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* <see name="Harbor Tours" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url=""> One way to really get a feel of the Marina, hear about the history of the area and learn about the pleasure boats anchored here is to take a Harbor Tour.  Available Tuesdays through Sundays from about noon to sunset, board the Harbor Tour boat found in Fisherman's Village just behind the El Torito Restaurant and enjoy the sights and sounds from the water point of view.  The 45-minute tour leaves every hour and is $10 for adults, $6 for children.  The Captain may even point out the local water fowl, marina life and certainly will have interesting stories about the local boats.  
 
* <see name="Harbor Tours" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url=""> One way to really get a feel of the Marina, hear about the history of the area and learn about the pleasure boats anchored here is to take a Harbor Tour.  Available Tuesdays through Sundays from about noon to sunset, board the Harbor Tour boat found in Fisherman's Village just behind the El Torito Restaurant and enjoy the sights and sounds from the water point of view.  The 45-minute tour leaves every hour and is $10 for adults, $6 for children.  The Captain may even point out the local water fowl, marina life and certainly will have interesting stories about the local boats.  
  
* <see name="Burton Chace Park" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">This beautiful 10-acre park is one of the crown jewels of Marina del Rey, jutting out into the Marina's, main channel.  Offering what may be the best vista point in the area, this is a great spot for walking and gazing out at the deep blue water, boats and Marina.  The park offers a community room and covered picnic areas with barbeques. Plus, the park staff offers seasonal outdoor tours and activities in the area including: Bird watching in the spring; kayaking the harbor spring to fall; and beach kayaking in the spring and continuing into the early fall, to name a few.  During the summer months, the free concerts are not to be missed.  Usually, Thursdays are classical and Saturdays are pops, and they begin at 7p.m. lasting about 2 hours.  It is recommended that you come early as seating is first come, first serve on the green. You can picnic beforehand by bringing your own low chairs and blankets; bring a jacket or sweater to stay comfortable by the water in the evening. Parking for the concerts is in pay lots only.  Two blocks from the [Visitor Center] at the western end of Mindanao Way; metered parking enforced weekends only.</see>
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* <see name="Burton Chace Park" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">This beautiful 10-acre park is one of the crown jewels of Marina del Rey, jutting out into the Marina's main channel.  Offering what may be the best vista point in the area, this is a great spot for walking and gazing out at the deep blue water, boats and Marina.  The park offers a community room and covered picnic areas with barbeques. Plus, the park staff offers seasonal outdoor tours and activities in the area including: Bird watching in the spring; kayaking the harbor spring to fall; and beach kayaking in the spring and continuing into the early fall, to name a few.  During the summer months, the free concerts are not to be missed.  Usually, Thursdays are classical and Saturdays are pops, and they begin at 7p.m. lasting about 2 hours.  It is recommended that you come early as seating is first come, first serve on the green. You can picnic beforehand by bringing your own low chairs and blankets; bring a jacket or sweater to stay comfortable by the water in the evening. Parking for the concerts is in pay lots only.  Two blocks from the [Visitor Center] at the western end of Mindanao Way; metered parking enforced weekends only.</see>
  
 
* <see name="Ballona Saltwater & Freshwater Marshes at Playa Vista" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">Less than a mile from Marina del Rey is the freshwater marsh that is a 51-acre habitat to more than 3,000 native trees, 10,000 native shrubs and grasses and more than 73 native bird species.  It is an urban oasis for people and wildlife alike.  Stroll along the trail bordering the marsh -- through a profusion of native trees and shrubs, you'll see mallard ducks floating across the water past snowy egrets and great blue herons.  Pause at the information panels along the way to learn about Ballona's rich history, the varied functions of the marsh and the abundant wildlife in residence.  Located at the southwest corner of Lincoln and Jefferson Boulevards, portions of the trail are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Docent-led tours of the interior are coordinated through the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, (310)306-5994.</see>
 
