Top 5 things to do by Yacht in Marina del Rey

Top 5 things to do by Yacht in Marina del Rey

The coastal playground of Los Angeles, Marina del Rey is a yachter’s paradise and is known for its bustling life of water related activities. Bask in the California year-round sunshine on your yacht’s sunbed, or go ashore to experience the famous laid-back, California vibe and take a stroll down the famous coastal Venice boardwalk that runs along the Californian coast from Marina del Rey to the Santa Monica Pier full of stores and food stands.

Marina del Rey, North America’s largest man-made small-craft harbor home to approximately 5,000 boats, is the major sailing and water-related recreation destination in the greater Los Angeles area. Its Boat Marina offers a picturesque mix of charming waterways and colorful boats and a handful of waterfront restaurants.

Please note that your YachtLife charter specialist will be able to assist in planning your bespoke itinerary in Marina del Rey, so the below should be considered as inspiration for your Marina del Rey yacht charter. Additionally, we have created a 7-day Southern California yachting itinerary you may enjoy.

1. Visit the Fisherman’s Village

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in Marina del Rey - Fisherman's Village

One of Marina del Rey’s biggest tourist attractions is the Fisherman’s Village, located right at the marina’s entrance and built in a style similar to a fishing village in New England. It consists of five vividly painted wooden buildings, commercial boat docks, a water fountain, a lighthouse, and a waterfront promenade from which you have panoramic view os of the full harbor.

2. Cruise Along Venice Beach

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in Marina del Rey - Venice Beach

As you cruise out of Marina del Rey, you will encounter the iconic Venice Beach Boardwalk that runs along Venice Beach connecting Marina del Rey to Santa Monica Pier. As you lounge on your yacht, you will be able to observe the famous LA scene: musicians, singers, jugglers, acrobats, mimes, comics, magicians, prophets and fortune-tellers are some of the more conventional entertainers on offer along the 3 mile long sidewalk.

3. Enjoy Santa Monica Pier

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in Marina del Rey - Santa Monica Pier

From Marina del Rey, it is only a short 30 minute cruise to Santa Monica Pier. If yachting with kids, take the day to explore this iconic destination in the Los Angeles coast. Tender ashore to enjoy Pacific Park, a mini-amusement park with a Ferris Wheel, a small roller coaster and some other small rides and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

4. Go Whale & Dolphin Watching

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in Marina del Rey - Dolphin & Whale Watching

Keep a watch out for dolphins and whales as you explore Santa Monica Bay; from Marina del Rey it is possible to go whale watching. Set sail through the bay and follow the seasonal gray whale migration during the winter months for a chance to see sea turtles, porpoises, sea lions, dolphins, giant mola mola, and minke whales.

5. Soak up the Hollywood Glamor in Malibu

YachtLife's top Yachting Activities in Marina del Rey - Malibu

For a slightly longer cruise, sail over from Marina del Rey to Malibu. Known as the home of many Hollywood movie stars and others associated with the entertainment industry, Malibu is also famous for its warm, sandy beaches. Drop anchor and tender ashore to spend the day lounging in the sun amidst the backdrop of beachfront mega mansion and later enjoy sushi at Nobu Malibu.


Yachting in Marina del Rey will prove to be an experience not to be missed and will make for lifelong memories for you and your guests. Enjoy this stunning part of the world as it was meant to be seen – by the water.

How to Charter a Yacht in Marina del Rey?

Chartering a private yacht in Marina del Rey should be simple and stress-free.

Whether we are working with you to create the perfect itinerary, or you would like water toys or provisions, at YachtLife, we do our absolute best to ensure your yacht charter in Marina del Rey will be one to remember.

We spend so much time and focus on the smallest details so you can focus on what matters most – enjoying your Marina del Rey charter vacation.

If you are looking to charter tomorrow or you are planning your next vacation, YachtLife is here to help you find the perfect yacht for any occasion.

Go onto our website or mobile apps (Android and iOS) and browse browse our hand-selected inventory of yachts to charter in Marina del Rey. View photos, specs and pricing, and reserve without having to call a broker.

If you have any questions, or need help planning, our team of professional yacht brokers are more than happy to assist in finding the perfect yacht for your charter vacation.

You can contact our team here to charter a yacht in Marina del Rey or anywhere in the world you desire.

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