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If you’re in the mood for an escape to the beach, make the most of it with a stay at a beachfront hotel. From the golden sands along the California coast to the pristine sandy beaches in the South, you’ve got lots of options. This curated list features some of the top picks, complete with breathtaking ocean views and often a wide variety of luxuries too.
One of the top San Diego hotels on the beach, the iconic Hotel del Coronado sits across 28 oceanfront acres on Coronado Island, standing out with its brick-red turrets. It’s ideal for a family-friendly escape, a romantic couple’s getaway, and more, with a wide range of outdoor activities and opportunities for relaxation. Enjoy everything from paddle boarding and surfing to beach strolls and bonfires for roasting s’mores. There’s an award-winning spa that’s sure to melt every last inch of stress away, beachfront dining, and luxe rooms. Most rooms are housed in the historic Victorian building but all come with modern amenities like 42″ cable TVs and free Wi-Fi.
Nestled along the coast of Cape Cod, the Ocean Edge Resort includes The Villages, a collection of villas offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom options, and The Mansion, an upscale Victorian-style building with one- to three-bedroom units. There are five pools, the only Nicklaus-designed golf course, nine tennis courts, and six pickleball courts. Guests can also take oyster bed tours that include the chance to learn more about how they’re farmed with the private beach hosting oyster beds.
Located along the more tranquil southern limits of famous Duval Street, Southernmost Beach Resort is an upscale property with enchanting ocean views. One of the best beach hotels in Key West, it spans six acres in the historic Old Town, facing the Atlantic, complete with three palm-fringed pools with private cabins, a secluded sunbathing pier, and hammocks that are strung between the palm trees. Enjoy sunrise meditations and morning yoga sessions on the beach, spa services, and mouthwatering meals at the signature restaurant, an open-air beachfront cafe focused on Caribbean cuisine.
Appealing to the sophisticated traveler who appreciates a 5-star experience while enjoying a more casual, unpretentious vibe, the Mission Pacific Hotel offers a memorable beachfront retreat in one of California’s last authentic surf towns. The highlights are direct beach access and the rooftop which hosts a pool and a bar. There’s a restaurant and a 24-hour fitness center too while rooms include standard amenities like minifridges, flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi. Upgraded options have balconies, some with ocean views.
A top beachfront hotel in California, Shutters on the Beach offers upscale amenities and a prime location along the sands of Santa Monica. The architecture is inspired by the country’s popular resorts and cottages along the coast back in the 1920s and 1930s, opening onto the beach promenade with its restaurants, bars, and shops. The Santa Monica Pier and amusement park are just a short walk away and guests can look forward to awe-inspiring ocean views, yoga on the beach, a spa with a steam room, a fitness center, and a pool with cabanas and loungers. Rooms include cocktail minibars, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, DVD players, free Wi-Fi, and even a flat-screen TV in the bathroom.
The Dream Inn boasts the best location in Santa Cruz, at the tranquil end of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk just steps from the sand. You’ll be just a short walk from the pier with its many shops, ocean-view eateries, and countless sea lions that can be seen on the rafters below. All rooms have private balconies where you can sip your morning coffee while watching the waves and fall asleep to their peaceful sounds. They also include amenities like rain showers, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and retro-chic beach decor. There’s a beachfront swimming pool and opportunities for kayaking and paddleboarding in the ocean along with a popular restaurant.
Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach offers premium suites that are as large as 2,000 square feet, complete with fully equipped kitchens that include top-of-the-line appliances, and private lanais. The beach stretches for hundreds of feet, framed by calm blue waters for swimming and this is also the spot where sailboats pick up guests for sunset sailing excursions making it easy to take advantage of the enchanting trip. Other highlights include a beachfront pool, a spa and salon, and four tennis courts.
