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What are the best areas in California for beach vacations?

Head to Los Angeles for the glamourous beaches of Malibu and Santa Barbara, or go people watching on Venice Beach. For more city and beach-break fun, try a vacation in San Diego. Between the two is the Spanish-style retreat of San Clemente, with some of the best surfing in the world. 

What is the best beach to stay at in California?

Choosing the best beach in CA is tough—there are 400+ public beaches, alone. For a classic CA experience, take your surfboard to one of many beach hotels on Huntington Beach, then end the day round a fire pit right there on the beach. For SoCal beach vibes, choose a beach hotel on Zuma Beach—a stunning stretch of sand in Malibu.  

What are some of the best beach hotels in Southern California?

Luxury is everything at Terranea - L.A.'s Oceanfront Resort, on the cliffs overlooking two State Marine Conservation Areas. A quiet retreat with spa, pools, and hints of stunning Spanish architecture, it’s quite the spot. For the chance of an absolutely incredible sunset and plenty of elegant space in your own lanai, beach house, or bungalow, Rosewood Miramar Beach is a must. Explore the many fantastic hotels in SoCal

What are some of the best beachfront hotels in Northern California?

On a bluff overlooking the Pacific sits The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, and it has breathtaking views. On the Sonoma Coast, 2 miles of delightful coastal trails weave through Timber Cove Resort. It’s a place to kayak in the day, stargaze in the evenings, and ease your tensions. Explore the best of North California’s hotels.  

How much does it cost to stay at a beachfront hotel in California?

California beach resorts and hotels on the beach cost from $97 a night, up to $271 for top-end luxury. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

What are some cheaper hotels on the beach in California?

Nomads Hotel in San Clemente is a thrill of color, delight, and a warm welcome just 16 minutes from the beach. The Dolphin Cove Motel on Pismo Beach has affordable rooms close to surf shacks and restaurants. Over at Sun 'n' Sands Inn on Huntington Beach, you get free coffee and pastries as well as a budget-friendly room overlooking a world-famous surf spot. 

Which hotels in California have the best ocean views?

Ocean views are par for the course in California, but the panorama from The Surfrider Malibu is something else, and memories are made watching the sunset from the stunning rooftop bar and restaurant. Similarly, in Monterey Bay, every room at retro-style Dream Inn Santa Cruz has a fantastic view of the wharf, boardwalk, or bay.   

What are some of the most luxurious hotels in California?

Exquisite service, beautiful views, and perfection at every turn is topped only by the genuine welcome you feel at Montage Laguna Beach. For a glorious 5-star experience, The Maybourne Beverly Hills is it. Timeless elegance meets authentic smiles and service that goes above and beyond. Dip into the deals on top-notch accommodation on Travelocity. 

How can I find the best California beach hotel deals?

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What are the best family beach resorts in California?

With a play deck and family suites, Pismo Lighthouse Suites is a great family resort. The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel has a beach club, waterslides, and plenty of family fun on offer. Kids will have a thrill on their beach vacation in CA. 

Are there any pet-friendly beach hotels in California?

Pets are so welcome at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, they can join even you at the patio restaurant to really be part of your escape. Right on Marina State Beach and offering doggy treats too is the pet-friendly Sanctuary Beach Resort. Find the best pet-friendly hotel in California for you. 

Can I book a beach hotel in California with free cancellation and/or flexible dates?

Many hotels offer free cancellation before a certain time, so you can change or cancel your booking and get a refund. Check on the specific hotel details for terms and conditions.

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