fog. I'm not sure who you need to contact to get permission to have a wedding on the beach.