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The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary year as Anaheim and Orange County's largest destination marketing organization. It is a non-profit marketing organization dedicated to promoting Anaheim/Orange County as a premier leisure, convention and meeting destination. For more information visit Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter.
Dana Point is a scenic coastal city in South Orange County. Visitors and residents enjoy breathtaking views, beaches, Dana Point Harbor activities, special events and opportunities for ocean discovery. Dana Point is home to the annual Festival of Whales, which celebrates the annual migration of whales along our coast. Dana Point welcomes visitors from around the world to its world-class resorts and Dana Point Harbor. Our thanks go to City of Dana Point, County of Orange, Dana Point Harbor Association, and Dana Point Chamber of Commerce.

Santa Monica is an unforgettable seaside city, with easy access to metropolitan Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California. Equal parts coastal getaway and urban center, Santa Monica serves as a perfect base for vacationers and business travelers alike. Our thanks to Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, Pier Restoration Corporation, Pacific Park, and Sustainable Works.

SeaworldWith more than 130 million visitors since its opening on March 21, 1964, SeaWorld is San Diego's leading tourist attraction and one of the most popular marine-life parks in the world. Spread across 189 acres on beautiful Mission Bay Park, SeaWorld is known for spectacular animal shows, interactive attractions, aquariums, rides, beautiful landscaping, dining facilities and education programs for all ages. And of course, Shamu! For more than four decades, the park has allowed visitors to experience an incredible array of animals while learning unforgettable lessons about the importance of wildlife and habitat conservation, animal care, education and research. A visit to SeaWorld San Diego not only provides guests with a greater understanding and appreciation for animals, but also inspires a deeper respect and the desire to conserve and protect them. Along with its sister SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks, the San Diego marine-life park has been consistently recognized for its groundbreaking efforts to breed endangered species and promote conservation of wildlife and the environment. Together, the parks collaborate with international conservation organizations to protect at-risk animals and habitats in the United States and around the world. Our thanks to SeaWorld, San Diego.

WM EarthCareWM EarthCareTM creates healthy gardens and a healthier planet. We turn locally sourced and produced, 100% recycled materials into mulch and Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)-listed, US Composting Council STA-conforming compost. Recycled concrete is turned into aggregate base and drain rock for use in storm water, paving and other hardscape applications. WM EarthCare landscape products help to restore local soils and watersheds naturally. Now consumers can close the loop on food scraps, yard trimmings, clean lumber debris and concrete, keeping materials local and eliminating the carbon footprint associated with virgin landscape products. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, WM EarthCare is backed by the nation's leading recycler, Waste Management. We have landscape centers in Alameda, Marin, Monterey and Santa Clara counties. Our thanks to Waste Management EarthCare.

"Everyone has a role to play in protecting our watersheds and oceans. Recycling makes it easy. By using recycled landscape products made from food scraps, yard trimmings and clean lumber debris, we can eliminate chemical fertilizer runoff, keep recycled materials local and naturally restore our soil," said Carrie Castro, Director of WM EarthCare, a Bay Area manufacturer of 100% recycled compost and mulch. "The Whale Tail campaign is a great reminder that healthy oceans create healthy lives - just like recycling."

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Huntington BeachThe Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization of Huntington Beach, Surf City USA®. One of Southern California's premier coastal destinations, Huntington Beach is the ideal location for a California family vacation or relaxing weekend getaway. Huntington Beach - Surf City USA® is located along the Southern California coast in Orange County, California, 35 miles south of Los Angeles and 95 miles north of San Diego. With 8.5 miles of golden sand beaches, a sunny Mediterranean climate and idyllic setting, Huntington Beach plays host to more than 16 million visitors each year who come for the laid-back Southern California beach lifestyle and authentic beach-town atmosphere. Our thanks to Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau: Surf City USA®.
Laguna BeachLaguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination nestled between the sparkling blue Pacific and majestic canyons. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts, and beachgoers, Laguna Beach offers seven miles of soft sand and over 20 hidden coves. Spectacular views, chic restaurants, unique shops and one-of-a-kind art galleries await you. Golf in the canyon, kayak among the dolphins, and delight in all that Laguna Beach has to offer. The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau is a non-profit marketing organization developed to promote and protect the brand of Laguna Beach. The Bureau's primary role is to market the City of Laguna Beach both locally and globally. The Bureau directs and implements all marketing, public relations, member interaction, website development, consumer contact, visitors guide request fulfillment, incentive meetings market sales and more. The Bureau operates a daily Official Visitors Center located at 381 Forest Avenue. Visit or call (949) 497-9229. Our thanks to Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau.

