5 Best Beach Destinations in California

Beach towels? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Flip flops? Check! Californians know how to do beach time better than almost anyone, and we’re letting you in on the best beach getaways in the Golden State.

Check out our picks for five of the best California beaches, and let us know your favorites on social media using #hiltonatthebeach.

1. Coronado Beach, San Diego
The famous Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton and its namesake beach
The famous Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton and its namesake beach

If you’re looking for a beach that makes you feel like a celebrity, then look no further: this hotel & beach were featured in 1950s classic film Some Like It Hot. Some folks even claim the beach glitters, as a result of special minerals found in the sand.

Where to Stay: Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

2. Santa Barbara
Between the beach and the mountains lies the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Between the beach and the mountains lies the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Dubbed “America’s Riviera” for the Mediterranean style architecture and red tiled roofs you’ll find surrounding this beach city, Santa Barbara offers a wealth of great beaches. And when you’re done with the sand and surf, you can also visit the numerous wineries located nearby.

Where to Stay: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

3. La Jolla
An ocean view one bedroom suite at the Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton
An ocean view one bedroom suite at the Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton

Golf aficionados will recognize La Jolla’s rugged coast as the backdrop to some of Torrey Pines’ most famous holes. But even non-golfers can take in the magnificent view over La Jolla’s nearby Shell Beach.

Where to Stay: Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton

4. Carlsbad Beach
The pool and the beach at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
The pool and the beach at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach

If you want to try your hand at surfing, Carlsbad is the place to be. Here, the waves are gentle but challenging – a perfect place for a beginner to learn.

Where to Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach

5. Huntington Beach
Sunset over the beach at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
Sunset over the beach at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel

Just South of Los Angeles in California’s famed Orange County, you’ll discover Huntington Beach, where an active lifestyle is par for the course. Enjoy beach volleyball or try your hand at surfing, then have a jog or bike-ride along the 3.5 mile Huntington Beach Bike Trail.

Where to Stay: The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel

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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Whitney M. Are you interested in traveling to La Jolla? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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