Marina del Rey is a hot spot for beachgoers of all kinds, from the easy-breezy sunbathers to the surfers and party-goers. The best beaches near Los Angeles can be found in, or very near, Marina del Rey. And, since they are all connected by a beautiful bike trail, it’s possible to enjoy them all.
Marina “MOTHER’S” Beach
Marina Beach, nicknamed “Mother’s Beach” by locals because of its calm waters and abundant amenities, is the perfect place for families to enjoy the ocean and warm sand. You’ll find covered picnic tables, restrooms, a playground, and seasonal lifeguards. Check water conditions before going to be sure swimming is a good option, or go kayaking or paddleboarding to explore the rest of the Marina. This beach is the best spot to learn how to paddleboard because of its calm waters.
Playa del Rey/Dockweiler State Beach
Thanks to the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail, you can easily access even more of the best beaches near Los Angeles. Just to the south of Marina Beach is Playa del Rey, perfect for a relaxing getaway. This part of Dockweiler State Beach is a great place to enjoy bonfires, boutiques, cafes, and taverns.
Just to the north of the Marina del Rey harbor and south of Venice Beach is the quiet Marina Peninsula. You can access the beach from the Ocean Front Walk or park on the north side of the harbor.
Venice Beach is a half-mile north of Marina del Rey and features the Ocean Front Walk, which is packed with shopping and entertainment options. You can rent bikes and surfboards, visit a skate park, check out the vendors, and dine in cafes. You are also likely to catch a street performer or two along the way.
Santa Monica Beach
If you keep heading north along the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail a few miles past Venice Beach, you’ll find Santa Monica. You can even rent a bike at Venice Pier for the trip, then enjoy the amusement park before heading back.
Where to Play in Marina del Rey
Check out these can’t-miss Marina del Rey favorites after visiting the best beaches near Los Angeles.
- The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey – A popular film location, restaurant, spa, and pool. Try the Cast & Plow fire pit table for the best views.
- Burton W. Chace Park – Just south of Venice Pier, at the end of Mindanao Way. No beach, but it’s right on the water and is a great place to catch a concert or watch the sunset.
- Tony P’s Dockside Grill – Seafood, steaks and marina view with a rotating selection of more than 100 beers and full cocktail list.
- SALT– A contemporary restaurant inside the Marina del Rey Hotel, said to be a favorite of actress Rachel McAdams.