One of my favorite areas of Los Angeles is Marina del Rey, a quiet little port where there is great shopping, quiet parks where you can walk around the boats, or actually get in a boat and take it out to Catalina island. My girlfriend Tanya and I like to rent Kayaks from UCLA and play frogger with the much bigger boats coming in from the Pacific. If you're a tourist and don't want the Hollywood experience or want a quieter Santa Monica, this is the place to go- especially Fisherman's Village [pictured below].
Marina del Rey, Spanish for "Navy of the King", or "Seacoast of the King") is a census-designated place seaside community located in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 8,176 as of the 2000 census. Marina del Rey is only four miles from the Los Angeles International Airport, close enough to provide easy access by car or public transportation, yet far enough away that residents are not disturbed by the airplane noise. The Fisherman's Village offers a good view of Marina del Rey's dominant feature, the largest man-made small boat harbor in the world, with about 7000 pleasure boats and yachts. The marina is surrounded by many high-rise luxury Condos, hotels, apartments, shops, and restaurants, as well as the USC Information Sciences Institute and ICANN, currently the closest thing the Internet has to a governing organization. There are also a large number of shopping centers lining Lincoln Boulevard just to the east.
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