Southern California is one of the most desired vacation destinations in the world. In addition to the appeal of multiple amusement parks, vibrant culture, and the legendary town of Hollywood, the beautiful Pacific Ocean is one of the primary reasons Southern California tops the lists of travelers from all over the globe.

Boating is the best way to experience the stunning Pacific coastline, and there are many cities spread across Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County that are perfect places for renting a boat, trying a fishing charter, or any other experience on the water.

Los Angeles Boat Rentals and Boating Destinations

Marina Del Rey is an excellent boat rental destination in Southern California. The harbor provides great sightseeing opportunities in LA. You'll see Fisherman’s Village, which is a quaint oceanfront shopping and dining area. If you cannot get enough of Southern California’s gorgeous weather, be sure to visit Chace Park, which is bordered on three sides by water. Luxury yacht charters in Marina del Rey are perfect for hosting bachelor and bachelorette parties, weddings, corporate events, and family gatherings. Book a brunch or dinner cruise in Marina del Rey for a unique boating experience. Rent a houseboat, Duffy boat, or jet ski in Marina del Rey to fall in love with the waters around Los Angeles during your visit.

For sporty travelers visiting Marina del Rey, kayak rentals and stand-up paddleboard rentals provide a budget-friendly way to get out on the Pacific and see the highlights of Marina del Rey like the Ballona Saltwater & Freshwater Marshes at Playa Vista, Fisherman's Village, and Chace Park. Sailboat rentals in Marina del Rey are a popular choice for tourists looking to see a California sunset on a sailboat.

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Boat Rentals in Long Beach, California

Home of one of the world’s largest shipping ports, Long Beach has an expansive harbor that is always bustling with boating activity. Rent a boat in Long Beach to explore the harbor, soak up the sun, and enjoy this relaxed coastal city of Southern California. You can even charter a boat to Catalina Island or cruise down to Seal Beach. Sailboat rentals in Long Beach are another great way to enjoy the water and warm weather of Southern California.

Are you an angler visiting Southern California? Book a sportfishing charter in Long Beach to make great catches of giant yellowtail, white sea bass, halibut, calico bass, sand bass, bonito, red snapper, whitefish, tuna, and more. Fishing charters are available in Long Beach for coastal or deep-sea fishing.

There are many things to see on the water with a Long Beach boat rental. The historic Art Deco ocean liner RMS Queen Mary is a must-see, as is the Aquarium of the Pacific. If you are craving an evening of culture after a day at sea, you will find that Long Beach has a thriving art and music scene with multiple galleries, museums, and theatres to choose from.

Planning an event in Long Beach? Charter a yacht or party boat to host it and enjoy cruising the coast of Long Beach with a captain and crew to provide an unforgettable experience.

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Orange County and Newport Beach Boat Rentals

Newport Beach is one of the gems of Orange County. There many things to do in Newport Beach on the water. It's a great boat rental and yacht charter destination, with everything from budget boats to luxury yachts available. Newport Beach holds a special place in the hearts of avid boaters as it has one of the largest harbors for recreational boats on the western coast of the United States. A popular event to enjoy by boat in Newport Beach is the annual Christmas boat parade, so be sure you rent a boat and see it for yourself if visiting Orange County during the holiday season.

Looking for sporty things to do in Newport Beach? Consider kayak or stand-up paddleboard rentals and power yourself around Orange County. Check out spots like Corona del Mar, Emerald Bay, or Crystal Cove, gorgeous hidden spots close to Newport Beach on the water. Surfers renting a surfboard or taking a surf lesson in Orange County will want to pay a visit to the iconic Wedge – a spot along the Newport Beach shoreline where great waves are regularly generated.

Boaters will find no shortage of adventure in Newport Beach, where they can book luxury yacht charters for events and gatherings, pontoon rentals for relaxed cruising days around Newport Beach and surrounding spots in Orange County.

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Dana Point is a beautiful city in Orange County and is a great boat rental destination. There are lovely stretches of beaches and scenic cliffs making it a great spot for renting a kayak or paddleboard. Doheny State Beach has been a popular local surfing spot for decades but is equally appealing to beachgoers and campers.

San Diego Boat Rentals

San Diego is a fantastic city to visit when traveling through Southern California. In addition to its spacious harbor, famous Gaslamp Quarter, numerous shops and restaurants, San Diego is also home to several large attractions and parks that will provide fun for boaters of all ages. Hosting an event in San Diego? Try a chartered cruise with our great Captain John on the Bella Luna, perfect for weddings, corporate events, any sort of gathering or celebration on the water.

Renting a boat in San Diego is one of the best ways to see wildlife including sea lions, whales, and dolphins. Book a boat charter in San Diego or a whale-watching tour, or rent a yacht to host a special event at sea from San Diego.

Types of boats and boating experiences in San Diego include sailboat rentals and sailing charters, pontoon rentals, Duffy electric boat rentals, and catamaran charters. You can even rent cruising hot tub pontoons in San Diego!

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There are many beloved spots near San Diego that are great to explore on a boat rental too. Rent a boat in Coronado on a visit to San Diego. Mission Beach, La Jolla, and Ocean Park are also worth checking out on a boat rental or tour when in San Diego. Rent a jet ski in Mission Beach for a thrilling experience of flying across the waves on the Pacific.

Experience the Southern Californian Boating Lifestyle

The coastline of Southern California is as sprawling as it is breathtaking, and experiencing it by boat will help you appreciate its beauty. The boating and yachting lifestyle of Southern California has never been more accessible - with GetMyBoat (also considered the "Airbnb of Boats") will enable you to get out on the water without breaking the bank. With so many boating options and water sports to choose from, your adventures in SoCal are sure to rival even the ones you have seen on movie screens. 

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