Best Oceanfront Hotels In California

From San Diego to the Bay Area, whether you’re looking for a quiet low-key get away or a luxurious experience, California’s coast has plenty of hotels for ocean-lovers. Here are some of the best Californian hotels with the most memorable ocean views to stay at for your next vacation.


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Hotel Del Coronado

The historic Hotel Del Coronado is considered to be one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. Since it opened in 1888, the Hotel Del has been visited by American Presidents, Hollywood celebrities, and royalty. Today, it has become a San Diego landmark that draws countless visitors with its iconic Victorian architecture situated in the perfect location on Coronado beach facing the Pacific Ocean.


Cyrstal Cove State Park Historic District, Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, California

Crystal Cove Beach Cottages, Newport Beach

In Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove State Park, are the charming Crystal Cove Beach Cottages. Originally built in the 1930s in a thriving seaside colony, the cottages were faithfully restored to reflect the era between 1930-1950s.  This allows visitors to experience the beach culture of California’s past. The accommodations here are rustic yet charming. Visitors can stay in individual or dorm-style cottages, all decorated with vintage furniture and pristine views of Crystal Cove beach.



Montage Laguna Beach

Located on a bluff overlooking Laguna Beach and the Pacific Ocean is the Montage Laguna Beach.  The city of Laguna Beach is known for having some of the most pristine and scenic beaches in Southern California and for guests looking to absorb the scenery, this is the place.  This resort has a picture-perfect location with its beautifully manicured landscaping and stunning panoramic ocean views.


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Terranea, Rancho Palos Verdes

Situated on a small cliff of the Palos Verdes Peninsula just 20 miles south of LAX, Terranea resort is located in one of the most beautiful oceanfront settings in Southern California. Guests can walk along the dirt trails and find secluded coves and enjoy water activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling.  There are also plenty of activities for families with kids such as a huge pool, kid’s programs, and kid-friendly restaurants.


Shutters On The Beach

Shutters On The Beach, Santa Monica

Located only a block from the famous Santa Monica Pier is Shutters On The Beach. Known as a hangout for celebrities wanting a low key getaway, the resort provides a glamorous experience with their world-class dining and service and their spacious suites with ocean views.



Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta

This Mediterranean-style resort sits isolated on beautiful coastline just outside of Santa Barbara. Bacara Resort’s 78 oceanfront acres make this location a favorite setting for weddings and for those looking for a quiet escape,  its rooms with breathtaking ocean views surrounded by the natural beauty of the Santa Barbara coast make  this a perfect getaway.


Post Ranch Inn Big Sur

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

Nestled among the clouds on the cliffs of Big Sur is the luxurious, adults-only, Post Ranch Inn. Its absolutely gorgeous location makes this inn a haven for celebrities, executives, and anyone seeking to take in quintessential California beauty. Each of the inn’s eco-conscious structures are built to respect the surrounding trees and natural terrain and immerse the guest in the breathtaking coastal environment of Big Sur.


Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa literally sits on the edge of the water of Monterey Bay. With the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row nearby, the resort’s location couldn’t be any more perfect for guests to fully experience what Monterey Bay has to offer.


Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

This golfer’s paradise sits on top of the dramatic sea cliffs of Half Moon Bay, just minutes from San Francisco. The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, with surroundings reminiscent of Scotland, combines the best of California’s dramatic coast with world class service and excellent facilities, such as private pits facing the ocean, providing guests with an unforgettable experience.