Nestled in the heart of the Los Angeles coastline and with sparkling, waterfront vistas, Marina del Rey meeting and event planning offers a wide array of one-of-a-kind venues for meetings and group retreats. Choices range from scenic harborside restaurants and luxury yachts to extravagant banquet rooms. With endless views, the Marina bustles with more than 100,000 square feet of unique meeting space. With neighboring cities Venice Beach and Santa Monica to the North, the Marina is the ideal destination for groups to experience California cool in a breezy, relaxing atmosphere.
Marina Del Rey is just a 15-minute ride from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), making the community easily accessible for groups.
There's no question that the "star" of the Marina is the ocean. As LA's leading recreational waterfront hub, meeting planners, event organizers and tour operators have an unparalleled selection of waterfront venues in Marina del Rey. A fleet of Marina-based charter yachts offer a perfect alternative to on-shore meeting or banquet rooms. Celebrate company achievements, show client appreciation or kick-off your meeting or tour group with a delectable on-board dinner, theme party or cocktail cruise. Choose from Fantasea Yachts & Yacht Club, Hornblower Cruises & Events and Tiki Mermaid Charter Yachts to create an imaginative package or customized menu for groups of all budgets and sizes.
For a more traditional approach to meetings, hotel venues in Marina del Rey range from intimate, boutique properties to familiar names like the Ritz-Carlton and the Marriott. Below is a description of each venue and its offerings.
Group dining on the water's edge brings an air of sophistication to any event or meeting and the Marina's innovative restaurants are no exception. Dining venues in Marina del Rey are experienced in handling groups and are equipped with Marina views, covered decks and attractive terraces for year-round dining. From seaside elegance at the Mediterranean-inspired Cafe del Rey, to fresh seafood at Beachside Restaurant & Bar, Marina restaurants accommodate group outings of all kinds. Additionally, The Charthouse, Cheesecake Factory, Killer Shrimp, Tony P's Dockside Grill, The Warehouse, and Shanghai Red's are all well suited for groups. Rounding out the scene are the California Yacht Club, known for its panoramic water view and intimate atmosphere, and the Marina City Club, which features event space for 30 to 400 guests, complete with windows overlooking the harbor.
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Beyond its off-shore venues and land-based event space, planners are mad for the Marina because its location provides a breadth of unique group activities. Touting one of the largest manmade harbors in the country, the Marina is rife with options, perfect for team-building and group activities.
Scour the waters for a truly different outing. Charter a private vessel and hit the open waters of the Pacific, with a deep-sea fishing excursion with Marina del Rey Sportfishing. Coordinate friendly competition amongst groups with your very own mini-sailing regatta with Blue Water Sailing or Blue Pacific Boating. Build team spirit in organizing group rowing lessons with the Whitehall Spirit Rowing Club or through the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center. Let loose in the Marina channel by renting jet skis, kayaks or power boats from Marina Boat Rentals. Soar above land with an exhilarating parasailing excursion with Marina del Rey Parasailing. Entertain groups and mingle with locals on a sunset cocktail or blues cruise with Hornblower Cruises & Events.
If land is more your beat, the Marina is generous with outdoor activities. Plan a relaxing nature walk and bird-watching expedition along the southern Jetty, which borders Ballona Wetlands – a freshwater marsh filled with hundreds of acres of unique birds and other wildlife. The wetlands are also available for group tours and hands-on restoration activities. For a more active jaunt, round up the group for a collective bike ride or power walk along the famed 22-mile Marvin Braude coastal bicycle trail that winds through the heart of the Marina. Jumpstart or wind down the day's events, with a sunrise or sunset stroll along Marina Walk, taking in ocean air and views of sleek vessels.
For groups wanting to explore the surrounding area, look no further than the next town over - the eclectic, artsy, street carnival that is Venice Beach. Turn your conference into a tourist adventure by visiting the illustrious Ocean Front Walk, bursting with artists, street performers and other circus-like characters. Groups can take in the world famous Muscle Beach and participate in a pick-up game of basketball on the beachside courts. A softer outing can include a saunter through the picturesque Venice Canals or a jaunt down the hip and vibrant Abbot Kinney Boulevard – a shopping district lined with funky boutiques and stylish eateries. Continue your adventure into Santa Monica, where groups can take refuge in endless happy hours, rows of shopping and a lively night scene.
Additional Marina Del Rey Information/History
Once a large estuary, Marina Del Rey is one of the largest manmade harbors in the U.S. Known for its relaxed lifestyle centered around the marina, don't let this small community fool you; even though it's only 807 acres (half of which are underwater), this walking-friendly community is bursting with waterside eateries, boutique shops, water and outdoor recreation and entertainment.
