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Address: Carmel, CA
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Beautiful beach but read the signs

I had a quick swim today but could feel the power of the surf and undertow. I did not go out of my depth, keeping very close to the shore. This is a beautiful unspoilt beach with... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2017
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Carmel, California
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73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While beautiful, this beach, know to locals as "Mortuary Beach", is deadly. The warning signs have been improved over the years, but still don't inform the public of the immensities of its dangers. Just las week, a father an son were swept off the beach by a rogue wave and the child was drowned. THIS BEACH KILLS. If you go,... More 

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Monterey, California
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Monastery Beach is just south of Carmel on Rt 1. On the north end of the beach, you can look out and see a wash rock ~200 yard off the beach. Between the beach and the wash rock is a thick kelp forest, rich with marine life. But I only dive here on a calm day. The beach slopes very... More 

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Thank Rusty321
Carmel, California
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!! It is NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN! Many visitors have died here, giving this beach the haunting nickname of "Mortuary Beach" by locals. Even those walking or playing on the sand have been swept into the ocean by unexpected large waves and get stuck in the forceful undertoe and drown. Please drive past this beauty and... More 

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3 Thank enno10
Pleasanton, California
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805 reviews
543 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 690 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This beach is very easy to get too, it's right off the highway, free parking. What is really great about this beach is the sand. It's just right size, so it feels soft while walking or sitting, but doesn't stick and doesn't get everywhere. Perfect! Surprisingly, it doesn't seem to get crowded. The waters are supposed to be dangerous, but... More 

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Thank heckfy
Martos, Spain
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668 reviews
253 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I had a quick swim today but could feel the power of the surf and undertow. I did not go out of my depth, keeping very close to the shore. This is a beautiful unspoilt beach with coarse sand, which brushes off wet feet easily!

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Thank AggiePirate
Sacramento, California, United States
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118 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Monastery Beach is one of the most accessible and visible beaches on the Monterey Peninsula. It's also one of the most dangerous, as other reviewers have noted. While I've been in the water here numerous times (I was SCUBA certified here in college), I'm still always careful swimming here, and I don't recommend it due to the sometimes dangerous conditions... More 

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2 Thank John H
San Francisco, California
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335 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

I stopped here early in the morning - before sunrise - because of the waves and tide, so I had the entire beach to myself. The beach was very clean, and seems as if it would be a good option on a warm, sunny day, though Carmel Beach might be a superior choice.

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Thank bluevoter
San Jose, California
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182 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Great beach for a picnic. We sat and watched the waves and gulls. There are restrooms so its a good spot to stop while traveling.

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Thank daveb914
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

The nicest access to the beach is through the carmel meadows in a neighborhood off Ribera Road. At the left side of the neighborhood you can park and walk through a beautiful tree-lined staircase down to the beach. The water is very deep and has a terrible undertow so it is strictly for rock hopping and sand play. There are... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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267 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We did a quick stop here to simply check the water temperature - we are tourists and it seemed an easy place to paddle. Saw the warning signs and proceeded with care. Nice clean beach with quite a few families sitting in the sun. Not sand as it looked more like small pebbles. The Pacific was cold! Even on a... More 

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