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Marina del Rey: Luxury Boat Cruise with Wine & Cheese

1. Marina del Rey: Luxury Boat Cruise with Wine & Cheese

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.

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.

Los Angeles Night Cruise in Marina del Rey with Dinner

3. 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.

Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise from Marina Del Rey

4. 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

Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

5. 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. 

Los Angeles: 2-hour Private Surfing Lesson

6. 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!

Los Angeles: See LA in a Day on eBikes

7. Los Angeles: See LA in a Day on eBikes

Make the most of your Los Angeles sightseeing with the LA in a Day bike tour. This leisurely paced LA tour includes all the best Los Angeles sightseeing attractions, on an outdoor, fresh-air-filled, unforgettable bike tour. You’ll kick off your LA tour on legendary Route 66 in West Hollywood. From there, you head into one of the richest cities in the world and take a Beverly Hills tour, where you’ll explore some of LA’s most iconic architectural landmarks and celebrity homes and gardens. Then, ride to the scenic West LA neighborhoods of Westwood and Brentwood, leading to the beautiful coastal suburb of Santa Monica, known for its laid-back vibe and welcoming atmosphere. Pause in your LA tour for lunch in eclectic Venice Beach, home of Muscle Beach and LA’s most popular skateboarding park. You'll also take a Venice Canals walking tour before visiting the world’s largest man-made boat harbor in spectacular Marina del Rey. Your Los Angeles tour wraps up with a trip through Culver City, home to famous, historic movie studios and LA’s booming technology sector. Along the way, your expert LA tour guides share insights that bring the sights and sounds of the city to life. Part of what makes this Hollywood tour the best Los Angeles tour is the carefully selected bike routes that avoid major traffic corridors for your enhanced safety.

Malibu: Vintage VW Private Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

8. Malibu: Vintage VW Private Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Join a private sightseeing tour of Malibu with a wine tasting bonus and discover it all in a 1972 vintage VW van with hippie vibes both inside and out. Visit Point Dume and other photo-worthy spots along the way. Start your trip by meeting with your tour guide at the Santa Monica Pier, where you'll be able to take cool photos with the van, jump in, and head towards Malibu. Drive along the picturesque coastline towards the north end of the town where the celebrity homes and secluded beaches are located. Stop at a few viewpoints where everyone will be able to take pictures with the van and Malibu landscapes. On the way, visit Point Dume with its breathtaking views of the cliffs and the ocean. After spending some time there, stop at the famous Malibu Pier to take a walk and capture these moments with your phone or camera. From here, take advantage of uninterrupted views of the Santa Monica Mountains. It is always fun to watch the many surfers riding the breaks of Surfrider Beach. The tour ends at the Rosenthal wine tasting room where you will be offered a flight of four different local wines, along with a cheese, salami, and cracker plate.

Pacific Coast Hwy (LA <> Santa Maria): Smartphone Audio Tour

9. Pacific Coast Hwy (LA <> Santa Maria): Smartphone Audio Tour

Explore the stretch of Pacific Coast Highway between L.A. and Santa Maria 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 229 reviews

Very well organised tour. There are 6 stops on the planned route. There is enough time to see the sites and get a taste of it. Joe was very knowledgeable about the locations and about the celebrities details. He was also very informative about the history of California and of Los Angels. The mini bus was comfortable, safe and ample inside. It was also luxurious when comparing to the open air options that we saw driving around. If you only have a short stay in L A then this is a recommended day trip

Amazing experience - thorough training - one of a kind good time - totally recommend for anyone - young or old - sporty or not - unique excursion for very affordable price - would absolutely do again when coming back to CA

This was such a great experience! The captain was very personable and knowledgeable about the area! We really enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend taking this tour! 10/10!

Great activity to do while in California! One on one lesson and safety measures explained to make you at ease with surfing. Overall very satisfied!

I recommend to those who don&#39;t have much time in front of them to visit everything. Superb visits and a guide at the top