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Sun, Sand, & Support: Making the Most of Bariatric Connect 2024 in Newport Beach

February 23, 2024

Are you ready for some sun, sand, and support? We warmly invite you to join us for the Bariatric Connect 2024 National Conference in Newport Beach, California, this September 20th and 21st! Immerse yourself in the warmth of a supportive community and embrace unforgettable moments of celebration and face-to-face interactions. Gain inspiration from motivational speakers, enjoy insightful sessions with healthcare professionals, and explore products and services from dedicated exhibitors.

Traveling to the Bariatric Connect conference is a breeze! The venue is conveniently located just a short distance from the John Wayne Airport at the exquisite Renaissance Hotel. The hotel is stunning with its coastal chic design and fantastic amenities. Whether you want to relax, unwind, or get energized after a long day of sessions and activities, the Renaissance has got you covered. Treat yourself to a delicious meal at the hotel restaurant, take a dip in the hot tub, or indulge in some pampering at the hotel spa. And for those who like to stay active, there's an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and even an onsite PickleBall Court.

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Sun, Sand, & Support in Newport Beach

The Bariatric Connect conference venue is conveniently located near several iconic attractions and is the perfect base for exploration. So you may want to consider staying a few extra days to experience the quintessential Southern California getaway! After all, what's a visit to beautiful California without enjoying the sun, sand, surf, and world-famous destinations?


After two full days of fun, education, and support, enjoy the local activities and attractions, including:

  • Disneyland®
  • Catalina Island
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • Fashion Island
  • Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
  • Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery
  • Balboa Fun Zone

No Southern California trip is complete for me without a trip to Disneyland and Downtown Disney (DD). It's so close that it's a "must-do". Yes, it's spendy! But if you are already paying for airfare, why not add some time to your visit and maximize travel? Even a trip to Downtown Disney for a nice meal & some retail moments can be fantastic! No theme park ticket is required to stroll through DD. You can walk to and through the hotels, eat at any of their casual and/or fine dining spots, and experience the "Disney Difference" that makes them all so fun to spend time in! And at the time of the conference, they'll have the Halloween/Fall season decor up, so there's lots to see! If lucky, you may even catch musical performances in The Grand Californian or the DD staging entertainment area. With so much new stuff coming in Fall '24, it'll be a new adventure even for seasoned Disney travelers like me, I highly recommend it!

-Shekinah Samaya-Thomas, Attendee


Sink your toes into the sandy beaches, bask in the warm sunshine, and unwind amidst the coastal beauty:

  • Embark on a thrilling Whale and Dolphin excursion
  • Cruise the waters on a Balboa Island Boat Tour to glimpse celebrity homes
  • Explore more than eight miles of Newport Beach coastline extending from the Santa Ana River jetty to Crystal Cove State Park, and fringed by the scenic Newport Bay
  • Take in the sun, sand, and breathtaking view of the gorgeous cliffs at Corona Del Mar State Beach Park
  • Peruse local shops with unique treasures and gifts

You can get a Catalina Flyer ferry from Newport to Avalon if you have an extra day. Also, you can rent Duffy Electric Boats and drive them yourself around Balboa Island, it's super fun!

-Kim Gyurina, Event Manager


And that's not all! You can venture beyond Newport Beach to discover renowned destinations that are just a short drive away, such as:

  • Universal Studios
  • Warner Brothers Studios
  • The Getty Museum
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Hollywood
  • TCL Chinese Theatre
  • Venice Beach Boardwalk
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Rodeo Drive
  • Santa Monica Pier

I love it when the conferences are held in California. I always stay an extra few days to go have some fun. I like going to Universal Studios Citywalk. There's so much to do there! You won't get bored with all the entertainment, restaurants, and shops there. And I love comedy and improv, so Los Angeles is a must-do for me. Especially the Comedy Store. Oh, and Venice Beach is always quite an experience.

-MKM, Attendee

Get Your Tickets & Book Your Stay!

Join us for all the sun, sand, and support that the bariatric community and Southern California has to offer. Grab your 2024 Bariatric Connect National Conference tickets and book your stay!

4500 MacArthur Boulevard
Newport Beach, California 92660

Bariatric Connect Group Room Rate
$199 plus taxes, complimentary Wi-Fi, waived resort fees

Group Block Dates
9/17/24 through 9/23/24

Last Day to Book
8/26/24 or until sold out, whichever comes first.

As a new post-op, I went to Disney after the conference. It was helpful to go with people who understood my fears about fitting on rides, who paused with me if I needed to, who understood the importance of getting in protein. I didn't have to explain, they got me! Give yourself extra time - whether it is an adventure or splitting a meal together at the hotel - be willing to put yourself out there to create a support system. It makes all the difference!

Marie - Attendee

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