Your favorite beachfront hotel on the Central Coast?

taaren

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Jan 17, 2010
I had been planning on Disneyland Paris for a milestone birthday this winter, but that's out for obvious reasons. Thinking I'd like to relax at a room on the beach and stare at the ocean and be able to just watch the waves for that weekend instead since staying close to home is likely to be necessary.

So, what is your favorite on-the-beach, walk-to-the-water with no roads in between you and the ocean property? Prefer mid-to upper-mid range pricing, between Pismo and Santa Cruz. Have you stayed someplace that felt remote and luxurious? I'll start hunting around on websites for some of my favorite beach towns (Carmel-by-the-Sea, etc), but thought some of my fellow DISsers might have some places they thought were great that I've never seen. TIA.
 


Lumpy1106

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Jul 2, 2010
You really can't miss in Cambria. I spent a bunch of time surfing there when I was going to college. There are a bunch along Moonstone Beach Drive and they are all nice. It's very close to Hearst Castle and a great jumping-off point for the drive up PCH if that is your plan.
 
  • mentos

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    I know this is asking for on-beach property, but Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur is one of those places worth looking at for big milestone trips. It's not on the beach, but it's perched overlooking the ocean. The property is absolutely stunning.


    I did a random check for a weekend at the end of August, and rates start at approx. $1275/night and go up from there. If that's not in the cards, they do have a restaurant.
     

    SandyinMonterey

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    Feb 1, 2013
    There's the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. But, personally, I lived on the Central Coast in Monterey area for 16 years and, of course, that area is my favorite. I'd stay in one of the quaint cottages in Carmel by the Sea. A little further out from Carmel by the Sea is Carmel Highlands. There is the Hyatt. It's perched up across the highway with beautiful views. Downside, I always hated driving up there.
     

    taaren

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    Thanks everybody for the suggestions!
    I know this is asking for on-beach property, but Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur is one of those places worth looking at for big milestone trips. It's not on the beach, but it's perched overlooking the ocean. The property is absolutely stunning.


    I did a random check for a weekend at the end of August, and rates start at approx. $1275/night and go up from there. If that's not in the cards, they do have a restaurant.
    That is a gorgeous property! I will definitely put that on my bucket list for a milestone when I can afford it! (Maybe another decade?)

    So far the Hyatt in Carmel by the Sea and the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay have been closest to my price range and luxury wants for this trip.
     

    theluckyrabbit

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    We haven't been to the RC Half Moon Bay in quite a while, but I remember liking it a lot when we visited!
     
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