Soak in the soothing golden Southern California sunshine and treat yourself and your group to an outing by one of the world-famous beaches of Los Angeles. With up to 300 days of sunshine and blue skies and miles of stunning picture-perfect coastlines, L.A. is home to scores of waterfront activities from boating to surfing. Read on for our guide to L.A.’s most exciting group activities by the ocean.
Aqua Surf School
Aqua Surf School gives group outings a whole new meaning! Treat your group to private surf lessons in Venice Beach and discover news ways to forge bonding amongst each other. Venice is not only a great place to visit, but also has a sand-bottom beach break which makes it a great place for beginners and first-time students learning to surf. This L.A.-based company can host surf events, from as few as 10 people to as many as 1,000.
Six Taste Food Tours
Groups can spend the day strolling through the palm-fringed streets of oceanfront Santa Monica with Six Taste Food Tours. Go on a culinary adventure and explore the famous Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, Third St. Promenade and Palisades Park. During the four-hour tour, guests will be led on a route of five to six eateries spanning approximately eight blocks. Enjoy more than 10 unique tastings that may include British pies (Ye Olde King's Head), the famed Godmother sandwich featured on the Food Network’s ‘Best Thing I Ever Ate’ (Bay Cities Deli), squash blossom with stuffed goat cheese tacos and Baja-style fish tacos (The Curious Palate), Belgian chocolate tasting (KC Chocolatier) and an artisanal gelato pop dipped in chocolate with toppings (Stickhouse Gelato). Since Six Taste Food Tours partners with more than 100 different restaurants in L.A., menus and tasting locations are subject to change. Private group tours can range between $45-$250 per person.
Another Side of Los Angeles
Enjoy a Santa Monica & Venice Beach Segway Tour with Another Side of Los Angeles and experience a thrilling cruise along some of the most picturesque sun-filled beaches in the country. Cruise through the piers of Santa Monica and Venice Beach, the historic canals of Venice and the famous boardwalk of Venice Beach, where people watching is elevated to a quirky high-art. For example, gaze at the original Muscle Beach weightlifting pens near some of the most gorgeous beachfronts in California. This tour experience is a laid-back and incredibly fun, with a little history and background added in for good measure.
Bikes and Hikes LA
Create a memorable group-bonding experience and hit the calm waters of Marina del Rey with a special sailing trip from Bikes and Hikes LA. With many roles while boating, from steering to grinding to balancing, this unique activity offers an ideal setting for your group. To top it off, pop a bottle of bubbly while celebrating and reflecting on the successful journey.
Hornblower Cruises and Events
As the largest public dining cruise company in the U.S., Hornblower Cruises and Events offers unique activities on private yacht charters. From over-the-top celebrations to group-building outings, Hornblower transforms ordinary events into unforgettable experiences with striking scenery and affordable amenities on the West Coast’s most storied vessels. Select one of Hornblower’s available beautiful wooden vessels for a vintage look or dine aboard one of its sleek, modern yachts for spectacular views of the Marina del Rey harbor, all while enjoying exquisite food and drink, sparkling entertainment and impeccable hospitality.
Celebrating nearly 20 years of fun, Pacific Park is the West Coast’s only family amusement park on an oceanfront pier. The outdoor entertainment destination provides individuals, families and groups with a unique experience reminiscent of Santa Monica’s early days. Enjoy a fun-filled, over-the-ocean setting with unlimited rides, midway games and delicious food, all mixed with sun, ocean breezes and sweeping views of the glittering coastline.
Perry’s Café and Beach Rentals
Enjoy L.A.’s world-famous beaches like a star! With 12 locations from Santa Monica to the South Bay, Perry’s Café and Beach Rentals offers beach cruiser rentals, beach butler service and much more. Infuse your outing with a dash of California’s golden sunshine, and enjoy a BBQ right on the powder-soft sand. Top it off with a guided bike tour of Santa Monica’s most historic locations.