Sun, Sea and Sand: 9 Great Getaways for a Southern California Beach Honeymoon

You don’t have to go to a faraway tropical shore or exotic island to channel your inner beachcomber. If you crave the sand, sun and sea, you can get all that and so much more right in beautiful Southern California. From glamorous resorts to quaint waterfront hotels, here’s our pick of 9 beachy destinations for a romantic getaway:

SeaVenture Beach Hotel
  • Location: 100 Ocean View Avenue, Pismo Beach CA
  • Venue Snapshot: Classic boutique hotel in historic beach town
  • Vibe: Coastal casual, fun-in-the-sun
  • Fab Feature: The third-story restaurant deck has a spectacular ocean panorama, perfect for happy hour sunsets.
  • Romantic Touches: The Celebration Package includes an oceanview guest room with a king-size featherbed scattered with rose petals. Chocolate-covered strawberries, a long-stem rose and a bottle of wine or champagne helps set the mood. You may also want to schedule a couple’s massage at SeaVenture’s own Massage Center.
  • Accommodations Highlights: Rooms come with private hot tubs on your balcony or deck, and cozy gas fireplaces.
  • Activities and Attractions: Stroll the miles of pristine shoreline or bike the boardwalk; ply the waves with surf boards or water craft; take a nature hike along the protected Oceano Dunes or Monarch Butterfly Grove; explore the funky shops and nearby wine tasting; take an easy drive up Highway 1 to the magnificent San Simeon and Hearst Castle.

SeaVenture Beach Hotel

SeaVenture Beach Hotel

SeaVenture Beach Hotel


Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort
  • Location: 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd., Oxnard CA
  • Venue Snapshot: AAA Four Diamond beachfront resort
  • Vibe: Tropical Mediterranean, lavish, relaxing
  • Fab Feature: The sparkling swimming pool with two whirlpool baths, surrounded by garden pathways (enhanced by a footbridge) and a koi pond.
  • Romantic Touches: Their on-site spa offers soothing massages, and the uncrowded beach is at your doorstep.
  • Accommodations Highlights: All accommodations are spacious 2-room suites with either a pool deck or view of the beach. A complimentary breakfast and evening cocktail reception is included. Upgrade to an Oceanfront Suite for direct access to the sand.
  • Activities and Attractions: The resort offers bike and boogie board rentals, as well as tennis and basketball courts. From nearby Oxnard Harbor, you can catch a kayak, harbor cruise or a charter to the wild Channel Islands.

Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort

Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort

Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort


Shutters on the Beach
  • Location: 1 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica CA
  • Venue Snapshot: Chic, yet unpretentious, beachside getaway
  • Vibe: Low-key, high style
  • Fab Feature: Their sheltered outdoor terrace, which is tiled in stone and commands a panoramic ocean view.
  • Romantic Touches: Large whirlpool bathtubs make it easy to unwind, and you can toast each other as you watch the sun set from your private balcony.
  • Accommodations Highlights: Beautifully designed rooms have sliding shuttered doors that open to the balmy Pacific breeze, and suites also include a fireplace lined with handmade tiles.
  • Activities and Attractions: Malibu to Manhattan Beach bike path, paddle tennis, volleyball, poolside lounging, alfresco dining, beachside spa, or yoga on the sand. Shopping and Santa Monica’s pier and famous ferris wheel are close by.

Shutters On The Beach

Shutters On The Beach

Shutters On The Beach

You may also want to check out Shutters’ nearby sister property, Casa del Mar!


Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach
  • Location: 1300 The Strand, Hermosa Beach CA
  • Venue Snapshot: Boutique beachfront hotel
  • Vibe: Warm, luxurious, sexy
  • Fab Feature: You can stroll hand-in-hand, ride bikes, or in-line skate along The Strand, the 26-mile coastal path that lies between the hotel and the beach.
  • Romantic Touches: Their Coastal Romance Package includes great California champagne, a rose petal welcome and a bubble bath, along with late checkout (2pm) and valet parking.
  • Accommodations Highlights: Every suite comes with separate living and bedroom areas, a fireplace, and a private balcony overlooking the Pacific.
  • Activities and Attractions: Surfing, volleyball, biking, skating, sport fishing, seasonal whale watching, the Comedy & Magic Club (4 blocks away), the Redondo Beach Marina, and more.

Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach

Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach

Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach


Shorebreak Hotel
  • Location: 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach CA
  • Venue Snapshot: Stylish surf-themed gem
  • Vibe: Trendy, cool, laid-back
  • Fab Feature: Zimzala Restaurant and Bar serves up groovy grub from breakfast until late night, along with handcrafted cocktails, live music and a party atmosphere. (They also have a dog-only menu in case you brought your four-legged pal along.)
  • Romantic Touches: For all its lively temptations, Shorebreak is also a place that invites private time. All guest rooms come with matching animal-print bathrobes and plush beds, and many tempt with soaking tubs, private patios or breathtaking ocean views.
  • Accommodations Highlights: Modern furnishings and a soothing ocean-inspired color scheme create tranquil havens. Indulge in one of the specialty suites, and savor your huge private beachfront terrace or view of the pier. Tip: Sign up for Kimpton Karma Rewards, and get free WiFi and a $10 bar credit.
  • Activities and Attractions: Surf’s up, dude! Catch some rays…or just chill. Crave more action? Check out the nightlife on Main Street, just a block away.

Shorebreak Hotel

Shorebreak Hotel

Shorebreak Hotel


Newport Beach Hotel
  • Location: 2306 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach CA
  • Venue Snapshot: Quintessential California coastal hotel
  • Vibe: Breezy, vibrant, casually elegant
  • Fab Feature: You can borrow bikes from the hotel to check out the Newport Beach boardwalk as well all the nearby shops, bars, restaurants and theaters.
  • Romantic Touches: Relaxing over a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres from the Lobby Wine Bar, or snuggling in bed with a movie while a fire blazes in your guest room fireplace (pick a room that has one!).
  • Accommodations Highlights: Opt for an Oceanfront King Spa guest room and you’ll be pampered with a pillow-top king bed featuring premium bed linens, plus a marble bathroom with a jetted spa tub and shower. Large sliding windows open to the sights and sounds of the ocean.
  • Activities and Attractions: Surfing, boogie boarding, swimming, boat rentals, whale watching, fishing, Catalina Island catamaran excursions, gondola rides, and golf. Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Soak City Water Park and The Grove of Anaheim are all just minutes away.

Newport Beach Hotel

Newport Beach Hotel


Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa
  • Location: 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point CA
  • Venue Snapshot: AAA Four Diamond clifftop resort
  • Vibe: Upscale, fresh, contemporary
  • Fab Feature: The dramatic panorama, which encompasses acres of verdant parks, a bustling marina, and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Romantic Touches: You can add a Couple’s Spa Massage to your Romance Package, which already includes a deluxe overnight stay at the hotel with a complimentary bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries—plus a freshly made breakfast in your room if you like!
  • Accommodations Highlights: Many of their “beach chic” rooms and suites boast stunning ocean vistas and balconies or patios, and all offer plush feathertop beds, duvets and spa robes.
  • Activities and Attractions: On site you’ll find a spa, fitness center, games, and bicycle rental. Walking trails, fishing, whale watching, sailing, and golf are all nearby.

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa


Casa Tropicana Boutique Beachfront Inn
  • Location: 610 Avenida Victoria at the pier, San Clemente CA
  • Venue Snapshot: Boutique, beach town hotel
  • Vibe: Comfy Mediterranean-tropical
  • Fab Feature: The 5th-floor Penthouse comes with a sweeping ocean view, a private deck, a romantic fireplace, and lots of privacy.
  • Romantic Touches: The ”Wrap It Up” package treats you to rose petals on the bed, chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne, plus a memorable dinner on the town.
  • Accommodations Highlights: Eight guest rooms or “casitas” reflect Spanish architectural influences with a tropical flair, and feature original artwork, luxurious linens, and spa-quality amenities. All boast ocean or atrium views and most have fireplaces.
  • Activities and Attractions: Surfing, swimming or strolling along five pristine miles of palm trees and seashore.

Casa Tropicana Boutique Beachfront Inn

Casa Tropicana Boutique Beachfront Inn

Casa Tropicana Boutique Beachfront Inn


La Jolla Shores Hotel
  • Location: 8110 Camino del Oro, La Jolla CA
  • Venue Snapshot: Year-round beach retreat
  • Vibe: Warm, laid-back
  • Fab Feature: They supply you with complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas during the day, and bonfires with s’mores at night.
  • Romantic Touches: Candlelight dining on the beachside patio…and in-room massages for two.
  • Accommodations Highlights: Kitchenettes in many rooms make it easy to fix a midnight snack or serve breakfast in bed to your sweetie.
  • Activities and Attractions: Surfing, kayaking, biking, paragliding, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla farmer’s market, and more.

La Jolla Shores Hotel

La Jolla Shores Hotel

La Jolla Shores Hotel




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