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An ocean-view hotel or resort on the California coast is probably going to cost you an arm and a leg, but it’s surprisingly possible to enjoy a dazzling view of the Pacific at an affordable cost at some Northern California Airbnbs. Plus, you’re more likely to have a kitchen to cook meals in that can save on dining out along with a number of other perks, including easy access to Northern California’s top destinations and attractions. No matter what type of stay you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it on this list of fabulous Airbnbs on Northern California’s stunning coast.
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A charming bungalow for two, the Bird’s Nest is just 35 minutes north of San Francisco while offering a tranquil, remote setting. You can be on a three-mile-long beach in just five minutes on foot and enjoy hikes in the enchanting Muir Woods nearby too. There are lots of upscale perks and special touches, including a luxurious outdoor bath and an aromatherapeutic diffuser, while the kitchen includes everything you need to make breakfast, including coffee. The awe-inspiring ocean view is a definite highlight.
This private, two-bedroom oceanfront home sits atop a bluff providing unobstructed views of the Pacific above Irish Beach. That sweeping vista can be enjoyed from the deck, while relaxing in the hot tub, unwinding in the living room, while dining, or preparing meals in the kitchen. Cooking is a breeze, with state-of-the-art appliances, including a Wolf range and a wine refrigerator. Beach access is via a 15-minute walk or 5-minute drive.
A historical gem, this iconic Sea Ranch home is so magnificent architecturally that many feel it’s worth the stay for the design alone. But you’ll probably come for the views, with huge windows that frame the Pacific to the West, and all the way down the coast to the South. It was the first building in Sea Ranch, constructed in 1965 and described as one of the most significant architectural designs of the 1960s in California. Wildlife is abundant, with the meadow in the back frequented by deer and wild turkeys while pelicans fly by daily and migrating whales can sometimes be seen from the kitchen and dining area. The amenities are many, including a projector for movie nights. Plus you can hike along the bluff to access many different beaches, swim or play tennis in the private recreation centers.
The Shelter Cove Cabin sits along the Lost Coast, California’s most undeveloped stretch of shoreline, a paradise for solitude and beauty. It sleeps up to six adults comfortably in three bedrooms with views that have been described as “surreal” and “mind-blowing.” You’ll have a wrap-around deck, an enclosed patio with a gas grill, and all the essentials, including dependable, unlimited fast-speed Wi-Fi and a full kitchen. One of the bedrooms includes a loft area with a balcony that overlooks the Cove.
One of Trinidad’s most luxurious properties, this one-bedroom home accommodates four guests and offers a dreamy view of the Pacific and Seal Rock. It’s just 2.5 miles from town, near one of the favorite local fine-dining restaurants, The Larrupin Cafe, while beaches and parks are close by. A rough trail for those who are willing to tackle it (with a waiver required) leads to a private beach. You’ll have a hot tub to soak in, a BBQ grill for cookouts, a full kitchen, and a large window with spectacular ocean views.
Sea Cloud is a luxurious oceanfront home on the cliffs with four bedrooms that accommodate up to eight guests. The two-story abode has spacious upper and lower decking as well as wall-to-wall windows for enjoying the views from nearly every spot, indoors and out. There’s a kitchen and custom dining table, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and a fireplace. Guests can also take advantage of a beach that’s a half-mile away, a pool table and a hot tub.
Located in Bodega Bay, which served as the filming location for several major films like Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” this house three-bedroom home sits on a bluff directly above the ocean. From the living room, guests can hear and see the waves with a 180-degree view, and watch a variety of wildlife pass by from birds of prey, deer and foxes to the occasional whale or dolphin offshore. Sunsets can be enjoyed from the fully-equipped kitchen and the beach is just a few minutes walk away.
This exclusive, gated split-level home with two bedrooms sleeping up to six, sits along the Pacific in the Timber Cove community, 20 minutes north of Jenner. It has an outdoor BBQ patio and picnic deck seating as well as a separate hot tub deck. The perfect place to disconnect, there is Wi-Fi but it’s limited to basic browsing and checking emails. While you’ll have satellite TV you may prefer simply enjoying the solitude and breathtaking view.
As the name belies, Sunset Sanctuary offers an idyllic vantage point for enjoying dazzling sunsets over the Pacific. The deck is the perfect place to watch for migrating whales while sipping your morning coffee or evening wine, but when it’s time to come inside you’ll have a wood-burning stove to cozy up to. It’s pet-friendly and accommodates as many as 12 guests in three bedrooms, while providing all the comforts of home, from a fully-equipped kitchen with a drip coffee maker and French press to a washer/dryer and Wi-Fi. There’s even a piano for enjoying sing-alongs if you can play.
This spacious studio apartment boasts jaw-dropping ocean views with a balcony that overlooks the ocean in Mendocino, one of the most beautiful towns on the coast. Enjoy being steps from the Victorian village with its great restaurants, shops and galleries, along with beaches and hikes on the Headlands. It also includes a compact kitchen for preparing your own meals, a flat-screen with DishTV, high ceilings with skylights and a full bath with an over-sized tub that has whirlpool jets. The owner, who owns the eco-boutique below, offers a local concierge when the shop is open too.
Less than 18 miles north of San Francisco in Muir Beach, at this magical getaway you can wake up from your bed to enjoy an ocean view. Look forward to listening to the sounds of the waves, watching the sun rise across the water, and after dark, the sparkling lights of the Golden Gate city. The one-bedroom unit accommodates up to three and includes a good sized living room, a full kitchen and full bath with a claw-foot tub and shower.
Less than 10 minutes from Mendocino, this cozy cottage offers a view of Caspar Bay, with rooms to rent where you can watch wildlife like owls, wild turkey and deer, pass by and enjoy relaxing on one of two sundecks while enjoying the water view. The large bedrooms sleep up to two with one bed and include bagels with tea or coffee for breakfast.