Explore Marina del Rey by riding yellow open-air water pontoon throughout the harbor

Explore the Marina by Summer WaterBus

EXPLORE THE MARINA: Dining and Activities at Every WATERBUS Stop

Marina del Rey offers a delightful way to explore its vibrant waterfront with the convenient WaterBus service. Each stop along the route provides unique dining options and activities. Here’s a guide to making the most of your WaterBus journey. Click here for the 2024 Marina del Rey area map and dining guide.

Keep in mind the WaterBus runs June 21 through September 2, 2024.

  • Fridays, Saturdays and 4th of July: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sundays & Labor Day: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Start exploring the Marina! Scroll below to learn more about what to see and do from each WaterBus stop.


Stop 1: Fisherman's Village

This popular stop is home to a charming New England-style village, complete with shops, dining, and thrilling attractions like public dining cruises, parasailing and boat rentals. At this stop, we've got El Torito dishing out scrumptious Mexican cuisine, La Marina Trattoria with mouthwatering Italian classics, and Whiskey Red's serving up seafood and steaks. If you're craving something casual, KC's Crepes, Daniel's Ice Cream shop, and La Serenata's clam chowder will hit the spot. After a delicious meal, challenge yourself at the Ultimate Escape Room or browse through a local art gallery. Enjoy live music or rent a bike to explore the scenic area at your own pace. Click button for more information.

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Group of friends enjoying picnic at park overlooking boats and the harbor

Stop 2: Burton Chace Park

This hidden gem is a 10-acre park overlooking the water, where you can enjoy a picnic, catch a summer concert, or watch a movie under the stars during their free outdoor events. Stroll over to Trader Joe’s for snacks or visit the Boardwalk Shops and Waterside for a variety of food and shopping options. Click button to learn more about Burton Chace Park.

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Stop 3: Waterfront Walk

Savor delicious food and drinks along the waterfront at Tony P's Dockside Grill or Cast and Plow at The Ritz-Carlton. For families with little ones, don't miss the chance to visit the nearby fire station. Experience the unique atmosphere at The Warehouse, known for its koi pond and kitschy vibes, or head to Killer Shrimp to check out Killer Rides, a fun car-themed attraction. Or Killer Yacht Club, the speakeasy lounge at Killer Shrimp, is a fun spot to explore on Friday and Saturday evenings, too.

View of hotel pool, palm trees, beach and buildings next to sandy beach

Stop 4: Mother's Beach

This stop is perfect for family fun with its large playground directly on the sand, covered picnic tables, and easy access to waterfront restaurants such as Beachside and The Cheesecake Factory. Try out stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) or kayaking from the following rental shops on the beach such as ProSUP Shop and Paddle Method. Or, try paddleboard yoga with YOGAqua. Click button to learn more about Mother's Beach.

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MDR restaurant Dear Jane's windows looking out to harbor and boats

Stop 5: Dolphin Marina

Walk a few minutes along the promenade toward Dear Jane's where you can enjoy a delightful brunch or dinner at Dear Jane's, a local favorite featuring classic seafood dishes with a twist from two-star Michelin chef Josiah Citrin. On Saturdays, you can also explore the Farmers Market on the corner of Panay Way and Via Marina for fresh produce and artisanal goods.

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acai bowl with fruit and coffee

Stop 6: Esprit

Plan to take a 10-minute walk along Marquesas Way. When you get to Via Marina, you'll discover The Hive, an organic cafe and superfood bar serving healthy-for-you items like smoothies, bowls, salads and coffee. If you're in the mood for a workout, Orange Theory Fitness is nearby to help you stay active during your visit.

Weekend brunch food including cheese and meat board on table facing harbor and water

Stop 7: Wetland Park

One of the most conveniently located restaurants along the WaterBus stop is Brizo Bar & Restaurant. As soon as you step off the dock, Brizo welcomes you to its spacious, outdoor patio and rooftop terrace overlooking the Marina. Enjoy cocktails, classic California coastal cuisine including sushi and happy hour, too. After your meal, take a leisurely walk through the serene park area. Click button to view Brizo's menu.

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marina peninsula, north jetty

Stop 8: Del Rey Landing

For those with a bit more time, this is a good spot from which to take a leisurely walk to the North Jetty. This is at least a 20-minute walk one way if you're seeking a quieter beach experience away from the crowds. Click button for more information on the North Jetty and Marina Peninsula.

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