The Best Family Beach Vacations in California
For the Free-Spirited
Build sandcastles together. Get up close and personal with wild animals. Scope out local museums. Marvel at redwoods. Whatever your idea of quality bonding, Pacifica Hotels sets the stage for memorable family beach vacations with locations in exciting coastal destinations up and down the Pacific Coast, along with hotels in Florida and Hawaii. Family vacations with Pacifica Hotels offer a fine balance of fun and value within easy access of area attractions and activities suitable for every age.
San Francisco Coast
Families love the resort-like Half Moon Bay Lodge for its onsite pool and Jacuzzi tub and close proximity to unforgettable attractions like Santa’s tree farm, encompassing 487 acres and 22 different fields of towering Christmas trees.
Collect moonstones on Moonstone Beach when you stay at Fireside Inn in Cambria, located near the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery and the legendary Hearst Castle.
Or maybe take a tour of Cambia Village itself when you stay at Cambria Landing Inn & Suites, also located on Moonstone Beach, where you can scope out local shops and galleries in between visits to local attractions.
Pelican Inn & Suites spoils guests with easy beach access for sunbathing and swimming, as well as onsite expanded breakfasts and oceanfront accommodations on Moonstone Beach.
Plan family vacations to FogCatcher Inn, a newly renovated hotel that offers the best traits of a Central Coast beach cottage with 48” HD TVs, cozy fireplaces, and access to a year-round heated pool and Jacuzzi tub with unforgettable views of Moonstone Beach.
When you stay at the Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo, visit such attractions as Bubblegum Alley, the art deco Fremont Theatre and the historic San Luis Obispo Mission.
A little more south, the newly renovated Cottage Inn in Pismo Beach will transport your family to the English countryside, while enchanting you with fun activities like sandcastle building on Pismo Beach, riding ATVs, horseback riding, and gazing at butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Grove.
Also in Pismo Beach, Sandcastle Inn will keep your family entertained with direct beach access, daily bike rentals, and close proximity to the Monarch Butterfly Grove, Oceano Dunes, and the Pismo Pier.
Stay at the oceanfront Spyglass Inn in quiet Shell Beach, offering a year-round heated pool and spa, new guest rooms, and easy access to sparkling beaches and the lively downtown area of Pismo.
Continue south and be mesmerized by the lush property of Pacifica Suites in Goleta, featuring a variety of exotic plants and trees from around the world, including Chilean wine palms, Heritage trees, bunya bunya, and one of the oldest birds-of-paradise in the state.
Los Angeles Area
The new Carlyle Inn in Beverly Hills offers families a chance to explore some of the most legendary sights of Los Angeles like the La Brea Tar Pits, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, LACMA, and various movie studios.
At Hotel Hermosa, pick up a passion for surfing, try out paddle boarding or bike along the Strand, a scenic oceanfront route that connects Hermosa to Manhattan Beach.
Enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, shopping, biking, and in-line skating at Kings Harbor and the Redondo Beach Pier when you stay at The Redondo Beach Hotel, offering ocean-facing rooms and a rooftop terrace with spectacular marina views.
The Belamar is a hip Manhattan Beach stunner with swanky onsite dining, a sunny courtyard with pool and cabanas, and easy access to the Manhattan Beach Pier, the famous Strand, and rides and carnival games of the Santa Monica Pier.
Discover the West Indies-inspired wonder of Jamaica Bay Inn, located on L.A.'s famously calm Mother's Beach in Marina del Rey, a yachter's scenic paradise.
When you bring your family to the The Kinney, they'll enjoy visiting local beaches for kayaking and windsurfing, as well as the Ballona Wetlands - one of the last significant wetlands areas in the Los Angeles basin.
The historic Marina del Rey Hotel has been recently revitalized as an upscale hotel with access to boating and other water activities, as well as the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice.
Kids will be amazed by the street spectacle of Venice Beach, filled with carnival-like acts on the Boardwalk on any given day of the week near the unique and colorful Inn at Venice Beach.
San Diego Area
Blue Sea Beach Hotel boasts the only oceanfront pool in Pacific Beach and direct access to one of the best beaches in California. Kids will love visiting the San Diego Zoo and the Birch Aquarium.
Take your photo with the seals at La Jolla Seal Beach when you stay at La Jolla Cove Suites or plan a snorkeling trip to La Jolla Shores, an underwater park featuring four distinct marine habitats that attract a wide variety of marine life, from leopard sharks to Garibaldi fish.
Enjoy easy access to water activities when you stay in Port St. Lucie with Hilton Garden Inn, including sailing, scuba diving, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, and other kinds of boating.
Tour volcanoes, snorkel with sea turtles, catch waves, and experience a luau feast with hula dancers when you stay in Kona with King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.