Located just miles from the glitz and glamour Los Angeles is Marina Del Rey, a coastal community that offers the best of both worlds: luxury apartment homes suitable for stars with a more laid-back lifestyle than downtown. Throughout the year, there are plenty of things to keep residents and tourists alike entertained. March, April and May are especially great months to get out and experience all the city has to offer, before the mercury starts to rise to sweltering levels. Here are a handful of things that you must do in Marina Del Rey this spring.
Go for an oceanside bike ride.
The South Bay Beach Path is probably the most well-known route in California. The portion that runs through Venice Beach is constantly littered people, however. Avoid the crowds and enjoy a quieter ride by starting at Fisherman’s Village then turning off on the Ballona Creek Bike Path, where you’ll be treated to views of the brilliant blue water in the creek, wildlife and the Santa Monica Mountains.
While you’re out and about, grab a corndog for lunch. Locals love the fluffy batter and cool lemonade at Craig’s Hot Dog on a Stick. While it’s not the gourmet fare that you may be used to dining on at Fisherman’s, it’s still an epicurean experience not to be missed!
Get romantic on a gondola ride.
When life gets too hectic, slow things down with a gondola ride around the bay. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as your gondolier from Gondolas D’Amore steers you around the harbor on a 32-foot Italian gondola. Blankets and pillows are provided for your comfort, while candles and roses set the mood. Appetizers, chocolates and your favorite bottle of wine enhance the romance.
Enjoy dinner and a movie—at the same time.
Whether you can’t wait to watch the latest installment of The Divergent Series on March 20 or you’re looking forward to seeing George Clooney in Tomorrowland on May 22, you’ll want to catch them at AMC’s Dine-in Marina 6 Theater. The leather recliners in this theater feature buttons that allow you to order cocktails or meals without leaving your seat.
A breezy spring day in Los Angeles is the perfect time to experience the exhilaration of parasailing. Many people wrongly assume that parasailing is scary, but it’s actually a very serene experience. Grab a couple of friends and cruise above the water on an 800 foot tow line. You’ll see panoramic views of the area, and maybe even a dolphin or two.
Attend an outdoor concert.
Every weekend, free outdoor concerts are held in the plaza at Fisherman’s Village. The schedule includes performances across a variety of musical genres, including Jazz, blues, country and Latin bands.