Favorite thing: Marina Del Rey, an unincorporate part of Los Angeles, has an official population of about 8,000 persons and 5,000 boats. So, MdR is a rather peaceful place for being within chaotic Los Angeles county. For those who enjoy a slow pace, the seaside town is ideal for a visit. Taking a stroll or bike ride at the harbor or along the coast or streets is a simple pleasure.
you may have to grin and bear it. it's hard to find a bus going from marina del rey to long beach. i was in england and had to learn to drive on the opposite side of the road AND the opposite side of the car. it took a bit, well, a bit of stress, coming out of london but you can do it!
marina del rey's farmer's market is accessible by bike, if you're actually staying in marina del rey. when you say the courtyard, are you talking about the mariott? that is what comes up when i do a search.
i'm sure the courtyard could give you a recommendation on bike rental shops, but here's what i found with a simple google search of bike rentals in marina del rey.
hope it helps!
Walk to the end of the marina and back hehe, it's a long and relaxing walk.
Fondest memory: Dog fights hehe, my dogs are over protective of me. They bark at every dog they see. What can I do? Well.. what I always do is that I carry them on my shoulders as if they were parrots so they would keep quiet :)
Fondest memory: Sailing off the coast of Marina del Rey and seeing the sea lions sunning themselves on a buoy. Picture from mid 1980's.