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By Chris | December 28 2007
Sailing conditions are almost perfect all year round, and being on the coast, Los Angeles has a strong maritime tradition.
Water sports are an important part of the L.A. lifestyle with surfing, sailing and fishing being popular pastimes. Los Angeles’ restaurants are known for their use of fresh seafood, but if you want to try your hand at catching your own, sport fishing boats leave from Marina del Rey and Long Beach. See Pacific gray whales, dolphins, California sea lions, and other marine life off the coast and explore outposts like tranquil Catalina Island.
Nestled along the Los Angeles coastline and situated in an unspoilt part of Los Angeles County, Marina del Rey serves as the recreational boating center for the L.A. area.
Boasting more than 5,200 slips just outside the City of Los Angeles, it’s an ideal location for seafaring visitors. Adjacent to Venice Beach, Marina del Rey lies three miles from Santa Monica and is just 4.2 miles north of Los Angeles International Airport. Today, the marina is celebrated for being one of the only places in Los Angeles where visitors and locals can easily access the Pacific Ocean and enjoy breathtaking views of the coast. If you need a break from the hectic Los Angeles lifestyle, the peaceful Catalina Island is just a short boat trip away where visitors can experience a totally different pace of life. The harbor itself is a prime location for birdwatching where species include egrets, great blue herons and least terns. There are also plenty of places to eat, drink and shop nearby.
Located beside the Aquarium of the Pacific, Rainbow Harbor Marina offers 87 slips for recreational and commercial boats.
A 100-foot dock inside the marina serves day guests, as does 250 feet of mooring outside the entrance to the harbor. For commercial vessels, the marina features 12 docks of 150 feet each. Shoreline Village, with a family-friendly array of restaurants and arcades, overlooks Rainbow Harbor Marina. Other attractions at the marina include dinner cruises, whale watching, private charters, boat rentals, sport fishing, personal watercraft rentals and shuttle buses and boats to other amenities and facilities in Long Beach. The Pike entertainment district offers visitors to the marina a variety of restaurants, entertainment venues, a Ferris wheel and an open air market. The Long Beach marinas are manned 24 hours a day by the Long Beach Marine Patrol.
Karen Schoeppe, Sales Manager
+1 562 570 8636
200B Aquarium Way, Long Beach