* <see name="Ballona Saltwater & Freshwater Marshes at Playa Vista" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">Less than a mile from Marina del Rey is the freshwater marsh that is a 51-acre habitat to more than 3,000 native trees, 10,000 native shrubs and grasses and more than 73 native bird species.  It is an urban oasis for people and wildlife alike.  Stroll along the trail bordering the marsh -- through a profusion of native trees and shrubs, you'll see mallard ducks floating across the water past snowy egrets and great blue herons.  Pause at the information panels along the way to learn about Ballona's rich history, the varied functions of the marsh and the abundant wildlife in residence.  Located at the southwest corner of Lincoln and Jefferson Boulevards, portions of the trail are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Docent-led tours of the interior are coordinated through the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, (310)306-5994.</see>

Revision as of 00:58, 20 March 2009

Marina del Rey [1] is a seaside town on the West Side of Los Angeles. Marina del Rey is the largest constructed small yacht harbor in the world, with room for over 7000 boats. It's less than four miles from LAX, walking distance to Venice Beach, and less than 10 minutes to Santa Monica. Tropical street names like BoraBora, Bali and Fiji Way reflect the community's casual feel.

Contents

Understand

Marina del Rey, like much of the City of Angels, has a rich and colorful history -- it's just not all that old. The harbor at the heart of the community of Marina del Rey is an example of a successful Army Corps of Engineers project; funded and planned cooperatively by the Federal government, Los Angeles County and private developers, it is the largest man-made marina in the United States with over 5,300 small-boat slips.

The ancient Gabrieleno Indians were likely the region's first residents, living along the bluffs above the ocean, the neighborhood's first fishermen and hunters. Eventually they shared the land and sea, the good duck hunting and fishing, with the Spanish and then first Angelenos. Marina del Rey, much to the relief of current locals, lost several bids to become Southern California's main port and shipping harbor.

Until the 1950s, early automotive races were held here, running from Playa del Rey to Venice along a roadway on the Marina peninsula now appropriately known as Speedway. Beneath the race tracks and marshes it turned out there was black gold and plenty of it. Beginning in the early 1930s, oil rigs came pumping to rhythmic life, dotting the landscape with iron skeletons as far as the camera could see.

In the 1950s, construction began on the current harbor and district of Marina del Rey.

Get in

Getting to Marina del Rey from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is easy.

Driving; take Century Blvd. east to Sepulveda Blvd., north. Follow Sepulveda Blvd. to where it merges with Lincoln Blvd., veering left. Take Lincoln to Mindanao, turn left.

Public Bus; take the free LAX Shuttle from any of the terminals to Parking Lot C. Then walk the short distance to the LAX Transit Center. Take the Santa Monica Blue Bus #3 (North) to the corner of Mindanao & Lincoln; fare is currently $ 0.75, exact change needed.

Various Shuttle/Shared Ride Van Services; proceed outside and look for the overhead orange "Shared Ride Van" signs on the outer island and speak with a curbside representative for the current fare.

Taxi Service; there are various companies from the airport. Again, proceed outside the terminal and look for the overhead "TAXI" signs. The fare will run about $20, including the airport service charge.

If you are traveling by train into Union Station, the easiest way, and most cost effective, will be to board a "Flyway Bus" which offers service to LAX every half hour from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., and then every hour between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. for $4 one-way for adults and $2 for children. Then continue from LAX to Marina del Rey.

Get around

With its compact area and easy layout, traveling around Marina del Rey is a breeze.

During the summer months (weekends, holidays and concert nights), the Marina WaterBus operates between Fisherman's Village, Waterfront Walk, Marina Beach, Chace Park, and several other stops. This water taxi is just a dollar for each boarding and is a convenient way to leave the car in one place and visit several other areas in the Marina. Also during the summer months, there is a free Beach Shuttle bus that runs from Playa Vista (south of the Marina) to Marina del Rey and then to Venice Beach Pier; again leave the car in one place and take this shuttle bus all around the Marina area. Buses run every half hour on Fridays to Sundays starting at 11am and go into the evenings; on the Thursday concert nights they run from 5pm to 12AM.

