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Explore the beauty of Marina – a charming Central Coast town in sunny California, nestled along the stunning and picturesque Monterey Bay. You’ll discover a revitalized city that proudly boasts the Monterey Bay campus of California State University and the converted former United States Army facility – Fort Ord. Here, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in several national and state parks, like the Fort Ord National Monument and the Fort Ord Dunes State Park, all bursting with activities and stunning views that are sure to take your breath away. Take your adventure to new heights at Skydive Monterey Bay – the ultimate tandem skydiving experience that promises unbeatable visibility and thrills. Feel the rush of the wind in your hair and the warm sun on your face as you jump above the sparkling Pacific Coast. For those seeking sun and sand, head to Marina State Beach, where visitors can enjoy the beauty of the Central Coast’s highest sand dune formations, thanks to the 170-acre Marina Dunes Preserve nearby. The beach is a must-visit for surfing, hang gliding, kite flying and bird watching. Relax and enjoy food and beverage from the cafe while basking in the stunning views offered by the observation deck. The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail stretches to Pebble Beach and is perfect for a hike or bike ride. The nearby Preserve and Locke-Paddon Community Park offer birding enthusiasts over 27 bird species to marvel at. The Marina Dune Preserve is a remarkable and narrow coastal dune strip, providing protection and shelter to the vibrant local flora and fauna. Though it was once damaged by mining operations and vehicles, the preserve is now a safe haven for visitors on foot, as long as they remain on the designated trails to avoid further harm. The preserve offers access to stunning Monterey Bay beaches and is perfect for a peaceful and relaxing day. Bring your furry friend, but keep them on a leash and revel in the fresh air and sunshine.
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