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Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2019
Open since 1995, Marina Municipal Airport is the newest general aviation airport on the Monterey Peninsula. Located two miles from Marina, in Monterey County, California, this small airport has one runway, and is mostly used by small private aircraft and helicopters.
There are no restaurants at Marina Municipal Airport, so you'll need to bring your own food and drink. Light snacks and drinks are available from vending machines.
For accommodation near Marina Municipal Airport, look for hotels in Marina itself. The small coastal town is home to a range of one- to four-star accommodation, including several great-value comfortable motels and B&Bs to sumptuous four-star resorts right on Marina’s sandy beach. Marina Municipal Airport is also easy to reach from hotels in nearby Salinas and Monterey – the airport is about 20 minutes’ drive from Monterey city centre.
Popular with outdoor enthusiasts, Marina State Beach is California's number one hang gliding spot thanks to its steady winds, perfect launch point and gorgeous coastal views. Thrill seekers can enjoy a scenic skydive from the Marina Municipal Airport. Known for the world's highest tandem jumps, skydivers can jump from 18,000ft allowing for a mind-blowing 90-second freefall before the parachute opens.
If you’d rather stay on the ground, rent a bicycle and follow the four miles of trails at the Fort Ord National Monument, Monterey County's newest state park. Spot seals, sea lions, sea and shore birds at the park's beach, a habitat for endangered species. Alternatively, hop on your bike and head south to the exclusive Pebble Beach on the picturesque Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail.
Just 10 miles from Marina is Monterey Bay, famous for its world-class aquarium and for being immortalised by author John Steinbeck in his novel Cannery Row. Many of the old waterfront cannery buildings have been transformed into art galleries, restaurants, independent shops and wine tasting rooms. Also on Cannery Row is Monterey Bay Aquarium, a must-see sight that homes an eye-popping 35,000 creatures in 34 galleries, including sunfish, sea otters, hammerhead sharks and green sea turtles.
Jazz fans should visit Monterey in September for its annual three-day jazz festival. Established in 1958, the event is one of the world's longest running jazz festivals; previous headline acts have included Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday so you can expect a glittering line-up of big-name stars.
Hire a car and treat yourself to a Californian self-drive adventure. Marina is right on California's famous Highway One, and close to the route’s most celebrated stretch. The 250-mile route south from Monterey dazzles with its rugged coastline, seaside towns, vineyards and redwood forests. If you don't have time for such a long drive, cruise the spectacular 17-Mile Drive, which is part of the exclusive 5,300-acre Pebble Beach resort, dotted with huge mansions and golf courses. Keep your eyes peeled for the Lone Cypress Tree, thought to be the most photographed tree in North America.