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Off To The Marina and Beyond

Brighton Marina garners many responses. If you aren’t  a big fan of modern architecture or Pizza Express, you will still enjoy heading over to this part of town.  First of all, the Marina on a sunny day is a prime sunbathing spot. Head over to Mermaid walk and bask in the sun, have a cocktail at one of the chain restaurants and sit out  and watch the boats. aug09 025

Or if you fancy yourself a gangster moll, get really dressed up to the nines and head over to the nearby casino for a Dicky Tracy or Madonna moment.  My soul purpose for coming to Brighton Marina usually is to go for a cycle ride on the Undercliff path which leads all the way to the nearby town of Saltdean. Sometimes I detor off this path and head into Rottingdean, which is a historic little spot, famous for it’s real windmill.

The whole Undercliff Path lines the sea and is never very crowded. I don’t know if words can really convey how great this place is on a bicycle or on foot. You can actually rent bikes in the Marina complex at Go Cycle. You will find it EXTREMELY worth it.

If you don’t really venture out of the Marina, sometimes in the square near the Reebok store, there is entertainment or food stalls. I bought some organic vegetarian food here recently, so you may luck out on a weekend at the Mermaid Market.

My best memory in this area was actually at the Naturist Beach after the Naked Bike Ride this past May. What an exhilarating experience! This beach is usually empty but if you fancy a skinny dip, you legally can!

Some upcoming events at Brighton Marina, include a boat race in September and the Brighton Triathalon where participants swim, bike and run to the max.  Every weekend there is a car boot sale in the Marina,  that has over 200 stalls and is the biggest antique market in Brighton.

If you find yourself in Brighton Marina and it begins to rain, don’t worry as you can catch a movie at the Odeon Cinema quite easily or head over to Bowlplex, where you may realise the lightest ball is still to heavy for you and attempt to beat your more experienced friends to no avail, whilst binging on chips.

With the exception of ASDA, most of the stores in Brighton Marina are boutiques and clothing outlets. I think this area should not be known for it’s shopping but more for ambiance and weekly Mermaid Market. aug09 045

During your trip to Brighton,  the Marina is definitely somewhere you should stop. Whether you end up on a bike path or the movies, you’ll have a good time here.

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