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Author: Greg Mattson, Excellent Romantic Vacations Editor

By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Jun 7, 2023  

There are 2 kinds of places to stay for your romantic California getaway: on the beach, and everywhere else!

One of the Best Beach Hotels in California - the Romantic Pacific Terrace Hotel in San Diego, CA

So, for your memorable vacation, honeymoon or anniversary in 2023, enjoy our listing of 21 of the best romantic hotels, inns and resorts on California’s gorgeous beaches and rugged coastline. 

Please Note: Hotels and inns described on this page can vary somewhat in location; some are located directly on the beach (in other words, you can walk straight out of the hotel on to the sand), while others are across a road or walkway from the beach, or on a plateau/rise with beach access nearby. As well, some have an oceanfront location next to a rugged coastline rather than a sandy beach. Please check directly with the hotel or inn first before making firm travel arrangements.   

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Southern California Beach Hotels:

featured beach hotel: hilton waterfront Beach resort 

King Ocean View Room at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Southern CaliforniaAttractive Oceanview King at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
  • Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort - If you don’t mind putting up with a bit of Highway 1 traffic getting here, you’ll be nicely rewarded with a stay in what is certainly one of the most romantic waterfront Hilton hotels we have seen in California (or anywhere in the U.S.!). We stayed in one of their King Ocean View Rooms, which has a grand view of the main pool and Huntington beach. Around the resort, you’re going to enjoy 2 pools (including a quieter one) and no less than 4 eateries/bars, including the brand new Cabo Wabo Beach Club. Hotel Location: Just across the street from Huntington State Beach. What We Liked: Really has the feel of an all-inclusive beach resort...drinks, charcuterie board and fantastic views at their excellent Offshore 9 Rooftop Bar, the highest spot to sip a cocktail in Orange County. 2023 ERV Rating*: 84% - Very Good. Rates from $263/night. (21100 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach CA  714-845-8000)
Food and View from the Rooftop Lounge at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, California.Food, Drinks & Views of Huntington Beach from the Hilton's Rooftop Lounge

Southern California Beach Hotels

San Diego

San Diego Hotel Room OceanviewOceanview Room - Pacific Terrace Hotel
  • Pacific Terrace Hotel - this romantic 4-diamond beachfront hotel in San Diego's attractive Pacific beach neighborhood features ocean view rooms,  free bike and beach chair rentals, and a gorgeous palm tree-rimmed pool and hot tub. Hotel Location: the beach is just across a walkway and down a few steps to the sand. What Other Couples Liked: Great Location Between La Jolla and Mission Bay - Small Boutique Hotel with Personal Service - Sound of the Ocean in Your Room. 2018 ERV Rating* for Beach Hotels in San Diego: 92% - Excellent. (610 Diamond St, San Diego CA  858-581-3500)

Del Mar, CA

Del Mar CA Beach HotelL'Auberge Del Mar Room
  • L'Auberge Del Mar Beach Hotel - 5 acre resort with a private pathway to the beach. Add the locally-sourced fresh food and award-winning spa and you’re set for a very romantic getaway. Hotel Location: Across the street and up a hill from the beach. What Other Couples Liked: Relaxing by the Fire Pits - Poolside Drinks - Beautiful Hotel, Gorgeous Sunsets. 2020 ERV Rating* for Romantic Beach Hotels in Del Mar, CA: 80% - Very Good. (1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar CA  844–875-5256)


Hilton Cape Rey Carlsbad CAPoolside at the Hilton Cape Rey
  • Hilton Resort Cape Rey Carlsbad - There's free shuttle service to several nearby attractions, panoramic ocean views and pool area, along with convenient beach access. Hotel Location: Across the street and a short walk to the beach. What Other Couples Liked: Free Local Shuttle - Oceanfront Rooms with Balcony - Pool with Meal and Bar Service. 2020 ERV Rating* for Carlsbad, CA Beach Hotels: 84% - Very Good. (1 Ponto Rd, Carlsbad CA 760-602-0800)

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach InnBeautiful Oceanfront Inn at Laguna Beach
  • The Inn at Laguna Beach - The Pacific Terrace Bar on the rooftop at this hotel is THE place - sip and cocktail and watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. Hotel Location: short walk down the steps to Main Beach. What Other Couples Liked: Drinks and Amazing Views on the Rooftop Terrace - Pool and Hot Tub Overlooking the Ocean - Complimentary Wine Reception in the Evenings. 2020 ERV Rating* for Laguna Beach Oceanview Hotels: 86% - Very Good. (211 North Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach CA  949-497-9722)

Newport Beach

Newport Beach HotelRoom at the Bay Shores Hotel
  • Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel - You're going to love all the freebies: Free parking, free breakfast, free use of beach equipment, DVD rentals and even warm cookies! Hotel Location: across the street from the beach. What Other Couples Liked: Afternoon Fresh-Baked Cookies - Free Beach Chair and Equipment Rental - Walk to the Pier, Restaurants and Shops. 2020 ERV Rating* for Newport Beach, CA Beach Hotels: 96% - Excellent. (1800 W. Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA  949-675-3463)

Huntington Beach

Southern California Beach HotelShorebreak Huntington Beach Hotel
  • Kimpton Shorebreak HotelKimpton Hotel’s complementary wine hour is a big hit with couples, and you're close enough to the beach for a walk along the waves every morning (after free coffee). Hotel Location: beach is across Pacific Coast Hwy 1. What Other Couples Liked: Fun and Laid-Back Vibe - Huge Bathrooms with Walk-in Showers - Evening Wine Hour. 2020 ERV Rating* for Huntington Beach, CA Beach Hotels: 90% - Excellent. (500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach CA 714-861-4470)

Long Beach, CA

Long Beach CA Waterfront HotelHotel Maya Waterfront Hotel in Long Beach CA
  • Hotel Maya DoubleTree by HiltonCheck out the “floating” cabanas at the pool and the complementary shuttle to town and back, with Disneyland only 16 miles away and the Queen Mary just a short walk. Hotel Location: waterfront (but no beach or swimming). What Other Couples Liked: Good Pre-Cruise Hotel - Water Taxi to Downtown Long Beach - Cozy Fire Pits. 2020 ERV Rating* for Long Beach, CA Waterfront Hotels: 84% - Very Good. (700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach CA 562-435-7676)

Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach CA Oceanview HotelOceanview Rooms at the Hotel Portofino
  • Hotel Portofino Redondo Beach - We loved this nautical-themed boutique hotel and its natural surroundings. Plenty of recliners around the sunny pool, and rooms are large, spotless and comfortable. Hotel Location: waterfront (but no beach or swimming). What Other Couples Liked: Sound of Sea Lions in the Bay - Riding the Free Bike Rentals Up and Down The Strand - Beautiful Great Room. 2020 ERV Rating* for Redondo Beach, CA Waterfront Hotels: 82% - Very Good. (260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach CA 310-379-8481)

Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach Oceanview HotelBeach House Hotel, Hermosa Beach, CA
  • Beach House Hotel - Most of the suites offer balconies or patios with fantastic ocean views overlooking the Strand, perfect for people-watching and sunsets. Hotel Location: Right on the beach. What Other Couples Liked: Complimentary Continental Breakfast - Free Beach Chair Rental - AVEDA® Bath Amenities. 2021 ERV Rating for Carlsbad CA Beach Hotels: 90% - Excellent. (1300 The Strand, Hermosa Beach CA 31--374-3001)

