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Group Activities Good for the Environment & the Soul

February 1, 2018

Hoping to make your meetings and events more sustainable and environmentally friendly? Many companies are striving to reduce their carbon footprint making a commitment to a better future and an investment in the well being of our environment. Striving to incorporate eco-friendly practices into your group program can be as simple as choosing activities that do not harm our eco-system. Fortunately, companies heading to Newport Beach, CA will have plenty of options as the destination naturally lends itself to group activities that are as good for the environment as they are the soul.

One of Newport Beach’s iconic attractions is Newport Harbor, which winds close to three miles from the Upper Back Bay estuary to the Pacific Ocean. As one of the largest recreational harbors in the U.S., Newport Harbor offers a variety of environmentally safe activities perfect for groups wishing to explore the beauty of the area. In addition to the harbor, Newport Beach has coastal and bluff top trails perfect for hiking or biking.

Environmentally safe group activities abound in Newport Beach

Duffy Boats – These comfortable electric boats are a great way to entertain up to ten passengers. They glide quietly through the water enabling passengers to have a fantastic view of the area. Seating is arranged around a table making it an ideal place to socialize with friends while enjoying a sunset cocktail cruise and an eco-conscious transfer to harborside restaurants.

Duffy’s also provide a top group activity with their “Scavenger Hunt on the Water”, a unique experience filled with plenty of fun! A Duffy Boat scavenger hunt has teams racing through the water to retrieve clues, and takes them to various landmarks around the harbor where they either collect items or participate in mental team challenges to ‘win’ prizes.

Kayaking – A favorite place to kayak is through the tranquil waters of Newport’s Upper Back Bay. This natural estuary is a protected marine habitat, which only allows non-motorized watercraft making it an ideal location for a relaxing group activity.

Stand Up Paddleboard – While stand up paddleboards can be a great core workout, they can also be a relaxing way to paddle around both the harbor and the Upper Back Bay. Despite the “stand-up” name, you can easily relax a bit and simply sit down letting the current pull you through Newport’s tranquil waters.

Outrigger Canoeing – For groups hoping for an active team adventure, outrigger canoes top the list. Perfect in the wide-open spaces of the harbor or in the quieter Upper Back Bay.

Sailing – A fantastic way to enjoy both a leisurely trip through the estate-lined harbor or the beauty of the Pacific coastline. Get your group out of the meeting room and into the salty ocean air with a sailing charter! Guests will appreciate Newport Beach from every angle while relaxing aboard a private sailing vessel. Those wishing to become more actively involved may enjoy hoisting the sails and taking the wheel. Excursions can be customized to fit your group’s unique itinerary. Whether soaking up rays or manning the deck, sailing along the Newport Beach coast provides a stunning view one can only get from the water.

Nature inspired group activities satisfy environment and soul

Hiking/Biking –There are several locations for both hiking and biking in Newport Beach. El Moro Canyon is a favorite for those wanting a bit of a challenge along with fantastic coastal views. Located within 12.3 acres of gorgeous Pacific coastline, in Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro Canyon gives groups a glimpse into the California of yesteryear. The beach, along with 2,400 acres of undeveloped and conserved woodland, is part of California’s ongoing preservation program. This protected land has become a popular hiking area that offers sweeping coastal views from it’s many trails.

Aside from hiking, the trails are also ideal for mountain biking. The area is easily accessible, popular for all physical levels and sure to make every group’s itinerary distinct! In fact, it’s not unusual to spot migrating California Grey Whales or the majestic Blue Whale from the top of El Moro Canyon. Groups desiring something a little more leisurely may enjoy the scenic trail along Newport’s Upper Back Bay or the boardwalk along the peninsula. Regardless of which trail your group selects, they’ll be participating in an environmentally friendly activity as well as witnessing nature’s fragile eco-system at work.

Pedego – These peppy electric bikes allow groups to zip around Newport Beach visiting various points of interest without breaking a sweat!  Pedego’s are a unique and fun option for groups hoping to cover quite a bit of ground while in the destination, taking in the diverse communities as well as gorgeous harbor and ocean views.

With miles of pristine coastline, a protected marine habitat and natural estuary, groups looking to reduce their carbon footprint can easily do so in Newport Beach. When your ready to plan your next west coast meeting, contact the staff at Visit Newport Beach, the destination marketing organization for Newport Beach, CA. Visit Newport Beach opens the doors to this coastal paradise with destination expertise, customized site visits, strong partnerships and resources that ease the planning process.

Written by Visit Newport Beach Meetings

As a not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), Visit Newport Beach provides destination expertise, customized site visits, strong partnerships and resources tailored specifically to the needs of meeting planners and their clients.

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