June 19th, 2018

6 Reasons Marina del Rey Summers Are the Best

When you live in our little slice of paradise, you know it rocks no matter what season it is. But let’s face facts—there’s one season in particular that practically screams “Take me to the Marina!” And that’s summertime. Between the sunshine, the harbor, the beach, the watersports and those amazing waterside restaurants…Marina del Rey is the mothership of summer fun.

Let’s review, shall we? Here are six of the top reasons summer in Marina del Rey is everything.

1. Mother’s (Marina) Beach
4135 Admiralty Way

Mother’s Beach is a great anytime beach, but during the summer when the children are out of school, it’s an awesome family-friendly spot. The water is warm and calm, there’s playground equipment for kids, and once the picnic pavilion upgrades are done (should be soon!), there will be plenty of shady space for a cool beach-side lunch. Mother’s Beach is also a prime spot to perfect your watersports skills (SUP, paddleboard yoga, kayaking, etc.)—just rent equipment or sign up for a class through Pro SUP Shop (located right by the beach in the Jamaica Bay Inn parking lot).


2. Beach Eats
4101 Admiralty Way

Summertime Beach Eats is another Marina del Rey tradition that never ever gets old—and it happens Thursdays by Mother’s Beach (in Parking Lot #10) between 5 pm and 9 pm. Every week, the foodie bonanza features six popular food trucks, plus you can enjoy live music between 6 pm and 8 pm. So when Summer Solstice officially hits this Thursday—a Beach Eats dinner should definitely be on the agenda!


3. Weekend Brunches

Yep, our town is known for its amazing brunch spots, and in true Marina fashion, almost every destination comes with a tranquil harbor view. Whether you want to indulge in one of Whiskey Red’s fabulous buffets on that giant patio; enjoy great food and Bottomless Mimosas at SALT; or dig into a wonderful harborside brunch at Café del Rey, Tony P’s, The Warehouse or Cast & Plow—you’re in for a lot of great weekend summer meals.


4. Coastal Temps

While all of those poor inland folks are stuck in that dreaded city heat, Marina del Rey people can sit back and enjoy coastal temperatures that are (typically) 8­–9 degrees cooler. So sure, inlanders can steam in the heat at Runyon Canyon or a Dodgers game, but we prefer staying chill while we take our pups to Burton Chace Park, pedal down Marvin Braude Bike Trail, strike a pose on a SUP board, or even head to Venice for some people watching.


5. Sunday Boat House
13534 Bali Way

The Marina del Rey Hotel’s Sunday Boat House is everything summer pool parties should be—wild, crowded and such a good time. If you haven’t been to one yet, here’s what to expect—a gorgeous pool, fun-loving people, refreshing cocktails, great guest DJs, dancing, special themed events, and tantalizing poolside menus from the awesome SALT restaurant. There’s no cover charge but you must be 21 or over to attend, and valet parking is only $6 with validation. PS If you want a cabana and VIP lounge seating—call (310. 301.1000) asap for reservations!


6. Hornblower Goodness
13755 Fiji Way

Summertime Hornblower cruises are the perfect outings for families, friends, out of town guests and dates—and they dock right at the Marina del Rey harbor. Choose from a dazzling array of summery cruises, including brunch and dinner cruises, sunset cocktail excursions and amazing holiday-themed cruises like their upcoming 4thof July celebrations. Costs vary depending on cruises but remember, if you’re in the military or a senior, you qualify for discounted prices.


Why do you love Marina del Rey in the summertime? Let us know!