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California Beach Resorts - The Top Locations for California Beach Resorts

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California has always been known as a magical land of beauty and enchantment. Although the population was brought on by prospects of gold, once settlers arrived, many knew they would never want to leave, even if their dreams of gold mining fell through. Today, California’s Pacific Coast remains a destination that attracts millions of tourists every year. Of course, many tourists stay in the chain hotels and roadside motels that are so common throughout the United States, but many others opt for a more upscale environment by booking their stay at one of the California beach resorts.

When you think of California Beach Resorts, Los Angeles and San Diego come to mind, first of all. However, there are many locations that house some of the top California beach resorts that you don’t think about right away. Here are some of the top locations for California beach resorts that deserve your consideration the next time you plan a Pacific Coast vacation:

San Francisco
The San Francisco Bay area is home to some of the most lavish and exotic California beach resorts. Not all of the resorts are on the Pacific beach, but on the bayside. San Francisco offers visitors several attractions that include Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Chinatown. Some of the top California beach resorts in San Francisco include the following:

  • Ritz-Carlton – The Ritz-Carleton is known for being a luxury hotel, but the one in San Francisco is so much more. It is a AAA 5-diamond resort that is just as exciting as San Francisco itself.
  • Pacifica Beach Resort – This luxurious beach resort is just 15 minutes from the city and features Victorian architecture and 52 rooms with balcony views and Jacuzzi tubs. Most of the rooms also have fireplaces.

Central California
Central California is the location of several beach resorts. This area is defined as being south of San Francisco and north of Santa Barbara. The best time of the year to vacation at these resorts is from April to October because it can get a little chilly during the winter. The water is almost always too cold for swimming, but it is great for sailing, kayaking, and surfing with a wetsuit. Here are some of the outstanding Central California beach resorts:

  • Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Resort – Ritz Carleton does it again in Central California. This is a supremely romantic resort about thirty minutes down the coast from San Francisco. It features a full-service spa with mineral baths and an oceanfront hot tub and has some of the best dining you can imagine.
  • The Cliffs Resort – This resort is located in Pismo Beach near San Luis Obispo. It sits atop the bluffs overlooking some of the best beaches in California below. World-class golf courses are nearby, as well as art galleries, theaters, and more than 75 wineries. The resort features a spa and the award-winning Seacliffs Restaurant.

Southern California
Southern California is the most popular spot for California beach resorts. This area includes Los Angeles, San Diego, and everything in-between. If you are looking for a true beach getaway, San Diego can’t be beat. Here are two of the most popular Southern California beach resorts:

  • Terranea – This resort is located just south of Los Angeles on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It is often picked out as the top resort in Southern California. Terranea is both upscale and beach casual at the same time. It features a nine-hole golf course, and a spa, salon, and wellness center. Accommodations include casitas, bungalows, villas, suites, and guest rooms.
  • Paradise Point – This resort & spa is on a private 44 acre island on Mission Bay, just minutes from downtown San Diego. SeaWorld is located just adjacent to the island. The resort features over 450 bungalow-style patio rooms, luxury suites, garden rooms, and bayside rooms. It features an Indonesian-inspired spa, five swimming pools, a fitness center and sports courts, and waterfront dining, both fine and casual.
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