Given the international nature of the BCI Meeting series, many attendees often choose to take an extra day or more to enjoy nearby leisure activities. The Asilomar Conference Grounds are located very close to the beach, in the famous Half Moon Bay region of northern California. In addition to the many attractions of San Francisco and the Bay Area, here are some examples of activities that attendees enjoyed as part of their travel for preceding BCI Meetings:
Kayaking: Point Lobos Marine Reserve
Driving: 17-mile drive, Highway 101
Wineries: Napa and Sonoma, two of the world’s most famous wine-producing regions, are located about 3-4 hours north of the conference grounds. There are also numerous wineries that are much closer to the conference grounds.
Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz has beaches with much better waves than Asilomar, or just about anywhere further north in California. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a popular tourist destination, with a famous wooden roller coaster and many other rides, several beach volleyball courts, a video arcade, go-karts, and many food and beverage options.
The Asilomar Conference Grounds website also presents many local activities, some of which overlap the prior attendees’ activities mentioned above..