Make a splash in LA! Set in the heart of the Los Angeles coastline, Marina del Rey, CA, is a waterfront playground with endless harbor views and a relaxed “California cool” vibe.

Here are our recommendations for things to do, places to eat, and what to see while you’re next to the water.

The distances listed are calculated from the starting point of our host hotel, the Marina del Rey Marriott. Request a “Free Ride” to some locations between noon and 9 p.m. by texting 323-435-5000 with your location, destination and passenger count. Read more below.

Explore our “things to do” list below to plan your schedule around our conference sessions. 

Things to do

Catch “The Free Ride” in a five-passenger electric shuttle

  • This free on-demand transportation is available daily from noon to 9 p.m.
  • Look for a Free Ride car or text 323-435-5000 with your location, destination and passenger count. Expect 10-15 minute wait for pick-up.
  • Gratuity for the driver is appreciated
  • Ride to popular attractions like Fisherman’s Village, Burton Chace Park and the Waterside Shopping Center
  • Select shuttles travel to Venice Pier and Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail (also known as “The Strand”)

  • This paved bike trail runs 22 miles along scenic Pacific Ocean shoreline
  • View a map

Bike or water equipment rental options

  • Spokes and Stuff, 7-minute walk: Rent a bicycle, surfboard or electric bicycle
  • Marina Fit and Fun, 12-minute walk: Rent a bike or a paddleboard
  • Pro SUP Shop, 2-minute walk (located on Marina Beach), Rent a stand-up paddle board or kayak, includes floatation device and basic lesson

Marina del Rey Parasailing

  • 7-minute drive / 12-minute bike ride
  • Enjoy breath-taking aerial views of Marina del Rey and Venice Beach with options for two or three people at a time

Fisherman’s Village

  • 8-minute drive / 11-minute bike ride
  • Waterfront dining, harbor and fishing cruises, souvenir shops and live weekend concerts

Marina Beach (Mother’s Beach)

  • 7-minute walk / 4 blocks away
  • Named for its kid-friendly environment complete with volleyball courts and picnic areas


  • 5-minute walk to class location
  • Yoga on stand-up paddleboards
  • 90-minute class includes detailed paddle boarding lesson and one hour of yoga in the water

UCLA Marine Aquatic Center

  • 9-minute car ride
  • Home to kayaking, rowing, sailing, surfing, paddle boarding and windsurfing classes
  • Beginners welcome for stand-up paddle boarding and sit-on-top kayak rentals

Things to taste

Beachside Restaurant and Bar

  • 2-minute walk / across the street
  • Located inside the Jamaica Bay Inn, enjoy fresh American cuisine and breathtaking views
  • Open for brunch and dinner

Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks

  • 6-minute walk / 2-minute drive
  • Casual restaurant chain specializing in gourmet burgers and fresh cut fries

C&O Trattoria

  • 10-minute walk / 4-minute drive
  • Located right next to Venice Beach, this Northern Italian seafood restaurant has menu items that can be ordered for one individual or for family-style shared meals
  • Every night during dinner hours, the entire restaurant participates in a sing-a-long of Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore”

Sunny Spot

  • 13-minute walk / 3-minute drive
  • Colorful, funky and modern, the sunny patio boast of natural greenery at the crossroads of Venice and Marina del Rey
  • Caribbean flavors, inventive cocktails and a variety of tacos, daily Happy Hour with $5 food and drink specials

Killer Shrimp Restaurant and Bar

  • 4-minute walk / 1 block away
  • Popular seafood restaurant known for peel-and-eat shrimp offers jaw-dropping views of the waterfront
  • Upbeat during the day with a low-lit evening vibe and a sultry mix of rock, jazz and R&B

Killer Café

  • 5-minute walk / 2-minute drive / 1 block away
  • American-style diner with oversized 1950s-era booths inside and a waterfront patio, both offering stunning views of the harbor
  • Generous portions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while featuring a full bar and coffee bar
  • Open 24 hours a day, serving alcoholic beverages until 1:30 a.m.


  • 6-minute walk / 2-minute drive
  • Fine dining-trained chefs elevate breakfast for dinner to new heights
  • Primarily open for nighttime dining, it opens at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with daytime hours Friday and Saturday only

Cabo Cantina

  • 10-minute walk / 3-minute drive / 0.5 mile away
  • Serves tasty Mexican food favorites and features a 2-for-1 priced Happy Hour every day
  • Lively and fun casual atmosphere is great for watching sports on its flat screen televisions

The Terrace Café

  • 11-minute walk / 3-minute drive
  • Beautiful patio overlooks the ocean and is just steps from the Venice Pier
  • Open Late. Extensive menu with new American and California-style cuisine available until 1 a.m. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Joni’s Coffee Roaster Café

  • 4-minute walk / 1-minute drive
  • Casual coffeehouse, a local favorite, serves breakfast and lunch


If you are interested in seeing beautiful sights, check out our “things to see” list.

Things to see

The Venice Canals

  • 11-minute walk / 2-minute drive
  • Italian-inspired artificial canals, bridges and landscaped sidewalks, built in 1905
  • Tiny bohemian cottages sit next to million-dollar ultra-modern houses

Venice Beach

  • 12-minute walk / 5-minute drive
  • Enjoy the street-performers, funky shops, and airy cafes along the boardwalk

Ballona Wetlands

  • 11-minute drive
  • Home to more than 200 species of wildlife
  • Freshwater Marsh has public trail around the perimeter that you can explore at your own pace

Fisherman’s Village

  • 8-minute drive / 11-minute bike ride
  • Built to look like a New-England-style fishing village complete with brightly painted wooden buildings, a water fountain, commercial boat docks and a lighthouse


We hope this list will make you excited for our conference and host city. We know we are! Check out the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau website for more ideas and suggestions.