Marina del Rey is classic California, a beach-side town with abundant sunshine and endless opportunities for recreation. Although it can feel a bit off the beaten path, Marina del Rey is actually close to everything. The Los Angeles International Airport is just four miles away, and the beaches of Venice and and Santa Monica are even closer. Together, they make up the Westside neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Today, this unincorporated part of Los Angeles County is home to a man-made harbor, one of the best places to enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean, just minutes from waterfront dining and reasonably priced hotels.
Life in Marina del Rey is centered around the harbor; both locals and visitors will find everything they need to arrive by boat. More than 4,000 slips are located throughout the harbor, and guests can dock at the facilities located within Burton W. Chace Park. From there, visitors can hop aboard the WaterBus, which runs to popular locations throughout Marina del Rey, including the Marina Walk and the harbor. Boat/yacht clubs, marinas and rentals companies are located all along the harbor, providing all types of visitors with everything they need to get out on the water. If you’re not a seasoned sailor, many of the Marina del Rey businesses offer lessons about what it takes to leave land behind.
For those looking to have some fun without the major financial or time commitment, they can visit one of Marina del Rey’s rental companies. The things to do range from a casual dinner cruise to stand-up paddle boards and zippy personal watercraft vehicles. Other rental places offer the boat and all the equipment you need, rented by the hour. The marina also is the beginning for harbor cruises, party yachts, and narrated excursions. With so many rental companies in the area, it’s both affordable and convenient to have some fun in the water.
Marina del Rey Sportfishing
Sportfishing has become a tradition on Southern California, so many of the people who head out on the waters of Marina del Rey leave with fishing poles in hand. The warm waters of the harbor and beyond are especially well suited to year-round fishing excursions. Yellowtail, halibut, calico bass and other big fish are biting in the Santa Monica Bay. Marina del Rey’s captains know where the fish are best, and they take visitors out to the best spots. They offer all kind of excursions, from a quick morning excursion to a full day’s outing.
Marina del Rey Hotels
Marina del Rey Hotels
Visitors have a lot of choices of where to stay along the western shores of Los Angeles. In Marina del Rey itself, six hotels are nestled along the shores of the harbor. The majority of the 1,000 rooms located at these hotels offer views of the water. When you add in the hotels across the street from the harbor, you have California hotels to suit all types of budgets and styles, where the number of diamonds or the price per night is the top criteria. These waterfront hotels are close to Marina del Rey’s top things to do, including the restaurants and marinas.