Public transit is provided by three systems -- MTA #108 takes visitors to Venice Pier; Santa Monica #3 Big Blue Bus takes you to Santa Monica via the Lincoln Blvd. corridor north, or to LAX south, where you can also transfer and take a Metro Line into the Los Angeles downtown area and beyond; and the Culver City Green buses (#2 and #7) to points east such as Foxhills and Culver City proper.

Most major rental car companies have offices in town. Parking is plentiful and inexpensive. In addition, three public bus systems connect the Marina to all L.A. area attractions. Ample taxi and shuttle services will whisk you to and from the airport and L.A. attractions, and several hotels offer complimentary airport transfers. Be sure to ask when you make your hotel reservation.

See

  • Fisherman's Village. Take a trip to New England without ever leaving the Marina. Fisherman's Village is a replica of a New England seaport and fishing town. Stroll along cobblestone paths to enjoy views of the Marina. Shop for souvenirs, join a public sport fishing 1/2 day or 3/4 day excursion or a weekend dinner cruise. Or charter your own adventure with one of the many private charter companies. Rent a boat-- both sail or motor, kayak or wind surfboard -- or bike along the Los Angeles Beaches Bike trail; eat at waterfront restaurants with outdoor dining or quick service cafes. Free weekend concerts on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Open daily; validated 2 hour parking (Admiralty Way south; turn right on Fiji Way.)
  • Harbor Tours. One way to really get a feel of the Marina, hear about the history of the area and learn about the pleasure boats anchored here is to take a Harbor Tour. Available Tuesdays through Sundays from about noon to sunset, board the Harbor Tour boat found in Fisherman's Village just behind the El Torito Restaurant and enjoy the sights and sounds from the water point of view. The 45-minute tour leaves every hour and is $10 for adults, $6 for children. The Captain may even point out the local water fowl, marina life and certainly will have interesting stories about the local boats. * Burton Chace Park. This beautiful 10-acre park is one of the crown jewels of Marina del Rey, jutting out into the Marina's main channel. Offering what may be the best vista point in the area, this is a great spot for walking and gazing out at the deep blue water, boats and Marina. The park offers a community room and covered picnic areas with barbeques. Plus, the park staff offers seasonal outdoor tours and activities in the area including: Bird watching in the spring; kayaking the harbor spring to fall; and beach kayaking in the spring and continuing into the early fall, to name a few. During the summer months, the free concerts are not to be missed. Usually, Thursdays are classical and Saturdays are pops, and they begin at 7p.m. lasting about 2 hours. It is recommended that you come early as seating is first come, first serve on the green. You can picnic beforehand by bringing your own low chairs and blankets; bring a jacket or sweater to stay comfortable by the water in the evening. Parking for the concerts is in pay lots only. Two blocks from the [Visitor Center] at the western end of Mindanao Way; metered parking enforced weekends only.
  • Ballona Saltwater & Freshwater Marshes at Playa Vista. Less than a mile from Marina del Rey is the freshwater marsh that is a 51-acre habitat to more than 3,000 native trees, 10,000 native shrubs and grasses and more than 73 native bird species. It is an urban oasis for people and wildlife alike. Stroll along the trail bordering the marsh -- through a profusion of native trees and shrubs, you'll see mallard ducks floating across the water past snowy egrets and great blue herons. Pause at the information panels along the way to learn about Ballona's rich history, the varied functions of the marsh and the abundant wildlife in residence. Located at the southwest corner of Lincoln and Jefferson Boulevards, portions of the trail are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Docent-led tours of the interior are coordinated through the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, (310)306-5994.
  • Venice Pier/End of Washington. Just around the corner from Via Marina and down the block on Washington Boulevard is the area locals call "the End of Washington." There one can eat at any of the fine restaurants or cafes -- most offer outdoor seating; drink at the coffee houses, enjoy a nightcap at the late night bars and most importantly watch people. Continue even further west and you come upon Venice Pier. Shop for souvenirs as well as beach sundries in this eclectic area.

