Western end of the Imperial Highway
12000 Vista Del Mar
Playa del Rey, CA
Summer- $3 per hour to $10 maximum per day
Winter - $3 per hour to $8 maximum per day
Hours: Sunrise to 10:00 PM
Operated by Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors
Dockweiler Beach is known as a family beach. On summer days you will likely see children running about, adults relaxing in beach chairs, and teenagers charging into the surf. Dockweiler is one of the few beaches in the area that has beach firepits. With parking lots so close to the sand, it is easy to transport beach supplies.
Food concessions at two locations adjacent to the parking lots provide easy access snacks.
Located at the Bluff Parking area, the Dockweiler Youth Center overlooks the beach. The center has a main gathering room, a terrace, and a kitchen. It is used for youth activities, especially during the summer, including youth camps for ages 7 to 17. The center is also available for weddings, celebrations, and similar events. It has a capacity of 185 people. To inquire about renting the Youth Center, call (310) 726-4128.
The Youth Center is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The Marvin Braude Bike Trail passes through Dockweiler Beach. The full trail extends 22 miles between Will Rogers State Beach in the north and Torrance County Beach. Cyclists enjoy exploring their way from beach to beach along the bike trail's course, stopping here and there to sample the fares at the various beaches.
Dockweiler State Beach extends south from the entrance of Marina del Rey. Immediately inland from the beach is Los Angeles International Airport. Airplane noise may be annoying to some, but most beach-goers at Dockweiler tend to ignore it. Although Dockweiler is listed as a state beach, it is operated by Los Angeles County.
The beach is popular for surfing, boogie boarding, sun bathing, evening bonfires, playing in the waves, and hang gliding. A designated area for launching and landing hang gliders along with rising air currents make Dockweiler a favorite with local flyers.
Facilities at Dockweiler include restrooms, lifeguard towers, picnic areas, volleyball courts, a bike trail, a Youth Center, hang gliding launching stations, and food concessions.
Several parking lots are located along Vista del Mar. Lots 1 and 2 are the main entrance to the beach. Restrooms and a concession stand are near the entrance. Lot 3 is a little distance north. It also has a restroom.
Farther south is Bluff Parking which has a Youth Center, concession stand, picnic area, restrooms, and hang gliding facilities. Even farther south at Grand Avenue is another parking lot with portable toilets. Back at the far northern end of the beach, fronting the entrance is Marina del Rey, is the small 62nd Avenue Parking Lot.
The RV Parking Lot is a camping area with 117 spaces for for RVs and trailers. No tents are allowed there. Camping fees apply.
There is some free street parking. Pay close attention to the parking signs. Most parking is from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and they are strict about issuing tickets to anyone parked after the dealine.
California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety