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Meetings Beyond San Francisco: Beach Communities

The sun, surf and style of the South Bay can spice up your next San Francisco meeting.

A mild climate, welcoming coastal communities and some of California’s most iconic seaside landscapes make the region south of San Francisco perfect for corporate gatherings of all sizes. Whether you’re seeking a special venue or a team-building excursion in a unique destination, San Francisco Travel’s Convention Sales and Services teams can help you orchestrate a successful event. Consider one of these special destinations for your next meeting.

Monterey County

Nestled on California’s central coast about two-and-a-half hours south of San Francisco, Monterey County offers more than 50 hotels with versatile meeting space and countless off-site venues and large event facilities, including the newly renovated Monterey Conference Center and the Intercontinental The Clement Monterey. Exploring Big Sur’s rugged beaches, observing the sealife at the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, teeing off at the breath-taking Pebble Beach Golf Links — the options for inspiring pre- and post-meeting activities abound. San Francisco Travel partners with Monterey Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Strategic Client Services team to equip planners with the knowledge and resources to execute flawless events.


An intimate, European-style village tucked above a white-sand beach in Monterey County, Carmel’s delightful inns and hotels are all within walking distance of the city’s attractions, making it easy for attendees to get around. Chef dinners, wine-tasting excursions and thought-provoking art classes supply excellent team-building opportunities. Meeting facilities range from sunny patio spaces to larger-scale, cutting-edge venues. San Francisco Travel works with the Carmel Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau to customize meeting packages, whether you’re planning a small executive retreat or a sizable corporate event.

Santa Cruz County

Flanked by redwood-forested mountains and located on the northern side of Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz County is a land of sun-soaked beaches, renowned events and festivals, and locally sourced eateries. Plan an unforgettable zipline canopy outing in the redwood forest or host a reception at one of Santa Cruz County’s more than 70 wineries and tasting rooms. From enchanting seaside resorts to stylish boutique hotels like the Dream Inn Santa Cruz, the area offers a wide array of hospitable properties for meeting and events. San Francisco Travel partners with the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council to help planners find the right venue for every occasion.

Half Moon Bay

Located just 35 minutes south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay offers the charm and beauty of a friendly coastal destination in a convenient Bay Area location. The area has a wealth of corporate retreat venues and meeting spaces, including The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay and the Oceano Hotel & Spa. Live music at a wealth of venues, an impressive roster of oceanfront dining restaurants such as Sam’s Chowder House and outdoor activities like whale watching, surfing and biking give attendees the chance to soak up Half Moon Bay’s natural splendor and laid-back ambiance between meetings. San Francisco Travel collaborates with Visit Half Moon Bay to help planners find the right space and activities to meet the needs of their business and retreat goals.