ESPACIO, The Jewel of Waikiki, offers it all, overlooking one of the world’s most popular beaches, Waikiki. Ultra-exclusive, guests enjoy highly personalized service and privacy along with notable features like a sweeping Pacific Ocean view, a rooftop infinity pool, a full-service spa, and fine dining experiences at Mugen restaurant. All guests enjoy a free luxury sedan or SUV rental and round-trip luxury airport transportation too. An all-suite property, accommodations feature Italian marble details and Moroccan accents along with modern kitchens, multiple bathrooms, and private balconies with outdoor Jacuzzis for soaking with a sunset view.
Overlooking iconic Haystack Rock, Hallmark Resort is a luxury property just steps from the sand where you can explore tide pools often filled with colorful creatures like starfish, sea anemones, and hermit crabs. Tufted puffins and other nesting seabirds can be spotted as well. Between late November and January, and again from late March through June, it’s possible to see migrating whales too. All rooms come with balconies along with romantic gas fireplaces and two-person spa tubs. On the grounds of this popular couples resort, there are heated saltwater pools and a full-service spa.
Tucked into the ocean bluffs along Oregon’s central coast, The Inn at Spanish Head Resort Hotel offers spectacular views of the Pacific from floor-to-ceiling windows in every room, and the seafood restaurant and bar. The only resort in Oregon built right on the beach, miles of beautiful sands can be accessed via an elevator, while the enclosed ocean view spa provides a menu of revitalizing treatments, including heated stone massage and a combination of acupuncture and aromatherapy. All are enjoyed with the sounds of the crashing waves. An outdoor heated pool, hot tub, saunas, and fitness room are all on the grounds. In addition to the floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outdoors in, room amenities include coffeemakers, microwaves, minifridges, and flat-screen TVs, many include kitchenettes with cooktops or oceanfront balconies.
West Beach Resort sits along a half-mile-long beach and offers cabins and cottages that sleep four to six guests, all of which include kitchens. Tent cabins, RV, and tent camping are all available too. There’s a kids’ activities program, hot tub, and bonfires on the beach along with opportunities to embark on a whale-watching excursion, fish, grab, and more. Canoe, kayak, and boat rentals are available at the marina and you’ll find a convenience store and espresso bar on-site with a good selection of groceries, beer, and wine. The Lopez Island Creamery can be found here too for delicious ice cream treats.
North Beach Resort & Villas is located on a 7.5-acre island that lies between White Point Swash and the Atlantic Ocean, tucked along an unspoiled stretch of beach. There is everything from oceanfront condos to five-bedroom cottages with spectacular views and a long list of high-end amenities. Guests enjoy a Caribbean-themed pool area with a swim-up bar, a steakhouse and sushi bar, and a lush spa offering decadent facial and body treatments.
One of the best beach hotels in North Carolina, Blockade Runner Beach Resort offers family-friendly accommodation and lush landscaped gardens with the sound on one side and the Atlantic on the other. A host of activities can be enjoyed, including fishing, kayaking, sailing, and sunset cruises while kids can take part in the Sandcampers program that offers fun on the beach, games, crafts, and even island excursions. There’s an award-winning oceanfront eatery serving fresh seafood with a balcony for alfresco dining while most rooms face the ocean too.
In 2017, the Jekyll Island Ocean Club was added to the iconic Jekyll Island Club Resort, a historic resort built in 1886 known for its Gilded Age glamour and modern luxuries. The newer property provides guests with an enticing beachfront option as an all-suite boutique hotel with magnificent views of the Atlantic. In addition to enjoying water sports or simply soaking up the sun and the sand, there are many desirable facilities, including a spacious outdoor pool deck with lounge chairs, a large hot tub, and a fire pit. The Eighty Ocean Kitchen and Bar is sure to impress when it’s time to dine.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is a spectacular resort that sits right on the beach in Montauk at the east end of the Long Island peninsula. Enjoy a blissful escape with all of its rooms, suites, and cottages featuring ocean views. The cottages are especially impressive with private decks and fire pits for gathering around under the stars. The iconic Beach Blub is the perfect place to sip cocktails while Bungalows by the Sea offers memorable dining.