Even though February is a month frequently characterized by cold weather, heavy winds and snow in many parts of the country, Southern California residents are enjoying clear, sunny skies. What’s that mean for boating enthusiasts? Trailer your boat to California and take advantage of the destinations that allow for smooth sailing year-round! And if you don’t know where exactly to go, here is a list of 3 must-see Southern California marinas.
Marina del Rey, Los Angeles County
The Marina del Rey is situated along the shore of an unincorporated community located four miles from the Los Angeles International Airport and offers a hotel, restrooms and public transportation. The marina has an average depth ranging from 15 feet to 21 feet and is the largest man-made harbor for small craft in the world. Whether you have a used Azimut yacht or a Back Cove or Pursuit boat, the marina is capable of mooring more than 5,000 vessels among its eight harbor basins. The marina also features dockside firefighting equipment and water and power services, navigation aids by a fog horn and radio signal, and buoys near hazardous shoals.
Newport Beach Marinas, Newport
Located north of San Diego, the Newport Beach Marinas are comprised of two marinas offering luxurious amenities and various services. Owned by the Irvine Co. the Bayshore and Balboa Marinas are very well-sheltered by the Balboa Peninsula with ample access for yachts and other vessels. The Bayshore Marina is a prestigious yacht marina located near the Mariner’s Mile shopping district, while the Balboa Marina is within close proximity of Newport Harbor, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum as well as several restaurants and shopping centers. Thinking you need to upgrade your boat before hitting the sea at Newport Beach? For information about nearby used boats and yachts in San Diego, CA.
Shoreline Marina, Long Beach
The Shoreline Marina is available 24 hours a day and offers free pump outs for holding tanks, with the exception of bilge tanks. The marina is easy to navigate with its well-protected south entrance. The Shoreline Marina is situated between the venerable HMS Queen Mary, which is the former flagship of the famous Cunard line and now is a floating museum as well as a hotel. Next to the Queen Mary is a former Soviet-era attack submarine that also is a museum, and the battleship U.S.S. Iowa is moored in nearby San Pedro. The Shoreline Marina is adjacent to the Long Beach Boardwalk and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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