California Beach Front Hotels - Resort Style Beachfront

From four and five diamond AAA resorts to budget properties at the beach, California beach front hotels offer a fantastic range of views, locations, services and prices. The California Beach frontage is a mix of public and privately-owned lands that include possibly 500 beach and ocean view hotels.

Ranging from South San Diego County - Imperial Beach Seacoast Inn to northern California's Del Norte County - Crescent City Hampton Inn and Suites, the beach front hotels range in geographic terrain. Flat, sandy beaches in the southern California regions beginning in San Diego slowly diminish in size and eventually become small coves beneath rocky cliffs that overlook the ocean in the rugged redwood growth north coast counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Sonoma.

Believe it or not, the southern and northern reaches of the state of enjoy some affordable hotel rates for the California beach front hotels with prices we checked even under $100 in the fall season of November (with early booking, rates not guaranteed).

So the picturesque beauty and access to the Pacific Ocean can be yours if just for one day.

Of note: Top tier California Beach front hotel resorts include Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach, Ritz Carlton resorts--The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay and Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel,  La Jolla's Craftsman-style Lodge at Torrey Pines on the PGA ranked Torrey Pines Golf Course,  Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay, The Lodge at Pebble Beach and many more. We've stayed at some of these properties or held banquets, meetings and golf tournaments on their golf courses and have enjoyed their extreme resort feel. Meals and amenities cost quite a bit and are only recommended as special vacation trips for budget travelers who want to experience luxury.


If you are concerned about money, there are some fantastic, top-rated California beach front hotels and resorts that won't break the bank.  San Diego's Catamaran Resort Hotel, Hilton Beach and Tennis Resort, Paradise Point Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach's Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa, Santa Monica's Shutters or Le Merigot - A JW Marriott Beach Hotel & Spa and many more offer location, elegant accommodations and many of the amenities available at other properties.


Affordable California beach front hotels offer the ocean view minus the full service spa treatments and extensive staffing you'll find at the top tier California beach resorts. These are some of California's favorite individual-traveler and family-travel hotels at the beach. Pictured above is one such example, the Best Western Lighthouse Lodge in Pacifica. We love places such as this for their location and restaurants you can walk to where you can drink cocktails and not have to drive at night.

You can spend $1000 or more per night, or spend $100 or less per night on a California beach front hotel room. The pricing depends on the location, the season and availability, plus the hotel's ranking in quality and services. While the choice is yours, you'll enjoy the same ocean and sunset views and that's at 50% of why you booked your room in one of California's preferred ocean front hotels.

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