While Marina del Rey is not exactly a nature-made attraction it is nonetheless noteworthy for being the largest small craft harbor in the world. The eight basins that make up the marina are enough to house 5,300 boats, while being the official home port of more than 6,500 boats. The Los Angeles Times referred to the port at Marina del Rey as, “perhaps the county’s most valuable resource.”
The 1.5 square miles of wetlands that make up Marina del Rey have experienced tremendous change en route to becoming the unincorporated seaside community that it is today. Developers have attempted to step into bigger britches running a commercial port but have failed to do so successfully. The first attempt was made in the mid-19th century by Moye C. Wicks and Louis Mesmer who formed the Ballona Development Company in 1888 with plans of turning the area’s estuary into a commercial port. However, just three short years later their company was bankrupt. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revisited the idea of establishing a commercial port in 1916, however, the Marina del Rey harbor concept lost and funding was awarded to the Port of Los Angeles instead.
Marina del Rey has since settled in to being one of SoCal’s premier coastal communities that will inspire you to have fun in the California sun. If you’re visiting the area and need a place to stay, you’ll love being welcomed at Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, a local luxury hotel with Juliet balconies off every room. What else makes the list of best things to do in Marina del Rey? How about dinner at Cast & Plow, or a visit to Cafe del Rey, Tony P’s Dockside Grill, the Marina del Rey Hotel, or a day of sailing, sports fishing, kayaking adventures.
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