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Monastery Beach in Carmel, California

Monastery Beach gets its name from the Carmelite Monastery Mission across Highway 1 from the beach. The monastery is currently home of the Nuns of Carmel. This beautiful sandy beach is popular on sunny days, but it is not a swimming beach. Due to its shape there is a severe undertow and rip current in the cove that can suck swimmers out to certain death. The nickname of the beach is Mortuary Beach and it has been called the most dangerous beach in California. Another name for the beach is San Jose Creek Beach for the creek that runs behind the beach before entering the cove at the north end. The creek flows down through a stunning canyon behind the beach in a large property called Point Lobos Ranch. The ranch land is a new state park property which hopefully will be open to the public in the near future. At the north end of Monastery Beach there is a trail that wraps around the bay to Carmel Meadows Beach and Carmel River State Beach.  Experienced scuba divers frequently dive at Monastery Beach and at nearby Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Look for open parking spots along the highway near the Monastery entrance at 27951 California 1, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.

Address
27951 California 1
Carmel, CA 93923
Park Name
Carmel River State Beach
Owner
State Park
Other Names
San Jose Creek Beach
Activities
Scuba Diving, Sunbathing
Amenities
Restrooms
Pet Policy
Dogs allowed on leash
Fees
Free parking

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