Do

The Marina del Rey Visitors Center is open daily and can provide additional suggestions for activities 310/ 305-9545.

Bike and Skate

Biking and skating are popular in Marina del Rey thanks to the flat, well marked bike trails through the Marina. Whether you have a couple of hours or a whole afternoon, the South Bay Beach Bicycle Trail provides over 20 waterfront miles of biking paradise.

If you have just an hour or two, ride along the trails through Marina del Rey. Have more time? Pack a picnic lunch (many of the hotels will gladly help in this area) and ride through the Marina, then head south to Playa del Rey Beach or north to world famous Venice Beach. The bicycle trail extends as far south as Torrance Beach and as far north to Will Roger State Beach in Santa Monica. Along the way there are hourly bike rental locations, restroom facilities, water vending machines and food concessions.

  • Daniel's, (in Fisherman's Village), +1-310-980-4045. Offers a great selection of adult and children's bikes (rental for under $20 per day) to tandems (rental for under $40 per day) -- all with a free scoop of ice cream with the all day rentals. Open during the weekend and weekdays.
  • Spokes & Stuff, (near the Best Western Jamaica Bay Inn), +1-310-306-3332. A bike rental and skate options that is generally open on weekends.
  • Ritz Fitness Center, (in the Ritz Carlton Hotel), +1-310-574-4296. A bike rental option with competitive rates.

Boating

Boating, sports fishing, kayaking and whale watching top the list of aquatic pursuits in Marina del Rey. You'll find an array of rental operations strung along the waterfront with many conveniently located at Fisherman's Village. With nearly 20 Private Charter companies in the Marina del Rey area, they offer everything from bareboat rentals to yacht and sailing charters, corporate teambuilding events to social events and parties, to scattering ashes at sea.

  • Marina del Rey Boat Rentals, +1-310-574-2822. An easy-to-use, man-yourself boat rental company that rents kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, powerboats and small sailboats by the hour.
  • Marina del Rey Sportsfishing. Offers sports fishing trips for 1/2 or 3/4 day for halibut, yellowtail, calico bass, sand bass, barracuda and white sea bass. Rod rentals, tackle, bait, fishing licenses available. Reservations required. Depart from Dock 52, where parking is free.
  • UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, 14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, Telephone: 310-823-0048, [2]. From windsurfing, surfing, kayaking, rowing and sailing, UCLA Marina Aquatic Center offers both equipment rentals and extensive instructional and recreational boating programs. Open to non-UCLA community affiliates.

Beaches

If you're looking for a little sand and sun, try Marina Beach, also known as Mother's Beach for its safe features. This non-ocean facing sandy beach offers 12 acres of a public swimming, windsurfing and boating lagoon. Staffed by County lifeguards, the beach has no surf and is a safe and pleasant spot for family outings. This sunny spot features a children's play area, public picnic shelters with barbeques, benches and tables, restaurants and bicycle rentals are nearby. A specially built ramp accommodates wheelchairs, and beach wheelchairs are also available.

Hiking

Soaking up the sea air and sunshine is a way of life in Marina del Rey. Start with a stroll along Waterfront Walk, beginning at Mother's Beach, to get a feel for the community. Stroll pass waterfront hotels, restaurants, picnic areas, bike rentals and yacht clubs. View the boats, both large and small.

