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Monastery Beach

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Monastery Beach, named for the Carmelite Monastery across the highway, is part of Carmel River State Beach. The beach is sometimes called San Jose Creek Beach. The one-third-mile-long stretch of sand is most popular with divers.

Most visitors to Monastery Beach spend a relaxed and enjoyable day there. Being aware of the hazards is the best way to avoid any mishaps.

Monastery Beach has a well deserved reputation as a dangerous place for swimming, wading, and diving. The steeply sloping beach and a deep shore trough cause waves to break literally on the shore (rather than a dozen yards out like on most sandy beaches).