Literally meaning 'Beach of the King', Playa Del Rey is a rich beach community in Los Angeles, home to stunning stretches of sand and crystal waters. North of El Segundo, this coastal district is a great location for the perfect vacation with friends or family. The nature here is particularly breathtaking, from the rolling Del Rey hills to the bluffs that run parallel to the shore, Playa Del Rey offers a stunning backdrop for all ages and traveler types looking to get away.
Playa Del Rey is an affluent community and so there are plenty of swanky things to do here. Naturally, visit one of the beaches to sunbathe, swim or take a stroll along the waterfront. Playa del Rey beach, the Venice Beach boardwalk and Marina del Rey beach are some of the most popular and offer activities like collecting shells, volleyball, boat racing, and surfing. Elsewhere, Dockweiler beach goes all the way to Manhattanan beach, while El Porto is the spot for surfers an adrenaline rush with a big wave. Whale-watching is another must-do but remember to check the season dates before you plan your trip. For more water sports, there are options to rent a kayak, sailboat or even a cruise ship for something more luxurious.
Elsewhere, get active at Marymount or Westchester Park with a game of tennis, fishing by the jetty, bike riding, and skateboarding or roller blading. These spots are ideal for a family day out and a picnic during the summer months. To practise your swing, the famous 15-hole Westchester course is the only night-lit golf course in the area and is a favorite among local professionals.
To venture a little further into Los Angeles from Playa Del Rey, be sure to spend some time at the Santa Monica Pier, Universal Studios, the beautiful Ballona Wetlands -- considered one of the last Wetlands in the L.A basin. Alternatively, the Marina del Rey is great for paddle boarding or simply an evening stroll as the sun goes down.
The best time to visit Playa del Rey is from March to May and September to November when there are fewer crowds and vacation rentals tend to be cheaper. Spring in Playa del Rey is great for whale watching, while surfing is best in fall. Summer sees temperatures in the high 70s and the beaches tend to be a lot busier.
Vacation Rentals in Playa del Rey range from unique houses, condos, home rentals, vacation home apartments, and bookable hotels. There are over 6,000 vacation rentals from different providers with family-friendly and pet-friendly options, as well as features like a hot tub and full kitchens. Whatever kind of vacation rental you'll for, you're sure to find something suitable for getaway with family and friends.
For the best beach food or surfer's bar visit The Shack which was highly rated by the L.A. Times and opened in 1972. This is the place to tuck into a hearty shack burger made with Portuguese sausage -- delicious!