Playa del Rey offers beautiful beaches on the Pacific Ocean just a few miles north of Los Angeles International Airport.
Playa del Rey is located north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). From San Diego Freeway (405) exit Imperial Highway and go west. Where the road ends at Vista del Mar, turn right. Playa del Rey is located just beyond Dockweiler Beach.
You can get anywhere within Playa del Rey on foot or by bicycle. The beach, restaurants, cafes, and bars are all a few minutes away! However, if you would like to venture out and explore the rest of LA you will either need to use public transportation (even though it's not very good) or rent a car.
Aside from the beach, Playa del Rey offers the beautiful Ballona Wetlands, which boast a wide variety of wildlife. You can also walk down the beach towards the marina in Marina del Rey where you can enjoy fun activities such as paddle boarding or go for a morning or sunset stroll.
If you enjoy art in nature you can also walk to The Stone Sentinels on the way to Marina del Rey where people have created towers made of rock using no form of glue. You can even add your own!
Ballona Creek, between Playa del Rey and Marina del Rey
- Hike in the Ballona Wetlands or venture out towards popular Hikes in the Santa Monica, Malibu or Hollywood hills.
- Sunbathe on the wide stretches of beaches, some of the least crowded of any in Los Angeles.
- Bike along the 30 Mile bicycle or rent roller blades or a skateboard.
- Ride, jog, or walk to Fisherman's Village in the Marina or to Manhattan or Venice Beach
- Fish along the Jetty.
- Boat out to sea in a sailboat, sport-fishing boat, kayak, or harbor dinner cruise ship.
- Walk along the beach collecting shells, admiring the dolphins, or noticing the large yachts, volleyball games, or boat races.
- Play tennis at Loyola Marymount or Westchester Park
- Golf on either of two public golf courses including the famous or infamous 15-hole Westchester course, the only night lighted golf course in the area.
- Whale watch - in the winter. Boats leave from Redondo Beach.
- Surf - Dockweiler beach in Playa del Rey has descent waves sometimes but you can also go to El Porto or Manhattan Beach to find good surf close by.
- Howe Mart, 8501 Pershing Dr, ☎ (310) 822-5488. Convenience store on Pershing and Manchester that can cover most basic needs. Prices aren't cheap but are standard for local stores.
- Sand Dune Liquor Store, 8501 Pershing Dr, ☎ (310) 822-5488. Great if you remember that you didn't bring refreshments to the beach only once you're already there!
Explore the food treasures of our local and famous farmers markets. Flea Markets are every weekend at various locations.
- Tandoor-A-India, 8406 Pershing Dr, . M-S 11am-11pm. Great Indian food where most of the dishes are priced below $15. the best option is the buffet (till 3pm)- all you can eat for $9.
- The Good Pizza, 8115 W Manchester Ave, ☎ (424) 228-5251, . M-S 11am-11pm. Really great pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches. The Italian owners are very nice and always like to get to know their customers. The pastas can be a bit expensive but they are freshly made and delicious.
- Szechwan Palace, 431 Culver Blvd, ☎ (310) 827-2066. M-S 11am-10pm. Not the greatest Chinese food that you'll have but it is cheap and still pretty good. It's a good option for take-out but the managers and servers are also very nice.
- Senior G's and G's Juices, 343 Culver Blvd, ☎ (310) 822-7733. M-S 8am-8:30pm. Great Mexican food! Everything is really fresh. Some of the plates can be a bit expensive. G's Juices next door makes fresh vegetable and fruit juices that are great to start the day or after the beach. The service is also very good.
- Destini Café, 423 Culver Blvd, ☎ (424) 228-2140. M-S 11am-10pm. Good asian fusion restaurant. The atmosphere at the place is very nice with a small fountain, flowers, and Buddha statues. The teas are also delicious. Good parking availability in the back.
- Playa's Pita Lebanese Cuisine, 8501 Pershing Dr., Ste. 4, ☎ (424) 228-2140, . M-S 11am-9pm. The pita sandwiches are great but small so they end up being quite expensive.
- Hank's Pizza, 442 W Manchester Ave, ☎ (424) 228-5251, . M-S 10am-10pm, Friday and Saturday open until 2am. Pizza, burgers, pasta, salads. The pizza is good even though you should get it when it's not too busy because they tend to get overwhelmed and deliveries take a while. The hot wings are recommended!
- Caffe Pinguini, 6935 Pacific Ave (right next to the beach), ☎ (310) 306-0117, . Italian restaurant with a good selection of salads, soups, pizzas and really good Italian dishes. It might seem a bit pricy compared to many cheaper options in the near proximity. The place looks very elegant $20-30.
- Tanner's Coffee Co, 200 Culver Blvd, ☎ (310) 574-2739. Mon-Fri 6:00am-7pm, Sat-Sun 6:30am-7pm. Great local coffee shop with a good selection of healthy snacks in addition to pastries and sandwiches. The atmosphere at the place is cool with paintings by local artists hanging on the walls. (latitude,longitude)
- Coffee Garden & Flowers By Felicia, 8428 Pershing Dr, ☎ (310) 305-1200. Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:30pm, Sat 7am-5:30pm, Sun 8am-2:30pm. Nice coffee shop with a Flower shop next door that also offers cards and cute gifts. (latitude,longitude)
- The Shack, 185 Culver Blvd, ☎ (310) 823-6222, . Local staple by the beach with a great atmosphere, karaoke on Wednesdays, outdoor area, and daily specials. (latitude,longitude)
- Mo's Place, 203 Culver Blvd, ☎ (310) 822-6422, . M-S 11am-1:30am. Sports bar with decent bar food and beer on tap. They also have pool tables and some classic games such as pacman. (latitude,longitude)
- Prince O' Whales, 335 Culver Blvd, ☎ (310) 823-9826, . M-S 11am-2am. Bar with occasional live music frequented by college students. (latitude,longitude)
- The Tripel, 333 Culver Blvd, ☎ (310) 821-0333, . Mon-Thurs 5pm-12am, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat-Sun 9:30am-2am. Wine bar with great food. Many vegetarian-friendly dishes and wide selection of beer on tap. Brooke, the chef was a contestant on Top Chef. (latitude,longitude)
Most of the hotels are actually located in the nearby tows like Marina del Rey, El Segundo, Westchester.
- Inn at Playa del Rey Bed and Breakfast, 435 Culver Boulevard, ☎ (310) 574-1920, . A New England style beach house, located three blocks from the Pacific ocean and five minutes from Los Angeles International Airport. (latitude,longitude)
- Marina del Rey - The "marina of the king" is home to a vast number of restaurants and hotels, and while not as touristy as some of the neighboring beach cities is nonetheless a fun spot to spend an evening.
- El Segundo - This neighboring city is mostly an industrial town, although visitors are generally surprised to find a sleepy downtown that is home to numerous restaurants and bars.