With some of the finest surfing in California, the beach hotels in San Clemente range from deluxe villas to buzzy hostels and everything in between – book your stay now with Culture Trip.
Wave riders should already be familiar with the famed breaks of San Clemente. This laid-back beach town is a great introduction to the Californian surf culture, but, if sunsets on the sand and photos on the pier are more your speed, you won’t be disappointed either. Hiking trails, fresh seafood and boutique shopping are all within a few feet of these breezy beach hotels in San Clemente.
When you escape to San Clemente Cove for a weekend away, just know that around 20,000 gray whales have the same idea. Check-in to your breezy, partial-ocean-view condo (with a full kitchen, by the way), and head straight to the San Clemente Pier to see the whales migrate for their mating season. Swipe through your photos slack-jawed at Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar, home to some of the freshest seafood in town.
Sneak off into a private beach casita at Casa Tropicana, and sink into the calm California coastal lifestyle. A luxury getaway awaits in the penthouse Casita Del Rey suite. Sip your morning cup on a private oceanview deck, or trade coffee for a cocktail in the Jacuzzi tub under the moonlight. Just know that you’re always only 2 minutes away from the shoreline if your oceanview soaking tub for two starts to feel a little cramped.
While you may not spot the eponymous creature at the Sea Horse Resort, you will see plenty of pups practicing their doggie paddle in the ocean. Pets are welcome to accompany you during your stress-free stay, though the sun-soaked Garden Terrace is reserved for humans only. The sound of waves crashing will lull you both to sleep in your oceanfront deluxe suite. When you need to stretch all six of your legs, walking along the San Clemente Beach Trail is a great way to sniff out beachside bars.
With California charm that’s endured since its opening in 1948, the Beachcomber Inn has a villa ready for you and your friends. Use the full-sized refrigerator and four-burner stove to mix up some grub, then have a kickabout on the lush bluff overlooking the beach. Grab a few beers, and play a few hands of poker with that warped travel deck you’ve been carrying around for years. No cards? No problem. Suds and people watching is all too tempting anyway.
A grandiose villa envisioned as a Spanish village by the sea, Oceanfront Hacienda will feel like your own personal beach house. All four richly appointed suites have ocean views and either an indoor or outdoor fireplace. Full kitchens and laundry facilities will make you feel right at home, while nightly strolls across the street on the San Clemente Pier are as dreamy as they sound.
Finally going to give surfing a try? House of Trestles has a wetsuit and board for you to rent, but, if you’d rather explore on dry land, an e-bike is also available. Stay in the hostel, and you’re sure to make new friends during a street art tour. Roll with your new crew down to the San Clemente Skatepark to shred the day away and up to the Triangle to party all night.
Who said a San Clemente vacation had to be in the sand? The Patriots’ Boutique Motel may be within walking distance of the beach, but it’s also just as close to the best shopping and entertainment downtown. Sip some of Cali’s freshest fruit smoothies at Juice My Heart, and window shop to your heart’s content. If you booked the King Ocean View suite, make sure you bring groceries back, so you can grill out on your private patio and grub on some barbeque in front of your firepit.
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A half-mile (0.8km) walk is all that stands between Casablanca Inn and North Beach, but we won’t be surprised if you get “lost” on the way and stumble into the outdoor heated pool. Whenever you do find your way back onto El Camino Real, the Colombian cafe at High Tide Coffee will definitely extend your detour. By the time you make it down to North Beach, you’ll be ready to lay out in the sun and eavesdrop on the seagulls.
The Surfbreak Hotel knows you’re only here for one thing: Trestles. That’s why the guest rooms are designed to get up and out to arguably the best break in Cali. A mini-fridge and coffee maker in each room will fuel you up for an early morning surf sesh. On your way down to Trestles, stock up on some wax at Stewart Surfboards, and order up a box of donuts at Surfin Donuts Coffee House.
How do you one-up the ultimate surf vacation? By adding a little snow into the mix! Nomads Hotel has an awesome Surf & Snow Package. Shred waves after sunrise, and hit the slopes until sunset. You’ll get hardcore island vibes from the food at Nomads Canteen. Tear into a plate of loaded fish tacos, and down cervezas (beer) while watching the sunset. When it’s time to let the moon have its fun with the waves, your colorful California patio suite is only a shuffle away.