This list of Southern California beach front hotels covers the coastal towns of Santa Barbara, San Diego, Coronado, Ventura, Santa Monica, Huntington Beach, La Jolla, Newport Beach, San Clemente and Laguna Beach. Some are on the sand, while others may be across the street.
When choosing a hotel for your beach vacation, most people's top choice would be one right on the sand. That is, if money were no object. The closer to the water, the pricier the hotels often get, if you are comparing hotels to hotels, motels to motels and resorts to resorts.
There are a few things to keep in mind when booking one of the Southern California beach front hotels. Some of these might matter to some people but not to others. Some questions to ask:
Scroll through the following listings under the appropriate headings to find Southern California beach front hotels in the beach town you are interested in.
A Beautiful Oceanfront Rental - 4465 Ocean Blvd. Suite 10, San Diego
Bahia Resort Hotel - 998 W. Mission Bay Dr., San Diego
The Beach Cottages - 4255 Ocean Blvd., San Diego
Ocean Park Inn - 710 Grand Ave., San Diego
Pacific Terrace Hotel - 610 Diamond St., San Diego
Surfer Beach Hotel - 711 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego
Hotel del Coronado - 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado
Bayside Hotel - 2001 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
Hotel Casa Del Mar - 1910 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica
Shutters on the Beach - One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
Crowne Plaza Hotel Ventura Beach - 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura
Inn on the Beach - 1175 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura
Shores Inn & Suites - 1059 S. Seaward Blvd., Ventura
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa - (across from beach)
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach
Ramada Limited Ocean Front - (Sunset Beach area, on the beach) 17205 Pacific Coast Hwy, Sunset Beach
Sun N’ Sands Motel - (across from beach) 1102 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach
Sunset Bed & Breakfast - 16401 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club - 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla
La Jolla Cove Suites - 1155 Coast Blvd., La Jolla
La Jolla Shores Hotel - 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla
The beach front hotels in Laguna offer some of the most stunning views of the coastline.
Capri Laguna Inn On The Beach - 1441 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach
Coast Inn - 1401 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach
Hotel Laguna - 425 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach
Inn at Laguna Beach - 211 North Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach
Laguna Riviera Resort On The Beach - 825 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach
Montage - 30801 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach
Surf And Sand Resort - 1555 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach
Pacific Edge Hotel - 647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach
Edgewater Beachfront Hotel - 415 Crescent Ave., Avalon
Hotel Mac Rae - 409 Crescent Ave., Avalon
Hotel Metropole - 208 Crescent Ave., Avalon
Hotel Villa Portofino - 111 Crescent Ave., Avalon
Hotel Vista Del Mar - 417 Crescent Ave., Avalon
Balboa Inn - 105 Main Street, Newport Beach
Doryman’s Inn - 2102 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach
Newport Beach Hotel - 2306 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach
Beachcomber Motel - 533 Avenida Victoria #13, San Clemente
Casa Tropicana Inn - 610 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente
Capistrano Seaside Inn - 34862 Pacific Coast Hwy, San Clemente (Capistrano Beach)
Ala Mar Motel - 102 W. Cabrillo, Santa Barbara
Bacara Resort Spa - (one of the most awe inspiring of the Southern California beach front hotels) 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta
Best Western Beachside Inn - 336 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort Santa Barbara - 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara - 1260 Channel Dr., Montecito
Harbor View Inn - 28 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara (under construction)
Hyatt Santa Barbara - 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Inn - 901 Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
West Beach Inn - 306 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
Staying in an ocean front hotel means sleeping to the sound of the surf, taking evening walks on the sand, or sitting with your morning coffee gazing at the waves rolling in. Now that's a proper vacation!
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