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Sand City, CA Monterey Bay Area

Sand City is located in the Monterey Bay Area north of Monterey & Carmel, two popular Central Coast beach vacations. Likewise Sand City has beaches and tons of sand, for which the city is named. Sand City is often associated with neighboring Seaside California.

Sand City encompasses 1.5 miles of sandy beach and a population of under 1,000 people who reside next to California's largest sand dunes covering 40 square miles of bay.

A recreational trail overlooking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with the 2nd largest protected marine area in the world that extends along 1/4 of the Calif. coast from Cambria to just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It is nearly as big as Connecticut.

Highway 1 and the former Southern Pacific Railroad run through the entire length of the city which is located approx. 125 miles south of San Francisco and 345 miles north of Los Angeles.

Sand City incorporated in May 1960 and employs approx. 5,000 people in local stores and light industry factories.

The citizens of Sand City, while wanting to enhance the existing character and commercial base, wish to encourage additional housing in appropriate locations. Adjacent to the former Fort Ord military base, and member agency of the Fort Ord Reuse Authority that is working to convert this large facility to civilian uses, Sand City is poised for growth.

Here is a partial list of some resources and activities: Sand City Birthday Celebration Seaside State Beach Seaside Jazz Art Show Sunday Blues Concerts in the Park Laguna Grande Regional Park This park is located across from Seaside's City Hall on Canyon Del Rey Boulevard. In addition to the 12-acre lake, this 60-acre restored wetland park features a one-mile bicycle path and a one-mile mostly paved nature trail perfect for bird-watching. A playground and picnic facilities are provided as well as restrooms.

Laguna Seca: 542-acre setting is the location of the Laguna Seca Raceway. A lake with a five-acre island is accessible by a bridge. The campground offers 172 sites (102 have electrical hook-ups) by reservation and showers are available. This recreation area is located on Highway 68.

Marina Dunes RV Park 3330 Dunes Drive, Marina Telephone: 831-384-6914 4 star RV park with full services including fuel station Marina State Beach: Hang gliding, surfing, sunbathing and fishing are popular sports along this 170-acre beach. Visitors can hike through the 70-foot dunes

Monterey Bay SK-8 STATION 1855 East Avenue, Sand City, CA 93955 831-372-1328 Monterey State Beach is a favorite place for surfers and tidepool watchers. Fishing is popular, too. The cities of Monterey and Seaside share the park, which has three separate beaches approximately a mile apart. The underwater area of the park attracts scuba divers. Visitors also enjoy kayaking, kite-flying and volleyball. The flat beach is an excellent place for beachcombing. The park is located at the Seaside exit off Highway 218, west of Highway 1. The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.

SANCTUARY ROCK GYM 1855 East Avenue Sand City, CA 93955 831-899-2595 Seaside State Beach: The Seaside beach is remarkable for its long, walkable stretches of sand and its beautiful dunes. Walk the dog, take a sunset stroll, check out the very interesting native plant dune restoration project currently underway. The beach is located at Highway 218 at Highway 1. Open to the public.

Toro County Park: 12 miles of hiking and equestrian trails include a self-guided nature trail adjacent to the creek. Ball fields, volleyball courts, horseshoes pits, picnic facilities, and a playground. a camp for youth groups of up to 100 is available by reservation. Telephone: 831-647-7795or 831-755-4899 for reservations

Western Hang Gliders Highway 1 & Reservation Road Marina, CA 93933 831-384-2622

Cultural and recreational attractions include 2 golf courses, beaches, parks, hang gliding, rock climbing, camping, concerts, dining, car races and more.

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