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USA, CA: Jamaica Bay Inn, Marina Del Rey

This hotel has an unmatched location with Venice Pier about six blocks walking distance west giving access to the famed Venice promenade and the nearby shopping and restaurant precinct of Venice itself. To get to nearby Santa Monica and the abundant shopping and restaurant options is also a breeze either by hiring a bike and cycling along the Venice Beach bike path.

AUTHOR & PHOTOGRAPHER: ©Shane Boocock 2012

 

For the first time in years we hailed a cab outside the international terminal at LAX and took a US$25 ride to the Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina Del Rey - a world away from any city or airport hotel.

Overlooking the harbour of Marina del Rey and azure waters of Marina Beach, the Jamaica Bay Inn exudes the colourful and relaxed style of some waterfront-like Caribbean getaway. This is an island-inspired boutique hotel featuring a West Indies décor, tropical textures and plenty of outdoor living spaces overlooking the marina.

This hotel has an unmatched location with Venice Pier about six blocks walking distance west giving access to the famed Venice promenade and the nearby shopping and restaurant precinct of Venice itself. To get to nearby Santa Monica and the abundant shopping and restaurant options is also a breeze either by hiring a bike and cycling along the Venice Beach bike path or it costs about US$18 for a one-way cab ride.

Venice is a beachfront district on the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles. It is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk. Venice was home to some of Los Angeles' early beat poets and artists and over many years has served as an important cultural centre of the city.

Venice Beach’s primary attraction is highlighted most days but especially on weekends when the two-and-a-half mile pedestrian-only promenade comes alive with hordes of tourists, locals, hipsters, street artists, fortune-tellers, skaters, bikers and skate boarders, entertainers, weight lifters, souvenir sellers, musicians, cadgers and weirdo’s! It’s a smorgasbord of humanity that beggars belief. It’s also a great place to sip a cold beer, get a bite to eat or lay a towel on the beach as you watch the spectacle unfold before your eyes.

Another couple of miles further north is Santa Monica – a shopper’s paradise. Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Hugo Boss and Burberry are among a host of famous retailers who reside in the mall. Santa Monica Place is an outdoor shopping haven with a beachside setting and ocean breezes, stellar ocean-view dining on a rooftop deck, and more. This is where SoHo meets South Beach. Besides Santa Monica Place you’ll find additional havens for shopping: Third Street Promenade, Main Street, Montana Avenue and Pico Boulevard – all are shopping and entertainment destinations offering an eclectic mix of boutique and brand-name delights.

Running off the mall is the Third Street Promenade precinct, one of the West Coast’s best pedestrian only shopping and restaurant thoroughfares that seems to be packed with tourists most days of the week (they say that it entices 7000 visitors daily).  Here you can have a quiet coffee, watch a movie, shop in galleries and boutique stores or sip wine in one of the many bars and restaurants. Before heading back to Jamaica Bay Inn we wandered onto the pier at Santa Monica, it’s a fun, seaside attraction with arcades and a popular Ferris wheel and if you are really lucky the odd Hollywood movie star will stroll by and sign an autograph!

The Jamaica Bay Inn has more than a touch of sophistication in each room with signature bedding, FREE high-speed wireless Internet, huge flat screen televisions, granite countertops, large work spaces with ergonomic chairs and a private balcony or patio. For couples, families, friends or business travellers this is a perfect spot to unwind.

For once we felt very relaxed and in special surroundings as we sipped a cold beer from the Vu Restaurant Bar overlooking Marina Beach where groups of children in life jackets were taking surfing and kayak lessons. In the warmth of the afternoon sun setting over the Pacific skateboarders and bike riders sauntered past below the balcony as we ordered another cold one – truthfully this is a view you rarely get to see from any airport or city hotel!

 

 

Know Before You Go Info:

 

Jamaicia Bay Inn

T: +1 310 823 5333

W: www.jamaicabayinn.com

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