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From boating to shopping to spas (and only a 10-minute drive from LAX), the Marina provides an array of options for those travelers wanting to beat a layover. For adventurous types looking to get on the water, Marina del Rey Boat Rentals (located in Fisherman’s Village) is open daily and provides the option to rent jet skis, kayaks, sailboats, power boats, electric boats and paddleboards by the hour. All levels of experience are welcome, as long as you’re 18 and have a major credit card and a driver’s license for ID. Also in Fisherman’s Village is Daniel Bicycle Rentals, where visitors can take off and bike along the Marina’s south Jetty to enjoy views of the harbor and coastline. The shop is open daily, with general hours at 9am – 5 pm on the weekend and 9am – 4pm during the week.
If you’re seeking a more relaxing time, Massage Envy in the Waterside shopping center is open daily from 8am – 10pm and offers a variety of massages and facials. Walk-ins are accepted, depending on availability. You can also reward your feet and hands with a manicure and pedicure at Christine Valmy Spa, which is also open daily and located in the Marina Square. For a full spa experience, you might want to check out the Day Spa at the Marina City Club, located on Admiralty Way (which is the Marina’s main stretch). Here you’ll also find a nice selection of massages and facials, just add the option of a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi to the list. Spa Nautica at the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey is also a popular spot to get pampered.
For those wanting to nosh while enjoying an oceanfront view, the Marina is plentiful of options, depending on your preference. If you’re the type who likes to watch yachts and sailboats gliding on the water, then Shanghai Red’s or Sapori Italian Restaurant in Fisherman’s Village may be best for you. If you prefer a still image of the Marina and its vessels, choose from Café del Rey (a longstanding Marina favorite known for its lounge-like atmosphere and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine), Tony P’s Dockside Grill (a popular place for sports fans and locals) or the award-winning Jer-ne Restaurant + Bar at the Ritz- Carlton, where you can enjoy bites and cocktails on the terrace. If you prefer beach and sand, look no further than Beachside (which boasts creative cocktails and California cuisine), located right on Marina beach.
If you’re traveling internationally, the Marina is the ideal welcome or departure to and from the California coastal experience. With six hotels, the Marina has comfortable overnight accommodations, ranging from major hotel chains like the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott, to smaller, boutique properties that surround the harbor such as Jamaica Bay Inn and Marina del Rey Hotel.
If you’re still not sure how to spend your layover in the Marina, stop by the Marina del Rey Visitors Center on Admiralty Way, which is open daily (with the exception of major Holidays).