At then end of Via Marina lies the tiny gem of Aubrey E. Austin Park where the North Jetty Promenade begins. You'll fine a lovely peaceful hideaway to walk along the North Jetty, watch the community sailing regattas at several of the outposts' benches, or to enjoy a picnic. There are several areas from which you can fish. Or, go a block north to the Marina Peninsula Neighborhood and follow the walking trail. This interesting coastal residential community is separated from the mainland by Ballona Lagoon, and is an attractive area to explore on foot. Besides the interesting architecture, there are residential gardens to admire and of course, bird watching.

Yearly events

There are several local events that occur yearly and should not be missed. They include:

  • Outdoor Adventures, early Spring thru Fall Outdoor educational explorative experiences for adults and children over 10 years. Sponsored by LA County. Each program is 2 to 3 hours long; space in limited so reservations are required. They include Bird Watching, Harbor Kayaking, and Surf Kayaking. Most meet at Burton Chace Park.
  • Anglers Annual Halibut Derby Fun and challenging for anglers of all ages, this early spring event (usually the first weekend in April) awards prizes for catching the biggest fish on a rod and reel. Fishing starts Saturday at sunrise. Public weigh-ins held at Burton Chace Park at noon on Sunday. Divisions for adults and youth.
  • Marina del Rey Boat Show Usually mid-June, the bigger-than-ever, in-the-water boat show features hundreds of the newest and largest recreational boats. View million-dollar yachts, incredible sailboats and personal watercrafts, and all the marine accessories to go with them. Burton Chace Park.
  • Summer Concerts in Burton Chace Park This popular series of evening concerts is set in Burton Chace Park, by the water. All concerts begin at 7pm and take place outside on the green lasting about two hours. Thursdays feature Classical and Saturdays are Pops. All are free.
  • Fourth of July Fireworks display is shot over the Marina's main channel. Burton Chace Park and Fisherman's Village are popular viewing spots, but any water view seat is a good one! Park early for the 9pm display.
  • Old Fashion Day in the Park Sunday in mid-July; features displays of vintage yacht, antique classic cars, motorcycles, vintage steam engines and ship models. In Burton Chace Park; free.
  • Discover Marina del Rey Day First Sunday in October; music, food, community booths, sailboats races, Coast Guard, County Fire & Lifeguard demonstrations, children's activities and games (participation wristband fee). In Burton Chace Park; admission free.
  • Tour of the Tall Ships Usually the first and/or second week in December. Tour the Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain during their stay in Marina del Rey. Learn more about how 18th century sailors lived and navigated across the miles of open ocean; the crews are dressed in period costumes and tell rousing stories of the days before steam and diesel. Enjoy dockside tours, adventure sails, battle sails and the lighted boat parade sails. Berthed at Fisherman's Village or the Fuel Dock area and open to the public. Call 800/ 200-5239 for details and pricing.
  • Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade Usually the first weekend in December. Festively decorated boats illuminate the main channel in one of the Marina's most visually exciting events. Preceded by a short fireworks display in the main channel the parade starts at 6:00p.m. Best viewing is at Burton Chace Park and Fisherman's Village.
  • New Year's Eve Fireworks shot from the south jetty light up the sky over the Marina. At 11:59pm and 30 seconds, one firework will be shot into the air each second, counting to midnight. Followed by a five-minute display of fireworks. Can be seen from anywhere in the marina. Free.

For more detailed information on these and other events, call or visit the Marina del Rey Visitors center, 310/305-9545.

Buy

Marina del Rey offers neighborhood shopping within walking distance from local hotels.

