Top 13 Hotels Along the Coast of California

A road trip in California would be incomplete without several hotels to make an even dreamier trip.

From posh resorts to hidden beach cottages, here is a list of California coastal hotels where you can stay.


Glen Oaks

Hugged by redwood groves and hiking trails, the Big Sur Lodge is suitable for romance. The cottages, cabins and lodge rooms all feature rustic chich décor and heated floors.

Cabins also offer outdoor fire pits located under the redwoods.


Little River Inn

The 75-year-old Little River Inn speaks to golfers, families with pets and romance seekers.

Rooms are adorned with Victorian décor. Indulge in rooms with fireplaces, sea views, and Jacuzzi tubs. Observe whales from the bar and restaurant while enjoying freshly caught abalone.


Cavallo Point

A romantic stay is offered at the historic officer quarters of Cavallo Point overlooking the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Cavallo Point also offers an in-room cocktail program, food program with cooking classes every month, and the Murray Circle restaurant and bar.

The Healing Arts Center and Spa have fantastic massages and an in-house shaman.


Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Ritz-Carlton is a paradise for golfers located above the Pacific in the Half Moon Bay, a Bay Area coastal community. Interiors of the hotel speak to guests who yearn for sophistication and comfort with epic views and muted tones.

The Navio restaurant, outdoor fire pits, cheese and chocolate bar, and spas add charm.


Dream Inn

Dream Inn is the only full-service hotel of Santa Cruz Boardwalk. The hotel features an outdoor spa, an oceanfront pool, and funky interiors.

The Jack O’Neill Lounge and Aquarius Restaurant draw tourists and locals who want an upscale fries and burger overlooking the sea.


L’Auberge Carmel

L’Auberge Carmel offers luxurious accommodations and unparalleled service for romance seekers. Thoughtfully chosen rooms offer antique touches, deep soaking tubs, and heated floors.

Splurge at their Aubergine restaurant with tasting menu dinners.


Post Ranch Inn

Post Ranch Inn is an adults-only hotel that is a magnet for tech execs and celebs.

It offers complimentary yoga classes, a California cuisine at the Sierra Mar restaurant, a spa that provides shamanic treatments, and infinity hot tubs.


El Capitan Canyon

Guests at El Capitan Canyon remain in cedar cabins or heated safari tents adorned in Native American décor with fire pits, outdoor picnic tables, and raised beds. The hotel also features a market, gourmet restaurant, a pool, and access to the beach and hiking trails.


Shutters on the Beach

Preferred by celebs who like a quiet escape, the beachfront resort of Santa Monica takes you to a warm beach house, with breezy interiors and comfy throws.

The spacious lobby bar and two onsite restaurants all front the ocean. Their One the Spa refreshes guests after a day swimming or biking.



Terranea is located above the Palo Verdes Peninsula and offers guest rooms overlooking the ocean adorned with luxurious perks which include rain showers and deep tubs.

Families love the big pool, kid-friendly restaurants, the nightly bonfire, the kids’ program, and waterslide. Romance seekers appreciate access to dirt trails and hot tubs.


Montage Laguna Beach

This posh resort of Laguna Beach offers luxury lovers with ocean views, plush bedding, and marble baths.

Montage offers a kids club, four eating establishments, three pools (which include one for mosaic-tiled relaxation space and another for kids), huge Spa Montage and onsite marine biologists.


Crystal Cove Beach Cottages

These beachfront rooms and cottages have a slice of the Crystal Cove State Park of Newport Beach. These warm houses initially built as a movie set, aim to maintain the yesteryear era with open-beamed ceilings and Murphy beds.


Tower 23

This beachfront boutique property of San Diego occupies lively Pacific Beach.

Sleek rooms feature multicolored throws, deep blue chaises, and hardwood headboards. The JRDN restaurant attracts techies and model types for well-curated brunches and lunch meetings.

If you happen to visit the coastal area of California, try to visit and stay at one of these hotels then enjoy the rest of your stay

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