The Marina has some history behind it. A project of the Army Corps of Engineers that was completed in 1965, it is the largest man-made marina in the United States with more than 5,000 boat slips. The Marina was actually years in the making – the location was first targeted as a major harbor as far back as 1887. Two World Wars and many development attempts later, the Marina came to life as a popular destination for outdoor recreation, water sports, fishing, dining and tourism. You can read much more about the history of the Marina here.
The Marina today is a draw for locals, tourists and visitors from other parts of Los Angeles. There is a lot to do and see, so here’s a quick look at what you need to know about your next visit.
What to see
The Marina is an ideal location to (literally) watch the ships come in, catch a great view of the sunset or use as a home base to explore. Take a stroll down to the Venice Pier, walk the beaches around the Marina or visit local favorites like the Fisherman’s Village or Burton Chase Park, which offers many events and one of the best vistas in the area. Check out Tripadvisor.com or Wikitravel.org for more ideas.
What to do
Where do you start? Rent a bike, try paddle boarding, go deep sea sport fishing or visit the nearby Abbott Kinney Boulevard District for shopping. Check out these outdoor recreation ideas or visit one of the many rental operations that are clustered along the waterfront where you can try parasailing, kayaking or a whale watching tour.
Where to eat
If you’re close to the Marina, you are also close to a number of dining choices within walking distance, from fine dining to cafes to local neighborhood hangouts. Many of the options are on the waterfront, and you can enjoy nearly year-round outside dining. VisitMarinadelRey.com lets you click through sort-able dining options, or check out sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon to find what others rate the highest.
Where to Stay
Due to its proximity to Los Angeles International Airport as well as the Venice Pier, there are many places to stay close to the Marina, including major brands like Hilton, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton. Check out options on Wikitravel as well as VisitMarinadelRey.com.