The revitalization of this small seaside community has made this microneighborhood a go-to destination for all who love being by the water.

Marina del Rey boasts the nation’s largest man-made small craft harbor with 19 marinas and capacity for 5,300 boats. This quiet enclave offers urban amenities with fantastic cuisine, shopping centers with designer clothing, fine dining and markets, as well as countless fitness centers and studios.

Population of 8,866 People
6,114 People Per Square Mile
$95,248 Median Income
9/10 of a Square Mile of land and 0.6 Square Miles of water

small seaside community

What’s not to love about Marina del Rey? Around every corner there is a new adventure to be had! From the amazing restaurants to beautiful beaches and an abundance of water-related activities, there is something for everyone. It’s just a short drive away from Los Angeles but feels like a far-removed vacation destination.

Interesting Facts Aboout Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey, which translates to “harbor of the king” in Spanish, is the largest man-made marina in the United States. It spans 807 acres (half of those are underwater) and boasts over 4,600 small boat slips!

Ballona Wetlands
When Marina del Rey was built, more than 900 acres of wetlands were destroyed. The Ballona Wetlands is the only wetlands that remain here in Los Angeles, which makes them all the more special. Today, weekend tours are offered for those that want to explore as well as volunteer restoration days if you want to lend a helping hand in preserving the wetlands.

Fisherman’s Village
This darling seaport was inspired by a New England fishing village complete with cobblestone paths, colorful buildings, a lighthouse, gorgeous views of the marina, and charming restaurants and shops where you can rent water sports and activities. They often have free concerts most weekends to boot.

Burton W. Chace Park
Burton W. Chace Park, named after a Los Angeles County Supervisor who was known as father of the marina, made its debut in 1972. This lush oasis spans across 10 acres and offers lots of things to do thanks to its picnic tables, pergolas, beautiful harbor views, and events. In December, you can watch the annual Holiday Boat Parade and, in the summer, there are free outdoor concerts every week. Fun fact: Many television shows have filmed there including popular teen drama The O.C.

President John F. Kennedy
President John F. Kennedy signed H.R. 157 into law, officially creating Marina del Rey. With that blessing, the town was then dedicated on April 10, 1965.

Pelicans and Sea Lions
Marina del Rey has lots of thriving wildlife making it the perfect sightseeing spot for pelicans and sea lions. Catch them around the harbor and off the fishing docks, and don’t forget your camera!

Water Activities
One of our favorite things that Marina del Rey has to offer is an abundance of water-related activities. There are paddleboards, kayaks, yacht rentals, gondola rides, parasails, whale watching, beach bonfires, and so much more. It’s a water lover’s paradise!

Waterside at Marina del Rey
From organic grocery shopping to fine dining and spa services, Waterside at Marina del Rey offers a beautiful shopping experience just a stone’s throw from the marina.

Villa Marina Marketplace
If you need an excuse to shop or just something casual and fun to do on the weekend, the Villa Marina Marketplace is it. It features tons of shops, services, restaurants, and even a movie theater to enjoy with friends and family. Prepare to be entertained for hours!

Mother’s Beach
Marina Beach, also known as Mother’s Beach, is a man-made beach protected by the marina, so it is a safer spot for kids to swim or for you to enjoy water activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking. This little haven also features volleyball courts, barbecues, and picnic areas. We can spend all day here!

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