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.
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
Hotel del Coronado - 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado - luxury resort on the beach
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Beachcomber Inn - 533 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente - on a bluff near the pier
Casa Tropicana Inn - 610 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente - near the pier
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
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 (updated for 2018) under the appropriate headings to find oceanfront hotels in the beach town you are interested in.
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!
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