When I think about staying in Southern California, I don’t picture the Hollywood Hills or downtown Los Angeles, despite being favorite cultural destinations. And even though I love the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park isn’t my first stop. No, it’s the ocean that calls me to SoCal. Waves pounding, sun shining, sand glistening, nothing says California like the beach breezes and the golden light of the West Coast.
And to be able to soak up as much Cali surf and shore as possible, my goal is to walk out the door of my hotel and immediately sink my toes into golden sand. Luckily, I’ve been able to do just that at beachside getaways that hug the coast stretching from Santa Barbara to San Diego. With these beachfront hotels in Southern California, you can see the Pacific Ocean from your window and step right onto the shore from the door of your accommodation!