Marina del Rey is unlike any other harbor on America’s West Coast. Among the world’s largest manmade small craft harbors, its scale is massive, 4,600 boats divided among 22 anchorages, on 400 acres of water surrounded by another 400 acres of land parcels.
The planning and construction of Marina del Rey was an extraordinary public works project, preceded by nearly a century of various failed attempts to transform the area’s swamp into manmade harbors or recreation areas. The surviving portions of Del Rey Lagoon and Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America, and canals in between, are legacies of these attempts.
Before becoming part of the State of California in the United States, the area that would become Marina del Rey was originally inhabited by Native American populations, became part of New Spain, and was briefly part of Mexico.
Today’s Marina del Rey is a residential community with 5,556 rental apartments, and 600 condominiums. Marina del Rey is also a tourism destination, including six hotels with 1,103 hotel rooms. As a commercial center, it hosts 1 million square feet of retail, office and restaurant space.
Marina del Rey is an extraordinary partnership between public recreation and private investment. In addition to revenues for the County, Marina del Rey provides Los Angeles area residents with an easily accessible waterfront area with parks, beaches and free community programming.