Venice Beach

Venice Beach Hotel Ocean ViewVenice Beach Rooftop Bar View, Hotel Erwin
  • Hotel Erwin Venice Beach - The Hotel Erwin embraces everything wonderfully weird and interesting about Venice Beach, with the only rooftop bar in town and some very cool-looking electric shuttles to take you exploring. Hotel Location: about a 2 minute walk to the sand. What Other Couples Liked: Great Views From the Rooftop Bar - Sunsets on the Private Balcony - Clean and Comfortable Rooms. 2020 ERV Rating* for Carlsbad, CA Beach Hotels: 86% - Very Good. (1697 Pacific Ave, Venice CA 310-452-1111)

Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey California Beach HotelPool & Beach at Jamaica Bay Inn
  • Jamaica Bay Inn - you'll love this Island-inspired boutique hotel right on the beach in Marina Del Ray. The pool and beachside restaurant are excellent, with good views of the bay, and the daily brunch is a great idea. Hotel Location: Right on Mother's Beach in Martina del Rey. What Other Couples Liked: Excellent Beachside Restaurant - Happy Hour on the Outdoor Patio - Perfect Location on the Beach and Close to Venice Beach. 2020 ERV Rating* for Marina del Rey, CA Beach Hotels: 87% - Very Good. (4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey CA  310-823-5333)

Santa Monica

Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, CAKing Room Ocean View - Hotel Casa Del Mar
  • Hotel Casa Del MarWhat a beautifully restored 1926 hotel! The fifth floor pool deck is a special place where you can have a cocktail or two, and watch the sunset. Hotel Location: Facing the Beach. What Other Couples Liked: Evening Turn Down Service - Beautiful Lobby - Rooms with Ocean Views and Comfortable Tubs. 2020 ERV Rating* for Santa Monica, CA Beachfront Hotels: 82% - Very Good. (1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica CA 844-880-1077)


Malibu Beach InnOceanfront Hotel - Malibu Beach Inn
  • Malibu Beach Inn - An oceanfront boutique hotel on Billionaire’s Beach, only a few minute’s drive from LA. Oceanfront rooms have sliding glass balcony doors that you can open all night and take in the sounds of the waves. Hotel Location: Right on the beach. What Other Couples Liked: Sound of the Crashing Waves - Private Beach - Boutique Hotel with Updated Rooms. 2020 ERV Rating* for Carlsbad, CA Beach Hotels: 88% - Very Good. (22878 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA  310-651-7777) . Click here to see more romantic hotels and getaways in the Los Angeles area.

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Beachfront HotelBeachfront Harbor View Inn, Santa Barbara CA
  • Harbor View Inn This resort-style hotel has a very nice pool, and is well-situated for getting around Santa Barbara on foot. Hotel Location: right across the street from the beach and pier. What Other Couples Liked: Champagne for Honeymoon and Anniversary Celebrations - Large Balconies Overlooking the Beach - Pool and Pool Bar. 2020 ERV Rating* for Carlsbad, CA Beach Hotels: 90% - Excellent. (28 West Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara CA 800-755-0222)

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Beach Hotels in California - Central Coast

Pismo Beach

Oceanview Hotel in Pismo BeachOceanview Pool, Inn at the Cove
  • The Inn at the Cove - oceanfront rooms, pool, plush robes, and even electric car charging are all found in this romantic Pismo Beach resort overlooking a secluded coveHotel Location: take the stairs down to the sandy private beach. What Other Couples Liked: Large Rooms - Watching Sea Otters From Your Private Balcony - Free Breakfast with Waffles. 2020 ERV Rating* for Pismo Beach, CA Beach Hotels: 90% - Excellent. (2651 Price St, Pismo Beach CA . 805-773-3511)

Carmel/Big Sur

Carmel CA Inn Close to the BeachRomantic Room at the Sandpiper Inn, Carmel CA
  • Sandpiper Inna quaint little country inn with patios and flower gardens, fireplace, complementary breakfast buffet and ocean-view suites or cottages. Hotel Location: 2-minute walk to the beach. What Other Couples Liked: B&B Style Hotel - Quiet Neighborhood - Lots of Seating Options for Breakfast. 2020 ERV Rating* for Carlsbad, CA Beach Hotels: 88% - Very Good. (2408 Bayview Ave, Carmel CA 831-624-6433)


