Marina Beach along Kamarajar Salai in Chennai
Marina Beach is a natural urban beach in the city of Chennai, India, along the Bay of Bengal. The beach runs from near Fort St. George in the north to Besant Nagar in the south, a distance of 13 km (8.1 mi), making it the longest natural urban beach in the country. The Marina is primarily sandy, with an average width of 300 m (980 ft) and a maximum width of 437 m (1,434 ft). Bathing and swimming at the beach are legally prohibited because of the dangers, as the undercurrent is very turbulent. It is the most crowded beach in the country and attracts about 30,000 visitors a day during weekdays and 50,000 visitors a day during the weekends and on holidays. During summer months, about 15,000 to 20,000 people visit the beach daily. Being the most prominent open space in the city, the Marina Beach hosts several events throughout the year.