Long BeachLong Beach- an urban waterfront playground-offers the best of California culture, entertainment, shopping and dining, all within a compact, easily accessible area. Long Beach truly has it all. From the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific to more than 100 downtown dining destinations, plus 11 miles of beachfront, inland waterways and bays. Located in the center of Southern California, Long Beach is just minutes from three major airports and all of the great LA and Orange County attractions. Our thanks to Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.

San Francisco Travel San Francisco is often called "Everybody's Favorite City," a title earned by its scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine. Measuring 49 square miles, this very walk-able city is dotted with landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Alcatraz and the largest Chinatown in the United States. A stroll of the City's streets can lead from Union Square to North Beach to Fisherman's Wharf, with intriguing neighborhoods to explore at every turn. Views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay are often laced with fog, creating a romantic mood in this most European of American cities. Our thanks to San Francisco Travel.

Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara. A captivating blend of history, distinctive architecture, and Southern California lifestyle in a breathtaking setting of glorious palm-lined beaches, majestic mountain ranges, and sumptuous wine country. The sun shines 300 days a year here, making Santa Barbara a mecca for every kind of outdoor pursuit. World-class art, wine, cuisine, shopping, and spa offerings diversify the mix; Santa Barbara is contrast and complement, human art and natural art, the simple and the sophisticated, the old world and the new. It is The American Riviera®. Our thanks to Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau.

Santa CruzSanta Cruz County is located on California's Central Coast, 65 miles south of San Francisco and 35 miles north of Monterey. Situated on the northern side of Monterey Bay and hugged by redwood forested mountains, Santa Cruz County has 29 miles of beaches and an extraordinary number of state parks and beaches - 14 in all - and each offers a unique experience for visitors. Our thanks to Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Bureau.

Sonoma CountyDiscover 50-plus miles of dramatic Pacific coast that create the western" border of Sonoma County, California. While it's a stunning drive, get out of the car at one of many state and regional parks – perfect for relaxing at the beach, taking a hike, camping, or having a romantic picnic, complete with Sonoma County wine. Miles of trails, wide sandy beaches, and scenic overlooks beckon travelers to explore. Or, catch a wave. The coast boasts powerful waves perfect for surfing enthusiasts, and sport some of the best beginner waves. More than 20,000 gray whales migrate this route each year from January through May. View wildlife - sea otters, elephant seals, harbor seals, sea lions - year round at Goat Rock. Sonoma County, located 30 miles from San Francisco, is America's premier wine, spa and coastal destination. For travel information, visit or call (800) 576-6662. Our thanks to Sonoma County Tourism Bureau.

Visit Newport BeachNewport Beach is a chic seaside community located along nine miles of picturesque coastline between Los Angeles and San Diego. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, and one of the world's largest small yacht harbors, Newport Beach is renowned for its beaches, mild year-round weather, boating/yachting community, sophisticated atmosphere, international film festival, three annual epicurean festivals and the oldest holiday boat parade in the nation. The area continues to be the setting for many movie and TV shows and was the long-time home of John Wayne and Roy Disney. Most recently, Newport was made famous though hit shows like 'The OC,' 'Arrested Development,' 'Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County,' and the 'Real Housewives of the OC.' Newport Beach was named "The Best Urban Beach in the World" in 2011 and "One of the Top Ten Resort Towns in the U.S" by AOL Travel in 2008. For additional information, go to or call (800) 94-COAST. Our thanks to Visit Newport Beach Inc.

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Aquarium of the Bay
Experience the magic of San Francisco Bay, at Aquarium of the Bay. Located at the water's edge, 20,000 local sea creatures await you. See eye-to-eye with a Sevengill shark, be mesmerized by moon jellies, and touch a bat ray's wing. Connect to San Francisco Bay through daily naturalist-led animal feedings and interactions, hands-on science experiments, sustainable seafood discussions and more. Enjoy viewing Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge from our outdoor decks. Our thanks to Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39.

Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. It's the fourth largest U.S. aquarium with nearly 1.5 million annual visitors. The Aquarium houses 11,000 animals in over 50 exhibits, representing the diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Educational programs for people of all ages are featured. The Aquarium of the Pacific has redefined the modern aquarium. It's a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important environmental topics are explored by scientists, policy-makers, and stakeholders in search for sustainable solutions. The Aquarium of the Pacific was the first in its industry to register its greenhouse gases and is a leader in green practices, including its commitment to grow without increasing its carbon footprint. The Aquarium leads numerous conservation efforts, including those pertaining to urban ocean issues. Our thanks to Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific .

Sea LifeAt SEA LIFETM Carlsbad Aquarium, you'll find undersea creatures like sea stars, sharks and stingrays along with interactive discovery zones. And now you can visit Octopus Garden, showcasing the amazing world of Cephalopods. For information, call (760) 918-5346 or visit Our thanks to SEA LIFETM Carlsbad Aquarium at the LEGOLAND® California Resort.

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