  • Waterside Marina del Rey Shopping Center, Admiralty Way between Mindanao and Fiji Way, open daily. - Local boutiques and one-of-a-kind treasures; Bank of America (ATM); Ralphs Market (open 24 hours, with deli); men, women and children's clothing; gift shops; restaurants, cafes and ice cream; boating supplies; post office and UPS shipping.
  • Marina Beach Shopping Center, Washington Blvd, Open daily. - Shop for essentials and local services here. Bagels, pet store, haircuts, quick service cafes and the favorite of locals, Joni's Coffee Roaster & Juice Joint; Wells Fargo Bank (ATM).
  • Villa Marina Marketplace, Mindanao and Glencoe Ave., Open daily. - 85 shops, restaurants, quick service cafes and movie theaters (12 screens); 24-hour Von's market; drug store; self-service laundry; men, women, and children's clothing and shoes; sports equipment; books, gifts, jewelry; services including haircuts, nail salon and tanning salon; CitiBank (ATM).
  • Marina Square, Lincoln Blvd. and Mindanao, Open daily. - Restaurants, quick service cafes, coffee bar and ice cream; nail salon and tanning salon; bank(ATM).

Day Spas

If you're looking for a special treat for your body and soul, look no further than any of a number of day spas in the Marina del Rey area. From skin care, massages, artistic make-up for that special occasion, to yoga classes and health workshops, they are all here.

  • Creative Chakra Spa (3401 Pacific Ave., 310/823-9378)is not to be missed; right on the beach, it is a holistic Health and Fitness Spa. Besides the massage and spa treatments -- which are extensive -- they offer specialty workshops and classes like yoga, Pilates and Chakra balancing as well as holistic therapies such as QXCI Quantum Bio-feedback, acupuncture and chiropractic services.
  • The Boutique Spa, in the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey (4375 Admiralty Way, 310/574-4296) offers indulges from the PRADA Beauty line including massages and body wraps, facials and waxes, and special services just for gentlemen.
  • Odyssey MediSpa (4832 Lincoln Blvd., 310/301-2500) offers dermatological services such as Laser Gensis to help restore the skins' natural glow, aromatherapy massage, manicures and pedicures as well as waxing.
  • Christine Valmay (4772 Lincoln Blvd., 310/821-8892) is a BYOGENIS Skin Care Salon featuring scientific facials along with micro dermabrasion, cellulite control, body therapy and permanent make-up and lash tinting.
  • The Body Clinic / Blue Diamond Spa located on the second floor of the Villa Marina Marketplace (13455 Maxella, 310/577-2211) offering quality products by Dermalogica, specializes in stress-reduction massages, body wraps, waxing, bronzing and treatment options for teens and men.

Eat

One of the best things about Marina del Rey is the numerous restaurants and cafes that are clustered around the waterfront. Offering a rich diversity of gourmet cuisine, this could be the one place where eating out at every meal is a joy rather than a chore.

Budget

  • Alejo's Presto Trattoria, 4002 Lincoln Blvd. BYOB and great prices at this hole-in-the wall Italian restaurant. Hope you like garlic.
  • Beachside Cafe, 4175 Admiralty Way (in the Best Western Jamaica Bay Inn), +1-310-821-5333. Located on Marina Beach (also known as Mother's Beach) poolside at the Best Western Jamaica Bay Inn, this casual restaurant is open daily for beakfast and lunch. They also feature an outdoor patio so you can enjoy the sunshine along with your meal.

