Hotels on the Beach in California

by Lee Grayson Google
San Clemente beach hotels offer sunset views over the ocean.

San Clemente beach hotels offer sunset views over the ocean.

Sunset in San Clemente, CA image by Jodi Kirkwood from

California has over 840 miles of coastline with beaches and bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Golden State beaches are home to a wide range of hotels that welcome singles, couples and family travelers to accommodations that run the gamut from basic to four-star luxury establishments. Many hotels incorporate spas and dining as part of the complex. It is not difficult to find hotels within walking distance of town or village restaurants and bars, and many California hotels on the beach also offer suite accommodations. [reference: AAA map]

Family Hotel Suites

The Pismo Beach Hotel welcomes families to accommodations only 200 yards from the pier. The hotel once hosted Hollywood actors Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, and guests today enjoy restored accommodations that feature continental breakfast and free parking. The hotel's multi-room suites offer space for large families and easy walking distance from downtown eateries and shopping. The Country Inn and Suites by Carlson Ventura overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is a short walk from the Ventura Pier. The inn has several family suites with fireplaces. Pismo Beach is an hour drive from Los Angeles, and Ventura is approximately 200 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

Romantic Beach Hotels

The Casa Tropicana Hotel on the San Clemente beach in southern Orange County features romantic rooms that include breakfast and Jacuzzi bathtubs. Accommodations at this boutique hotel offer a choice of suites with fireplaces or the penthouse suite with fireplace and private deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The exclusive Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Laguna Niguel, also in southern Orange County, has views of the sand dunes from both rooms and suite accommodations. Recreation at the Ritz-Carlton includes surfing, spa treatments, golf and fine dining at the hotel's Raya for a Pan-Latin menu, at 180blu for small meals or at Eno, the hotel's wine tasting room with more than 300 wine choices and a variety of international cheeses.

Historic Beach Hotels

The Grande Colonial Hotel in the downtown beach village of La Jolla in southern California features a blend of the historic and modern. The hotel, constructed in 1912, offers easy access to both Black's Beach and La Jolla Shores Beach, as well as walking access to dining and shopping. Rooms and suites have full kitchens, high-tech media equipment and fireplaces. The historic Cadillac Hotel on the boardwalk of Venice Beach in Los Angeles County offers views of the Pacific Ocean and sandy shores. Bars, cafes and restaurants in both Venice and Santa Monica are walking distance from the hotel location. The renovated Cadillac accommodations include up-scale electronics and a rooftop lounge.

Beach Hotels Featured in Films

Fans of Marilyn Monroe will recognize the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego from the 1958 film "Some Like It Hot," but early Keystone Studio silent films were also filmed at the classic Queen Anne-style hotel complex. The Del, as the locals call the hotel, offers a choice of vintage rooms or new accommodations in its recent addition. Both accommodations have beach and ocean access. The Casa del Mar Hotel on the ocean at Venice Beach, located on what is known as the Gold Coast, was constructed in 1926 and also served as a set for silent films. The recently restored Casa del Mar incorporates the Sea Wellness Spa, a wine bar and a nightclub with live entertainment.

About the Author

Lee Grayson has worked as a freelance writer since 2000. Her articles have appeared in publications for Oxford and Harvard University presses and research publishers, including Facts On File and ABC-CLIO. Grayson holds certificates from the University of California campuses at Irvine and San Diego.

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  • Sunset in San Clemente, CA image by Jodi Kirkwood from