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A California beach vacation typically involves exploring charming coastal towns, shopping, dining, and perhaps even hiking, biking and boating. That being said, sometimes you just need to go on a vacation where you do nothing but relax. And when you do, these amazing destination hotels and resorts will be waiting for you.

The best part about these places? You don’t even have to leave the property to have an amazing and fulfilling vacation.

Seascape Beach Resort, Aptos

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When you stay at Seascape, you get the best of both worlds: The pampering or a resort and all the comforts of home. Accommodations include studio suites, one and two-bedroom suites, and luxurious spa suites. There are two outstanding onsite restaurants, a fitness center, bike rentals, an amazing day spa, a golf club, and even shops, so you’ll truly never have to step away to enjoy your vacay.

The Sanctuary Beach Resort, Marina

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Nestled in the dunes of the Monterey Bay coastline, it’s safe to say that The Sanctuary is appropriately named. Enjoy a massage in the spa, lounge by the pool, rent a Dutch-inspired bike or just take a walk by the beach. The onsite restaurant,  is currently being renovated and is expected to reopen in Summer 2017.

Bacara Resort & Spa, Goleta

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The list of amenities at Bacara Resort read like a dream come true: Three saline pools (two with ocean views), poolside cabanas, tennis courts, four restaurants and bars that focus on excellent wine, a state-of-the-art fitness center, daily wellness classes and of course, the 42,000 square foot spa. There are even nature trails located on the property for anyone who needs a rejuvenating stroll.

It is worth noting that Bacara Resort & Spa is a special occasion place—suites tend to start around $700 per night. But the general consensus is that it’s money well spent.

Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica

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Santa Monica is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Southern California, and Shutters on the Beach is truly magical. With two full-service restaurants and a swanky lounge, a restorative spa and full fitness center, you’ll never be bored here. There’s also an incredible pool here that looks right out at the ocean.

The Duke Hotel, Newport Beach

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Dramatic, modern and decidedly upscale, The Duke Hotel in Newport Beach offers the perfect blend of excitement and relaxation. Guest rooms range from Standard Kings to Deluxe Suites, all of which are quite spacious. The onsite Spa Sante is known for delivering amazing massages, and when you’re hungry, you’ll have two excellent restaurants (with bars) to choose from. The fitness center overlooks the outdoor pool, so you can lift weights and swim laps in the same afternoon.

The best part about this hotel is that it’s quite reasonably priced, given its location. Room rates start at around $156.

Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes


The scenery in Rancho Palos Verdes is simply breathtaking, and you’ll love taking it all in from the Terranea Resort. Along with their beautiful accommodations, day spa and nine options for food, cocktails or coffee, you’ll find an array of onsite activities like kids’ camp and golf.

Montage, Laguna Beach

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Laguna Beach is heaven on Earth, and Montage is a little piece of paradise. This resort offers 30 acres of oceanside luxury, and its guest rooms all have amazing ocean views. Between the three restaurants, a lobby lounge and in-room dining, guests enjoy plenty of dining variety. The onsite spa and mosaic pool are the most incredible parts of this property, and that’s saying a lot.

Paradise Point, San Diego


Out of all the destination resorts in the San Diego area, Paradise Point is the one that most feels like its own little city. This private island retreat puts its guests up in unique bungalow-style rooms, giving them a true sense of privacy. There are five onsite restaurants, several relaxing pools, a restorative spa and plenty of island activities to keep you as busy as you’d like to be.