Marina del Rey Travel Guide

  • Birdwatching from the Marina Peninsula Platform
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Marina del Rey Things to Do

  • Sail on, Sail on

    Marina del Rey can boast of its man-made sail area, the biggest one of its kind - in the world!There are a good number of sailing options at the marina arena. List of charter yachts:1. Captain Alex's Paradise Bound Yacht Charters (good all-around activity option)(310) 578-7963Docked at The Ritz-Carlton, Alex offers coastal, harbor, day sailing,...

  • 4th of July

    Marina del Rey was one of the few places you were able to see a July 4th Fireworks display for free, but due to the government budget cuts there will be no traditional fireworks for 2011. But there will still be plenty to do in this popular seaside community. Hotels, restuarants, retailers and local attractions will be open, parks and beaches are...

  • Birdwatching In and Around the Marina

    Spring is a perfect time for birdwatching in and around the Marina. The Los Angeles Department of Beach and Harbors, offers a birdwatching experience, in it's Outdoor Adventures Program, in the various sites of the Marina and Ballona Wetlands.The tour starts at the Burton Chace Park Community Room with a brief lecture on the history of the areas to...


Marina del Rey Hotels

  • Jamaica Bay Inn

    I usually don't even consider the BW Hotels being below my travel standards but this one is a...

  • Marina International Hotel

    I asked for a room with facilities for a handicapped person AND a smoker. Got the best alternative,...

  • Marina Del Rey Hotel

    13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, California, 90292, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Marina del Rey Restaurants


    The food is great and there are big portions. The ambiance is welcoming. The view is gorgeous and the service was great. This is the place to go for any time. Steak is great. Chicken Parmesan is delicious. Best Clam Chowder.


    Shanghai Reds continental restaurant has been in the same spot for 37 years and is still the premium Sunday Brunch, all you can eat, restaurant. To make it even better, the restaurant sits on the waterfront in Marina Del Rey. Ask for a window or outside table to view the passing sail and motor boats that are coming from and going out to sea. The...

  • Aunt Kizzy's has moved!

    When you get a hankerin' for some down home Southern Soul Food and Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch comes to mind -- especially thinking about the fried chicken, mac & cheese, greens and such mouth watering selections that you just have to have it -- don't go to the old location cause they've moved! They are now on Washington Blvd. & Via Marina, second...


Marina del Rey Nightlife

  • Mid-Week Wine-Tasting Cruise

    Celebrate the changing Fall weather with a Wednesday evening Wine Tasting Cruise in Marina del Rey aboard Hornblower Cruises. Starting in September and continuing through October, taste a sampling of three different wines from are different region each week. Enjoy complimentary appetisers and relax to the soothing background music all while...

  • Wednesday Summer Sunset Cocktail Cruise

    Make your mid-week special with a Wednesday Sunset Cocktail Cruise with Hornblower Cruises. The Annual Sunset Sailing Series features hundreds of sail boats racing for the title. Enjoy a 2-hour cocktail cruise with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Take in the breathtaking view of the Marina del Rey harbor and all those colorful sails while...

  • Romatic "Glow" at the Marriott

    Get romantic at the "Glow" bar in the Marina Marriott Hotel. This gathering spot is outdoors under the stars, with cozy patio seating, semi-private areas and features little romatic cabanas that you can reserve for your romantic evening -- or an evening out with the girls or guys. The whole area is lit by a large fireplace and soft, glowing...


Marina del Rey Transportation

  • Summer WaterBus

    During the Summer months, on the weekends (Fridays thru Sundays) and holidays, leave the car in one place and take the Marina del Rey WaterBus to the various areas of the marina. This "water taxi" takes riders from one side of the marina to the other via the water -- go from Fisherman's Village, to Chace Park, to the Waterfront Walk and the...

  • Summer Beach Shuttle Bus

    This summer, leave the car in one place and take the free Summer Beach Shuttle from Playa Vista to Marina del Rey and then Venice Beach Pier. It's free weekend transportation, running from about 10:00am to the evening hours Friday thru Sundays, and holidays as well as certain Thursday evenings when there are the free Concerts in Burton Chace Park....

  • Best way to get around

    There are buses that runs into and out of MDR/Venice/SM areas. Bus fares are I believe $1.00 - $1.50. Let me throw a caution however, if you take the bus, then you will actually miss the beef of your travel since most of the activities are located close to the beachfront.I would suggest renting a rollerblade, a bike (single or tandem), or just...


Marina del Rey Shopping

  • Everything for the Boater

    This nautical store has ocean maps, boating nessecities and accessories, clothing and shoes for the boater, fishing license and gear. If you own a boat in Marina del Rey you want to know about West Marine. 2 locations -- 1 in the Waterside Shopping Center and 1 on Fiji near Fisherman's Village. If you can't find what you're looking for at one...

  • Forgot your Swim Suit? Not a Problem!

    It doesn't matter if you're looking for the tinie-weenie bikini or a more modest one piece swim suit, the folks over at H.P Swimwear will be able to help you out. Good selection of better suits and great service. Women's swimwear, coverups and such. Starting at $85.00.

  • Day Spas by the Beach

    If you're looking for a special treat for your body, mind and soul, look no further than Creative Chakra Spa. Located in Marina del Rey, the spa features a beach patio for yoga classes or just to enjoy a calming cup of herb tea after a holistic therapy session. They offer extensive massage and spa treatments, couples massages, holistic therapies...


