Welcome to the official Marina del Rey blog written by the Marina del Rey Tourism Board. My Marina tells different stories of what makes L.A.’s Marina a unique destination. Read about fun things do like sailing and paddle boarding to waterfront dining, yacht cruises, and more.  

Los Angeles Whale Watching

whale tail

Although whales can be spotted from the California coast mostly year-round, wintertime offers the best chance to see one from Los Angeles. Every year, thousands of gray whales travel between Mexico and Alaska, one of the longest known maritime migrations. From December to March/April, they mate and give birth in the warm and shallow waters […]


Marina del Rey aerial view

Here are the latest MDR special deals, packages and savings on hotels, restaurants and activities. Book the deals now to save and enjoy your trip to L.A.’s Marina. 

Welcome Back – What’s Open and How to Experience Marina del Rey Safely

boats docked in slips at Marina

UPDATED MARCH 7, 2022 Welcome back to L.A.’s Marina! Marina del Rey is open for leisure travel. Our local business community including hotels, restaurants and attractions are open again. Each business has worked hard to follow safety measures per Los Angeles County Public Health’s reopening guidelines. Los Angeles County has lifted restrictions related to COVID-19. […]

Summer Sailing Camps for Kids in Marina del Rey

young boy learning how to sail with the wind

Sailing camps for kids is a unique way to get your kid out in the great outdoors this summer! Several local yacht clubs and recreation centers offer all-day youth programs in the summer. Beginner classes typically introduce terminology, boat rigging, water safety, and basic sailing skills.  Advanced classes for older children build on that foundation. […]

Tips for Planning Weddings by the Sea

Newly married couple walking at the backwater pier

We put together tips for planning weddings by the sea, on the beach or on a yacht. L.A.’s Marina is just 4 miles north of LAX and a quick drive to L.A.’s top attractions. Marina del Rey venues vary from elegant event spaces and ballrooms to outdoor patios, rooftop decks and luxurious yachts. Check out […]

February 2022 Hotel Deals in MDR

View of Marina Mother's Beach from Marriott Marina del Rey rooftop

Looking for sweet hotel deals in MDR for your next trip? Then you’ve come to the right spot. Marina del Rey is situated along the Los Angeles coastline, just 4 miles north of LAX and 15 minutes away from Santa Monica. You’ll find that L.A.’s Marina offers a more laid-back, coastal vibe than our neighboring […]

Love My Job: Jasmine Lee, FantaSea Yachts

FantaSea Yachts on ocean

We’re kicking off 2022 with a brand new blog series called, “Love My Job.” Each article will feature someone who works in Marina del Rey and loves doing what they’re doing every day! This month, we featured Jasmine Lee, General Manager of FantaSea Yachts. Her job is to help plan weddings and parties on fabulous […]

Where to Watch Super Bowl in MDR

football on grass

Super Bowl in MDR (and really anywhere in Los Angeles) is kind of a big deal this year. The newly built SoFi Stadium is hosting the 56th Super Bowl. Did you know Marina del Rey is just 10 miles west of this gorgeous new home of the L.A. Rams and L.A. Chargers? And in case […]

All About Dragon Boat Racing in Los Angeles

Dragon boats racing on the ocean

What is dragon boat racing? Is it like Fast and the Furious meets the ocean but more peaceful? Or is it boats zooming by with powerful engines? Canoes and paddleboards are common here in L.A.’s Marina. But what about dragon boats? Turns out dragon boat racing has been around quite a long time. It’s become a […]

Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials in Marina del Rey

two chairs facing outdoor fire pit for MDR Valentine's Day dining special

Drumroll please…we bring you the 2022 MDR Valentine’s Day dinner specials guide! While The Beatles might say, “All you need is love,” we say you also need stunning water views. The incredible scenery is one of the top reasons Marina del Rey is a great place to enjoy a meal. You’ll be treated to picturesque […]