Situated on the warm Southern Californian coast and surrounded by beautiful beaches, bays, and ports, Los Angeles is an ideal destination to visit by yacht. With an excellent modern sailing infrastructure, mild temperatures year-round, and constant trade winds, yachting is possible for sailors of all abilities.
Docking opportunities in Los Angeles charter destination abound. On the west side of the city, within walking distance of Venice Beach and Muscle Beach, lies Marina del Rey, the largest constructed small yacht harbor in the world. With room for over 5000 boats in 19 marinas, the Los Angeles Times designated this harbor “perhaps the country’s most valuable resource”. It is an ideal point from which to explore the city of Santa Monica with its classic pier and Ferris wheel
Further south, the Port of Los Angeles comprises almost 4000 recreational boat slips within 16 marinas: one on Terminal Island, five in San Pedro, and 10 in Wilmington. Nestled in the bay beside Long Beach, these docks allow for easy access to a host of activities, from the Aquarium of the Pacific to the Long Beach Museum of Art. The waters around San Pedro are famous for whale watching, and between January and April you may catch sight of mothers and their babies in the Pacific Gray Whale migration.
Los Angeles is also an ideal base from which to visit the stunning Channel Islands archipelago. Here, you can explore the Channel Islands National Park—home to 145 unique species of animal found nowhere else in the world—where Californian sea lions and brown pelicans scatter the beaches. The region is also home to a marine sanctuary, which protects the rare species for six miles round the islands, making it the perfect location for scuba diving or a glass-bottomed boat ride. It’s also possible to dock at Catalina Island, either in the coves around Two Harbors or Avalon resort, where visitors can kayak, hike and golf, as well as taking advantage of a range of water activities.
With its year-round sunshine, low precipitation, and mild temperatures whatever the season, there’s never a bad time to visit Los Angeles. Constant trade winds make sailing easy and the water temperatures can average up to 20º in August. During the summer months, when inland Los Angeles heats up, the coast remains cool and pleasant. For example, although July temperatures average a maximum of 35º in Canoga Park, Santa Monica Pier offers a much more tolerable 24º. The Southern Californian coast is often affected by the “May Gray and June Gloom” when marine layer fog brings cloud cover to the mornings. However, in years with warmer water temperatures, from the ocean patterns known as El Niño, there are normally fewer gray days.