Pia, a sea lion patient at the Marine Mammal Care Center
Pia, a sea lion patient at the Marine Mammal Care Center

Go on vacation while simultaneously helping to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club now includes an exclusive tour of the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) at Fort MacArthur in its “Save the Sea Lions” Package.

Guests can witness first-hand how the Center benefits Southern California wildlife, while helping to increase public awareness of the marine environment, through outreach activities, education and research.

By purchasing the “Save the Sea Lions” Package, you’ll save money as well as give something back to the local wildlife. I’d call this payback for all those moments that sea lions and other marine creatures have provided endless entertainment for beachgoers and tourists. Advanced reservations for the package are required and tours must be scheduled in advance. The package is based on availability and includes:

Accommodations with scenic views of the ocean AND the sea lions

A signature Portofino sea lion

Complimentary 2-hour paddle boat that seats up to four people, allowing guests to paddle by sunning or frolicking sea lions

A disposable camera to catch all of the excitement on film!

The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club is located at 260 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach. For information, call 800-468-4292, e-mail reservations@hotelportofino.com or visit www.hotelportofino.com.

To assist the Marine Mammal Care Center in other ways, check out its website

One of the other current specials going on at the Portofino is the more decadent “Home for the Holidays Package”. The package includes: One night’s accommodations, a bottle of Port wine, and Godiva chocolates with turn-down service. Prices start at $169 per night for marina-side rooms and $209 for ocean side. This deal runs from November through January 31, 2009, and is based on availability. Reservations are required. Perfect for couples!