THE 14 Best California Beach Resorts for Families

Great climate, beautiful beaches and breathtaking nature – this is all about California, the state in the western United States, often known as the Golden State. Resorts in this area are extremely popular during all year, because you can really go on a California holiday at any time .

The state of California probably owes its name to the author Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, who wrote in 1510 in one of his novels about an island full of gold, which was populated by Amazons and was called California. When Hernán Cortés first came to California in 1535, he believed that it was an island and gave it the name from the novel: California.

Even if you won’t find gold in California, you should definitely consider a trip to this state. Because California is waiting for you with far more precious treasures!

Kid-Friendly Resorts in California

1. The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel

Wellness oasis – walking distance from: Pacific City

This resort has 3 restaurants. Furthermore, The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel has a wellness area where you can enjoy unique treatments full of care. Spend a relaxing day on the nearby beach. All 437 rooms have free internet access (WIFI, flat screen TV, cable reception and comfortable extras such as beds with pillowtop mattresses and high quality bedding. Rooms also have furnished balconies , iPod docking stations, and refrigerators.

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Pacific City – 11 min walk
  • Huntington Beach Pier – 11 min walk
  • Main Street – 11 min walk
  • International Surfing Museum – 13 min walk
  • Huntington Beach Art Center – 16 min walk
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Babysitter or child care (for a fee)
  • Children’s club (surcharge)
  • Textile cleaning service
  • Baby cots (free)
  • laundry
  • fridge
  • Extra beds (surcharge)
  • Waterslide
  • Children stay free of charge! Up to 2 children under 17 years old stay for free if they use existing bedding.
  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 20.0 per night
  • Cots are available free of charge

2. Surf and Sand Resort on Laguna Beach, a hotel on the beach with a spa

In addition to 2 bars / lounges, this hotel also has a gastronomic offer (splashes). In addition, Surf And Sand Resort offers you a beach that is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing. All 167 rooms have free internet access (WIFI), flat screen TV, digital reception and comfortable extras such as high quality bedding and down comforters.

Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Leisure facilities also include a sauna and a 24-hour fitness area.
Aqua Terra Spa has 8 treatment rooms. The following wellness services are offered: facials, full body wrap treatment, body scrubs and detoxification wrap. The wellness area has a whirlpool. Various treatment options and therapies are offered in the wellness area, including aromatherapy.

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Victoria Beach – 2 minutes by car
  • Main Beach Park – 2 minutes drive
  • Crescent Bay Point Park – 5 minutes drive
  • Heisler Park – 6 minutes by car
  • Soka University of America – 21 minutes drive
  • Textile cleaning service
  • DVD player
  • laundry
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Outdoor pool
  • fridge

3. Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa, San Diego beach resort with a spa
Catamaran Resort and Spa offers 310 forms of accommodation with iPod docking stations and laptop-compatible safes. The beds in the rooms have high quality bedding. Flat screen televisions with premium cable channels are available in the rooms. Bathroom amenities include bathtubs or showers, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and hairdryers.

Free internet access (WIFI) is available. The turndown service and the cleaning service are offered every evening. On request, you can also get allergy-free bedding.

Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Leisure facilities also include a fitness center and sauna.

Kids and extra beds

Family Amenities

  • Children are very welcome
  • Children stay free of charge! Children stay for free if they use existing bedding.
  • Extra beds are not available
  • Cots are not available
  • Textile cleaning service
  • Outdoor pool

4. The Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort is located on the California coast. It features a large outdoor pool and rooms with scenic views. The hotel also has several restaurants.

The spacious rooms at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort are decorated in natural wood tones. A minibar, double vanity and cable TV with high definition images are included.

Private balconies and patios offer mountain, garden or ocean views. Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort features a large outdoor pool, golf driving range and shuffleboard.

The spa offers a full range of services. With the help of professional staff, guests can host an event in one of the spacious banquet rooms or meeting rooms. The Parker Family’s wine tasting room has recently been opened in the lobby.

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort is located near wineries, Santa Barbara Zoo and Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center. Guests can rent a car directly at the hotel and explore the surroundings.

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Santa Barbara Zoo – 11 min walk
  • Presidio Santa Barbara – 6 minutes by car
  • Santa Barbara Bowl – 7 minutes by car
  • Santa Barbara Port – 9 minutes by car
  • Textile cleaning service
  • Baby cots (free)
  • Outdoor pool
  • fridge
  • Extra beds (surcharge)
  • Children stay for free if they use existing bedding.
  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 40.0 per nigh
  • Cots are available free of charge
  • Children’s TV channels

5. The Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado

This luxury resort is a 35-minute drive from San Diego International Airport. It features 3 swimming pools, a marina, a restaurant, spa and gondola rides. The rooms include a flat-screen TV.

