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Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey
Visit this inviting waterfront community near Venice Beach and Santa Monica for laid-back fun on both land and sea

Roughly six miles north of Los Angeles International Airport sits Marina del Rey, a charming coastal community with sailboats, beaches, and bike paths. Marina del Rey began as an estuary frequented by fishermen and duck hunters, but in 1965 became the largest man-made, small-craft harbour in the country. Today, visitors flock to the area for its year-round sunshine and laid-back, California vibe.

Treat yourself to an overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, a luxury hotel with Juliet balconies off every room and the 7,000-square-foot Spa del Rey, which offers massage treatments, body wraps, and facials. Enjoy a farm-to-table meal at Cast & Plow inside the hotel, or venture down Admiralty Way to the upscale New American restaurant Cafe del Rey or the more casual Tony P’s Dockside Grill. Also consider checking into the modern Marina del Rey Hotel, which underwent a complete renovation in 2014 and features a heated infinity pool, marina-view sundeck, and bicycle rentals. Also, SALT Restaurant & Bar offers seasonally inspired California cuisine with indoor and outdoor seating.

Marina del Rey will likely inspire you to spend your day on the water doing something active, like sailing, sport fishing, parasailing or kayaking. If you’d rather relax, climb aboard a dinner cruise or gondola ride while you take in the breathtaking scenery. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales as you explore Santa Monica Bay. If you are more of a landlubber, sink into the sand at the family-friendly Marina Beach, dubbed Mother’s Beach by locals, or at the mellow Marina Peninsula Beach just south of the Venice Pier. Transport yourself to Italy with a walk through the Venice Canals, a man-made historic district built in 1905.

Marina del Rey also serves as a home base to nearby attractions. Rent a bicycle and cruise north from the start of the Venice Boardwalk at Washington Boulevard, all the way to Santa Monica, or even Pacific Palisades, or take it easy and enjoy a cocktail or meal at one of the popular spots just east of the Venice Pier. If you have one too many cocktails, text 323-435-5000 to arrange for one of The Free Ride’s five-passenger electric shuttles to pick you up and take you back to your hotel.

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