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Choosing From So Many Southern California
Beach Front Hotels  

Start With Choosing A Beach Town

This list of Southern California beach front hotels covers the coastal towns of :

Some hotels are on the sand, while others may be across the street from the beach.

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. For others, the ocean view from your room or balcony is what is most important, even if it is from down the street. Still others want to be able to sleep with the window open and be able to hear the sound of the crashing waves and surf while they sleep.

San Diego Beachfront Hotels

Bahia Resort Hotel - 998 W. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego - located on the west shore of Mission Bay

The Beach Cottages - 4255 Ocean Blvd., San Diego - at Pacific Beach

Ocean Park Inn - 710 Grand Ave., San Diego - at Pacific Beach

Pacific Terrace Hotel - 610 Diamond St., San Diego - on a sandy bluff at Pacific Beach

Surfer Beach Hotel - 711 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego - at Pacific Beach

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Coronado Hotels By The Beach

Hotel del Coronado - 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado - luxury resort on the beach

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Santa Monica Beachfront Hotels

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 

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Ventura Waterfront Hotels

Crowne Plaza Hotel Ventura Beach - 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura 

Inn on the Beach - 1175 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura 

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Huntington Beach Hotels 

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa -  21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach - across the highway from the beach

Travelodge Ocean Front - 17205 Pacific Coast Hwy, Sunset Beach - on the beach at Sunset Beach just north of Huntington Beach

Sun N’ Sands Motel - 1102 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach - across from the beach, 4 blocks north of the pier

Sunset Suites - 16401 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach - Sunset Beach area

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La Jolla Waterfront Hotels

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club - 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla - has 12 tennis courts!

La Jolla Cove Suites  - 1155 Coast Blvd., La Jolla - close to the famous cove for snorkeling

La Jolla Shores Hotel  - 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla - on the beach and a short walk to a natural tide pool

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Laguna Beach Front Hotels

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 - close to Main Beach and the village shopping

Inn at Laguna Beach - 211 North Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach - walking distance to Main Beach and the village

Laguna Riviera Resort On The Beach - 825 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach

Montage - 30801 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach - at the southern end of Laguna, on the bluffs with path down to beach

Bougainvilleas at the Montage in Laguna BeachMontage Resort With Blooming Bougainvilleas

Surf And Sand Resort - 1555 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach - on the beach

Pacific Edge Hotel - 647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach - on the ocean side of PCH

Check rates and reviews of more hotels in Laguna.

Catalina Island - Avalon 

Edgewater Beachfront Hotel - 415 Crescent Ave., Avalon 

Hotel Mac Rae - 409 Crescent Ave., Avalon 

Hotel Metropole - 205 Crescent Ave., Avalon

Portofino Hotel - 111 Crescent Ave., Avalon 

Hotel Vista Del Mar - 417 Crescent Ave., Avalon

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Newport Beach Hotels Near The Water

Balboa Inn - 105 Main Street, Newport Beach - on the peninsula near Balboa Pier

Doryman’s Inn - 2102 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach - near the Newport Beach Pier

Newport Beach Hotel - 2306 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach - a few blocks from the Newport Beach Pier

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San Clemente Beach Front Hotels

Beachcomber Inn  - 533 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente - on a bluff near the pier

Casa Tropicana Inn - 610 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente - near the pier

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Santa Barbara Beach Hotels

Ala Mar Motel - 102 W. Cabrillo, Santa Barbara - between the harbor and Stearns Wharf

Ritz-Carlton Bacara - 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta - awe inspiring resort

Best Western Beachside Inn - 336 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara - between the harbor and Stearns Wharf

Fess Parker's DoubleTree By Hilton Resort - 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara 

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara - 1260 Channel Dr., Montecito - at Butterfly Beach (closed until June 1, 2018 due to mudslides

Harbor View Inn - 28 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara - near Stearns Wharf

Hyatt Centric 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  - between Stearns Wharf and the harbor

Check rates and reviews of more Santa Barbara hotels

Things to Consider Before Booking Any Southern California Beach Front Hotels

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: 

  • Is it right on the sand or across the street? (There may be traffic noise between you and the sound of the waves)

  • Am I getting a room facing the sea or facing the highway on the other side of the hotel?

  • Is there an actual ocean view from the room in question?

  • Is there a path to the beach or is the hotel on a bluff above a rocky cove with no access (or no easy access, i.e. for wheelchairs or physically challenged)?

  • Is the beach used mostly by hotel guests or heavily used by the public?

  • Do you provide beach towels, umbrellas, chairs, boogie boards?

Scroll through the following listings (updated for 2018) under the appropriate headings to find oceanfront hotels in the beach town you are interested in. 

Other Ways To Research Southern California
Beach Front Hotels

  • TripAdvisor - my top choice and where the links on this page will take you
  • - the reviews seem to be more of a European perspective if that is your preference
  • Yelp - I prefer this for restaurants but they also have hotels
  • AAA - besides reviews, you can also see their diamond ratings

Staying in one of the many Southern California beach front hotels means sleeping to the sound of the surf, taking evening walks on the sand, sitting with your morning coffee gazing at the waves rolling in, watching the sky and ocean colors change during the sunset.  Now that's a proper vacation!

See also:

More Southern California beach town hotels

Beach Resorts in So Cal

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