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Eco Friendly Group Activities Along the Newport Beach Coast

June 21, 2016

In a era when green has become the new black and businesses and cities worldwide are striving to reduce their carbon footprint, Newport Beach, CA can proudly hold its head high. The city has taken an active role in sustaining the inherent beauty of the destination by establishing programs designed to protect and preserve the area. The city’s hotel properties have green meetings initiatives in place and the destination naturally offers plenty of eco-friendly activities for groups.

The activity hub of this naturally stunning coastal community is Newport Harbor. Known as one of the largest and finest small yacht harbors in the world, Newport Harbor is home to over 9,000 vessels, from private sailboats and fishing boats to luxurious yachts. Yet despite the number of craft located in the harbor, the area is remarkably eco-friendly thanks to the conservation and preservation efforts of the city and private enterprise. In fact, many of the vessels in Newport Beach are eco-friendly, powered only by man, nature or electricity, meaning that groups wishing to experience the area can easily do so without disrupting its ecosystem.

Here’s a sampling of eco-friendly group activities in Newport Beach:

Sailing – A fantastic way to enjoy both a leisurely trip through the estate-lined harbor and the beauty of the coastline.

Duffy Boats –These comfortably quiet electric boats can seat up to ten passengers and easily glide on the water. They’re perfect for a relaxing cocktail cruise, a team scavenger hunt throughout the water, or as a unique mode of transportation to harbor-front restaurants.

SUP 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 – take a break and just sit down!!

Kayaking – Like stand up paddleboards, kayaking can be either hard-core workout or a leisurely paddle around the bay. Either way, groups will certainly enjoy great views of the bluffs surrounding the harbor as well as the harbor itself.

Outrigger Canoeing – For groups desiring a truly ‘active’ group adventure, outrigger canoes top the list. Perfect in the wide-open spaces of the harbor or in the quieter Upper Back Bay.

Hiking – El Moro Canyon is hands down, the locals’ favorite hiking spot. El Moro overlooks the Pacific offering expansive views of the coastline. It’s not unusual to spot migrating California Grey Whales or the majestic Blue Whale from the top of El Moro Canyon.

Biking – El Moro Canyon is also an ideal location for rugged mountain biking excursions. Groups hoping for a little less activity may enjoy a cruise around Newport’s Upper Back Bay estuary.

Pedego – Groups can zip around Newport Beach visiting various points of interest without breaking a sweat on these peppy electric bikes.

Segway – The eco-friendly Segway is another fun and non-strenuous way for groups to explore the beauty of Newport Beach.

With over 10 miles of pristine coastline, a protected marine habitat, natural estuary and coastal bluffs, Newport Beach offers some of the most beautiful ecological landscapes in Southern California. Groups looking to do their part to protect our environment can easily do so in Newport Beach.

Need some help locating the ideal property or activity for your next group meeting or simply want to get a feel for all that Newport Beach has to offer? Connect with Visit Newport Beach, as a destination specialist and partner, Visit Newport Beach offers meeting planner resources that can extend the meeting budget.

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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