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Address: Carmel, CA

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"Middle Beach"/Ribera Beach Coastal Walk

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
Portland, OR
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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 95 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 

2 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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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
Monterey County, California
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

As a resident let me tell all you tourists and divers. We have failtalities at this beach every year !! Some locals call it Mortuary Beach. Lots of 911 calls of people drowing, Swimmers and divers alike. Use your common sense and stay off rocks and sit higher up on the beach.

6 Thank duskglow55
Rio Verde, Arizona, United States
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

The beach is famous for whale spotting as well as seeing seals, sea otter, dolphin and sea birds, and walking through tide pools. There is an extensive trail system that runs through this area from Carmel Beach to Point Lobos. Baby seals can be seen at the southern end of Monastery beach. The beach accommodates seasoned divers. Like most beaches... More 

3 Thank Clarke I
La Quinta, California
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46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

I have never experienced a beach that only has small pebbles; where is the sand?! That was so strange and at first interesting but after awhile it began to hurt my feet. I would definitely visit again but would wear some type of fully enclosed shoe. There is no romantic walk on the beach feeling the soft sand in between... More 

1 Thank Al R
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8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This beach is dog friendly. On nice days it can be very crowded. It's clean and families and couples sit on the white sand, have lunch, walk their dogs. Due to undertow, serious currents and rogue waves, this beach is not for swimming. Several accidents and fatalities happen each year. People do dive....but I would suggest you have an awful... More 

4 Thank Elise R

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