September 14, 2005
Your first stop should be at Peter's Landing Marina. There you can walk behind the marina buildings and take a visual overview of the harbor. You'll see hundreds of private watercraft moored in their slips. You'll see waterfront homes whose doors border on canals. (Most homeowners in this section own boats, which they keep tied up right at their homes.) The canals passing these homes are where you'll be kayaking. There are five man-made islands in this area, all connected by waterways, which will offer you a calm-water boating experience. While you're at Peter's Landing, you might wish to dine at JDee's Landing, a steak and seafood restaurant offering both indoor and outdoor dining with harbor views. Or, you can arrange to take a Pacific Ocean sport-fishing trip while you're there, too.
Several stores near Peter's Landing rent the kayaks and canoes, plus the required life vests. Try Sunset Yacht Rentals at 16862 Pacific Coast Highway or Malibu Sports at 16910 PCH. Rentals can be by the hour or by the day. Motorized rubber rafts are also available.
Actually, even if you're not interested in kayaking, a trip to Peter's Landing is an enjoyable outing. You can stroll along the harbor watching the beautiful pleasure boats and snapping photos. Hey, if you're up for it, another fun idea might be to bike to Peter's Landing from the HB pier, rather than take your car. The beachfront bike path continues north from the pier, all the way past Bolsa Chica State Beach and into the Huntington Harbor area. It's enough biking to fill your whole afternoon, yet it's suitable for beginners because the bike route stays flat. Heading north from the pier (towards the harbor), the wind will be in your face and you'll get tired from pedaling against the wind perhaps. But, heading back to the pier, the wind will push at your back and it'll be smooth sailing! Question: Can you leave the concrete path and bike in the surf? Answer: Yes, but it will rust the metal parts of your bike if you do it often enough (but, it's really fun!).
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