Marina del Rey is known for its variety of boating activities also features beaches, restaurants, hotels, apartments and shopping. “The Marina” as it is referred to by locals, is one of the largest man-made pleasure boat and yacht harbors in the world.
LA’s yacht harbor resort with a population of just over 8,000 is just 4 miles from LAX and like Santa Monica, just 3 miles to the north, it is surrounded on three sides by the City of Los Angeles.
First targeted as a major commercial harbor by real estate speculator M. C. Wicks in the late 19th century, what is now Marina del Rey was also considered as a location for Los Angeles’ harbor in 1937 by the LA County Board of Supervisors before they settled on San Pedro. The Army Corps of Engineers began dredging in 1960 and Marina del Rey was open for business by 1965.
A free Marina del Rey Boaters Guide is available from the Marina del Rey Visitor Information Center with information on anchorages, public boat launch ramps and much more. Guest docks are available at some of the 19 anchorages within Marina del Rey utilized for wet boat slips.
Water-sports enthusiasts will find a dozen or more companies in Marina del Rey providing charter yacht excursions for small or large groups.
The 22-mile South Bay Bicycle Trail begins in Malibu and passes through Marina del Rey on its way south to Torrance. If you didn't bring your own bike or skates you can rent them and spend the day enjoying the beach and mountain views.
A WaterBus is available for transport between major visitor attractions in Marina del Rey including 10-acre Burton W. Chance Park, Dolphin Marina, New England-style Fisherman’s Village, Marina Harbor, the family oriented safe and surf-free lagoon at Mother’s Beach and also at Waterfront Walk.
Admiralty Park features a guided exercise path. In addition to enjoying the beaches and spectacular views at Aubrey E. Austin Park you can walk a nearby one and one-half mile path through a restored section of the wetland system that was lost when the marina was constructed. Along the way you'll see a bridge that dates to the original Venice canal system.
Beginning in mid July and continuing through August Marina del Rey hosts free pop and classical music concerts. The twilight events are held waterside in Burton W. Chance Park at 13650 Mindanao Way. Classical and pop concerts alternate each Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Marina del Rey is said to have the most restaurant seats for an area its size outside of New York City so you shouldn't have any challenge finding the type of cuisine you hunger for. Marina del Rey also features several upscale hotels and plenty of shopping.
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