Introduction to Marina, California
Marina, California, in Monterey county, is 8 miles W of Salinas, California (center to center) and 45 miles S of San Jose, California. The city is considered part of the Salinas metropolitan area. Marina has a population of 25,101.
The coastal city of Marina is in close proximity to Fort Ord, and hence has a prominent military presence. It is just north of the Monterey Peninsula, and is famous for its sand dunes and recreational opportunities. Until the late 19th century, the area was used primarily for farming and ranching. It was only in the 1900s that a town developed in this region. The town had different names at different points of time, like Bardin, Locke-Paddon Colonies, and Paddonville. The town was finally named 'Marina' in 1918 by the developer William Locke-Paddon. Initially, the town was promoted as a stop for travelers on the Southern Pacific Railroad. The city finally got a huge boost in terms of progress post the war in 1950s, and was formally incorporated in 1975. It is now considered "The Gateway to the Monterey Peninsula."
Marina and nearby Attractions
- Marina Chamber of Commerce
- Marina Branch Monterey County Free Libraries
- Fort Ord Post Stockade
- Marina Village Shopping Center
- Epiphany Lutheran Church
- Locke-Paddom Wetlands Park
Things To Do In Marina
Visitors to Marina can enjoy the State Beach, which boasts of 170 acres of protected sand dunes. Beachcombers will probably find the sea too rough to enjoy swimming, but the beach allows a lot of space for tanning and beach games. The State Beach is a popular place offering opportunities for surfing, hang-gliding, and fishing. Art enthusiasts can check out the Sculpture Habitat at the Marina Airport which features sculptures created by local and national artists. There is also a new skate park that allows skateboarding and rollerblading. The city's other parks have facilities for softball and baseball games. Those interested in the historic sites can take a tour of the Marina Chamber of Commerce and the Marina Branch Monterey County Free Libraries.
The local airport is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.
Marina Higher Education
The California State University-Monterey Bay serves the city.