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Marina del Rey: Our most recommended tours and activities

Marina del Rey: Sunset Cruise with Wine and Cheese Board

1. Marina del Rey: Sunset Cruise with Wine and Cheese Board

Enjoy wine and charcuterie board with a selection of meat, cheeses, and fruit while cruising in a fully electric Duffy boat along Los Angeles' largest marina. Start from the dock where the boat is parked and make your way towards the main channel of beautiful Marina del Rey, a charming coastal community with yachts, beaches, and cycle paths. Keep your eyes peeled for sea lions and bird species as you explore the surroundings. Get a closer look at the boathouses and luxury yachts parked along the way. Relax with a glass of wine while relishing the tranquil water and connecting with nature.

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Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

2. Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

Start your tour at Mother's Beach. Your guide will provide information about the local environment and marine life, kayaking/paddle-boarding techniques, and safety while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of Los Angeles boaters realm. Then board your kayaks and paddle towards the main channel of the Marina. On the way, observe the beautiful and extraordinary boats. Begin your search for sea lions, birds, dolphins, and other marine life.

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Malibu: Vintage VW Hippie Sightseeing Tour with Wine Tasting

3. Malibu: Vintage VW Hippie Sightseeing Tour with Wine Tasting

You will meet with the tour guide at the Santa Monica Pier, where you'll be able to take cool photos with a classic hippie VW van, jump in, and head towards Malibu for wine tasting. Taste 4-6 different local wines, along with cheese, salami, and a cracker plate. After spending some time in the wine tasting room and learning the history of Malibu vineyards, drive up north along the astonishingly picturesque coastline towards the mountains, where all the vineyards are located.     Pass different vineyards and stop at a few viewpoints, where everyone will be able to take great pictures with the VW van and the beautiful Malibu landscapes. On the way down you will visit Point Dume with its breathtaking views on the cliffs and the ocean. After spending some time there,  stop at famous Malibu Pier, where you'll be able to take a walk and capture these moments with your phone or camera. From here, you'll have an uninterrupted view of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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LA: City and Beach Highlights Tour with Transfer Options

4. LA: City and Beach Highlights Tour with Transfer Options

Enjoy a stress-free tour of LA with expert tour guides who will ensure you have an entertaining and educational day. Begin the tour in Santa Monica where you'll have the opportunity to explore the Santa Monica Pier. Your first stop will be Venice Beach, home of LA's skateboarding and surf culture. You will then be driven along Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards on your way to the ritzy Beverly Hills, where you will be given the opportunity to window shop for 30-minutes on Rodeo Drive.  Enjoy lunch at the Farmers' Market at The Grove (1 hour) - with hundreds of options to please everyone from the adventurous foodie to kids. You will then be whisked to Griffith Park where you will receive VIP curbside service and experience the best views of LA and the Hollywood Sign. Finally, try to spot the stars of your favorite Hollywood celebrities as you walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Los Angeles Night Cruise in Marina del Rey with Dinner

5. Los Angeles Night Cruise in Marina del Rey with Dinner

Starlight Dinner Cruise offers a sublime evening of sightseeing, and dinner, and it all starts at Marina del Rey’s famed harbor. Guests board a sleek yacht and settle in for a 2.5-hour experience headlined by a duet entrée freshly prepared on board. All the while, grand homes, city lights and playful marine animals serve as an only-in-Southern-California backdrop.

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Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise from Marina Del Rey

6. Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise from Marina Del Rey

Relax and unwind on a 2-hour cruise departing from the famed harbor at Marina Del Rey. Enjoy a buffet brunch prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients and sip on unlimited champagne or sparkling cider. Set off on a morning cruise that offers a magical escape, even if only for a couple hours. In addition to salty breezes and abundant sunshine, Hornblower’s Champagne Brunch Cruise includes relaxing background music, free-flowing champagne and a delicious brunch buffet. Sample Brunch Buffet Menu Served upon seating: -Assorted Danish, cinnamon rolls, mini muffins, churro donuts with butter & fruit preserves -Fresh fruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, pineapple, grapes & berriesBuffet Table #1 -Caesar salad, focaccia croutons, roasted garlic dressing, aged parmesan cheese & romaine hearts -Asian broccoli salad, tender broccoli, carrots, scallions, snap peas with sesame tahini dressing -Penne pasta salad, bell peppers, olives, garbanzos, baby tomatoes, zucchini, pesto vinaigrette Buffet Table #2 -Atlantic salmon , roasted with cherry chipotle glaze -Shrimp on ice display, red sauce Buffet Table #3 -Scrambled eggs , green chilies, bell peppers & cheese -Breakfast meats, smoked bacon & sausage -Cinnamon French toast , berries, bananas & maple syrup -Tri color potatoes, roasted onions & peppers -Roasted Turkey breast, cranberry-apricot chutney & pan gravy Final course -Desserts delivered to your table, an assortment of mini pastries, tarts, dessert bars & cookies

