Oceana Beach Club Hotel, Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica is the classic California dream of palm trees and white-sand beaches. Consistent sand-bottom beach break waves await near the Santa Monica pier, or drive north on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway and surf Malibu’s famous right-hand point. Malibu’s been crowded since the 1950s, but that doesn’t seem to stop anyone from paddling out. A ride on the wave’s clean-peeling perfection makes the crowd disappear.
Where You'll Stay: The Oceana Beach Club Hotel in Santa Monica is a small, stylishly decorated property with 70 rooms. Decor is characterized by vibrant colors and a vintage vibe. Borrow a beach cruiser and roll down to the pier, take a morning yoga class on the beach, or join a guided hike. Saturday afternoons, the Oceana offers a free surf lesson. There’s also an in-house restaurant serving up fresh California-inspired meals that’s only open to guests. A fitness room, pool, and spa complete the experience, with Santa Monica’s nightlife just steps away.
Rates and Getting There: Rates start at $415. Santa Monica is a short drive up the 405 from LAX. A rental car is recommended. [hoteloceanasantamonica.com]
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