Meet the Beach Cities/LAX

Manhattan Beach Pier | Photo Courtesy of Eric Demarq, Flickr

L.A.’s coastline is dotted with sun-splashed beach communities, where views of rocks, sand, cliffs, and mountains, offer a beautiful, vacation-like setting for your next corporate meeting. Take in the endless summer of L.A.’s Beach Cities where groups and events of all sizes are welcome. Attendees can enjoy easy access to Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey and Venice for shopping, dining and relaxation after a full day of meetings. Plus attendees can extend their trip to a Pacific Ocean vacation as cruise ships to Mexico and Hawaii, and ferries to Catalina Island depart regularly from local ports.

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Photo Courtesy of Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey.

Hotels for Every Group

Beach city hotels are among the most luxurious, beautiful hotels in California, perfect for smaller events where comfort and luxury count. Marina del Rey is a serene little village where yachts and sailboats are moored and boasts a number of relaxing hotels. The 304 room Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, situated right on the waterfront, offers luxury accommodations and calming views of the sparkling marina waters. The newly renovated Marina Del Rey Hotel is just minutes away from activities like biking and surfing. Farther south, The Manhattan Beach Marriott, conveniently located near the lively pier, shops and golf course, accommodates business gatherings of all sizes.

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Photo Courtesy of Four Points Sheraton LAX

Does your group need to stay close to the airport? Sheraton Gateway is just a few minutes’ drive from LAX—a convenience for business travelers short on time—offering conference and meeting rooms as well as spaces for special events. Four Points by Sheraton is also less than a mile from the airport. Large meeting rooms and flexible spaces make it another great choice for business gatherings. Just seven miles from touchdown and takeoff, Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach is walking distance from the beach and features state-of-the art facilities along with coastal views. The Beach House, a boutique luxury waterfront hotel in Hermosa Beach, features several meeting rooms for corporate events just 10 minutes from LAX. Discover even more Beach Cities/LAX hotels here

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Unique Venues

Your product launch, reception, banquet or conference demands the perfect venue. The dazzling 102-acre Terrenea Resort, means you’re sure to find the perfect location to meet your practical and ambiance needs. The Terranea Resort features 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art indoor meeting and event space including the 18,000 square-foot Palos Verdes Grand Ballroom, 6,600 square foot Marineland Ballroom, fifteen breakout rooms and three boardrooms. All 75,000 square feet of outdoor event space offers breathtaking ocean views. From arrival to departure, the resort ensures an unforgettable experience in an extraordinary environment.

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Photo Courtesy of Hotel Erwin.

Hotel Erwin, a funky beach-front hotel in Venice Beach, offers a number of unique special event and creative meeting spaces for groups ranging from small meetings to large receptions. The Red Bull Dogtown Suite, their ocean front facing penthouse, features 750 square feet of space and can accommodate up to 35 guests for intimate receptions and up to 20 guests for a brainstorm. It boasts a spacious kitchenette, unique DJ booth and a private ocean view balcony.

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Group Dining with a View

California has a place of honor in America’s culinary heritage. Planning your event in Beach Cities/LAX offers the opportunity to add five-star dining with ocean views to the experience. You’ll find menu options ranging from formal tasting courses to multi-cultural street food, meaning lots of theme options for group events, catering and outdoor dining. The popular Geoffrey’s in Malibu offers a seafood-rich menu and a superb location, right on the ocean, for group dining. Mastro’s Ocean Club, also in Malibu, serves hearty steak and seafood dishes, and easily accommodates corporate meetings and events. Cast & Plow in Marina Del Rey treats attendees to farm-to-table cuisine and poolside cabanas. Baleen Kitchen, located in the Portofina Hotel and Marina in Redondo has large or small dining areas with waterfront views.

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Photo courtesy of The Strand House

Situated along Ocean Avenue in Manhattan Beach, The Strand House offers sophisticated yet comfortable dining spaces with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. This family-owned restaurant, helmed by Chef Greg Hozinsky, offers award-winning Coastal California Cuisine with a thoughtfully curated beverage program that provides an in-house event servcies team for seamless planning. This beachy-chic locale can accomodate group lunches, dinners, receptions, and corporate events for 12-200 guests.

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Abbot Kinney Boulevard | Photo Courtesy of ShustOne, Flickr

Shop 'til you Drop

Plan for some group downtime at Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, a shopper’s dream of small boutiques selling unique clothing and artisan-made items. Or take a stroll down The Venice Oceanfront Walk, lined with gift shops and local artists selling their wares. The main streets of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Long Beach also offer plenty of shops to explore.

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Marina del Rey | Photo Courtesy of Shawn Park, Flickr

Waterfront Activities

Some fun in the sun may be just the recharge the group needs when the business day ends—and activities like biking, surfing and volleyball are all possible down at the beaches. Schedule a dining cruise, cocktail cruise or an excursion to nearby Catalina Island via Hornblower Cruises & Events.


For business visitors with time for a side trip, the quaint harbor town of San Pedro has lots to see. Its award-winning Downtown Harbor and Town Square is a landscaped plaza, promenade and pier offering views of recreational vessels coming in and out of the inlet. Take the group on a tour of the Battleship IOWA. It’s permanently anchored at the Port of Los Angeles as an interactive naval museum and living memorial. Another gem for an extracurricular activity: CRAFTED, a restored warehouse that is now a permanent craft marketplace where more than 100 local artists, craftspeople and artisan food makers sell their wares and give workshops. San Pedro is also the launch point for cruise adventures. Ships depart regularly for Baja, California, Alaska, Mexico and Hawaii. Catalina Express ferries head out regularly to Catalina Island and Spirit Cruises and Hornblower Cruises take visitors on harbor tours and whale-watching trips.

As true destination experts, L.A. Tourism offers award-winning experience, personalized service and seamless convenience. Want to learn more about Los Angeles or ready to plan your next event? Contact the L.A. Tourism Sales team to make your planning and decision-making easy, simple and stress-free.