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A visit to Marina Del Rey Harbor offering hours of relaxation and fun

Water Bus waiting for passengers
Water Bus waiting for passengers
All photos were taken by Mona Graham

Looking for somewhere near, but different for a quick summer get-a-way, take a drive to Marina Del Rey and spend a few hours enjoying the Harbor. To add a special spice to the day visit on a Thursday or Saturday and stay for the free concert, not only will you enjoy the music but the freeway will be less crowded when it is time to leave.

The main beach at the harbor has lots of white sand, a good place to get that California tan, have a family picnic, BBq, or rent a paddleboard or kayak and have fun. Of course swimming is the number one attraction, especially on a hot summers day, but there are other attractions that include using the Water Bus to get around the large harbor. The cost is only $1 one way between the 8 stops and only if you disembark at any of them. The Water Bus can also take you to these two interesting places along the water's edge.

1. The Burton W Chace Park at 13650 Mindanao Way, is by the waters of Marina Del Rey Harbour and makes a great get-a-way for locals and visitors alike, to enjoy the outdoors. During the summer the Water Bus makes stops at the park and the fare is only $1 each way, this makes it a inexpensive way to attend the free summer concerts held in the park on Thursday and Saturday nights. Parking is also available, and for those cycling the park is on the South Bay Bicycle Trail.

2. Fisherman's Village at 13755 Fiji Way, is a commercial boat anchorage, waterfront mall and tourist attraction, and is one of the stops on the Water Bus route in the Marina Del Rey Harbor. Built in the style of a New England fishing village it has two restaurants, some shops, a large assortment of docked boats and the main attraction - the pelicans, gulls and small birds along with a few seals - who call this part of the harbor home, and who will entertain you as they soar and dive to get that fish.

Free concerts are held in the square, near the lighthouse, throughout the year, fishing tips are given during the day from the docks, and hourly/daily rental of power, sail and electric boats and kayaks is available daily on the dock. It is possible to drive to the Village, which is also on the Ballona Creek and South Bay Bicycle Trails, making it accessible for bicyclists.

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