Fisherman's Village
Fisherman's Village
3.5
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Fisherman's Village is a replica of a New England seaport and fishing town. Stroll the harborfront to enjoy views of the Marina. Shop for souvenirs, rent a boat or bike, dine outside at waterfront restaurants and cafes. Harbor and dining cruises available. Free weekend afternoon concerts. Open daily; validated parking. From Admiralty Way, turn right on Fiji Way.
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judysinger
Los Angeles, CA74 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This used to be such a lovely place to stroll or shop along the water in the Marina del Rey. Not anymore. Many of the shops are completely gone (evidently they had no business) and the ones that were open were truly dumpy and sad. The buildings need to be renovated and updated. The parking lot is another disaster. The spots are WAY too small for all cars except very, very small cars like a MiniCooper. When parking you really have to be careful, because trying to get back into your car is nearly impossible when another car parks next to yours. My husband had to back out so that I could get in and I know that the car that was on my right, banged into my door when he/ she got out! This place is a mess! Try the other side of the Marina, if you want clean and lovely. You will only leave this spot wondering why you came!
Written October 14, 2019
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SusannY
Canada149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
I went on a weekday and it wasn’t busy which makes it very enjoyable. The parking lot wasn’t full and easy to find parking. The public restroom wasn’t new but very clean. There was a handful companies that offers water sport rentals. I went there for paddle board and kayak. The whole experience of this little cozy place makes it really FUN. There is a little lighthouse and stores where you can get food ice cream and souvenirs stores.
Written July 6, 2019
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Thangam M
Chennai1,460 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Marina del Rey is an upmarket, extremely popular seaside community. The marina is well located, just 6 miles north of LA International Airport and approximately 4 miles south of Santa Monica. Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier are within easy reach from here.

After starting out as an estuary used by fishermen and duck hunters, with the formal dedication of the Marina del Rey harbor in 1965, it achieved the distinction of becoming North America’s largest man-made, small-craft harbour.

Marina del Rey provides innumerable opportunities for scenic photographs. If you are a shutterbug, this is paradise. And amongst many extremely beautiful locations vying for attention, one of the best is Fisherman’s Village – it has the quintessential Mediterranean ambience. A stroll down the board walk here is almost therapeutic.

The marina today is home to some 5,000 boats, apart from which it is well known for water recreation activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, sport fishing, whale watching, yacht charters and so on.

Bicycling is also very popular here – you can rent a bicycle and starting from Venice Boardwalk at Washington Boulevard ride all the way to Santa Monica or even upto Pacific Palisades.

Other activities include parasailing, hang gliding. If you just want to relax on the sands, you could do that too – on Marina Beach (called Mother’s Beach by the locals) or at Marina Peninsula Beach just south of Venice Pier. Burton W Chace Park and Admiralty Park are other popular family-friendly spots.

Wintertime is best for whale watching – and if you catch a whale watching cruise from Marina del Rey that increases your odds of seeing them – those humongous grey whales that can be up to fifty feet long! Apart from grey whales, if you’re lucky, you might be able to spot the less common blue whales, humpbacks and orcas.

Water recreation aside, Marina del Rey is also an absolutely amazing culinary hotspot – award winning restaurants with waterfront views, celebrated fine dining, cozy local food joints with harbor views, year-round outdoor dining, dinner cruises. If you are a foodie you definitely need to come here.

Marina del Rey has over 50 restaurants offering a dazzling variety of cuisines and food to suit different price points. The marina also has six top of the line waterfront hotels that offer magnificent views of the harbor.

Offered on all days of the week between 12pm-9pm, a visitor-friendly pick-up facility offered from eight prominent designated points at Marina del Rey is The Free Ride. If you text them 15 minutes ahead of the time when you want to be picked up, these five-passenger electric shuttles will pick you up and drop you off at any of the eight points that are part of their route.

If you are a first-time visitor to Marina del Rey, it makes great sense to start your explorations from the Marina del Rey Visitors Center – they have some really helpful people there who will equip you with a useful map and a Marina Pass that lists out all the deals and discounts on offer in the area.

The people who stay here are proud of the fact that apart from being a social, environmental and economic success, Marina del Rey is a work in progress, continuously evolving, serving as a dynamic model for other marinas worldwide.

To say that Marina del Rey is astoundingly beautiful would be a woeful understatement. For tourists, this is a perfect getaway right in the heart of Los Angeles – a waterfront haven with year-round sunshine and a laid-back California vibe.
Written February 3, 2019
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Jackbear
Los Angeles, CA1,898 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
Fisherman's Village is in a lovely setting and it has the look of a New England ocean side town. Sadly, Fisherman's Village is need of some attention and marketing. I remember when it was in its heyday in the 1980's--a popular place to visit and shop and dine. Now it is anchored by an El Torito restaurant which seems popular on a Sunday. There is a very small foot court and a very tiny shops selling souvenirs and rows and rows of empty retail and business space.

I have fond memories of the place and although, the buildings are lovely and colorful, the magic is long gone. I took a whale watching tour that boarded from Dock 52 down the street. It was looking forward to reliving the past and was sad to see that Fisherman's Village has lost its excitement. But no one can deny it is not in a lovely location with a beautiful view of the marina.

A prime location in a beautiful area. What happened here? Sadly, if you are visiting Los Angeles, you can skip Fisherman's Village except for a quick stop for some photos. It seems like the key attractiuon here might be boating and water activities that are located in the area. It's definitely not a dining or shopping hub.
Written May 4, 2015
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Helene W
Santa Monica, CA100 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
BEST SETTING ON THE COAST OF SO CALIFORNIA. BEAUTIFUL. Such a lovely place to go walk, see boats, channel, etc. There are 3 restaurants and a couple of small kiosks. Dingy, it is uninviting, it is missing appeal from a resident to a tourist. That place could be so lovely. Some shops, repairs need to be made, a new cafe perhaps, there is 1 souvenir shop even that needs sprucing up. There is a home made candle shop that looks like something in a person's basement, why? I am sure tourist would like to shop and for locals a great getaway spot. Clean it up, spruce it up, there is nothing but possiblties there.
Written April 11, 2015
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greeneyes67
greeneyes67105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Go knowing this area is geared toward tourists. It is a nice place to sit outside, enjoy a cocktail & watch the sea lions frolic.
Written March 18, 2015
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Nattysimps
Bermuda4,410 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
Park in the nearby Dock 52 area which is free. Take a walk down to this very small marina which includes a few shops and restaurants. Rent a pedal bike and ride over to Venice Beach/Santa Monica Pier on the bike trail.
Written December 9, 2014
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dcalianno
McKinney, TX259 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Family
My husband and I stopped by the Fisherman's Village last week while in Marina Del Rey. Unfortunately, this tourist area is pretty worn and showing its age. There were only a few shops and restaurants and they didn't look appealing. The best thing in the village are the bike rentals and the ice cream shop. The view was also very good. I wouldn't recommend making a special trip to visit this area.
Written December 1, 2014
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Charmain D
Charlotte, NC2,431 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Our uber driver dropped us off at Fisherman's village by accident. We thought that was where we needed to be for the New Years Eve events. There were only a few places open because of the holiday. There are a few restaurants along the pier and a few specialty shops. It was quiet and peaceful along the harbor.
Written January 8, 2020
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Jennifer B
52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
While waiting to start the whale watching tour we walked around this area.
Super chill spot with cute buildings. Nice to atroll around do a drink and a bite.
Written January 6, 2020
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