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“Caution”
Review of Monastery Beach

Ranked #16 of 112 things to do in Carmel
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Yes, it's a lovely beach, and has nice views, but we locals call is "Mortuary Beach" because of the many deaths there over the years.

I disagree with Tree4Life's review, it's treacherous. It has riptides that can quickly take both casual swimmers and experienced divers directly to the bottom of the Monterey Marine Canyon (5,000' below sea level) in minutes and even the strongest swimmers don't survive.

The warning sign State Parks put up is better than the one before, but it really should say "If you go in the water YOU will die".

Stay out of the water and enjoy the beach. If you're looking for excellent dive experiences, continue south to Point Lobos or Big Sur.

11  Thank JonSCalifornia
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Great dive site, especially for the experienced. The waves are a little difficult to get through with a steep drop out but the visibility has been consistently better than other places on the peninsula.

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Monastery Beach is definitely worth a pit stop, full stop. It takes a while to drink in all the sensory experiences, which are mostly great. Yes the sand is pretty uncomfortable. Bring some water to wash your feet off with. Yet the scenery, the waves, the play of the water makes this a nice place to pause at.

1  Thank MomoBobo
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

We stopped briefly at this beach because we heard so much about it and it's bad reputation. Our thoughts were: it is not a beach that is inviting is that there are better more sandy beaches along the coast, (2) the water is so cold you really won't swim there, (3) there is an undertow so small children need to be under careful watch. Why go there when there are so many other nice and safer places? It is beautiful and away from people. Just had to see it for myself and I would choose
other places to spend my day...so the legend continues.

2  Thank James H
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

The sand here is a courser rocky sand, like the bottom of a fish tank. Good news is it doesn't blow around quite so bad in the strong winds. Not a good swimming beach, but nice for a break out of the car, and enjoy the views.

1  Thank kermitthefrog
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