California Trip: Day 2 & Where to Stay in Marina del Ray

Happy Tuesday y’all! I hope you enjoyed seeing my recap of day 1 in California yesterday. Today I’m sharing what my day 2 looked like and where I stayed that night. I only had four days & three nights in California, but I knew I wanted to make the most of it. I had never seen the Pacific Ocean, so that was #1 on my list! I had heard amazing things about the Pacific Coast Highway as well. Here’s what I was up to on day 2 that took me to Marina del Rey.

I had planned to hire a photographer to shoot some photos for me while in LA. I found the sweetest, most helpful person to help me! She delivered amazing photographs. I thought I would share a couple from my phone here, but next week I’m sharing ALL of the photos we took! I’ll be sure to let you know when that goes live.

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I headed out Thursday morning and got a blowout at Drybar at 7am. It sounds crazy, but I was still stuck on Arkansas time…so it seemed more like 9am. I had rounded up several places I wanted to take photos, but WOW was the universe laughing at me. Let me explain why in two words…parking and traffic. That’s right, even though all 10 places were within a couple of miles, it took us 5 hours to shoot all of the looks! FIVE HOURS. Now all of you California people are probably reading this and making fun of me. I’m from a small (tiny) town in Arkansas where we have nothing even remotely compared to the traffic I saw in LA. It was insanity!

After my photo shoot, I headed to the hotel to check in. More about where I stayed below. After getting everything organized in my room, I decided to drive north & west. I wanted to see the Santa Monica Pier, so I headed there first. Turns out it was packed and I really didn’t have any idea to get where I was going. Since it was getting dark quickly, I wanted to see Malibu. I got on the PCH and headed to Malibu. Y’all…it was gorgeous!!! The waves hitting the rocks was so so relaxing.

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And in true extra girl fashion, I grabbed some lemonade from LEMONADE. It was worth it ;)

It was getting dark so I headed back to the Santa Monica Pier to see the Ferris Wheel all lit up. Did I get a picture? No. Am I the worst travel blogger ever? Yes.

After my long day, I was super excited to stay at the Ritz Carlton for a relaxing evening. I stayed on the lounge floor, which I highly recommend when traveling.

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marina del rey, california, ritz carlton, ritz, RC memories, marina, club level, club lounge

marina del rey, california, ritz carlton, ritz, RC memories, marina, club level, club lounge

The lounge floor is great, because they provide several small food offerings throughout the day. It’s great to just head down the hall for breakfast or a snack during the day. You also have your own personal concierge to help you during your stay. I highly recommend this hotel if you’re headed to the area. I can always depend on the Ritz Carlton brand to provide impeccable service and amenities.

I was super happy with my view outside my window in Marina del Rey:

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marina del rey, california, ritz carlton, ritz, RC memories, marina

I feel like this is the quintessential California view with so many beautiful yachts and boats. I’ll share more about shopping around this area in my day 3 post ;)

Have you been to Marina del Rey? Thanks for reading!



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  1. 05/08 / 7:32 pm

    This looks like such a gorgeous trip!!! Plus, I love the Ritz Carlton!!! One of my favorites!

    • Rebekah
      05/11 / 3:24 pm

      Oh girl! When I come to ATL, let’s go!

  2. 05/12 / 8:45 am

    It seems like you had so much fun! I’ve never been to California!

  3. Emily
    05/12 / 5:21 pm

    It looks like you had a nice trip. I love Malibu, glad you got to see it!

  4. 05/13 / 4:38 pm

    I was supposed to visit here a couple years ago but never got the chance. Thanks for your tips!

  5. 05/15 / 12:12 pm

    Looks like a great trip. Headed that way in a few weeks. Can’t wait for that sunshine.

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