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Surf’s Up! 5 Of The Best Beachside Hotels For Summer

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

Summer vacation is calling! Pack your bags; it’s time for a beach weekend (or week). We recommend booking your summer vacation at the coast now because beachside hotels fill up fast in the summer months! Especially the ones within walking distance to the beach. *Pro-tip, if you’re looking to get a great deal on your beachside stay, we recommend booking during the week and not during a holiday. Weekends and holidays tend to cost the most at any hotel compared to regular weekday rates. Now that you’re filled in on how to get the best deals, let’s jump into 5 of the best beach hotels on the Central Coast! (Added bonus all of the hotels below are within walking distance from the beach.) From Pismo Beach to Avila Beach to Cayucos to Santa Barbara, get ready to soak up some beach rays, and cool off with the fresh ocean breeze during your summer vacation.

1. Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach

Location: Pismo Beach, California

The first stop on our summer vacation hotel journey is a luxury hotel located in the classic beach town of Pismo Beach. This town is hopping during the summer with local surf lessons, dozens of incredible restaurants, and frequent classic car shows.

At Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach, go from swimming in a heated pool to swimming in the ocean within just a couple of steps! This slice of paradise in Pismo Beach will certainly help you splash into vacation mode. Embodying an upscale beach house-inspired design, Vespera Resort on Pismo Beach offers a fun, active, and stylish escape for guests to relax, unwind, and enjoy the best of this beach town. An onsite restaurant, the Somerset Grill, offers a unique menu highlighting “Coastal Heritage Inspired” cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails, and an extensive list of local beer and wines from Edna Valley and San Luis Obispo County. Dance your beach nights away with regular live music performances by local artists at the hotel. For any pet parents out there, they’re also dog-friendly!

Not sure of what to do here during your stay? You’ll want to take a look at their packages before you book! They offer packages that include tastings, spa days, and more. (Click here to learn more.) They also offer a local guide to activities like surfing, beach hikes, exploring the Monarch Grove and more. (View the complete guide here.)


Hotel Information

Vacation Perks: Dog-Friendly, Onsite Restaurant, Live Music

Phone: (805) 773-1011

Address: 147 Stimson Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

2. The Cliffs Hotel and Spa

Location: Shell Beach, California

Next up, is The Cliffs Hotel and Spa. Here, you not only enjoy an amazing view of the coast, but with having a full spa service, a first class restaurant, pool, jacuzzi, and an incredible place to have your conferences or host an event, you can guarantee to have all that you need while staying here.

At The Cliffs Hotel and Spa, you will have everything you need to enjoy yourself for days without leaving the property. Their picturesque oceanfront setting and selection of amenities ensure there’s always something to do just outside your guestroom door — or relax inside.

Amenities include:

  • Direct beach access onsite

  • Free high-speed WiFi throughout property

  • DiaFeliz Spa, featuring treatments inspired by the spirit of the sea

  • Marisol: our oceanfront restaurant and bar

  • 10,000 square feet of flexible indoor/outdoor meeting and event space

  • Heated oceanfront swimming pool, with ocean views and poolside service

  • 24-hour fitness center with cardio equipment, free weights and resistance-training machines

  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from San Luis Obispo Regional Airport & Amtrak stations. Reservations are required, and are subject to availability.

For more information about The Cliffs Hotel and Spa, visit:


Hotel Information

Vacation Perks: Dog-Friendly, Onsite Restaurant, Spa, Live Music, On-Site Restaurant

Phone: (805) 773-5000

Address: 2757 Shell Beach Road


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