Marina Del Rey is a small unincorporated town surrounding the marina after which it is named. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in Los Angeles and has a considerably different vibe than the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach Boardwalk or the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See our video of the beauty of Marina Del Rey at the bottom of this post!
It’s quite, peaceful, relaxing and feels much less crowded than the tourist attractions mentioned above. With its close proximity to LAX and other major tourist attractions in Los Angeles, it is the perfect place to stay when visiting Los Angeles. Enjoy a stunning view from your hotel window before heading to a waterfront cafe for breakfast while deciding which of the many things to do – parasailing, fishing, bicycling, taking sailing lessons, shopping, etc – for the day.
Where to Stay in Marina Del Rey
Hotels include the Hilton Garden Inn, The Ritz Carlton, the Marina Del Rey Marriott, Marian Del Rey Hotel, Jamaica Bay Inn.
Things to do in Marina Del Rey
1. Dine in a Waterfront Restaurant
Nearly every restaurant offers waterfront views, year-round outdoor dining, and award-winning cuisine. There are more fine restaurants in Marina Del Rey than you can hope to eat at during your visit!
2. Cruise the Marina in the Waterbus
Take the for a unique water’s-eye view of Marina del Rey. Eight boarding stops throughout the Marina offer opportunities to shop, dine, and recreate in one of the most beautiful Southern California residential and tourist areas. Bikes and strollers welcome aboard.
3. Go Fishing
Land based fishing is permitted at the north and south jetties (fishing license required). You can also fish at the nearby Venice Pier, which doesn’t require a license. Fishing licenses and bait are available at the West Marine store, located at 4750 Admiralty Way in the Waterside shopping center.
Marina del Rey Sportfishing operates a bait dock at Fisherman’s Village (13739 Fiji Way), open daily 5 a.m.–6 p.m. Anyone can stop by with a bucket or cooler to purchase live or fresh frozen bait – sardines, squid, and anchovies. Dock fishing from the bait dock is allowed between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.; $10 per person, including bait. Fishing license is required and can be purchased at the dock, as well as rental rods. They also offer the most affordable options for fishing excursions.
4. Charter a Yacht or Take a Dinner Cruise
Choose from over 23 yacht rental companies to charter a luxury yacht for a big event. Let a certified skipper take you out to sea with a sunset sail along the coast or rent a duffy boat to explore the Marina del Rey Harbor.
You will also see numerous dinner cruise yachts in the docks. Take your pick and stop in to make a reservation for the next cruise.
5. Take in a Summertime Concert
The Marina del Rey Free Summer Concert Series takes place in Burton Chace Park in the marina. The 10-acre park is surrounded on three sides by the water, sailboats and yachts. Concerts run through the summer. On alternating Thursdays, enjoy classical and opera performances. On alternating Saturdays, expect a mix of pop music groups, including alt-rock, indie, and folk.
There are also live bands playing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons year-round at Fisherman’s Village. 13737 Fiji Way.
6. Rent a Bicycle
Rent a bicycle and head on out to the nearby Venice Pier. Or take the beach bike path on up the the world famous, hip and Bohemian Venice Boardwalk. Be advised, the boardwalk is anything other than the quiet scene in Marina Del Rey.
Choose from three fabulous shopping centers. The Waterside at Marina Del Rey, 4700 Admiralty Way; The Villa Marina Marketplace, 13450 Maxella Ave and the Marina Del Rey Farmers Market (held every Saturday from 9:00 AM t 2:00 PM), 1401 Panay Way.
8. Visit Fisherman’s Village
Stroll along the waterfront promenade at Fisherman’s Village. Browse the unique shops, dine at the waterfront restaurants, enjoy the beautiful boats in the marina. If you are feeling more adventurous, go out on a fishing boat, jet ski, go parasailing or take the ferry to Catalina Island.
9. Enjoy the Holiday Events
Marina Del Rey goes all out on the Fourth of July and in the holiday season. There are fireworks on Independence Day, during the first week of December and on New Year’s Eve. There is also a beautiful Holiday Boat Parade in December. See videos of these events below.
Once you have discovered Marina Del Rey, you will be back. Again and again and again. We hope you enjoy your visit to Los Angeles. Be sure to check out some of the other great LA Tourist Attractions here.
Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
Marina Del Rey Christmas Fireworks
More photos after the break…
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