Mid-range

  • Chart House Restaurant, 13950 Panay Way, +1-310-822-4144 (). Chain restaurant featuring steak and fresh fish, either locally caught or flown in daily. Make sure you leave room for their signature dessert - Hot Chocolate Lava Cake, featuring rich Godiva Liqueur. Waterfront dining; fireside lounge with Happy Hour; summer outdoor dining.
  • Crystal Fountain, 4200 Admiralty Way (in the Marina International Hotel), +1-310-301-2000, [3]. Enjoy Continental fare daily for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They also feature a great Happy Hour. Dine inside or outside on the courtyard patio.
  • Kifune, 405 Washington Blvd., +1-310-822-1595, [4]. With a crowd that consists primarily of locals, this sushi restaurant offers a fun atmosphere, with Hide, the head sushi chef, chattering with customers at the sushi bar, yelling at the kitchen, and generally keeping everyone entertained. Food prices are reasonable ($6.50 for a tuna roll), service is quick, and most people leave smiling. Open for lunch during weekdays, and dinner every night.
  • Organic Panificio Cafe, 4211 Admiralty Way, +1-310-448-8900. Fresh, natural and organic food prepared in a light and healthy manner. Delicious Italian fare along with more usual breakfast and lunch entrees. They feature locally grown and procured foods. Eat inside or out on their heated patio next to the water; fine dining is available in the large adjacent dining room. * Sapori Italian Restaurant, 13723 Fiji Way (in Fisherman's Village), +1-310-821-1740, [5]. This intimate Italian restaurant offers Marina views from its dining room and heated outdoor patio seating. Watch the yachts float by as you dine on delicious home-made pastas, seafood and Northern Italian specialties. Owner/Manager Stefano is usually there to greet and seat you, and special requests are always welcomed.
  • Stones, 4100 Admiralty Way (in the Marina Marriott Hotel), +1-310-301-3000. Serving California Cuisine, this restaurant in the Marina Marriott Hotel is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The patio had harbor views. Validated 2 hour parking.
  • Tony P's Dockside Grill and Tavern, 4445 Admiralty Way, +1-310-823-4534, [6]. A local hangout that offers good food at a reasonable price with friendly service and views of the water. The restaurant has spacious indoor dining and a large outdoor heated patio overlooking the Marina. The staff is very kid-friendly and they do have a children's menu. Private Dockside Room is available for parties. The Tavern has also been voted #1 Sports Tavern in West Los Angeles with over 20 big screen TVs to watch all the sports you can! Open daily for lunch and dinner; weekends for breakfast.
  • Waterfront Grill, 13534 Bali Way (in the Marina del Rey Hotel), +1-310-301-1000. This waterside restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Admire spectacular sunsets or harbor lights while you dine on savory continental cuisine. Sit inside or outdoors on the patio in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Whether you enjoy "surf" or "turf" specialties or the lighter entrees, you can rest assured that attentive, courteous service is always the specialty of the day.

Splurge

  • Cafe del Rey, 4451 Admiralty Way, +1-310-823-6395 (), [7]. For locals and visitors alike, cafe Del Rey has been a long-standing choice for waterfront dining. Offering neighborhood comfort, the dining room takes in breathtaking views of the harbor with extraordinary elegance for an evening of fine dining. Make sure you ask about the "day boat" Del Rey -- the freshest fish you can possibly get, with the delicious selections landing on your plate within 24 hours! Full service bar and lounge. Food is prepared in a California/Asian fusion style by a chef with Italian roots. Sushi is served as well, although the restaurant is known for its seafood entrees. The fireside lounge offers nightly piano music for those looking to simply unwind with a drink or two. $40 - $80 per person with drinks.
  • Jer-ne Restaurant & Bar, 4375 Admiralty Way (in the Ritz-Carlton), +1-310-574-4333. Waterfront dining at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey Hotel features a global fare utilizing fresh ingredients and local organic produce. White walls softened by rich hardwood floors. Enjoy your meal with waterfront views, on the patio or in the lounge by the fireplace. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea and Sunday Champagne brunch.
  • Shanghai Red's, 13813 Fiji Way (in Fisherman's Village), +1-310-823-4522, [8]. Located in picturesque Fisherman's Village, this restaurant seems to always have something going on. Daily lunch buffets, weekend champagne brunch and special dinners as well as a daily happy hour. They feature private rooms for parties, a garden heated patio overlooking the Marina and a menu that has a wide variety of seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta and salads.
  • Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, +1-310-823-5451, [9]. This waterfront eatery has been serving the famous and famished for over 35 years. It boasts an international menu featuring seafood, steaks, pastas and salads. Plus, they have a large selection of California and International wines. They offer a Sunday buffet brunch and a seasonal Saturday buffet brunch, May through August. Live music on weekends. Open for lunch and dinner.

