Marina del Rey
Marina del Rey has been called the "gateway to the pacific". It was built in the early 1960's and formally dedicated April 10, 1965. The marina is home to the California Yacht club and Del Rey Sport Fishing & Whale Watching Tours (private charters). There are places where smaller craft can be rented in Fisherman's Village. You can also rent Stand Up Paddle Boards at Mother's Beach located between Palawan Way and Via Marina in Marina del Rey.
You can enjoy seaside dining at Fisherman's Village at the Marina. Just off of Admirality Way at Fiji Way, you can park and walk around the shops near the water. The less expensive outdoor dining includes the Lighthouse Cafe and Thai Garden. There are tables and chair set up in the courtyard where you can sit and enjoy the Marina while you eat. For a little more expensive dining, try Sapori, Whiskey Red's, and El Torito in Fisherman's Village. You can enjoy a meal and watch the boats go by and if it's Saturday or Sunday, you can catch live music in the courtyard. If you traveled by bike, there are racks to hang and lock your bikes up. A couple of other nice places with a view are Cafe del Rey and Tony P's Dockside Grill on Admirality Way.
Marina del Rey Lighthouse Cafe
Fisherman's Village View from a Stand Up Paddle Board in the Marina
Marina del Rey is a big harbor with plenty of activities and restaurants. There are parking lots on along Fiji Way for Fisherman's Village. The best parking for dining, boating, kayaking, and hanging out in the Marina is at 13723 Fiji Way where Fishermans Village is located. You will spot it by the tall Lighthouse Cafe among the restaurants and see the blue Los Angeles County Marina del Rey Public Parking Lot 1 sign next to a sign for Fishermans Village Parking.
Stroll the Marina Walkway and Enjoy Views of Boats and the Marina
Eat Indoors or Out at Restaurants, Burgerstands, Ice Cream Shops
Harbor Cruises - Hornblower Cruises operates from the Marina. June through September (Labor Day), they operate a Waterbus that takes people to 7 other stops from the Marina Del Rey Fisherman's Village dock. It costs $1.00 each way between stops and is an inexpensive way to tour the Marina sites like Burton Chase Park, Waterfront Walk, or Marina (Mother's) Beach. The details for the Waterbus can be found here: Marina Del Rey Waterbus. Hornblower Cruises also offers cruises for holidays such as New Years Eve, and Starlight Dinner Cruises on Friday and Saturday nights for a 2 1/2 hour tour of the harbor which includes a 3 course dinner and music. There are also Brunch Cruises on Sundays for a nice brunch buffet and a 2 hour cruise in the harbor with music. They also have cruises for private celebrations, weddings, and corporate events. There ara also tours available June through September - 24 person max -in the harbor. Check out what they have available here: Hornblower Cruises.
Take a Tour, Rent a Boat, Charter a Fishing Expedition
Parasailing - If you would like an aerial view of the Marina, you can hitch a ride on a parasail pulled be a boat right in the harbor. Marina Del Rey Parasailing offers 2 plans: a 500 ft ride or an 800 ft ride for under $100 per rider. You can add on extras like pictures of your adventure, video of the ride, or t-shirts for an extra fee. Check out more info about the deals and packages for parasailing at: Marina Del Rey Parasailing.
Boat Rentals - If you would rather take a trek around the harbor on the water, you can rent a boat from Marina Del Rey Boat Rentals. They have a variety of sizes of quiet, electric battery powered boats that seat 8 - 12 people complete with a Surrey top or full enclosure to take a leisurely trip around the harbor. Marina Del Rey Boat Rentals also have Power Boats, Sail Boats, Paddle boards, Sea Doo PWC Wave Runners, and Kayaks for rent. You will need to have some experience for renting the Wave Runners, Power Boats, and Sail Boats.
Marina Del Rey Boat and Kayak Rentals and Parasailing
Charters - Perhaps you would like someone else to do the driving around the harbor on the water. There are charters and yachts available for rent for a half day or a full week at Blue Water Sailing or at Blue Pacific Boating. Both are on Bali Way in the Marina. You can use their crew and skippers or captain the boat yourself. If you are going to pilot the boat yourself, you will need to provide information regarding your boating experience and ASA or other type of certification. Both of Blue Pacific and Blue Water offer sailing courses for any level of experience.
Fishing - If you are looking for some sport fishing, you might want to try Marina Del Rey Sport Fishing located at Dock 52 on Fiji Way. You can go out for 1/2 a day or 3/4 of a day for around $60. They also do Whale Watching December through April. There is private charter boat for 20 people available and they have a twilight fishing trip available from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm during the summer months. If you will be fishing, be sure to have a valid fishing license (anyone over 15 yrs old must have one to fish). Also, they only take cash or travelers checks.
Arial View of Marina Del Rey