If you’re visiting the Los Angeles County area, one of your best bets for some fun in the sun is Marina Del Rey. “It’s an ideal spot for a half-day getaway that conveniently takes you right to the water’s edge,” says the Los Angeles Times. This scenic coastal community, which sits between Venice and Playa del Rey, has so much to offer that we think you might want to hang around as long as you can. In addition to a slew of recreational activities, you can dine at a waterfront restaurant or in the open water. Here’s our recommended favorite things to do.

Things to Do on the Water

When in Marina del Rey, do things with water. In the water. Near the water. It’s the perfect place-starting with paddleboarding. What is called SUP, or stand-up paddleboarding is most popular, and especially lately with celebrities. What’s great about Marina del Rey is that the water is calm, which is perfect for SUP, even if it’s your first time.

parasailing at sunset

Marina del Rey is also an ideal place for parasailing. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve done it before, you’ll catch some amazing panoramic views of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Santa Monica Pier. You can choose 500- or 800-foot rides through Marina del Rey Parasailing.

Things to Do Near the Water

sunset at the beachTake your bike, or rent one as you can peddle along Marina del Rey’s Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail, which is a 22-mile coastal path. It’s between Will Rogers beach and Torrance beach. On weekends it’s a great spot to take a break at the Marina’s Fisherman’s Village where you can get some ice cream and listen to free, local music.

Check out Fisherman’s Village. You’ll do a double take when you see this quaint, harbor front that looks just like a New England seaport village. Whether you are strolling along the harbor front and watching the boats go by, or stopping to watch the wildlife, the views are perfect. There’s also tons of shops and many fine restaurants.

Find fresh fruits and vegetables at the Marina del Rey Farmers Market. Taste samples from local vendors, as well. You’ll also find handmade gift items and beautiful floral arrangements. The market is held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

Through spring and summer, you’ll have the chance to check out live music on Saturday and Sundays. From country and blues to Salsa and R&B, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Dining Spots at Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey has come a long way from typical waterside fare. Try Salt. “Located on the bottom floor of the Marina del Rey Hotel, Salt has one of the best views of the marina, and their outside deck is the perfect place to watch the boats go by while pretending you’re Gwyneth Paltrow,” says The Infatuation. They have a nice breakfast and brunch but an even better choice for dinner. Order the seafood tower, kung pao octopus, or the lobster pasta.

If you stick around late, check out Killer Café, which is one of the only restaurants that’s always open in Marina Del Rey. This 24-hour restaurant has the comfort food you crave from Killer Nachos to the Café Club. There’s also the homemade lasagna. It all goes great with a specialty drink, beer, or wine.

cruising in marina del rey

Cruise Around Marina del Rey for Brunch or Dinner

Start your Marina del Rey Premier Brunch Cruise with a glass of champagne and make it bottomless throughout the two hours ride. You’ll enjoy a buffet brunch featuring American breakfast dishes, seasonal lunch entrees, and delectable desserts. Live entertainment and gorgeous ocean views make this a brunch you won’t forget.

Dinner couldn’t be more unforgettable than when on the Marina del Rey Premier Dinner Cruise, a two-and-a-half-hour experience that is available on Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll enjoy the comforts of a luxury yacht while taking in the sights around Marina Del Rey. Dinner features a plated dinner with a touch of local ingredients. DJ entertainment and cocktails for purchase round out the cruise. After dinner, it’s off to the outdoor deck of the yacht as you take in sights including the beaches and even homes of celebrities.