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It’s been an intense winter for a lot of the country, but spring is on its way, we assure you. Whether you’ve got children in your family, you work in education or you’re simply ready to get away for awhile, we highly recommend spending your Spring Break on the California Coast.

The best Spring Break destination is a coastal hotel with plenty of amenities to ensure a relaxing stay. These California beach hotels and resorts all make wonderful options.

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey


Monterey isn’t overly warm this time of year (plan for mid-60s temperature wise), but it’s still a beautiful and refreshing respite. The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa sits beachfront within Monterey Bay’s Cannery Row. And with three options for dining, room service, a fitness center and a stunning spa, you’ll have plenty of ways to relax and indulge.

Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz


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Taking the family to Santa Cruz for Spring Break? The Chaminade Resort & Spa is a recently renovated mountaintop retreat that sits five minutes from the beach and from downtown Santa Cruz. They have a variety of guest rooms and suites, several different dining options, and a spa and fitness center. They also offer mid-week specials and discounts for California residents.

Montage, Laguna Beach


If Laguna Beach is where you’d most like to be, look no further than Montage. Each of the 250 guest rooms here feature ocean views and beautiful art collections. Aside from the delicious dining options and luxurious day spa, Montage offers an array of experiences. This includes activities for children such as Paintbox, a program where kids can practice arts, crafts and games.

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach


Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is an ideal getaway for couples, families or groups of friends. It’s elegant but unpretentious, relaxed but not dull, and breathtakingly beautiful. Their onsite restaurant, Lido, is amazing, and they offer all kinds of recreation opportunities at Pismo Beach.

Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort


The Carlsbad Inn is located steps from the ocean, not to mention its close proximity to Legoland and everything else Carlsbad has to offer. If you’re traveling with your family, head to the onsite Activity Center where you’ll find planned activities such as board games, beach bikes rides and village walks.

Hyatt Regency Beach Resort and Spa, Huntington Beach


How does waking up to views of the Pacific Ocean and being surrounded by Spanish style architecture sound? This gorgeous Huntington Beach resort has a lagoon-style pool, an award-winning spa and an outstanding reputation. You can even take surfing lessons through Toes on the Nose Adventure Company, which has partnered with the hotel. 

Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego


As the premier family resort destination in San Diego’s Mission Bay, the Bahia Resort Hotel offers an unparalleled experience you’ll never forget. The rooms and suites are pristine, the Mediterranean-inspired dining is phenomenal, and the property is gorgeous. They even offer a dinner cruise in the Bahia Belle sternwheeler, which cruises through Mission Bay and has DJs and live entertainment.

Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego


Paradise Point is another Mission Bay gem, which has comfortable bungalow-style rooms amid lush, tropical gardens and relaxing lagoons. This 44-acre island also has five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits, an amazing spa and five restaurant options. Paradise Point is a favorite destination for families who enjoy Sea World, but it’s also quiet enough for a romantic retreat.