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Southern California is famous for its golden sands, and what better way to enjoy them than with a beachfront stay? Thanks to Airbnb, there are many options available that will put you just steps from the Pacific – some even offer the chance to fall asleep to the peaceful sounds of the waves. These are our favorite picks, with great reviews, great locations and fabulous amenities to save you time from doing all the digging.
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This Malibu beachfront apartment for two offers the quintessential slice of Southern California paradise with a deck for your favorite beverage while watching the stunning sunsets. Walk right out your door and enjoy romantic strolls, or relax inside, with a wall of windows providing a panoramic view of the Pacific where dolphins, seals, pelicans and many other birds can often be spotted. There’s a relaxing vibe inside and out – inside you’ll have a fully stocked kitchen, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby for dining out too.
At this two-bedroom oceanfront condo, you can wake up and fall asleep to the sounds of the waves. Guests rave about the location as one counted the steps – just 129 to the sand. From both the living room and master bedroom you’ll have unobstructed ocean views, while the kitchen is fully equipped with all the essentials for making your own meals (and great coffee with a Keurig coffeemaker and complimentary K-cup pods). Plus there’s a BBQ on the front porch, a wet bar with a wine fridge, a cable TV with Netflix, and a fireplace too.
Enjoy the ultimate in beachfront luxury at this one-bedroom home for two, located on one of the most secluded beaches in Malibu. It offers plenty of privacy (ideal for social distancing) tucked away near the end of a stretch of beachfront homes. Ideal for romance seekers you’ll have your own private beach stairs leading to the sand and the water, swimmable depending on the season and tides. Or, hang out on the 35-foot deck sipping wine while gazing out at the view, watching for dolphins and enjoying the sounds of the waves. Inside there are large windows providing more stunning ocean views and a 60″ flat-screen TV with Sonos speakers for movie nights.
You’ll be just steps from the beach in sunny San Diego by booking this one-bedroom Airbnb that comes complete with ocean breezes, just a half-block to the boardwalk. Nice and cozy, it sleeps two in one bedroom that has blackout shades so you can sleep in. You’ll have a patio with a grill and a beach view, while beach chairs and an umbrella are included for your days on the sand.
This luxurious home is right on the water, providing stunning ocean and sunset views from inside and out, including the deck which boasts a panoramic view of the Pacific. The open-plan interior is flooded with natural light and very high-tech, complete with numerous entertainment options and touchscreen appliances. Guests have access to two beaches that are just a two-minute walk away, Fletcher Cove Park to the south and Tide Park to the north, with all the beach essentials provided for you, waiting in the garage.
If you don’t mind something slightly further north in Summerland near Santa Barbara, the “Strand Hus,” Danish for “Beach House,” is a stunning Danish-style home with unobstructed sweeping ocean views for witnessing daily dolphin migrations while being just steps to the beach. It comes with all the essentials, accommodating up to four adults.
This 8th-floor condo in San Diego boasts a floor-to-ceiling glass door so that you can gaze out at the magnificent views of the Pacific anytime you like. Slide it open and enjoy the sounds of the waves or hang out on the balcony and relax with the salty sea breeze. You’ll be just steps from a great swimming beach, and with cruiser bikes include, you can head out exploring on two wheels, along the sand or the boardwalk. Complimentary wetsuits are included too. When you can tear yourself away from the view, you’ll have a 65″ Samsung Smart TV for entertainment. The bedroom has a comfy king-size bed and includes another Smart TV with Netfflix.
This gorgeous La Jolla beach house is ultra-luxurious and you’ll have the Pacific Ocean right across the street. It’s large enough for two or three families, with dual master bedrooms. The smaller master comes with ocean views, while the larger master boasts a tranquil view of the spa (which can be used cool or heated with jets) and garden. There are three additional bedrooms, including a kids’ room with bunk beds, accommodating up to 13. Look forward to lots of special extras too, like beach toys, beach chairs and beach towels, as you’re sure to be spending lots of time on the beach. Keep an eye out for the occasional dolphin too!
This El Paseo Grande beachfront home is right across from Kellogg Park and the ocean, situated in a fantastic neighborhood with the best beach for walking, surfing, swimming and kayaking. It comes with a gourmet kitchen that has stainless-steel appliances, flat-screen TVs in the living room and two of the four bedrooms, and an oceanfront deck that has a firepit looking out to the park and beach. Another private outside patio is furnished for alfresco dining at different levels and includes a gas BBQ for grilling. You’ll have a Jacuzzi in the backyard too.
This 4,000-square-foot five-bedroom home sleeps up to 10 and includes many enticing indoor and outdoor living spaces, including a rooftop deck with views of the ocean, Scripps Pier, and Mount Soledad, plus a tropical backyard, which as the host notes, “provides rare privacy for the La Jolla Shores area.” You’ll be just steps to the beach and a popular playground, and when you’re hanging out at “home” you can enjoy swimming or lounge around the full size seasonally heated pool. There’s a Gas BBQ grill with patio seating for alfresco dining along with spa-style bathrooms and a jetted tub. It also includes two full kitchens and fabulous amenities like a beach wagon, beach chairs, surfboards and boogie boards.
This luxury one-bedroom Redondo Beach apartment comes with an ocean view and lots of high-end finishes like European marble floors, granite counters and stainless-steel appliances in the gourmet kitchen. Ideal for a couple, it sleeps two in a California King bed – with the en-suite bedroom on the second floor you’ll have a wide-open view of the Pacific and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Guests also enjoy access to the amenities in the building which includes a pool, fitness center, spa, laundry facilities, and covered parking.
You’ll be steps from the waves in the heart of San Diego’s Ocean Beach neighborhood by booking this oceanfront condo. The vibrant, bohemian community has a classic SoCal beach vibe, while Ocean Beach Pier is popular for fishing with sweeping views. You’ll have easy access to surf and beachwear boutiques, antique stores, organic groceries, taquerias, brewpubs, restaurants, and the Ocean Beach Farmers Market. The condo itself is beach-inspired and sits on the first floor with one bedroom plus a queen-size sofabed, sleeping up to four. A flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and a full kitchen are all included too.
Enjoy unobstructed views of the Pacific right at the oceanfront in San Diego’s Pacific Beach neighborhood from this 9th-floor condo. One of the top locations in the area, it’s popular among surfers and sunbathers, with casual cafes lining the boardwalk while Mission Boulevard and streets nearby offer lots of fun casual drinking spots, boutiques and yoga studios. It accommodates up to four guests and provides access to all the building amenities which include an underground gated assigned parking spot, a rooftop patio area, gas BBQ grills, and a dining area with 360-degree views. There’s a heated pool, hot tub and plenty of lounge chairs in the pool area, along with a shared washer/dryer.
This two-bedroom multi-level condo is only steps from the sand on the marina peninsula and accommodates up to seven guests. There’s a kitchen balcony that’s great for sipping coffee or enjoying your breakfast, as well as a large, fully furnished rooftop deck with an unparalleled 360-degree view of the ocean, mountain and city. Head up at dusk with a glass of wine to watch the sunset. You’ll be a short walk or bike ride to the famous Abbott Kinney in Venice Beach as well as dining and shopping in Santa Monica too.