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Pocket Guide: Marina

Tourists head to Marina for its thrilling sports, great beach, good restaurants and state park. Set in Monterey County on California's Central Coast, Marina State Beach is a popular hang gliding spot thanks to its jaw-dropping coastal views, perfect launch point and steady winds. These favourable conditions also make it a great place for surfing and kite-flying.

More relaxed beach activities include sunbathing and dolphin spotting. Sunsets are a major event here, with locals and tourists bringing picnics and wine to the beach to watch the natural wonder.

Things to Do in Marina

Running parallel to Marina State Beach is the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, which extends south to downtown Monterey and Pebble Beach. Stretching 29 miles from Castroville in the north to Pacific Grove in the south, the coast-hugging path is best explored by bicycle or in-line skates, which can be hired from several shops along the trail.

The beach is next to Marina Dunes Preserve, where you can hike over 170 acres of 70-foot sand dunes. It’s a haven for birders, with 27 species of birds regularly spotted on the dunes.

Skydiving from Marina’s Local Airport

If you're feeling adventurous, try a skydive from the Marina Municipal Airport. It runs the world's highest tandem jumps, beginning from 18,000ft and allowing for a 90-second freefall before the parachute opens.

Explore Fort Ord National Monument from a Marina Hotel

Choose accommodation in Marina and you’ll have easy access to the rolling hills and woodlands of Fort Ord National Monument. It offers a whopping 86 miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails. It’s rich in wildlife, so bring your binoculars and look out for coyotes, snakes, lizards, deer, mountain lions and golden eagles. Make a beeline for the park's beach to see seals, sea lions, sea and shore birds.

Accommodation Options in the Marina Area

Marina has accommodation to suit all budgets, from friendly motels and B&Bs to luxury beach resorts. Whether you’re here for outdoor activities or family fun, you’ll be able to find the perfect Marina hotel for you using Expedia’s search filters.