The Marina Del Rey SUP paddle starts at Mother’s Beach & navigates through the marina out to the ocean where it turns around. This paddle is great for local beginner paddlers who want to work out & practice going on longer paddles. My favorite thing about this paddle is that it shows a different side of Marina Del Rey that most people never get to see. It’s a lot of fun to see the other paddlers & teams out, sea lions lounging, & all the different kinds of boats in the marina. This paddle is especially cool when there’s a heavy marine layer because it feels pretty mysterious. The Marina Del Rey SUP paddle is on the marina, so conditions are usually very stable. This makes this paddle great for paddlers of all experience levels.
|Best time:||Early Morning|
The easiest way to get here is to take the 405 freeway to the 90 freeway. Continue on the 90 freeway until it ends & take a right on Lincoln. Get over the left-most lanes since the left onto Washington Boulevard comes up fast. Follow this along until you take a left on Palawan Way which is directly after the basin/park thing you’ll pass on your left.
Address for GPS: 4135 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
The main parking lot is located directly across the street from the put in at Marina Del Rey Public Parking Lot 9. It’s pretty small so you can expect it to fill up fast during the summertime.
While there might be some free spots a few streets away from Mother’s Beach, the rules are strict & the spots are scarce. Plus, they would be quite a long walk to get to the beach. For all intents and purposes, I would say that there is NO free parking in the area.
The parking definitely fills up fast, especially in the summer.
There is an area where you can unload boards right to the sand, but they only allow you to park there for a maximum of 10 minutes.
The paid parking costs 25cents/10minutes. So, when I went there, I put in $4.50 in the machine to give me 3 hours. I had plenty of time left over. If you want to buy a day pass, it costs $8/day. They accept all major credit cards & change only. There is no change given at the machine & they do not accept dollar bills.
Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey has bathrooms, showers, picnic tables, and even grills! They are a short walk towards the center of the beach near the Cheesecake Factory.
There are numerous restaurants that are in easy walking distance to the area.
On the side of the shell house, there is hose to rinse your board, kayak, or shell. After paddling in the marina, you’re going to want to use the hose to rinse off the board. Or, anything else that got wet for that matter. For the exact location, check out the map above.
- PFD (Supposed to have one on your vessel)
- Booties ( To prevent getting stung by the round stingrays)
Cautions & Hazards
Overall, the Marina Del Rey SUP paddle is one of the safest & easiest paddles to do, but there are a few considerations to take into account.
This is a high traffic marina, so there will be lots of boats, yachts, kayaks, prone paddle boarders, outrigger canoes, & shells moving around the marina. These shouldn’t be a cause for concern, but just be aware of others on the water. It’s always a good idea to just stay close to the boat slips. Other than that, make sure to conform to normal boating etiquette. If you follow the paddle as it is on the map above, there should be no problems.
These little guys tend to hang out in packs at this beach, especially at the put in. By packs, I mean in packs of hundreds. The easiest way to avoid getting stung is by either wearing booties when going in the water & by shuffling your feet. If you do get stung, don’t panic, but do go get appropriate medical care. Often they will have a lifeguard on duty during the summer who can treat you. They say soaking the sting in warm water is supposed to alleviate the pain. At the very least, make sure you get the wound cleaned properly. Click here for more info about them.
Usually not an issue, but something to look at before going in the water.
Since this is not the cleanest water in the world & I tend to have a lot of open wounds on my legs & feet, I usually like to clean my wounds after I go in the water here to prevent infection.
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