Sea Spa and Fitness Center offers signature beauty and therapeutic treatments using special treatments such as sea-stone massages or island-style wraps.

The Coronado Bay Loews features a large outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, tennis court, bicycle rental and a conference center.

Silver Strand Beach is a 10-minute walk away. Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo are a 30-minute drive away.

Families especially like the location – they rated it 9.5 for a Family trip.

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Coronado Beach – 8 minutes by car
  • San Diego Coronado Bridge – 9 minutes by car
  • PETCO Park – 20 minutes by car
  • San Diego Convention Center – 21 minutes drive
  • Seaport Village Mall – 23 minutes drive
  • Free cribs / infant beds
  • Children’s pool
  • Babysitting in the room (extra charge)
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Supervision of children, organization of children’s leisure (extra charge)
  • Refrigerator
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Children stay free of charge! Up to three children are not charged if they stay in a room with parents or guardians and do not need an extra bed.
  • Cots are available free of charge
6. The Blue Sea Beach Hotel, San Diego

This oceanfront San Diego hotel is 1 mile from Mission Bay Park. It offers rooms with a balcony. Bicycle rental and an oceanfront pool are available on site.

All rooms at Blue Sea Beach Hotel have a private balcony or patio. A fridge, coffee machine and 50-inch LCD TV are included. In the room, guests can spend leisure time watching movies or playing video games (provided).

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from The Sea World Amusement Park and a 20-minute drive from the University of California. The San Diego Bay area has all the facilities for outdoor activities, including cycling, surfing, tennis and water sports. There are also many shops.

Families especially like the location – they rated it 9.4 for a family trip .

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Mission Beach – 1 minute walk
  • Mission Bay – 5 minutes walk
  • Belmont Park – 6 minutes by car
  • SeaWorld – 15 minutes by car
  • University of San Diego – 19 minutes by car
  • laundry
  • microwave
  • Outdoor pool
  • fridge
  • Snack bar
  • Children stay free of charge! Up to 2 children stay for free if they use existing bedding.
  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 15.0 per night
  • Cots are not available

 

7. Monarch Beach Resort at Dana Point, Dana Point

This resort is located in Dana Point on a hill overlooking the Pacific. There are 7 on-site restaurants, room service, 3 pools (including 1 children’s pool) and a tournament golf course. The resort also has a spa and a blow dry bar. Guests also have access to a private beach.

Each room at the Monarch Beach Resort has a private balcony or terrace, premium duvets, and a 50-inch LCD TV. They have their own luxurious bathroom with marble tiles, an oversized bathtub and a separate shower.

You can dine by the sea in the 33 ° North restaurant. Regional, natural organic products such as fish and seafood, meat and poultry are served here. The bar serves first-class champagne and cognac from France as well as a large selection of Scottish single malt whiskeys. The Bourbon Steak restaurant offers panoramic views of the Pacific and spoils you with creative and refined dishes. Seasonal ingredients from the sea and from the land in the region are also used here. You can drop by the Part & Parcel Market for a coffee or a quick takeaway meal.

At The Miraval Life In Balance Spa you can relax with massage therapies, facial and body treatments. The spa with staff also offers hair and nail services, yoga and a sea-to-spa package.

An outdoor pool with fully equipped cabanas, a kids pool and a lagoon pool also promise relaxing moments. The Monarch Beach Kids Club offers a kids program and babysitting.

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Salt Creek Beach Park – 17 min walk
  • Thousand Steps Beach – 7 minutes drive
  • Dana Point Harbor – 9 minutes by car
  • The Coach House (concert hall) – 10 minutes by car
  • Doheny State Beach – 11 minutes drive
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Babysitter or child care (for a fee)
  • Children’s club (surcharge)
  • Children’s pool
  • Textile cleaning service
  • Baby cots (free)
  • laundry
  • Extra beds (surcharge)
  • Snack bar
  • Childcare / activities for children (surcharge)
  • Children stay free of charge! Children stay for free if they use existing bedding.
  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 35.0 per day
  • Cots are available free of charge

8. Sanctuary Beach Resort, Monterey

This oceanfront hotel is located in the California city of Marina. The hotel offers Pacific Ocean views, a full-service spa, and an on-site restaurant. You are also welcome to dine in your room.

