Surf, Run, or Catch a Sunset at Marina State Beach

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Added by Mitch Pittman

Easy access and soft white sand make this the perfect spot to pull over and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean in stunning Monterey County, CA.

From the moment you turn into the parking lot, you know Marina State Beach is special. Grab a parking spot in the large lot and then run down the dunes and onto the shoreline! The beach feels spacious on this section of the shore and gives plenty of room to run around or to put down a blanket to catch a sunset (with some local wine).

If you are in the mood for a workout, the beach goes on for a couple miles in both directions, and the deep sand will make you earn every step. Surfing and swimming are also possible here if you want to brave the chilly waters. 

Watch the seagulls come and go while you take in the colorful sunset - all close enough to town that you can easily have all this before or after dinner! 

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