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Beach Front Hotels  

Start With Choosing A Beach Town

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.

Things to Consider Before Booking A Beach Front Hotel

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?

  • 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 under the appropriate headings to find Southern California beach front hotels in the beach town you are interested in.

San Diego Beachfront Hotels

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 

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Coronado Hotels By The Beach

Hotel del Coronado - 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado 

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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 

Shores Inn & Suites - 1059 S. Seaward Blvd., Ventura 

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Huntington Beach Hotels 

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

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La Jolla Waterfront Hotels

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

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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

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 

Bougainvilleas at the Montage in Laguna BeachMontage Resort With Blooming Bougainvilleas

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

Pacific Edge Hotel - 647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach

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Catalina Island - Avalon 

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

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Newport Beach Hotels Near The Water

Balboa Inn - 105 Main Street, Newport Beach

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

Newport Beach Hotel - 2306 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach

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San Clemente Beach Front Hotels

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)

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Santa Barbara Beach Hotels

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 

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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!

See also:

More Southern California beach hotels

Beach Resorts in So Cal

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