Marina Del Rey for the Holidays

The holidays are almost here! If travel restrictions have thwarted your plans to visit out of town family, there's still plenty to do right here in our very own marina. Who needs a vacation when you can have a stay-cation?


 Even if you're not traveling very far, sometimes it's nice to get away from home for a little while. Since tourism is slow right now, you can find some fantastic deals. Even if you just need a quiet place to spend the day, a lot of hotels are offering a "work from hotel" deal at a fraction of their nightly rate. Take a break from the home office and escape to views of marina. Rooms include a desk, telephone, high speed internet, and you can even order room service!

And don't worry about safety. Extensive cleaning and safety standards at hotels in the marina include thorough cleaning in high-traffic areas with increased frequency and recommended cleaning agents. Dedicated staff are going above and beyond protocols to sanitize surfaces in hotel lobbies, front desk check-in counters, valet stands and other high-traffic areas. Hotels have elevated their rigorous protocols to clean all surfaces in guest rooms with hospital-grade disinfectants including sanitizing guest keys.


In Marina del Rey, outdoor dining comes with spectacular sunset views! Most restaurants were already equipped with plenty of outdoor patio seating. Now, you can dine safely with enhanced protocols at restaurants throughout the marina including seated tables separated by 6 feet, reduced dining capacity to meet government mandates, and sanitizing high-touch areas and surfaces throughout the restaurant. Staff are all required to wear face coverings while working and must wash hands frequently throughout each shift.

Some restaurants like Cast & Plow and Whiskey Red's offer contactless menus and pay-at-the-table devices. For any eateries that offered buffets pre-covid, plated a-la carte brunch dishes are now served such as dining cruises with Hornblower Cruises & Events.

In addition, most if not all restaurants in the marina offer contactless takeout and delivery options. Click here to see a comprehensive list of open restaurants.


All watersports rentals are following LA County Public Health's reopening protocol for attractions on the water (ie, kayak, paddleboard, jet-ski) and off the water (ie, bike rentals).

Rental equipment such as paddle boards, paddles, kayaks, and life jackets are disinfected with a bleach solution between customer use. Highly trafficked area surfaces such as the check-in desk are cleaned frequently with a sanitizing wipe or disinfectant spray. Contactless reservations have also been implemented. Hand sanitation stations are available to customers.

Larger vessels such as jet-skis, duffy boats, power boats and sailboats are scrubbed down before and after customers throughout the day. Health screenings are conducted daily for employees, too.

It's also the best time of year for whale watching as humongous gray whales are migrating between their feeding grounds in the Arctic and the warm lagoons off Mexico. Marine life and whale-watching tours are available year-round out of Marina del Rey. Make reservations in advance. Limited capacity onboard.

Marina del Rey Whale Watching offers tours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. Weekends 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

Click here for further information on what’s open and how to experience Marina del Rey safely.

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