Top  Beaches with Hotels in California

Beaches with hotels in California are not quite as abundant as our Florida counterparts, unfortunately. The good news is that what our state does provide in hotels at California beaches will delight you with the variety of options, and many luxury four to five diamond options. Central Coast beach hotels, for example, may seem like sleepers. But take a visit to the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay to see our theory in action.


But we do the best we can with what we've got. The pecking order in terms of numbers and quality goes something like this, with the top 5 included first:


#1. San Diego - San Diego beaches are the most popular beaches with hotels in California. Numbering close to around 50 to 75 hotels around the San Diego beaches and bays, beaches range from budget to top-of-the-line. San Diego beach hotel offerings are growing and their quality increasing. San Diego clearly sets the bar in California beach vacations!


#2. Los Angeles beaches with hotels include Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Malibu and Long Beach. While this is a mighty list of beach destinations, the pickins' are not so massive. Some cities have only one beach hotel, others have several, and only one city, Santa Monica, has a fair number (around 20 ) that are beach close. Right on the beach there are really only several, however. If you look at Los Angeles County as one long beach, you could find maybe 40 hotels to beach or across the street.


#3. Orange County beaches with hotels number maybe 40 hotels. Laguna Beach has the most beaches with hotels, numbering around 20 hotels and resorts either on or across the street from a beach. In Laguna Beach you'll find your hotel either at the beach or across the street. These are the only options currently. Pity the poor person who must stay at the beach! Newport Beach has several hotels, as does Dana Point, San Clemente, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Sunset Beach, and Seal Beach.  Combined, these cities provide around 20 additional beach close hotels.


#4. San Luis Obispo County beaches with hotels actually rival Orange County and may come out on top as the numbers go. We figure around 16 in Pismo, Shell and Avila Beaches. Add to that Morro Bay, San Simeon, Cambria (approx. 10 at Moonstone Beach)  and Cayucos and you're looking at around 40 hotels where you can easily walk to the beach no more than a block, tops.


#5. Santa Barbara has lots of hotels near the beach and what's great is that the city is walking-friendly. There are also free electric shuttles that traverse State Street and the waterfront, making everything quite accessible from most hotels. You could easily figure 15 or more hotels at beaches or within a block distance in Santa Barbara.







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