Surfers at Marina State Beach
Ever-shifting sands and perpetual Pacific breezes make Marina a “favorite places” nominee among outdoor enthusiasts. Sheltered from Monterey Bay by the sand dunes of Marina Dunes Natural Preserve, Marina is hugely popular with hang gliding pilots and captains of all manner of wind-propelled craft. Take a look at a sample itinerary to see what awaits you on a Marina vacation.
Marina Beach and Other Parks
If there’s any space left on your digital camera’s memory stick, a trip to Marina State Beach with its unique Central California flora and fauna should put you in megapixel overload. The beach is the premier hang gliding spot in Central California because of its steady winds, great launching area, and the wonderful views from above.
Things to Do
Stroll down the beach and soon you'll be in Fort Ord Dunes State Park, once a military artillery range and now home to threatened bird and plant life. Or you can hop on your bicycle and head all the way south to Pebble Beach on the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. Check out this list of "Top 10 Bike Rides" for other great biking trails in the area and this CSUMB Community Bike Map with various trails in Marina and Seaside.
Want to see Monterey Bay from the air? Try out hang gliding at Marina State Beach or skydive from the Marina Municipal Airport.
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