Marina Del Rey is a hidden gem in the Los Angeles area, really. Many travelers don’t think about the marina as a place to base themselves while in Southern California and do not realize how much there is to do while here. Often times, people choose locales like Santa Monica, West Hollywood or Beverly Hills when choosing where to stay in L.A. – but, what they are missing, is a destination on to itself.
Marina Del Rey is a quiet community close to Los Angeles International Airport – a mere ten-minute drive. It couldn’t be more convenient. A world apart from the hustle and bustle of L.A., but close enough for easy access, the marina is the perfect place to stay, in my opinion. Why? The list is endless.
Visitors to Marina Del Rey can choose amongst a smattering of luxury hotels, like The Ritz Carlton or Marina Del Rey Hotel. Within the marina, there are fabulous eateries like Killer Shrimp, Café Del Rey (don’t miss their phenomenal lunches, salads, pizzas and expertly crafted cocktails), as well as others.
For activities, you can charter a boat, yacht or sail, as well as kayak, paddle board or jet ski – any lover of the water will be enthralled. There are even sightseeing tours that will take you through the marina and into Venice and Santa Monica.
Marina Del Rey has an effortless and casual vibe, one that is appreciated in a bustling city like Los Angeles. Please don’t miss the opportunity to experience MDR – I promise you will want to return again and again.