Marina Beach

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S Alicia S
Burbank, CA129 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
I spent all afternoon on the beach. I couldn’t do much except observe because of an unexpected guest. I was upset because I didn’t comfortable wearing swimwear. It was a first and terrible experience. Beyond ghetto drama. Besides that… It was a refreshing and relaxing day just walking the village, marinas and sitting on the beach. Small private but public beach. Boats docked, canoes, rowing club, paddle boarders, swimming, tanning, etc… Picturesque. Nice day
Written August 25, 2021
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atengold
New York City, NY28 contributions
Dec 2021
We were here beginning and end of December. During first visit there was life.....volleyball, kayaking, young children beginning surf lessons, runners, joggers, walkers, dogs, bikes, skaters, etc. Filled with life, which was WONDERFUL to finally see ( just before Omicron hit U.S>)
Written January 1, 2022
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Buzz F
28 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Mothers Beach is a great place to rent paddle Boards and Kayaks. However, being in the heart of the marina means the water quality can get a little nasty. You are in the middle of a marina with lots of boats that use gas/oil and have onboard bathrooms. It is illegal to dump grey water in the harbor but... It happens. We were there at low tide and there was a mixture of mud,silt and sand you had to get through walking into the water. Don't get any in your mouth! The quality of the water changes month by month depending on weather conditions and some may enjoy a great time when the tide is higher and currents are favorable. There is a playground for small children and generally a good vibe. Just around the corner are beaches (outside the marina harbor) that are cleaner but have bigger waves, so for a BBQ- Mothers Beach is awesome - but if you are into swimming go to Venice Pier or Just south of the marina break-wall for clean water fun.
Written July 5, 2015
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Jay B
Independence, MO157 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
This is not really a beach by southern California terms. It is a sandy area for swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking within Marina Del Rey. There are no waves, however the tide is continually drifting in and out. Great place to learn to paddle board or kayak. You can paddle past boats in their slips.

Not sure how clean the water is in there.
Written January 3, 2018
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claratea
Portsmouth, VA47 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
We did not spend much time here. We were kayaking (starting from the other side of the Marina) and landed on Mother's Beach for a break. The water is REALLY dirty from all the gunk and oil in the Marina, and the sand stained with black ripples from the oil. Garbage floating around and strewn all over the beach. I am not squeamish, and am hardly a neat freak or germaphobe, but I could hardly stand to walk barefoot in the sand. It would be inconceivable to swim in such filthy water. I hear that there are stingrays that frequent the area (a plus in my book), but the water was so murky that there was no chance of seeing anything-- another reason to be careful.
Written April 24, 2014
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ManhattanAdwoman
Los Angeles, CA141 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
This beach is very accessible so it's often crowded with partying families and friends who set up canopies, tents and cabanas on the sand. Competition is high for the covered patios with large tables and grills. The water is very shallow here -- perfect for little ones, except it's right on the marina, with plenty of toxic runoff likely flowing from the thousands of boats nearby. So care is warranted. Fantastic playground for little kids on the beach, beachside restaurants at Jamaica Bay and Cheesecake Factory, several parking lots, good place to stroll around the marina.
Written June 17, 2017
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EMP77
Los Angeles, CA100 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
This beach (the roped off swimming area is great for anxious swimmers and young kids as they are no waves and no danger of sharks etc! We've been paddle boarding here too and loved it. Great bbq and picnic area fir groups. The restroom is always clean. The only annoying part is the parking fees!
Written September 21, 2016
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BigBoyA77
Los Angeles, CA109 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
I'll go right off the bat and say that this probably isn't a place if you're visiting out of town. There are tons of beaches short distance way that are much more famous such as Venice (known for weird people and street shows), Santa Monica (3rd street promenade and pier with rides), Manhattan (Beach volley ball), Hermosa, and Redondo to name a few.

This is just a cute beach on a cove where kids can play safely. All the famous beach that were names above have one thing in common. Once you go in the water, within 15 feet, you go from feet deep in water to drowning. It gets steep fast. Mother's Beach has very gentle slope and roped area with no waves that's perfect for your little ones. It also has a playground, palm trees providing shades, and structured BBQ area. Go either really early or later in day (after lunch crowd) to grab tables. There are restaurants block away on Washinton Blvd where you can grab food, market right around the corner and Cheesecake Factory.

Being in the marina, I don't know how clean the water is but Venice and Santa Monica isn't really known for clean water either. Restroom wasn't great either, but neither are restrooms in Venice and Santa Monica.
Written August 15, 2016
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Nattysimps
Bermuda4,356 contributions
Dec 2014 • Solo
Nice beach - good for tanning and walking/jogging/running and other land activities but I wouldn't swim there. All fuel/oils/chemicals from the boats in the marina are in the water including the water from the rain water run-offs.
Written December 9, 2014
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Vaughan007
17 contributions
Sep 2019
The calm flat water of Mother's Beach, Marina Del Rey is the best place in the Los Angeles area to learn the sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding and kayaking, We go to Pro SUP SHOP it is located in the Jamaica Bay Inn parking lot right on the enclosed waveless beach for hassle-free stand up paddleboard and kayak rentals. They have boards or kayak on the beach and ready to go in just minutes.
There is a new kid park and brand new BBQ's, bathrooms and amazing restaurants like Beachside Cafe, Killer Shrimp and the Cheesecake Factory.
Written September 4, 2019
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