Drink

Cafes

The casual environment of the Marina lends itself to coffee shops and cafes, which can be found in abundance. The normal complement of Starbucks and other chain stores are present, as well as places with more local flavor:

  • Cousin Cheryl's Bakery Cafe, 4662 Admiralty Way, +1-310-827-6500. A wide variety of baked goods, full breakfast and lunch menu and coffee, tea. Open 7 days a week, daily week day specials, and weekend lunchbox specials.
  • East Coast Bagel, 4375 Glenco Ave, +1-310-305-9852. Try one of their "Beggel" (a 2-egg omelet on a bagel) breakfast sandwiches with a cuppa joe!
  • Johnnie's Coffee, 13455 Maxella Ave, +1-310-301-9489. Upstairs in the Villa Marina Shopping Center. Enjoy coffee, teas, smoothies and a variety of breakfast items and baked goods.
  • Joni's Coffee Roaster Cafe, 552 Washington Blvd, +1-310-305-7147, [10]. 6:00am-4:00pm. Great coffee! Incredible breakfast and lunch. Great place to see celebrities on the weekends.
  • Wendy's Donuts, 4002 Lincoln Blvd (at Washington), +1-310-305-7994. A great selection of fresh-made daily donuts, pastries and muffins along with fresh brewed coffee, teas and soft drinks.

Nightlife

Marina del Rey's most popular restaurants become the city's epicenter for nightlife. Live music, dancing and lively bars spring to life at night.

  • Glow, Admiralty Way (in the Marina del Rey Marriott). Enter the chic club-like outdoor lounge.
  • Jer-Ne, Admiralty Way (in the Ritz-Carlton). Hear Satellite Radio DJs play lounge and house tunes Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Brennan's 4089 Lincoln Blvd. 310/821-6622 Fun, lively Irish pub with a great selection of beers and ales. Nightly entertainment including live bands and turtle racing on Thursday nights.

Sleep

Marina del Rey's close proximity to Los Angeles International Airport makes it an excellent lodging option for business travelers.

  • Marina del Rey Marriott, 4100 Admiralty Way, +1-310-301-3000 (toll free: +1-800-228-9290, fax: +1-310-448-4870), [11]. 370 rooms.
  • Best Western Jamaica Bay Inn, 4175 Admiralty Way, +1-310-823-5333 (toll free: +1-888-823-5333, fax: +1-310-823-1325), [12]. Great views of the world's largest man made yacht marina and offers a beachside pool, spa, and sun deck as well as the popular Beachside Cafe for breakfast and lunch. 42 rooms.
  • Marina Del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, +1-310-301-1000 (toll free: +1-800-882-4000), [13]. 134 rooms, just 10 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport, set in the heart of the world's largest man-made marina.
  • Marina International Hotel and Bungalows, 4200 Admiralty Way, +1-310-301-2000 (toll free: +1-800-529-2525), [14]. The hotel features spacious accommodations with private baths close to the beach.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, +1-310-823-1700 (toll free: +1-800-241-3333). 304 rooms.
  • Foghorn Harbor Inn, +1-310-823-4626 (toll free: +1-800-423-4940). 23 rooms.

Contact

If you're looking for a place to use the internet or check your e-mail, look no further than the Lloyd Taber Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way. Open Monday thru Saturday, you can use a computer there to log on and search the internet. Several cafes also offer WiFi-connection including Panera's Bread Bakery Cafe, Cafe Buna and the local Starbucks, as well as all the hotel restaurants.

Get out

  • Venice. The neighboring beach town offers miles of sand, an eclectic nightlife, and the infamous Muscle Beach.
  • Santa Monica. Best known for its famous pier, Santa Monica is a must-see destination for most tourists, and home to many restaurants and bars frequented by locals.
  • Culver City. A neighboring city and the home of Sony Studios that in recent years has been undergoing a rebirth and now has an increasing number of food, shopping and entertainment options.
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