Kayaking in Marina del Rey

Ten Ways to Get On The Water in Marina del Rey

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 😉

1. Kayak

Rent a kayak! With companies like Marina PaddleMarina 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.

Jetski Fun

Jetski Fun

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!

Sunset Sailing

Sunset Sailing

4. Rowing

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.

Rowing in Marina del Rey


5. Cruise

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.

Cruises in Marina del Rey

Relax on the water with a harbor cruise!

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.

Learn yoga on a paddleboard!

Learn yoga on a paddleboard!

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.

Duffy boat picnic

Duffy boat picnic

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 PaddleMarina del Rey Boat Rentals and Pro SUP Shop.

Paddleboading Marina del Rey


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!

During the summer, hop on the Marina del Rey Waterbus!

During the summer, hop on the Marina del Rey Waterbus!

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.

Soar over world-famous attractions like the Santa Monica Pier

Soar over world-famous attractions like the Santa Monica Pier

See you on the water!

Marina love,