Monterey, California Beach HotelMonterey's Romantic Spindrift Inn
  • Spindrift Inna romantic oasis for couples, this boutique inn offers canopy beds, ocean views, and breakfast delivered to you on a silver tray. Hotel Location: Beachfront. What Other Couples Liked: Wine & Cheese Every Evening - Hardwood Floors and Wood-Burning Fireplaces - Wonderful Bath Salts. 2020 ERV Rating* for Monterey, CA Beach Hotels: 92% - Excellent. (652 Cannery Row, Monterey CA 831-646-8900)

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz CA Oceanfront HotelOceanview Room, Sea and Sand Inn
  • Sea and Sand Innevery room enjoys an ocean view, and the cottages have bubbly hot tubs on a private patio overlooking the ocean. Hotel Location: Overlooking the Beach, a 3-Minute Walk Away. What Other Couples Liked: Daily Fresh Baked Cookies - Evening Wine & Cheese - King Spa Rooms. 2020 ERV Rating* for Carlsbad, CA Beach Hotels: 90% - Excellent. (201 W. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz CA  831-427-3400)

Northern California Hotels on the Beach


Mendocino CA Oceanview HotelBeautiful Agate Cove Inn
  • Agate Cove InnUnobstructed ocean views, 100-year old Cypress trees, whales and dolphins, and spectacular sunsets on 2 acres of coastal gardens….What more do you need? (How about a love seat swing?) Hotel Location: Overlooking the ocean, with the beach a short drive away. What Other Couples Liked: Cottage with Spa Tubs and Gas Fireplace - Fresh Baked Cookies & Popcorn Machine - Delicious Homemade Breakfasts. 2020 ERV Rating* for Mendocino, CA Oceanfront Hotels: 96% - Excellent. (11201 North Lansing St, Mendocino CA  707-937-0551)

Fort Bragg

Oceanview Suite in Fort BraggNorth Cliff Hotel Jetted Tub View Suite
  • North Cliff HotelPrivate patios, fireplaces and panoramic ocean views make this a truly romantic experience, and the complimentary hot breakfast is just icing on the (pan) cake! Jetted tub suites are available, and quaint little Fort Bragg is fun to explore together. Hotel Location: short hike to the rugged beach nearby. What Other Couples Liked: JACUZZI® Tubs and Fireplaces - Spacious, Beautiful Rooms - Robes and Wine Glasses. 2020 ERV Rating* for Fort Bragg, CA Waterfront Hotels: 86% - Very Good. (1005 South Main St, Fort Bragg CA  707-962-2500)

Shelter Cove

Northern California Waterfront HotelInn of the Lost Coast in Northern California
  • Inn of the Lost CoastThis inn features amazing views of the Pacific Northwest coastline from the bluff of Lost Coast. There’s an outdoor fire pit and hot tub (there’s also a Deluxe Spa Suite), and free parking. Hotel Location: High up on a cliff with the ocean below. What Other Couples Liked: Comfortable King Beds - On-Site Pizza Restaurant - Views, Balcony and Hot Tubs. 2020 ERV Rating* for Northern California Beach Hotels: 90% - Excellent. (205 Wave Dr, Shelter Cove CA  707-986-7521)

*ERV Rating: our unique, non-scientific ratings for romantic accommodation include:

  • Amenities: including Whirlpool bath or JACUZZI® Tub, scenic view, fireplace, lounge, etc
  • Location: proximity of hotel to restaurants, pubs, downtown, etc
  • Clientele: demographic the hotel attracts (couples, families, business travelers, etc)
  • Popularity: based on social media & crowd-sourced reviews 
  • Value: product offered compared to room rate 
  • Please Note: percentage ratings are not absolute but for comparative use only  

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