Marina, CA Marina was once home to the soldiers of Fort Ord, but when the facility closed in 1994, it was converted to civilian use. Today, much of the old military infrastructure houses California State University Monterey Bay, new housing subdivisions and the start of a stunning 12-mile coastal recreation trail. The newly opened Fort Ord Dunes State Park highlights 4 miles of pristine coastline at the end of a 1,500-foot trail. Park roads are open to bicyclists, hikers and dogs on leash. Marina also hosts the annual Wind Festival, celebrating kite-making, kite-flying and hang gliding.

2010 population: 19,718
2010 median home price: $334,900

Top Marina Attractions
1. Locke-Paddon Park
Locke-Paddon Park, which offers winding trails through native plants, a wildflower extravaganza each spring, and hordes of rainbow-hued ducks and pushy geese. Jennifer Lagier Fellguth, local author

2. Recreation
Innovative collaboration among the city of Marina, Marina Recreation Department and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, resulting in a series of exciting nature activities and camps for community children as well as the establishment of Vince DiMaggio Park, Locke-Paddon Community Park, Marina Dunes Preserve and the Los Arboles Sports Complex. Jennifer Lagier Fellguth, local author

3. Marina State Beach
There are three entrances to Marina State Beach, where you can visit dune habitat, tour a ranger station, build sand castles, watch dolphins play, or just see an amazingly beautiful sunset. Take the Lake Street entrance for solitude and an unparalleled view of the Monterey Bay coastline. Ila Mettee-McCutchon, Mayor of Marina 2007

4. Riding
Take the East Garrison entrance onto Fort Ord from Reservation Road and hike, bicycle or ride your horse all the way to Del Rey Oaks. You can get the horse all the way to Del Rey Oaks. You can get the horse at the Marina Equestrian Center just off Imjin Parkway. Ila Mettee-McCutchon, Mayor of Marina 2007

5. Roller Hockey & Video Arcade
Some little known special activities for the young, or young at heart, include world-class roller hockey at Water City Roller Hockey on Second Avenue, one of the best skate parks in the area on Hillcrest and a video arcade on Del Monte. Ila Mettee-McCutchon, Mayor of Marina 2007

6. Biking
Miles of bike path winding through the Armstrong Ranch, past wetlands and along the coastal shore, offering bikers a gorgeous view of Monterey Bay. Jennifer Lagier Fellguth, local author

Dining in Marina

223 Reindollar Ave
Marina, CA 93933

Fog Town Barn & Grill
204 Carmel Ave
Marina, CA 93933

Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse
3295 Dunes Rd
Marina, CA 93933

Saturday was an occasion to play and to honor those who work, as a thousand people marched down Reservation Road in Marina amid cheering throngs of spectators in the city's 39th annual Labor Day Parade. View a slideshow   READ MORE
Lying flat on his back, Daniel Scott raised his legs up toward the sky, while his AcroYoga partner Lux Sternstein slowly balanced his feet on Scott's feet. Slowly, Sternstein stood up, lifting his arms until fully extended.   READ MORE
At this year's Fort Ord Warhorse Day, organizers aim to spotlight the trails around the Marina Equestrian Center rife for recreational riding, and not just on horseback. Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse hosts its third annual Fort Ord Warhorse Day at 10a.m.   READ MORE
MOST MOVIE BUFFS know that Clint Eastwood's classic creepy stalker story, "Play Misty for Me," was filmed in Monterey and Carmel in 1971, but did you know that the Marlon Brando/Karl Malden Western "One-Eyed Jacks" was filmed in Pebble Beach and Big Sur in 1961?   READ MORE
IT'S NOT HARD TO FIND GOOD PLACES FOR SUNSET-WATCHING IN AND AROUND the Monterey Peninsula. It's more a question of how spectacular you want your view to be.   READ MORE
Loding in Marina

Sanctuary Beach Resort
3295 Dunes Rd
Marina, CA 93933
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Holiday Inn Express Marina
189 Seaside Circle
Marina, CA 93933
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Comfort Inn Marina
140 Reservation Rd
Marina, CA 93933
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