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Where to Beach

From family-friendly to off-the-beaten-path, there’s a beach to suit every traveler. Marina Beach is known as Mother’s Beach for its sedate waters, playground facilities and close proximity to hotels. To the south, you can watch planes take off from LAX at Dockweiler State Beach or work on your tan and hit the local bars at Playa del Rey, a sleeper town perfect for avoiding crowds. Just to the north, explore Santa Monica’s amusements and shopping, then have your camera ready for the street performers, skateboarders and weight lifters of Venice Beach.

 

Adventures on the Ocean

Marina del Rey offers some of the most direct and easy access to water sports on the Los Angeles coastline, as well as year-round fabulous weather. Take to the ocean in a Jet Ski, power boat or fishing charter. Soar above Venice Beach and Santa Monica on a parasailing excursion. The marina’s calm waters are ideal for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and paddleboard yoga. On any visitor’s must-do list is a dining cruise around the marina or a wildlife-watching trip to glimpse sea lions, porpoises, dolphins and sea birds. If you time your visit between November and May, you may spot migrating California gray whales.

 

Exploring on Land

After sun and fun on the beach, don’t forget that there’s plenty to explore on land, too. Pedal through Los Angeles’ eclectic beach towns on the 35-kilometer Marvin Braude Bike Trail. There’s awesome sightseeing, shopping and dining along the way. Stroll the waterfront and watch the boats sail into the marina at Fisherman’s Village and Burton Chace Park. If you want to catch a special event or watch the sunset, this is the place to do it. It’s easy to get around the marina with the Free Ride Shuttle (seven days a week, 12 – 9 p.m.) or the WaterBus, which operates during the summer months for just $1, one way.

Fun Fact

Aerial view of Marina del Rey’s namesake marina in California
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The marina is the largest man-made small-craft harbor in North America. It currently shelters more than 4,600 boats.

Sunset fit for a king in Marina del Rey, California
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Marina del Rey is Spanish for “Harbor of the King.”

Taking a break from cycling along the Marvin Braude Bike Trail in Marina del Rey, California
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Marina del Rey is the midway point on the 35-kilometer Marvin Braude Bike Trail, which travels along the Pacific Ocean coast between Pacific Palisades to the north and Torrance to the south.

Sailing charter in Marina del Rey, California
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