Marina del Rey Local Customs

  • Celebrities are people, too!

    There's a good chance you'll cross paths with a celebrity now and then...they're people too, if you have to greet them, do so discreetly and they will normally respond.Stalking is a federal offense here :-)) Gawking can also be counter-productive.

  • The absence of one

    You're In Socal, and as Kurt Cobain once said, "Come as you are!"There really is no formalities in Socal. Although when walking by, it isn't out of the ordinary to say 'hello' to any passers-by. Just your normal, smile, eye contact, and 'How yah doin'" routine. You'll find you'd get the same response.Just remember, chances are half of the people...

  • It's a tradtion to after a...

    It's a tradtion to after a successful cruise to celebrate with champagne or wine, as these people are doing here.


Marina del Rey Warnings and Dangers

  • Please do not fish

    Please do not fish in the marina, I personally think the water is polluted anywhere along the marina up to Santa Monica. The more you go away from these waters, the cleaner they get. They seem clean but surfers have been getting skin diseases.

  • The think-about-it-before-you-do-it...

    1. With the SMPD, LAPD, and the Sheriffs on the constant prowl, make sure you take turns on being the 'designated-drunk' and let the sober one drive.2. Although it's not as bad as it used to be, here's a little pocket of an area you would want to avoid, especially at night. So pull out your map and draw a bright bold red on the following streets...

  • The Must-Remember Section

    1. When you're too busy watching those pretty ladies, remember they're occasionally holding a 100' leash with a dog the size of a squirrel at the end of it. I don't know if the latest issue of Victoria's Secret have a section of 'what-to-wear-when-taking-your-tiny&funny dog-for-a-walk' clothing line, but it should've really made my 'Must See'...


Marina del Rey Tourist Traps

  • You won't be too glad going to...

    A 'famous' seafood restaurant along the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway. For the price of their menu items and the trouble of just getting a parking space, my opinion on this is avoid it if you can. You won't find locals eating in this establishment for the greater part of any day. it's crowded, but mostly by 'tourists'...

  • Everything's negotiable

    ..and Marina del Rey/Venice merchants are no exception. It will be fairly easy to get sucked into buying things you normally wouldn't so take your time, you can always come back to it later if you really wanted to have it. If you really have to patronize a fortune teller, do it for fun and experience, and not for what you think it will tell...

  • Fisherman's Village is full of...

    Fisherman's Village is full of tourist shops, a definite tourist trap.The boat Mauretania in this picture, I was told is the sister ship to the one US President Harry S. Truman owned.


Marina del Rey What to Pack

  • Sunscreen, sunscreen, and bathing suits

    A backpack is a good compliment to take within your town trips Sandals, sport shoes are great. bring warm clothing such as shortrs, sundresses, T-shirts, Tank-tops, etc...but also bring a light jacket because now and then the offshore winds blow and things can get cooled down in a hurry. Please don't forget your sunscreen & sunglasses.

  • Always have a sweater or Jacket

    Comfortable shoes,shorts,a windbreaker, and casual slacks. It can get quite cold at the Marina, and the wind can be chilly. Sun Screen Bring lots of film and don't forget your battery charger or extra batteries.

  • Packing List

    Bring sun protection such as sun screen and a hat. If you're prone to motion-sickness, eat ginger-based foods or take bonine or dramamine.


Marina del Rey Off The Beaten Path

  • My Newest Toy

    Well it's official..! I have joined the ranks of a racing yachtsman. This was taken at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club. My boat was christened by my close friends who stood by my side and gave me the best advice I could ever only live once!Thanks everybody!

  • Racing Sailboats

    Think racing sailboats is for millionaires in the America's Cup! Think again....In the summer months, there is a Series sponsored by Cal Yacht Club called the Sunset Series. Every Wednesday Night from Memeorial Day to Labor Day. There are a number of captains needing crew. TIP FOR GUYS: Girls love it when they hear, " Let's meet up after my...

  • The Venice Canals

    This a very cool section of Marina Del Rey. Unfortunately it is also fairly secluded and very easy to miss. Take a stroll around the area and it will give a sensation of being away from the high energy stream of the beach activities.


Marina del Rey Sports & Outdoors

  • Fore!

    Brought your golfbag with you? No problem. The greater Los Angeles area have over 200 golf courses that'll cure this disease. And that's not even counting Palm Springs, which have almost 90 courses of their own.Unless you're a member on some of the private clubs, I will suggest the folloiwng courses for you to play (public and semi-private) in...

  • Anything with 'balls'

    1. Paddle tennis is played on the strand of Venice.2. You want to play hoops? You can get a pretty good workout at Venice's center courts. Some of these guys are practically semi-pros.3. There seem to be hundreds of Beach Volleyball courts all over the beaches. Bring your own ball and a few friends and enjoy.4. This seem silly since we're on the...

  • Underneath L.A.

    Scuba diving are available. Sport Chalet have a pre-arranged trips that takes you out in the open ocean or out to Catalina Islands (due SE - 30 miles). Private companies offer these trips but at a sligthly higher rates.Certification is required. If you're not certified unfortunately you may have to either go to Hawaii/Mexico, or spend a 6 week...


Marina del Rey Favorites

  • Fewer people, more pleasure

    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...

  • biking from marina del rey to the...

    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...

  • Walk to the end of the marina...

    Walk to the end of the marina and back hehe, it's a long and relaxing walk. 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 :)


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