Marina del Rey, CA
Marina del Rey, CA
Marina del Rey, CA
Marina del Rey, CA
Marina del Rey, CA
Marina del Rey, CA
Marina del Rey, CA
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With 9 miles of coastline along the Los Angeles waterfront alone and another 831 coastal miles along California’s Pacific Coast, it is hard to imagine a better place to be a boater than LA. Warm, blue Pacific Ocean waters beckon boaters while fish big and small wait for anglers to seek them out. Add in the lack of rainfall and average year-round temperatures of about 80 degrees, and it’s easy to see what makes Los Angeles a popular boating destination.
Other great attractions are within easy reach, such as Catalina Island and the Channel Islands National Park. With almost perfect weather and many destinations for boaters to explore, Los Angeles is a great destination for boat owners and renters alike.
Los Angeles has great weather year-round. With lows rarely dropping below 70 degrees or rising above 85, the weather is almost always perfect for a day on the water. Some of the most popular boats in the area include –
Pontoon and deck boats are common options for sunset cruises, snorkeling, wakeboarding, and exploring the coastline. Sailboats are also popular since there’s almost always a breeze.
Fishing offshore and cruising the coast also make center consoles and small to large cruisers popular boat rental options. Larger sportfishing boats and luxury yachts are also common.
Boating License/Education Rules: On January 1, 2018, California began a phase-in-by-age law that requires certain boat and PWC operators to pass a boater safety course and to carry the California Boater Card. The law is being phased in over several years. Beginning January 1, 2023, all boaters 50 years of age or younger will be required to carry the Boater Card.
Life Jacket Requirements: California law requires that every child under age 13 must wear a life jacket at all times while on a moving vessel of any length. (There are three exceptions: Children are not required to wear a life jacket when they are wearing a harness on a sailboat, when they are in an enclosed cabin, and when they are on a vessel during an emergency rescue.)Children ages 6 and under must wear a personal floatation device (PFD).
Visit the California Department of Parks and Recreation to learn more.
Where to dock your boat or meet your rental:
There is no bad time of year to visit Los Angeles. Temperatures are rarely lower than 70 degrees or higher than 85, although it can occasionally get chilly enough for a jacket in the winter. Any other time of year, it is almost always warm enough to swim, snorkel, or lay in the sun. Summers are warmer but with 85-degree highs, but it is never too cold or overly hot in Southern California.
The Los Angeles area can see some cooler temps dropping down into the 50s in the winter months, but the chilly weather is usually short-lived. However, the Pacific Ocean around Los Angeles can be a little chilly.
Avg. Temperature High: August is typically the hottest month at 85°F
Avg. Temperature Low: December and January are the coolest with temps around 65°F
Avg. Water Temperatures in and around Los Angeles:
64°F to 68°F in the Summer (June, July, August)
60°F to 61°F in Spring (March, April, May)
64°F to 67°F in Fall (September, October, November)
58°F to 60°F in Winter (December, January, February)
Located approximately 32 miles Southwest of most Los Angeles marinas, Catalina Island is a favorite destination for Southern California boaters. Covered in white sand beaches and surrounded by crystal clear waters, Catalina also features mooring fields for boaters and beaches where boaters can nose up onto the sand.
At more than 30 miles away, this may not be a trip for the average pontoon boat, but bigger center consoles, dayboats, and cruisers can make the trip with ease.
The island can be busy in the summer when the weather is best, but Spring and Fall are also great times to make the trip. Winter weather can make the ride a little choppy so it’s best to pay close attention to the weather forecast or take one of the many tour boats and ferries.
Once on the island, visit the beautiful beaches, or visit Green Pleasure Pier to find a variety of great seafood restaurants, tours, and access to water sports and other activities. The island is filled with attractions, including the Catalina Island History Museum where visitors can learn about the island’s link to early Hollywood or that it was once the winter home of the Chicago Cubs.
Check the weather forecast before you go, and be sure to take plenty of food, water, and sunscreen along.
