On Dec. 14, the harbor will light up with sparkles & cheer for the 51st annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. It’s a beloved tradition where families & friends gather in Burton Chace Park & Fisherman’s Village for front row seats to holiday magic. This year, Lakers royalty, Phil Jackson & Jeanie Buss, are the Grand Marshals – talk about a slam dunk!
Welcome to "My Marina," the official blog of the Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau! With a fun, first-hand perspective, "My Marina" tells different stories of what makes this coastal destination so unique – from water sports like sailing and paddle boarding to waterfront dining and yacht cruises and local personalities. Experience Marina del Rey through these shared adventures.
Top 5: Get Outside this Spring
The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and a warm breeze is in the air. Outdoor activities are the way to go this spring — from sportfishing to riding a bike, Marina del Rey awaits. All of our spring activities are especially affordable, so don’t just pick one – spread them out over a few weekends and share your pictures with us on Facebook.com/VisitMarinadelRey!
Gone Fishing: Sportfishing in Marina del Rey is full of surprises. You never know what you’re going to catch! Marina del Rey Sportfishing sells licenses, teaches you how to fish and takes you out on the water with other fishermen and women. Get up early and catch your dinner. They fillet your catch on the boat for $1 a fish. Then all you need is a hot pan, some butter, salt and lemon.
Let’s Go Fly a Kite: Not just for kids, kite flying is still a great pastime, especially for waterside destinations like Marina del Rey. The best spots for flying a kite in the Marina include Burton Chace Park and the calm section of Venice Beach where it meets Washington Boulevard.
Lazy Afternoon Bike Ride: Rent a bike (or a tandem!) in Fisherman’s Village at Daniel’s Bike Rentals. Then ask for directions to the famous Marina del Rey bike path and coast through town, the wind in your hair. You’ll pass by bird sanctuaries, go through the Marina and see the wetlands.
Window Shopping: Waterside Shopping Center is great for everyday shopping, but it’s worth taking the few extra minutes to drive over to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Full of locally made arts, crafts, clothing and food, it’s a great little stretch where everyone feels like a local.
Gondolas: Looking for a romantic afternoon outing? Gondolas d’Amore offers just that. Not only do you get to take in the scene on the canals, but all tours include appetizers, wine and champagne glasses (it’s BYOB), music, pillows, blankets, and candles. Rates are reasonably priced and include a guide.