Watery Sports in Marina del Rey, California

I recently started writing for Hipmunk, an easy-to-use travel-planning website. One of my assignments involved writing about The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey, California.

If you’ve read my blog at all, you know I tend to go for what some Westerners might call “exotic” destinations when I travel: Malawi and Tanzania a couple of years ago; Israel and Jordan last summer; and I just got back from a trip that included Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Nevertheless, as I researched the Ritz-Carlton, I realized I would love to go to Marina del Rey too. It hardly rates as exotic, but it’s a pretty harbor town near Los Angeles, and the hotel looks wonderful. Reading about the area, with its emphasis on sea and sand, made me want to try some new watersports in particular.

boats in the harbor in Marina del Rey

view from the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey (photo by Man of the Hour on

So here’s what I’d like to do if I ever stay in Marina del Rey:

Jet Skiing

I hate that whiny sound Jet Skis make. Nevertheless, riding one looks exciting and exhilarating, and I imagine it would make me feel free. Could I manage it, or would I be too clumsy? I don’t know.


I’d need serious lessons for this sport, which involves riding a small surfboard while being pulled along by a big kite on a rope. I’d end up in the water more than on the board, but in hot weather, that would be fine with me!

kiteboarding in Hong Kong, not Marina del Rey!

Kiteboarding. Again, this picture was taken somewhere else: Hong Kong. (photo by Steph on

Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

This more sedate activity involves standing up on a board and paddling yourself around. Here too, I’d spend a lot of time in the water, I’m sure, but I’d enjoy trying.

sunset vew framed by palm trees

In this picture I took in Guadeloupe, you can see some Stand-Up Paddleboarders sillouetted against the setting sun.


I’ve fished before, but it’s a vague memory of fishing off a dock as a small child with my father. I didn’t catch anything. In Marina del Rey, you can take a half or full-day fishing trip on the open ocean. If I didn’t catch anything this time, I would at least get to enjoy a day on the water. And my chances of ending up in the water would be relatively small, I think.


Given my fear of heights and fear of falling, I’m not sure about this one. Parasailing has a certain appeal — the idea of floating like that. I’d want to go slowly at first, staying low above the water, and be able to let the driver know when I was ready to go faster and therefore higher.

two people strapped under a parachute, parasailing

Can you picture me here? This one was taken in the Philippines. (photo by Istef Dominguez on

Actually, now that I think about it, parasailing would be the safest of any of these choices. Given my general clumsiness, it might be best to leave my safety in the hands of other people!

My plea

Does any Marina del Rey hotel need a travel blogger to try your hotel and write about it?

(Waving my hands frantically) Pick me! Pick me!

Is any business offering any of these activities willing to be extremely patient with a clumsy middle-aged woman in exchange for a blog post?

(Waving my hands frantically) Pick me! Pick me!

Disclosure: I am a writer for Hipmunk, and wrote this article for the #‎HipmunkCityLove Project.

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