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Marina del Rey Guide – Spend Less, Do More

Welcome To Marina-Del Rey

Marina-Del-Ray-Aerial-View'I hopped off the plane at L.A.X. with a dream and my…' You stopped mid-lyric, why were you singing Miley Cyrus tunes? Guess you couldn't help it – you were in the city of angels! It was time to Party in the USA. And, like all tourists who visit California, there was only one thing on your mind – the beach! But you didn't fancy a slow crawl up the 405 freeway to Santa Monica State Beach – an American gave you that cheeky tip. Instead you decided to hit up a much closer beach at Marina del Rey.

And you didn't have to travel far at all for that beach…

Dockweiler State Beach is a wide open, white sand beach that lies directly beneath the LAX take-off path. While not for everyone, for those of you who are aviation buffs (our team knows a few of those), Dockweiler is the perfect spot for plane-watching. Inspired by the majestic planes taking off in full flight? Then why not pretend you're a bird, you're a plane (okay, maybe not quite Superman) and take a hang-gliding lesson on the sandy shore.

Who doesn't like a waterfront stroll?

Marina-Del-Ray-Fishermans-Village-StorefrontAdd in a shopping mall? Yes, please! The Fisherman's Village, situated on the world's biggest man-made small boat harbor, is built in the style of a New England fishing village – how cool is that? What do we mean by New England fishing village? Think brightly painted wooden buildings and an old-fashioned lighthouse. The waterfront promenade is perfect for that afternoon stroll, leading up to that perfect photo op at sunset. Be sure to listen out for the live music concerts that regularly occur on the promenade.

Want to go further afield but don't want to give up the all-day parking spot you found

It was free after all which is a modern miracle in Los Angeles. So why not grab a bike instead and hit the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail. The Marina del Rey part of the trail is considered the most scenic by locals and tourists alike, especially as it traces the peaceful Ballona Creek and Wetlands.

All up, the trail is 20 miles long from Torrance Beach in the south right up to Pacific Palisades, north of Santa Monica. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, ride all the way up to Pacific Palisades where you'll can ride your mountain bike along one of the best hiking trails in California (the aptly named Inspiration Loop Trail) at Will Rogers State Historic Park.

Still don't feel fit enough?

Don't be stressed, the LA locals are complete fitness fanatics. You're never too far from a gym but let's be honest, you were worried about getting sucked into a twelve month contract that you wouldn't end up using – you were only vacationing here for two weeks after all! So why not do as the locals do and head on down to Mother's Beach for the weekly beach boot camp. What better place to get that perfect, bronzed beach body than the beach itself, right? As an added bonus, the Marina Athletic Club that runs the boot camp also offers private training and self-defense classes.

You couldn't believe how much there was to see so close to the airport

You hadn't even encountered the horror of LA traffic and Californian gas prices. But since you'd saved so much on your waterfront accommodation, it was time to spend big on dinner for your final night in Marina del Rey. Need a recommendation? We thought you might, so here's one we prepared earlier. Café del Rey is number one in our books. Overlooking the marina and harbor, the gorgeous atmosphere of this restaurant is hard to beat. Serving exquisite New American fare, this is the perfect way to end anyone's Californian dream holiday.

Spend Less, Do More

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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