Marine Protected Area, What’s That?
There are 29 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). MPAs are State or National Parks that manage the resources of fragile, unique, and ecologically significant coastal areas. The chances of a visitor stumbling across one in Santa Cruz or Monterey County is fairly high. Still, the majority of people who visit these precious landmarks or watermarks are unaware of their significance. It’s important to note that the MBNMS is one big Marine Protected Area that contains more regulated, MPAs within its boundaries. So where are these Marine Protected Areas?
3 Special Regions Protected on the Central Coast
Dive Into California’s Underwater Parks!
Explore California’s Underwater Parks without getting your feet wet through an online tour! The California Google MPA Tour features detailed descriptions of each of the state marine protected areas, National Marine Sanctuaries, and National Estuaries, with stunning photos and videos, and links to local “things to do” for your enjoyment and ease of vacation planning. This Google MPA tour is recently completed for the entire state, featuring more than 125 underwater parks from the Oregon border to Baja, and is divided into easy to navigate regional tours.