Meetings That Make a SplashBy Jennie Nunn

Surfing and other outdoor activities in Orange County

Meetings That Make a Splash

Orange County (commonly referred to as “the OC”) is known for one major thing: surfing. This sunny region dotted with board-short-wearing and flip-flop-clad-locals is home to some of the best surfing spots and surf competitions in the world, especially in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

But the area, located just 35 miles south of Los Angeles, offers more than surfing, with major attractions such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm and outdoor sports ranging from stand-up paddleboarding and rowing to sailing and beach volleyball. For major meetings, Orange County is a top destination with plenty of possibilities for outdoor activities and team building. After all, the region contains more than 55,000 guest rooms and 42 miles of coast.

“Orange County is the center of southern California and the hometown of the surfing industry,” says Elaine Cali, vice president of communications at the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB). “The OC’s beach areas feature international surfing competitions in Huntington Beach, yacht races in Newport Beach and world-class festivals in Laguna Beach and Dana Point. Orange County’s ideal weather, amazing coastline and trendsetting beach communities are the perfect backdrop for meetings and special events and capture a slice of the classic SoCal lifestyle.”

Whether your group is destined for boat-building in Newport Beach, lounging poolside in Laguna Beach or cresting waves in Huntington Beach, there’s something for just about every type of attendee—no suntan required.

Dana Point Harbor, courtesy of
Anaheim CVB