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Address: Carmel, CA

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Great Beach

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 December 2016
San Jose, California
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Sacramento, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank John H
San Francisco, California
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315 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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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San Jose, California
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182 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank daveb914
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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257 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

2 Thank nsander219
Portland, OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is a very nice walk between the two beaches: Monastery and Carmel River State Beach. It walks you right along the coast line. No trees along this walk so if hot out the sun does beat down on you. It is a locals spot and stays less traveled. Trail is not busy but has great coastal views, esp of... More 

1 Thank LittlebearUSA
Sausalito, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Please Read....Right off the highway but DANGEROUS ! NICE VIEWS ....never crowded . READ what the locals and experienced divers say about this beach. WAVES break right on the shoreline...EASY TO GET YOUR LEGS BROKEN !!! NO BS.....similar beach in Hong Kong saw lady get slammed by a very small wave, her back or neck was broken by the water's... More 

4 Thank WorldTravelerAtoZ
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is a quite beach area with a nice trail along the coast. Great dive site with very clear water. As others have said pay attention and be careful.

1 Thank Greg C
Carmel, California
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55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Sitting beneath the gaze of a place pulled out of time, the Monastery Beach is a destination worth endeavoring to. The view of Point Lobos alone is worth it, but beware of this rugged coast as its currents have been detrimental to unwary tourists. Obey all the signs and enjoy a wonderful beach away from the hustle and bustle of... More 

Thank BarbaraF2017
Fort Worth, Texas
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

The entry/exit was challenging, but the dive was outstanding! Don't even try to walk out of the water, just plan on doing the "Monastary Crawl" :)

1 Thank Diver836

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