On any given day, visitors to Marina Del Rey can take in an outdoor concert, board a 32-foot luxury gondola, explore walking trails, charter a yacht or parasail above the harbor. Shopping options include Fishermen's Village, a 1970s New England seaport and a great location for recreation and sport fishing, complete with anchorage, dining options, water activities and free weekend concerts. The stylish Waterside at Marina Del Rey is home to dozens of upscale shops, restaurants and spa services, while the eclectic Abbott Kinney Boulevard, located in the center of Venice's creative community, is just a short distance from Marina Del Rey.
Outdoor recreation options in Marina Del Rey include the 10-acre Burton Chace Park, which juts out into the main channel and features a multi-purpose room, picnic areas, pergolas, guest docks and barbecue areas. One of the last remaining wetlands in Los Angeles, Ballona Wetlands is available for group tours and hands-on restoration activities, while its public trail around the freshwater marsh is open daily to the public.
Marina Del Rey is home to more than a dozen group-friendly waterfront eateries in close proximity to the community's hotels, serving innovative dining options and cuisine for every palate. In fact, the community features more than 60 restaurants within a two-mile radius. Restaurant options include the famous Cafe Del Rey, which serves sophisticated California Mediterranean cuisine in a romantic, seaside setting. Shanghai Red's serves California cuisine in a tropical setting, complete with full-service, all-inclusive event planning for group gatherings. Tony P's Dockside Grill serves generous portions of steak, seafood and pasta in a cozy, waterfront setting, while the Warehouse Restaurant – one of the first businesses to open in Marina Del Rey – serves delicious steaks, chops and fresh fish in a whimsical, fun Polynesian atmosphere. Finally, the legendary Killer Shrimp, known for its signature spicy killer shrimp offering, is an edgy 5,000-square-foot eatery graced with intimate booths, family-style tables and private dining space. The California contemporary Chart House Restaurant offers up seafood and steak for up to 215 with a waterside view.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Marina Del Rey boasts the quintessential Southern California climate, graced by sunny skies, comfortable breezes and mild temperatures. Marina Del Ray's warmest month is August, with an average high of 71°F and average low of 63°F, while its coldest month is December, with an average high of 64°F and average low of 51°F. Marina Del Rey experiences an average of 13 inches of rain per year, with the most falling from January through March.
The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey
The AAA 5 Diamond, 304-room Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey boasts the largest amount (30,000 square feet) of conference and banquet space in the area, including poolside venues for groups. This waterfront jewel offers a dedicated conference concierge, a state-of-the-art staffed executive business center, wireless and high-speed Internet access and on-site multimedia presentations department.
Marina del Rey Marriott
The 370-room Marina del Rey Marriott offers 18,000 square feet of renovated meeting space, including a 6,072-square-foot ballroom for groups up to 700, as well as the penthouse-level Bayview Room with 270-degree views of the coastline and marina.
Marina Del Rey Hotel
The 153-room Marina del Rey Hotel features two outdoor waterfront event locations. Conference facilities at the hotel include over 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including seven meeting rooms, many with marina views.
Jamaica Bay Inn
The 111-room Jamaica Bay Inn features the Antigua Room (with access to the terrace, garden and marina); its Barbados Board Room has a state-of-the-art 37" flat screen television and audio-visual capabilities.
A perfect way to access the Westside, the Santa Monica Blue Bus provides service to Marina Del Rey, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles International Airport, Santa Monica Airport and all Metro lines. Operating throughout a 51-square-mile service district on more than 15 routes, the Santa Monica Blue Bus service offers more than 1,150 stops from the beach to UCLA. Bus fare is $1 per ride, with $0.50 transfers. Children age 4 and under ride free.
The second oldest municipally owned bus line in the United States, Culver City Green Bus Line runs along seven routes in a 25-square-mile service area. The bus line serves the Westside communities of Marina Del Rey, Venice, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Century City, Culver City, Palms, Westchester, Rancho Park and Mar Vista and connects riders to the Santa Monica Blue Bus and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro Green Line. Bus fare is $1 per ride, with $.25 transfers.
The expansive Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) system offers bus and rail service throughout the Los Angeles area. MTA's 1,433-square-mile bus service area with 183 bus routes and 79 total rail miles together serve an average or 1.4 million weekday boardings. Cash based fare is $1.50 per ride, while a day pass costs $5 per passenger.
Rental car counters located at the Los Angeles International Airport include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Fox, Payless, National and Thrifty. All rental car counters are located in the rental car center, accessible by free shuttle.
Los Angeles International Airport passengers can utilize several taxi companies outside of the airport. Passengers should expect to pay about $25 in taxi fare from Los Angeles International Airport to Marina Del Rey.
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