Plan Your Meeting or Event

Santa Monica is the ideal meetings and incentive destination for groups up to 250 people. Whether setting up a small meeting, incentive group or retreat, or organizing a convention, trade event or even a city-wide festival, Santa Monica has the perfect venue for your program.


From world-class luxury and extended-stay availability to serious business orientation and high-tech edge, Santa Monica hotels are famous around the world-for their location, quality and service. The following options are just the beginning; feel free to explore their sites, and then ask us to help with planning and referrals. View Santa Monica hotels with meeting space.


Spaces range from the beach to an airplane hangar, from an intimate aquarium to a seaside pavilion in the amusement park on our world-famous pier. Feel free to explore these options, and then ask us to help with planning and referrals. View offsite venues in Santa Monica.


Santa Monica is recognized for some of the best dining in all of Southern California. There are plenty of options for group dining and for catering your meeting. Santa Monica offers a number of restaurants, from casual to elegant, available to host your meeting. View group dining options that offer audio visual (a/v) or all Santa Monica restaurants.


Before, during, and after your meeting Santa Monica has it all! Fill your down time with beyond the ordinary experiences only found in Santa Monica; and offer an enticement to arrive early or stay a day or two after your programs conclude. Browse unique group activities below and contact us at for more information and assistance in planning.

GIVE BACK | Charity Bike Ride: Give back to the community while experiencing relaxing ocean breezes and vistas on our 22 mi/35 km of bike path.

TASTE | Farmers Market Tour & Chef Demo: Santa Monica is home to California cuisine. The city’s best chefs get inspiration from the country’s best farmers. You can spot local and celebrity chefs shopping for fresh, organic ingredients and join them on guided group tours and demos.

WALK | Historical Walking Tours: Customize your group tour and enjoy more than 130 years of Santa Monica history on foot, from its Wild West frontier beginnings, architectural heritage to the sophisticated metropolis and urban landscape of today.

CREATE | Al Fresco Painting Lessons: Spark your group’s creativity with an extraordinary team building exercise by painting a unique piece of art on a canvas with breathtaking Santa Monica scenery – it may even end up in your office.

SIP | Wine Excursions: Malibu wine country has more than 50 vineyards and is only 20 miles away. Sip award-winning California wine straight from the vineyard and enjoy spectacular sightseeing tours with knowledgeable guides for your group.

LAUGH | Group Improv Experiences: Laugh out loud with your group! Custom improve classes are a fun way to get your attendees up on stage. M.I.’s Westside Comedy Theater is the only comedy theater in West LA… and it’s here in Downtown Santa Monica!

INDULGE | Group Dine Around: Santa Monica is all about the local foods movement. The use of sustainable, organic ingredients remains central to the cooking approaches of leading chefs around town. Discover a taste of Santa Monica’s delicious cuisine from renown restaurants to hidden treasure through group dine arounds.

RELAX | Wellness Activities: Treat your group to beachside yoga, surf lessons and relax with some of the most luxurious and cutting-edge spa treatments.

LIVE IT UP | Dinner at Private Luxury Estates: Live the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Take your group to an unforgettable evening as you dine at some of Southern California’s most prestigious estates.

SIGHT SEEING | VIP Tours: Santa Monica is a short drive to some of Southern California’s most famous cultural institutions. See how movies are made with behind the scenes VIP tours at Universal Studios or enjoy guided group tours at the Getty Center and Getty Villa among other prominent institutions.

GOLF | Take a Swing at Nearby Courses: Although there are no golf courses located within Santa Monica, you can tea off at the closest course located less than 5 miles away: Penmar Golf Course (2 miles / 3.2 km), Riviera Country Club (2.3 miles / 3.7 km) and Rancho Park Golf Course (4.5 miles / 7.2 km).