Along the southern coast of the Greater Los Angeles area, Redondo Beach is where groups come to escape, relax, and reclaim nostalgic memories of childhood. A West Coast family-friendly seaside playground marked by the huge, horseshoe-shaped Redondo Beach Pier that juts into King Harbor, Redondo Beach is an easy place to do all three. Visitors enjoy classic arcade games and rides like a tilt-a-whirl. Groups expect to just be themselves at Redondo Beach event venues, and have some time to explore the area by foot, bike, and boat.
Redondo Beach is eight miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), making the community easily accessible for groups.
While there are no official convention venues in Redondo Beach, there are a number of city-owned conference facilities of diverse design. Among those that can handle the largest groups are the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, which was custom built for high-tech gatherings and includes a 1,453-seat theater, plus other areas that can seat 525 and 300 theater-style; the Redondo Beach Teen Center, which has a room that can handle a meeting for 300 people with an adjacent patio; and the Redondo Beach Historical Library, which can seat 350 people theater-style.
Four hotel venues in Redondo Beach can provide meeting facilities. The largest meeting property is the 372-room Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel, which has 11 meetings rooms, including a ballroom to accommodate 800 for a meeting and 550 for a banquet. Other meeting hotels include the 161-room Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club, which can handle a meeting of 300 people; the 112-room Redondo Beach Hotel, which can handle up to 100 people theater-style in the largest of its three meeting rooms and the 108-room Best Western Plus Redondo Beach Inn, with one meeting room to seat 40 people.
Special events can head in a number of directions in Redondo Beach. Along with a variety of locations for various-sized groups on The Pier, groups of up to 400 people can play on the beach at the city-owned Seaside Lagoon Luau Shelter. At the SEA Lab, a highly regarded marine conservation facility that also houses a small interactive science center with sea creatures that are being rehabilitated at the time, a reception of up to 200 people can be held on a patio near a pond. And local hot spots that open welcoming arms for special events include Splash Bistro in the Crowne Plaza hotel, which has a show kitchen that can accommodate a gathering of up to 50 people; Friends of the Vine in Riviera Village, a combination wine boutique/wine bar that can host up to 40 people; and Ortega 20, which will set up a Tequila University event for up to 40 people to sip flights of tequila accompanied by an in-depth review of each tequila's inception, myths, and distribution and a menu created by Hell's Kitchen featured chef Tommy Ortega.
Adjacent to The Pier is the International Boardwalk, a collection of seafood restaurants and bars at the marina, and inland from the beach a block is Riviera Village, an eclectic shopping district resembling the South of France that takes its name from early in the city's history when the coastal area was referred to as the Hollywood Riviera. (Phase I of a renewal program under way on The Pier's vintage buildings and surrounding public areas created a new facade on the gateway building in 2012 that is reminiscent of the carousel building in that location in the 1920s.) Among the diverse collection of eateries in Redondo Beach, those that cater to groups include Baleen Kitchen, known for its stunning view of the sunset over the harbor; Bluewater Grill, which has a private room for up to 120 people; and H.T. Grill, which features a wine room for 24 people.
Biking along the Redondo Beach Esplanade to the south, riders arrive at Torrance Beach; heading north, cyclists can pedal along the strand through Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, continuing on through neighboring beach cities for more than 20 miles to Venice and Santa Monica. For a view of the marina and coastal life from the water, there are kayak and paddleboat rentals, whale-watching boat trips during the winter, and the Ocean Racer, a 70-foot, 140-passenger vessel touted as the West Coast's largest speedboat.