One of the biggest misconceptions of Marina del Rey is that in order to get on the water, you need to own a boat, or know someone who has one. To that we say, no boat? No problem! We’re sharing our top ten ways you can enjoy the Marina’s sparkling waters…and maybe get in a little exercise as a bonus 😉
Rent a kayak! With companies like Marina Paddle, Marina del Rey Boat Rentals and Pro SUP Shop, there’s no shortage of rentals. New to kayaking? Sign up for lessons with the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center.
2. Jet Ski
Fast and fun, where else can you zip across the Santa Monica bay? Rent one from Marina del Rey Boat Rentals.
3. Chartered Sail
Gather your posse and enjoy a full (or half) day on the water. Your skipper will take care of the navigation while you enjoy views of the coastline and squeal at dolphin sightings. Check out our list of charter companies in the Marina, and don’t forget to pack a picnic for your day at sea!
Quite possibly the biggest calorie burner on the water, the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center offers sculling classes to the public where you’ll learn techniques to row like a collegiate athlete.
Champagne brunch on the water? Yes, please. A dinner dance cruise under the stars? Sounds lovely. Sunset cocktail cruise? Um, duh. Hornblower Cruises & Events offers weekly cruises to the public. All you have to do is decide which one strikes your fancy.
6. Paddleboard Yoga
Yes, you read that right! Yoga is making a splash across the Marina waters. Take your practice to the next level with a YOGAqua class near Marina (Mother’s) Beach. The calm water is the perfect place to make the ocean your yoga mat.
7. Rent a boat
Marina del Rey Boat Rentals offers both electric and motor boat for enthusiasts of all skill levels. Hang out in the harbor with a duffy boat or break out onto the Pacific with a high-powered beauty. The choice is yours.
8. Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP)
On a stand-up paddleboard, you’ll be walking on water. This unique combination of balancing and paddleboarding guarantees a fun morning or afternoon in the sun – not to mention a killer core workout. Rentals available throughout the Marina at Marina Paddle, Marina del Rey Boat Rentals and Pro SUP Shop.
9. Fishing Trip with Captain Rick
Catch your dinner! Marina del Rey Sportfishing offers daily trips out on the Santa Monica Bay. Fun for the whole family or go solo on a new adventure. Seasonal whale watching also available.
10. Marina del Rey Waterbus
Available on the weekends and holidays during the summer, the Waterbus is a fun way to get on the water! For $1 each way, guests are transported across the harbor to popular spots like Burton Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village and Marina (Mother’s) Beach. It’s the best deal in town!
11. Marina del Rey Parasailing
Ok, I know the title technically says “top ten,” but why not add a little bonus? Marina del Rey Parasailing takes you out on the Pacific with some of the BEST views of Los Angeles. And that’s only half the fun. The thrilling boat ride onto the ocean is well worth the trip alone.
See you on the water!