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Best California Beachfront Hotels to Visit This Summer

California and the beach go together like milk and cookies. Sand and sunshine epitomize the state’s outdoorsy lifestyle, and one of the best ways to soak in the majesty of the Pacific is to book a hotel on the beach in California –a place where you’ll get to wake up to ocean views and watch the sun set over the ocean. California’s Pacific Coast is lined with beautiful beaches, wild coastline, and picture-perfect beach hotels. So pack the flip-flops, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready to stay so close to the water you’ll fall asleep to the sound of the waves!

Terranea | Palos Verdes, California

Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula just a few dozen miles from urban Los Angeles, Terranea is blissfully devoid of traffic jams and crowds. If you crave coastal bluffs, serene coves, and invigorating hiking trails, consider this your sandy slice of heaven. The accommodations are upscale and range from hotel rooms to villas and private casitas. The main pool here has a 140-foot water slide, splash pad, and poolside games. Terranea’s eateries range from haute cuisine to juice bar fare. At this California beach hotel, you can watch fishermen reel in their catch, gaze out to Catalina Island, walk to the lighthouse, or paddle a sea kayak as you spot indigenous plants and marine life. The resort also has a falconry program, archery, and golf.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows | Santa Monica, California

LA’ s Santa Monica is famous for its miles of beach, coastal path, and pier featuring a solar-powered Ferris wheel. It’s also close to the rest of Los Angeles’ attractions, so it’s a great home base that just happens to be close to the ocean. Situated on five expansive acres overlooking the Pacific, surrounded by lush gardens and immense trees, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows has lots of old Hollywood charm plus great beach views. The luxurious accommodations are loaded with creature comforts, and private bungalows offer extra space and seclusion steps from the shore. The swimming pool is a winner, with seasonal poolside movie screenings. And the hotel’s Miramar Beach Club has boogie boards and sand pails for the kids.

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa | Huntington Beach, California

Home to a famously long stretch of Orange County coastline, Huntington Beach is a wonderland for families looking to spend days building sand castles and jumping waves. Known as Surf City, its reliable break makes it popular with surfers; the Huntington Beach Surfing Museum is a fun way to explore this sport without getting wet. At twilight, have a beach bonfire at one of 500 beach fire pits available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa is a large, contemporary property with stylish rooms and suites, a swimming pool with waterslides, and onsite bike rentals to pedal the shorefront path. The beach concierge can set you up with chairs, towels, and sand toys. If all this doesn’t strike your fancy, here’s something that might: The resort’s free seasonal shuttle to Disneyland makes spending a day at the Happiest Place on Earth a breeze.

Rosewood Miramar Beach | Santa Barbara, California

The famously beautiful coastal paradise known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is great for families with attractions including a zoo, natural history museum, and the interactive Moxi, the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation. Just next door to bustling Santa Barbara sits the ultra-upscale town of Montecito, home to the beautiful, luxurious, and surprisingly family-friendly Rosewood Miramar Beach.  The hotel sits on one of the most pristine beaches in the region, and offers guests swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding, plus chairs, umbrellas, water sports equipment, and beach butler service. In summer, Rosewood Miramar Beach has a whole range of complimentary kids activities including beachside art classes and tie dye, a kids’ beach bootcamp, evening s’mores, movie nights, and an ice cream sundae decorating class. There’s also a Beach Activities Coordinator who oversees sand castle building, paddleboard lessons, and other beachside fun.

Shore Cliff Hotel | Pismo Beach, California

A Central California seaside classic, Pismo Beach is anchored by a long pier that offers great views of surfers and fishermen. If you’re visiting with kids, don’t miss the Whale Surfing Playground, which has a slide that leads down to the sandy beach below. The Shore Cliff Hotel sits dramatically above the Pacific Ocean. This dog-friendly hotel with a beach-bum vibe features oceanfront tennis and bocce ball courts, complimentary grab-and-go breakfast, in-room binoculars for marine-life viewing and the largest heated oceanfront pool and hot tub in town. Each of the 100 rooms has a private patio or balcony; sleep with the door ajar and the sounds of the sea will be your lullaby.

Text by Allison Tibaldi | Photo credits | Read More Here

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