Seaside, California is a coastal
115 miles south of San Francisco and 325 miles
north of Los Angeles. It is north of Monterey and Carmel along the Monterey
Bay and shares a border with another place you might never have heard of,
Sand City. For us beach lovers, these city names tell us we are in
the right place when looking for an ocean and sand. Indeed, Seaside
has both. It offers an easy going beach where families stroll hand
in hand with children and surfers head offshore to catch wave breaks that
sometimes can be rather challenging.
Seaside is a community of change.
Until a few years ago, Ford Ord operated a training facility
on a tract of land the U.S. Army purchased in Seaside. The influx of soldiers
and their visiting families influenced the shape of the city and its businesses,
many that catered to the military. Ford Ord is still fresh in the minds
of citizens who don't always agree on how Seaside should look and
what it should be. Seaside occupies just under 9 square miles of
land along the ocean next to one of the nation's largest national marine
life sanctuaries in the Monterey Bay.
Residents and tourists treasure
its large stretches of beach where days can be warm and gentle or windy,
filling the air with sand. The beach is not the only game in town
as another industry smiles on their good fortune. Bayonet
and Black Horse are two 18 hole courses that were located at Fort Ord and
only available for military play until the city acquired the property in
1997. Both courses are lauded as some of Monterey County's finest
and have played host to PGA Tour greats Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson.
Claiming to be the only courses of the Monterey Bay with views on 30 of
36 holes, the official course website provides some interesting historical
background on the courses, including how the original Bayonet got its name.
General Robert B. McClure constructed the Bayonet Golf Course
in 1954. Bayonet was named after the 7th Infantry "Light Fighter" Division
(nicknamed the "Bayonet Division.") It has been said that General McClure
was a "left-handed" golfer with an all too common fade. The General managed
to effectively reduce his handicap with a little creative architecture
in the design of the Bayonet Golf Course. Holes #11-#15, a series of sharp
doglegs, widely known as "Combat Corner" are interrupted only by a 226-yard
uphill par 3.
Due to Bayonet's initial acclaim, Fort Ord
decided to expand the course and in 1964 a second 18-hole championship
course was officially opened - Black Horse. The course was named in honor of
the 11th Calvary Regiment (nicknamed "Black Horse") which was stationed
across the Bay at the Presidio of Monterey from 1919-1940. bayonetblackhorse.com
From golf, to rock climbing, hang
gliding, swimming and surfing to car racing at the Laguna Seca raceway,
the local population and guests have many opportunities to enjoy sports.
One popular activity which can be enjoyed a short distance north at another
beach in Marina is hang gliding.
Seaside began in 1887 when a remarkable man, a New York
trained M.D. went west and purchased a parcel of land from his uncle.
Dr. John L.D. Roberts subdivided 150 acres into lots selling for $25 each.
He served as postmaster for his town of Seaside, country doctor and planner.
Among his credits were vision for creation of two important roads, Highway
1 between Monterey and Castroville and the breathtaking Highway 1 in Big
Sur which runs through mountains that connect San Simeon to Carmel. Once
rushing to the scene of a shipwreck on horseback, it took him nearly four
hours to reach Point Sur to care for the injured survivors of the S.S.
Los Angeles. With all his duties, Roberts was reported to never miss a
single meeting in 20 years he served as county supervisor. He died
at the ripe young age of 88, and was sorely missed by those who knew and
What Happening in and around Seaside?
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. Telephone: 831-899-6233 |
Laguna Seca Recreation Area: Many annual events are held
on this 542-acre setting, which is also the location of the famous 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.
Telephone: 831-647-7795 or 831-755-4899 for reservations. |
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 http://www.rockgym.com |
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: Covering 4,882 acres, this park features
12 miles of hiking and equestrian trails with magnificent views of the
Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay. A self-guided nature trail runs along
the park's creek. The park also offers 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
Western Hang Gliders Highway 1 & Reservation
Road Marina, CA 93933 831-384-2622 |
Elevation: Seaside City Hall 831-899-6200