Marina Del Rey is a recreational haven on the Westside of Los Angeles. This unincorporated community is a major destination for boating, with sailing camps and the largest man-made small-craft harbor in the entire United States. Residents of Marina Del Rey enjoy access to the beach, waterfront biking paths, and walkable streets with an abundance of options for dining and shopping. The community is located just four miles north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Marina Del Rey has a residential mixture, ranging from high-rise condos to single-family neighborhoods. Some of the most sought-after properties are condos in waterfront towers with sweeping ocean views and instant access to the beach.
Marina Del Rey is Los Angeles’ boating paradise. It’s also one of the easiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles to explore by bike or on foot. Marina Del Rey is carving out a reputation as one of LA’s culinary hotspots and residents are within walking distance of many great restaurants. If you feel like venturing further afield, bike paths along the waterfront connect Marina Del Rey to other communities and beaches along the Pacific coastline.
Marina Del Rey is a great dining destination with numerous waterfront restaurants overlooking the thousands of vessels docked in the harbor. SALT uses seasonal ingredients for its menu of mouthwatering steaks and seafood served in a stylish poolside setting at the Marina Del Rey Hotel. Tony P’s Dockside Grill is another prime spot for steaks and seafood with a shaded waterfront deck outside and a tavern inside with screens showing sports.
Next to the sands and palm trees of Mother’s Beach at Hilton’s Jamaica Bay Inn, Beachside Restaurant & Bar serves delicious coastal Californian cuisine for brunch and dinner. The Ritz-Carlton’s Cast & Plow restaurant specializes in chef-driven farm-to-table dining with dishes prepared using locally sourced produce, fish, and meat.
Away from the waterfront, Marina Del Rey boasts many hidden gem eateries with a stellar reputation. J. Nichols Kitchen has been a neighborhood favorite since the 1970s. The elevated diner menu here is continually evolving and includes gourmet burgers and sandwiches, steaks, seafood, international salads, and an impressive array of breakfast and brunch plates. Other standouts include Locanda Positano for intimate Italian dining, Sugarfish for sushi rolls and sake, and Morfia’s Ribs for pit-smoked BBQ meats and homemade pies.
The Marina Del Rey Marina is the largest of its kind in the entire nation. This huge harbor is your starting point for all kinds of water-based recreation off the Pacific coast. Marina Del Rey also offers access to scenic biking and walking paths running in parallel to the oceanfront. The pretty Venice Canals for which neighboring Venice Beach is named are easily accessible on foot or by bike from Marina Del Rey. The iconic sands, boardwalk, and outdoor gym of Venice Beach is also just a short stroll or bike ride away.
Marina Del Rey’s Mother’s Beach is a sandy swimming and wading area on a protected area of calm water in the harbor. Other outdoor recreation options include the 10-acre waterfront green space of Burton W. Chace Park. Surrounded by water on three sides, this tree-lined park is a gorgeous destination for picnics and sunset viewing. Burton Chace Park hosts many events throughout the year. These include a Summer Concert Series and Marina Drum Circle summer series throughout the year’s warmest months plus May’s Old Fashioned Day featuring classic cars and vintage yachts, October’s Halloween-themed Marina Spooktacular, and December’s festive Marina Lights.
Marina Del Rey is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District.