Marina del Rey is the beach destination that's closest to LAX. There you'll find things to do such as sightseeing, skating, biking, shopping and beach activities. Rental shops are located in Fisherman's Village, so you don't need to bring your own equipment.
From LAX, a bus ride takes 15-30 minutes each way (including transfers). From the terminal at LAX, take Lot C Shuttle to LAX Transit Center. Proceed to Transit Dock #3 and take Santa Monica #3 to Lincoln Blvd / Mindanao Way. The Visitor's Center is a short walk away, on the corner of Mindanao Way and Admiralty. Fisherman's Village is within walking distance of the Visitor's Center. (Use Metro's Trip Planner to find the best route for your departure time.)
Click here to visit the Metro website for bus schedules
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
To: Marina del Rey
The Metro Trip Planner displays schedules and fare information for L.A. Metro buses and trains. It's fast and easy to use. Simply visit Metro.net to find the Trip Planner on the home page.
You will realistically need at least a 3 hour layover for this excursion. On planning for your return trip to LAX, don't forget to allow an additional hour to get through security and walking through the terminal at LAX.