All rooms at the Sanctuary Beach Resort are equipped with a flat-screen TV and free WiFi. You will also find a fireplace and an MP3 docking station in the rooms. Let yourself be pampered by the sea or the surrounding dunes.

At the Sanctuary Beach Resort, the Salt Wood restaurant offers dishes made from the best seasonal local ingredients that highlight the special regional delicacies and seafood that can be found on the Central California coast and beyond.

Feel free to use the outdoor pool or hot tub at Sanctuary Beach.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is just 15 minutes’ drive from Marina’s Sanctuary Beach Resort. Historic Cannery Row entertainment district is 10 miles from the hotel.

Families especially like the rooms – they rated it 9.8 for a family trip.

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Marina State Beach – 4 min walk
  • Fort Ord Dunes State Park – 4 min drive
  • Del Monte Beach – 9 min drive
  • California State University Monterey Bay – 11 min drive
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium – 14 min drive
  • Beach volleyball
  • Children’s pool
  • Free bicycle rentals
  • Outdoor pool
  • Playground
  • Private picnics
  • Spa services
  • Spa tub
  • Children’s pool
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Outdoor pool
  • Playground
  • Refrigerator
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 50.0 per day
  • Free cribs (infant beds)

9. Tamarack Beach Resort & Hotel, Carlsbad

Located in Carlsbad, California, Tamarack Beach Hotel has a hot tub and fitness center. There is a restaurant on site. There is also a games room.

Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a flat-screen TV and a coffee machine. There is a private bathroom. A hairdryer and free toiletries are provided.

The front desk is open 24 hours a day.

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Carlsbad State Beach – 2 minutes walk
  • New Village Arts Theater – 12 min walk
  • Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center – 2 minutes drive
  • Carlsbad Lagoon – 8 minutes by car
  • Oceanside Beach – 9 minutes drive
  • 27 golf holes
  • Yoga on the beach
  • Billiard / pool table
  • Fitness center
  • Outdoor pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Family friendly
  • textile cleaning service
  • DVD player
  • Kids club (free)
  • Childcare / activities for children (free)
  • microwave
  • Outdoor pool
  • fridge
  • Children stay free of charge! Up to 10 children stay for free if they use existing bedding

10. Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica

This resort is located right on the beach in Santa Monica, California. It features 2 oceanfront restaurants, an outdoor pool, spa and stylish rooms with a roomy spa bath.

Each room at Shutters On The Beach has a library, iPod dock and 42-inch flat-screen TV.

Offering panoramic views of the ocean, One Pico is a welcoming restaurant with a large white fireplace and blue armchairs, featuring seasonal produce. Guests can enjoy light snacks and drinks from the bar in the cozy Coast Beach Cafe. The Living Room Lounge has a heated terrace with ocean views, afternoon tea, cocktails and a full menu of freshly prepared dishes.

There is an outdoor hot tub by the pool. A valet parking service is provided. Shutters On The Beach also has a gift shop.

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Santa Monica Beach – 1 minute walk
  • Main Street Santa Monica – 2 minutes walk
  • Santa Monica Pier – 8 min walk
  • Third Street Promenade – 12 minutes walk
  • Venice Beach – 18 min walk
  • Aerobics classes
  • Yoga on the beach
  • Fitness center
  • Full service wellness area
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pilates courses
  • Whirlpool
  • Yoga classes
  • Family friendly
  • Textile cleaning service
  • Baby cots (free)
  • laundry
  • Outdoor pool
  • Extra beds (surcharge)
  • Extra beds are available just for USD 50.0 per night

11. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach

One of our top picks in Huntington Beach.

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa is located next to the beach. It offers surfing and paddleboarding lessons. The hotel offers two outdoor pools and spa services. There are several restaurants on site.

Each air-conditioned room at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa has a flat-screen TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels. All rooms have a patio or balcony.

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the WATERTABLE area features the Gastro Pantry and Bar, which serves breakfast in the morning and cocktails in the evening. Pete’s Sunset Grille serves fish tacos and beach cocktails. It is open every day for lunch and dinner. Tower 15 Pizzeria, located directly opposite Rescue Station 15, offers pizza, salads, and sandwiches.

It features an on-site fitness center and a spa with massages and beauty treatments. The hotel has a games room, a playground and a children’s pool with water slides. Bike rental is available.