Location: Google Maps Link
Closest boat ramp: Marina Del Ray Boat Ramp is available near Venice Beach
Lat/Long: 33.47352° N, -118.53989° W
For a more adventurous and experienced boater, Santa Cruz Island and the Channel Islands National Park are approximately 81 miles from Los Angeles. However, at just 25 miles at the closest point, leaving from the marinas of Santa Barbara or Oxnard Shores can make the ride to Santa Cruz Island a much shorter ride. From the tip of Santa Cruz Island, it is another 20-mile trip to Santa Rosa Island and a little further still to San Miguel.
If you are taking your own boat, remember you are crossing 30 miles of open water, so be sure you are prepared with appropriate safety gear, water, and even some food in the event of a breakdown. If you wish to go but do not want to take your own vessel, several local tour companies offer transportation to the islands.
Once there, take advantage of beautiful hiking trails to sea wildflowers and wildlife, or explore the shoreline and its many sea caves. For snorkelers and divers, the area is home to beautiful Pacific kelp forests and assorted sea life. Guided kayak tours are also available with different themed adventures.
As with Catalina Island, Summer is the best time to visit Santa Cruz and the Channel Islands National Park, but there are things to see and experience year-round.
Location: Google Maps Link
Closest boat ramp: Channel Islands Harbor Boat Launch Facility in Oxnard
Lat/Long: 34.04195° N, -119.74431° W
With so much of the beautiful and generally calm Pacific Ocean within easy reach, the Los Angeles and Southern California area is a great place to go deep-sea fishing. With species like Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, a variety of sharks, and Blue Marlin waiting for anglers to come hunting with rod and reel, an offshore trip will surely be an adventure.
If you are new to fishing in the Los Angeles area, renting a boat with a captain or signing up for a fishing charter at least once to get the best possible experience might be a good idea. Both are also great ways to learn local fishing methods and possibly some local hotspots or other secrets.
Deep Sea Fishing in the Pacific (Offshore)
Target species: Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, shark, rockfish, halibut, seabass, calico bass, sheephead
Seasonality: May through August are the best months for many species. Although things cool down in the winter, there is still plenty to catch
Boat selection: Center consoles, sportfish, and convertibles for deeper water
Located just off the coast of Los Angeles and Southern California, the Channel Islands can be an easy boat ride away with the right vessel. Although a pontoon boat or small bowrider might not be the best choice for the 15 to 30-mile ride, a medium-sized center console or cruiser would be a great choice.
Although each island has much to offer, each also has very different attractions, so do some research before heading out and picking the destination that best fits your expectations or desires. Hike in a national park or visit a populated island with restaurants and tours – no matter how you want to spend your day, one of the Channel Islands will fit the bill.
Closest Boat Ramp: Marina Del Ray public boat launch provides a good middle ground for launching your excursion to the islands.
Wake Zone: Marinas and many inshore waterways are marked as No Wake Zones. Pay attention to warning signs and buoys and, above all else, be courteous to other boaters, swimmers, and the area wildlife. When in doubt, slow down.
Hours: Although the visitors centers have operating hours, the park and islands are open 24 hours a day every day.
ProTips: There are plenty of everyday amenities on Catalina Island. However, Santa Cruz and San Miguel Islands have limited access to things like fresh water, so be sure to carry a bottle and fill it before hiking the island.
Lat/Long: 33.35723 N, -118.36857 W
Located on the southern edge of Los Angeles, Long Beach provides 11 miles of beautiful beaches and clear waters inside a protective breakwater built by the US Navy during World War II. Cruise the shoreline or anchor up and swim or lay on the beach. Or, hit the shore and tour the Aquarium of the Pacific to see what lurks in the local waters.
You can also tour the iconic Queen Mary, one of the most active transatlantic cruise ships before the jet age. Take a ferry across to Catalina or sign up for a whale watching trip. You will also find access to almost any water sport or activity you could want, or simply shop, eat, or explore. Long Beach has something for everyone in a beautiful, man-made protected harbor.
Nearby Marinas: Long Beach Shoreline Marina, Cabrillo Marina
Closest Boat Ramp: Sunset Aquatic Marina Boat Ramp, Granada Launch Ramp, South Shore Launch Ramp
Wake Zone: No Wake Zones exist in all protected waterways like marinas and channels. Pay attention to warning signs and buoys and, above all else, be courteous to other boaters, swimmers, and the area wildlife.
Tips: Long Beach has something for everyone. Cruise the harbor for a great view, then haul or dock your boat and get out your walking shoes to take advantage of all Long Beach has to offer.
Lat/Long: 33.72983 N, -118.24322 W
Take a slow ride down the Southern California Coastline and check out the natural beauty of the Pacific Coast. You can see the beautiful beaches, the rocky cliffs, and plenty of man-made stuff as well. While you are gliding across the beautiful Pacific Ocean, you will often be accompanied by dolphins, occasionally see whales, and many more ocean denizens.
Once at Newport Harbor, you can see incredible celebrity homes, dine at a variety of waterfront restaurants, and take advantage of the mooring field or protected anchorage if you want to spend the night. Newport Harbor is the perfect stopping point on a beautiful coastal cruise.
Nearby Marinas: Leave from Davenport Marina, Alamitos Bay Marina, arrive at Newport Marina, CNC Marina, or the anchorage
Closest Boat Ramp: Depart from South Shore Launch Ramp or Sunset Aquatic Boat Ramp, or trailer down to Newport and use Newport Dunes Launch Ramp
Wake Zone: The areas in the harbor and marinas are all designated No Wake Zones, as well as areas near launch ramps.
Tips: Remember that the Port of Los Angeles is one of the busiest in the world and cargo ships and tankers likely have the right of way. Even if that is in question, they cannot easily alter course so keep watch for bigger traffic and give them plenty of space.
Lat/Long: 33.60480 N, -117.89360 W
The Los Angeles waterfront and nearby seaside towns have so much to offer, it's hard to pick just a few great eateries. Although there is a lot of waterfront dining in the area, only some restaurants are accessible by boat. However, many great Los Angeles area eateries are just a short walk from a marina so while you are in town, be sure to check out:
The Boathouse on the Bay
Whiskey Red's Restaurant & Events
The Warehouse Restaurant
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Frequently asked questions
The cost to rent a boat in Los Angeles starts at $89 per hour, depending on the amount of time that you would like to use the boat. The cost to rent a yacht starts at $900 and the cost to rent a sailboat starts at $700.
Renting a yacht for a day costs anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000 plus. Renting a private yacht is a very detailed experience that caters to your exact needs while onboard one of our luxury yachts. To plan your private yacht rentals experience please visit https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters.
You must be at least 16 years old to rent a boat in California. You do not need a license to rent a boat, however, it is recommended that you take a boater safety course.
The hourly rental rate for a yacht in Los Angeles starts at $300 per hour.
Boatsetter allows its customers to rent a yacht for the week. Renting a yacht for a week gives you more access to the wide range of yachts available on our platform. You can either book a rental directly through the site or connect with one of our charter specialists to plan your trip here: https://www.boatsetter.com/luxury-yacht-charters.
The price of renting a boat for 4 hours in Los Angeles starts at $1600.
To rent a boat in California you do not have to be certified in anyway, unless you are operating the boat in the long term. If you are driving a boat that is a rental boat, you must have a California boater card.
The cost to rent a small yacht in Los Angeles starts at $1600 for a half-day on the water and $3,200 for a full day with a captain.
Yes, passengers can drink alcoholic beverages on a boat in California. It is against the law, however, to operate a motor vehicle with an open container of alcohol. But if you travel by boat, or plan a party aboard your vessel, it is not illegal for the operator to be drinking an alcoholic beverage -- it is, however, illegal to drive a boat while drunk or while drinking an alcoholic beverage.
To operate a boat in California you must be at least 16 years old.