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When you’re desperate for a break from the cold, need to step away from studies, or simply want to celebrate the coming season, it’s worth remembering that a springtime escape to Marina del Rey is always a good idea. With sun, sand, and sailboats surrounding you in L.A.’s stunning Marina, you’ll find everything you could possibly want in a spring vacation, right at your fingertips. Did we mention it’s just four miles north of LAX?
Located on the coast of L.A.’s upscale Westside, Marina del Rey offers luxurious waterfront hotels, seaside spas, award-winning dining, and endless entertainment and activities to enjoy. Whether you’re looking to enjoy on-the water activities such as boating or paddle boarding, or you need to shop for your summer wardrobe, Marina del Rey has it all, and then some.
Sleep and Eat in Style in Marina Del Rey
MARINA DEL REY HOTEL
For a truly coastal chic ambiance, check into the Marina del Rey Hotel, located on the world’s largest man-made small craft harbor. As one of the first buildings in the area, the Marina del Rey Hotel recently underwent a head-to-toe $25-million renovation, as evidenced by the stunning marina-facing, heated waterfront pool and sundeck; luxe outdoor patios complete with fire pits and vistas; and modern furnishings, all which serve to complement the truly spectacular marina views you’re invited to enjoy from your patio or balcony. You’ll also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, onsite bicycle rentals, valet parking, and an onsite fitness center.
Even more alluring? Delectable California cuisine is served at the Marina del Rey Hotel’s onsite SALT Restaurant & Bar, where Executive Chef Peter Coenen uses seasonal ingredients sourced from local L.A. farmer’s markets to create modern variations of simple favorites. You’ll have your choice of patios for dining, each offering breathtaking views of the charming coastal town and marina.
MARINA DEL REY MARRIOTT
At the Marina del Rey Marriott, you’ll enjoy awe-inspiring water, city, or coastline views from a private balcony high above the heart of the marina. Spend your days surrounded by lush palms, lounging by the heated outdoor pool, or walk just steps to the pristine Marina "Mother's" Beach, to revel in the feeling of sand between your toes.
If you choose, you’re provided the chance to get in a great workout at the onsite fitness center featuring weights and plenty of cardio machines. To top off your day, you’re encouraged to watch the sunset fireside while enjoying a craft cocktail or quintessentially California small plate at the ultra-trendy outdoor lounge, Sinder.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, MARINA DEL REY
A stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey will lend itself to a truly sumptuous experience. With a waterfront, saltwater pool and whirlpool, direct access to the marina promenade, the Ritz’s legendary service, lighted tennis courts, fitness center, and onsite dining, it’s possible you won’t ever want to leave.
At the Ritz-Carlton’s onsite Cast & Plow, farm to table cuisine is the order of the day, every day. You’ll know exactly which California winery produced your evening wine, and where your breakfast berries were grown thanks to Executive Chef Eric Ducherne’s commitment to using locally sourced produce. Likewise, you’ll feel entirely spoiled if you book a signature Zen Harmony Body Treatment or the medical-grade Hydrafacial® at the onsite Sisley Spa, which offers direct pool access, and a couple’s suite.
Experience the Seaside Playground Like a Local
There’s no disputing that Marina del Rey is a bonafide seaside playground, with activities galore to enjoy both on and off the water. Try your hand at navigating the waters like a local via a standup paddleboard rental from Marina del Rey Boat Rentals, the Pro SUP Shop, or the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center. Or, book a charter for you and your traveling companions, and spend an afternoon or evening sailing, fishing, or simply soaking in the Southern California sunset.
On Wednesday evenings from April-September, head to Fisherman’s Village or Burton Chace Park to take in the competitive California Sunset Series Sailing Regatta. If you’re in town on Thursday, from May-September, don't miss Beach Eats, a local favorite event featuring local bands and food trucks, for a casual, delicious dinner by the sea at Marina "Mother's" Beach.
Likewise, don’t forget to make time for a meal at Café del Rey, a local favorite, featuring dishes from Executive Chef Job Carder inspired by the coast (think ceviche, oysters, and Petrossian Caviar), complemented by locally sourced ingredients.
If you’re looking to pick up a perfect outfit for dinner, keepsake from your trip, or gifts for others, you’ll find fabulous shopping in Marina del Rey. Browse hand-crafted items at the Marina del Rey Farmers Market, open every Saturday from 9am - 2pm, or visit Villa Marina Marketplace, featuring more than 70 stores and eateries. To find specialty, trendy items, visit Waterside at Marina del Rey for clothing, accessories, and beauty & wellness retailers all within easy walking distance of your hotel. Finally, be sure to inquire from your hotel about the grand opening of The Boardwalk Shops at Marina, a new world-class retail and dining center, coming soon to the marina waterfront.
Just a short drive from LAX, and an easy drive from L.A. landmarks including world famous Venice Beach, you’ll find everything you need to celebrate, rejuvenate, unwind, and explore by splurging on a springtime getaway to Marina del Rey.