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Main Street – 16 minutes walk
  • Huntington Beach Pier – 17 min walk
  • Huntington State Beach – 5 minutes by car
  • Hoag Hospital – 10 minutes by car
  • Newport Pier – 11 minutes by car
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Game room / arcade games
  • Children’s club (surcharge)
  • Children’s pool
  • Textile cleaning service
  • Baby cots (free)
  • grocery store
  • Microwave (on request)
  • fridge
  • Extra beds (surcharge)
  • Childcare / Activities for children (surcharge)
  • Waterslide
  • Children stay free of charge! Children stay for free if they use existing bedding.
  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 25.0 per night
  • Cots are available free of charge

12. Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes

It offers luxurious rooms with a balcony and a view. It comes with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.  There is a private bathroom with a separate bath and shower.

Terranea – LA’s Oceanfront Resort is provided with a free glass of sparkling wine upon arrival. Guests can enjoy massages at the spa, take a stroll in the charming garden, or relax in nature by the open fireplace. The hotel also has a fitness center and fitness classes.

Resort offers a special falconry program and activities for a variety of outdoor activities, including kayaking, scuba diving, whale watching and horse riding. Terranea Resort has a 9-hole Par-3 golf course on the ocean. A free shuttle service is available to Abalon Cove Park and local shopping centers.

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

 

  • Wayfarers Chapel – 3 minutes drive
  • Torrance Beach – 21 minutes drive
  • World Cruise Center – 31 minutes by car
  • Cabrillo Beach – 32 minutes by car
  • USS Iowa (Warship Museum) – 33 minutes by car
  • 4 outdoor pools
  • Babysitter or child care (for a fee)
  • Children’s club (surcharge)
  • Children’s pool
  • Textile cleaning service
  • Area shuttle (free)
  • laundry
  • Childcare / Activities for children (surcharge)
  • Waterslide
  • Children stay free of charge! Children stay for free if they use existing bedding.
  • Extra beds are not available
  • Cots are not available

13. Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach

This oceanfront hotel is 5 minutes’ drive from Pismo State Beach and a few steps from the beach. The hotel’s gift shop offers beach items such as coolers and sunscreen. High-speed WiFi is available in all rooms.

All rooms at Sandcastle Inn Pismo Beach have cable TV. The spacious rooms have tea and coffee making facilities. Rooms with a balcony and sea view are also available.

This hotel is a 5-minute drive from Pismo Beach Golf Course and Pismo Coast Shopping Plaza. California Polytechnic State University is 17 minutes’ drive away.

 

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Pismo Beach Pier – 3 minutes walk
  • Monarch Butterfly Grove (Forest) – 16 min walk
  • North Beach Campground – 17 min walk
  • Pismo Beach Prime Outlets (Outlet Center) – 18 min walk
  • Margo Dodd Park – 5 minutes by car
  • Happy Hour (Additional fees)
  • Beach
  • Horse riding Outside the property (Additional fees)
  • Diving outside the property (Additional fees)
  • Hiking Outside the property
  • Windsurfing Outside the property (Additional fees)
  • Fishing Outside the property (Additional fees)
  • Golf course (Additional fees)
  • Free bike rental
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Baby cots are not available in this property.
  • There is no space for extra beds in this accommodation.

14. Paradise Point Resort & Spa

This beautiful resort and spa hotel is located on a luxurious private island in Mission Bay. It features a full-service spa and a tropical garden. San Diego Water World Amusement Park is a 5-minute drive away.

Decorated in an exotic style, all rooms at Paradise Point Resort & Spa have wooden floors. It features a spacious patio, a marble bathroom, flat-screen TV and ironing facilities.

Paradise Point has 5 pools, a fitness center and sports facilities. It offers relaxing tours of natural attractions, campfire gatherings on the beach and evening movie screenings by the pool.

TIdal Restaurant serves gourmet seafood and signature drinks. Bars and a grill cafe are located next to the beach and hotel pools.

In the neighborhood

Family Amenities

  • Belmont Park – 4 minutes by car
  • SeaWorld – 8 minutes by car
  • Mission Beach – 9 minutes by car
  • Old Town San Diego State Park – 11 min drive
  • University of San Diego – 13 minutes by ca

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  • Pets are allowed. This service may be paid.
  • Beach
  • Kids Club Paid separately
  • Minigolf Extra charge
  • Hiking trails
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • 5 outdoor pools
  • Children’s games
  • Children’s toys
  • Textile cleaning service
  • Baby cots (free)
  • grocery store
  • Mini golf
  • Snack bar
  • Childcare / activities for children (surcharge)
  • Children stay free of charge! Children stay for free if they use existing bedding.
  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 20.0 per night
  • Cots are available free of charge