The Los Angeles coastal area is alive with boat culture. Key harbor areas, including Marina Del Rey, Redondo Beach Marina, Long Beach Harbor, Newport Beach, and the Port of Los Angeles feature residential yacht slips, casual day trip charters, fishing boat tours, and party boats to suit many tastes. Whether you fancy elegance or casual good times, it can be had with just a bit of planning.
Rocket Boat (rocketboat.net) is a family friendly harbor cruise experience by day, and a wild party boat at night. The speed boat cruises for 45 minutes in the L.A. harbor before it launches out past the breakwater to rev up the engines for some wave blasting fun. As the night progresses, the back seats of the boat are removed to reveal a dance floor. Live bands or DJs entertain as the boat smoothly maneuvers inside the breakwater.
Hornblower Cruises (hornblower.com) boats depart from Marina Del Rey, Long Beach and Newport Beach. Sunday Champagne Brunch and Dinner Cruises are comfortable sit-down events accompanied by live music and fine wine. Quality dining is available.
Reggae and Blues Beat
Reggae lovers can cruise Long Beach Harbor to the beat of a live reggae or blues band. Star Party Cruises (reggaeboat.com) features private charters, free parking, dancing and a full bar. The Reggae Boat Cruise departs every Saturday night and the Blues Cruise departs every Friday night. Advance reservations are required. Food and drinks are available for purchase, but bring cash.
Looking for island hospitality and style? Look at The Tiki Mermaid (tikimermaid.com) for a casual event. This party boat merges harbor cruising with nightclub and lounge activities, and offers a full bar, cigar bar and dance floor. There are two outdoor decks, and space for up to 75 people.
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