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Marina State (Indian Head) Nude Beach
This beach was once a part of (now-decommissioned) Fort Ord, and is now a state beach.
Monterey County, north of Monterey and near the town of Marina. Get a map and directions on the last page of this guide.
Small sand dunes interspersed with a flat beach in front of a cliff. The sand at the nude area is extremely soft
Because of the cliffs and sand dunes on the east side of the beach, morning sun won't hit the beach until about three hours after sunrise.
Who's at Marina State Beach
A few people. Nudist use is increasing
Marina State Beach Facilities
Marina State Beach Activities
Sunbathing is the best thing to do at North Marina Beach. The sand slopes steeply from the beach and the surf line hides an even steeper drop-off, all of which makes for a very strong undertow that makes swimming (and even wading) hazardous.
More Nude Beaches Within 40 Miles of Marina State Beach
- Pfeiffer Beach: Monterey County's southernmost nude beach, in Big Sur
- Garrapata Beach: South of Monterey and north of Pfeiffer
- North Marina Beach: Nearby, just a little north
Nudity Laws and Marina State Beach
Laws regarding nudity at the naturist beach vary by location and fines are stiff in some places. The responsibility for knowing the law at Marina State Beach is yours.
Nude or naturist beach neophytes, please be respectful of others and before you go to a nude beach read the guidelines for nude beach and topless beach etiquette.Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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Marina State Beach Reviews and Rating
The Bay Guardian newspaper gives Marina State a grade of "C," but our readers rate it a bit higher, with about half saying it's "excellent."
Rating Marina State Beach for Clothing Optional Recreation
More than 5,000 of our readers voted for their favorite Monterey County nude beach. 52% voted for Garrapata, 24% for Marina State Beach, 12% for North Marina and 11% for Pfeiffer.
We asked almost 1,000 of our readers to rate Marina State in a poll. 49% said it is excellent as a nude beach and 12% said it's good with a few flaws.Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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Getting to Marina State Beach
If you want an interactive version of the map, would like to convert to a close-up satellite map that shows the beaches and trails or need driving directions, use our Monterey County Beach map at Google.
Marina State Beach is between Castroville and Monterey off CA Hwy 1 near the town of Marina.
You can find it by watching the mileage markers if you know how. Find out how to interpret a California milepost marker
- Exit CA Highway 1 at Exit #410 (Reservation Road)
- Turn east at the end of the exit ramp toward Central Marina (away from the water)
- At the second traffic light, Reservation Road turns right and so should you.
- Past a couple of motels and a church - and across from the tall antennas, make a right turn onto Lake Drive
- Lake curves immediately to the left
- Follow Lake 0.6 miles through a residential neighborhood, passing Marina del Mar Elementary School and the Animal Shelter.
- You'll drive under a highway overpass and see a sign that says "Not a through street," which is true - but it goes far enough.
Parking beside the road and in a small parking area
Walking from Parking Lot to the Beach
The picture on the previous page shows the steps leading up the sand dune.
Sand dunes tend to encroach on the walkway, but keep going straight up. Follow the trail to the beach. At the beach, turn left and walk about a half mile south to the nude area.