by Deanna Ting | June 30, 2014
This coastal gem offers a variety of activities and accommodations for small and to mid-sized groups looking for classic SoCal experiences, all in one place.

Day 1: On the Water 

7:00 am                     

It's not every day that you get to go fishing with a chef, but that's exactly what groups can do with Café del Rey's Executive Chef Chuck Abair (right). The 4.5-hour "Permission to Come Aboard" excursion, which is only open to the public twice a year, is available year-round for group charters. During the outing, attendees join Abair for a morning of sport fishing, followed by lunch at the restaurant to enjoy their catch of the day.
 
2:00 pm                    

Test your attendees' sea legs with a visit to the UCLA Marine Aquatic Center, which accommodates groups for a variety of water-based activities, from kayaking and sailing, to windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Smaller groups of 10 or fewer can reach out to Yogaqua, a local company that specializes in a new form of SUP that includes yoga. mac@recreation.ucla.edu
 
6:00 pm

There's no finer way to take in the beauty of Marina del Rey than with a sunset cruise. Hornblower Cruises & Events offers both public and private chartered sunset cruises on a variety of ships.

Day 2: Stay Grounded 

10:00 am                                       

Explore the Pacific coast with a leisurely bike ride. Marina del Rey occupies a prime location along the scenic 22-mile Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail, a clearly marked bike path that stretches from Will Rogers State Beach above Santa Monica all the way to Torrance Beach to the south. Daniel's Bicycle Rentals and Sales offers a variety of bike rentals at its Fisherman's Village location, as well as at a number of local hotels.
 
3:00 pm                        

Forge bonds among your meeting attendees while giving back to the community by teaming up with the VolunTeaming partnership between The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Their "Feed the Soul While Helping Feed the Hungry" program invites volunteers to put together food packages that will be delivered directly to women with infants, children, and senior citizens in need throughout Los Angeles County.

Day 3: A Taste of the Sea and Sky 

12:00 pm                      

Enjoy a casual lunch at a beloved local dining spot, Killer Shrimp. Offering prime waterfront views, the restaurant is known for its eponymous "killer shrimp" that are sweet, spicy, and highly addictive. The menu also includes a variety of entrees such as fresh-grilled steaks, sandwiches, and more. Groups have a variety of event spaces to choose from, including a Waterfront Patio that can seat 90, and a second-floor ballroom space for up to 280.
 
6:00 pm                                       

You can't beat the view from the Bayview Ballroom at the Marina del Rey Marriott. With 4,264 square feet of indoor space, as well as an expansive 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio, this indoor/outdoor space offers a nearly 180-degree view of the Pacific and the surrounding Los Angeles landscape for an evening event.