Last Updated on June 10, 2023

The Monterey county is home to some of Southern California’s tallest dunes and must-see destinations for sandboarding and related activities.

Dunes suitable for sand surfing are scattered across the region, near the towns of Monterey, Marina, Sand City and Seaside.

In addition to sandboarding, the dunes in the Monterey county are also popular for other activities such as hiking, picnicking, and nature watching, and offer unique and exciting ways to experience the beauty of SoCal.

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Sand Dune in Monterey
Dunes in Monterey Bay. Photo courtesy of Fred Hsu.

Marina State Beach – Marina

If you’re planning a sandboarding trip to Southern California, Marina State Beach should be your first stop. Located just a few miles north of Monterey, this beach is home to some of the tallest sand dunes in the state, as well as smaller, beginner-friendly slopes.

Tou can enjoy both sandboarding and sand sledding at Marina State Beach, making it a great destination for people of all skill levels. It’s not uncommon to see families with small children enjoying the dunes, so it’s a great place for a fun and family-friendly outing.

In addition to sandboarding, Marina State Beach is also a popular destination for other activities such as sunbathing, swimming, and picnicking. With its beautiful sandy beaches and towering dunes, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors and take in the stunning views of the California coastline.

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The Pit in Sand City

Sand City Beach Dunes – Sand City

Sand City and Seaside share their beach and sand dunes. Sand City has a vibrant artist community and is particularly memorable for its sand sculptures.

North of Sand City beach you can find a natural sand depression, “The Crater“, which also happens to be a clothing-optional area.

The perimeter of the Crater is formed by dunes with varying steepness where sandboarding and sand sledding can be practiced. Sand chutes and runs can also be found along the shore and even in residential areas.

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