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.
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Every Mother’s Day weekend Marina hosts the annual Festival of the Winds: it’s quite possibly the one time a year when hang gliders and giant kites outnumber raptors and songbirds along the coast. Featuring kite flying contests, hang glider races, and wind-related crafts for children (as well as air-filled bouncy houses), it's a great family event.
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.
Fly direct from these five airports: Denver International Airport (DEN) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) McCarran International Airport (LAS) Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport (PHX) San Francisco International Airport (SFO) San Diego International Airport (SAN)
Funded in cooperation with the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and the communities of Pebble Beach Company, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Sand City, Seaside, Moss Landing, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, and Salinas Valley.