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Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

7. Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

Meet your guide at Venice Beach, one of the most famous and lively beaches in California. Take part in a 2-hour group surfing lesson which is ideal for everyone from beginners (even first timers!) to upper intermediate levels.  Start the lesson by getting geared up with the wetsuits and surfboards. Head down to the sand with your group of 5-6 fellow students. Spend the first 30-40 minutes training on the beach and learning all the important aspects of surfing. Your professional certified instructors will teach you how to pop up on the board, educate you about the ocean and end the land lesson with the most important part - safety. After that, enjoy 40 minutes with an instructor(s) in the ocean getting coaching and helpful pushes. The remaining time will be yours to practice your skills and have fun in the water. After the class, an instructor will lead you to an outdoor public shower where you will be able to rinse off. Don't worry about your belongings, as you will be able to leave everything locked in the surf school van. 

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Los Angeles: 2-hour Private Surfing Lesson

8. Los Angeles: 2-hour Private Surfing Lesson

Experience a fully private surf lesson which is great for people who have always wanted to learn to surf or who just want to improve their surf game.  Even first-timers are welcome to join and with a private tour, you'll be able to learn at your own pace.  Learn from your professional certified instructor, who will help make you more comfortable on the surfboard and in the water. This lesson will meet in the world famous Venice Beach, where people of all ages gather to enjoy the beautiful Southern California sun and surf. Before your lesson, get outfitted with a wet suit and surfboard before heading down to the beach. Depending on your level, either go straight to the line up with the instructor or have an extended training session on the sand as you learn all the important aspects of surfing. Your instructor will teach you how to pop up on the board, educate you about the ocean and end the land lesson with the most important part - safety. After that, spend the remaining time with the instructor in the ocean. After the class, follow the instructor to an outdoor public shower where you will be able to rinse off. This private lesson can be booked for 1 or 2 people and basic swimming skills are required in order to join. You don't need to worry about your belongings, which will be securely stored in the locked surf school van. If you've always been interested in surfing and you prefer a private, customized experience, then this is the lesson for you!

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Los Angeles: LA in a Day Bike Tour

9. Los Angeles: LA in a Day Bike Tour

Enjoy this rare find in Los Angeles by exploring the City of Angels on a bicycle. Experience the city in a sustainable, eco-friendly way. Begin on the legendary Route 66 in West Hollywood, then bike through iconic Beverly Hills and Bel-Air to have a taste of the extravagant and incredible palaces the Hollywood stars call home.  Then navigate your way through world-famous beach towns such as Santa Monica, Venice, and Marina Del Rey. Bike your way through Culver City where you will learn about the historic movie studios that put this city on the map.  Don’t worry, there will be time to rest with several breaks including lunch on the beach and several walking tours along the way. This comprehensive 32-mile excursion lets you enjoy the very best of Los Angeles and is definitely worth a place on your bucket list!

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From Los Angeles: Driving Tour Between L.A. & Santa Maria

10. From Los Angeles: Driving Tour Between L.A. & Santa Maria

Explore the stretch of Pacific Coast Highway between L.A. and Santa Monica on a self-guided driving tour. Start anywhere along the route and enjoy a scenic drive along the California coast. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure. Pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast. See the famous Marina Del Rey, catch glimpse of the Channel Islands, and pass by the Vandenberg Space Force Base. Find out about parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, recreation areas, and more from your audioguide. Explore Tuna Canyon and Topanga State Park, Nicholas Canyon Beach, and the Chumash village of Wishtoyo. Admire Boney Peak at the Point Mugu State Park and look for the endangered California Condors in Ventura County. Check out other sights along the way, including the Getty Villa Museum, Port Hueneme, Santa Ynez Mountains and Painted Caves Historical Park, Goleta, and Nojoqui Falls.

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What people are saying about Marina del Rey

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 195 reviews

Excellent tour through the marina. We got to see a handful of sea lions and enjoy a nice day on the water. Walker was an exceptional tour guide that helped us understand the equipment and feel safe the entire time. I brought my 60 year old parents and they were able to easily navigate the waters on a tandem kayak

Walker, our guide, was our guide and he was great! Had a great time, felt confident using the paddle boards, and got to see some sea lions!

Great lesson, a lot of fun, there were just the 2 of us and pacho was a great instructor

Was a lot of fun. The bus came right on time and alexy was a great instructor.

Top team, very attentive! Good first experience, I recommend