los angeles beaches
Marina del Rey
Mother's Beach (Admiralty Way and Via Marina) - Mother's Beach (also called Marina Beach) is ideal if you have young children. A protected lagoon with safe swimming area for kids, lifeguard, large playground with a boat climbing structure, swings, tire swings, picnic tables.
Rent bikes and skates at the shop next to the parking lot at Mother's Beach. It's easy biking around Marina del Rey - go around to Fisherman's Village or head out Via Marina to the North Jetty Promenade.
Fisherman's Village (Fiji Way) - Get a bite to eat or just stroll along the water, watch the boats sailing in and out of the the harbor. Pelicans are always in residence along with fisherman on the docks. Feel like getting out on the water? Rent boats - motor boats, electric boats, sail boats, and pedal boats. Fisherman's Village is the perfect location to view fireworks on the 4th of July, or the Christmas boat parade.
Whale watching or harbor cruises - January to April, take a whale watching boat to check out the gray whales on migration. You can pick up harbor cruises at Fisherman's Village and whale watching boats at Marina del Rey Sportfishing (Dock 52).
Sportfishing - Take a half day or 3/4 day trip to fish for halibut, yellowtail, bonita and bass. No experience is necessary, and kids will love to reel in the big fish. Pick up boats at Dock 52.
Watch the boats go by - The best place for kids to see all the boats sailing in and out is the promenade along the north side of the harbor. (Take Via Marina or Pacific Ave. until it dead ends at the channel.) Paved walkways all the way to the jetty at the entrance to the harbor.

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