Sung about in songs, shown in movies and home to many celebrities, Southern California’s series of beach towns are famous for good reason. From color-filled piers and high-end shopping to rolling waves and sun-kissed sand, the beach-lined cities of SoCal have something to offer every age and interest. But don’t let that convince you they’re interchangeable. With distinct attractions and scenery unique to their specific location, these California legacies will leave lasting memories on your next vacation. Find out which one is right for you.  

La Jolla

Located in San Diego and bordering the Pacific Ocean, La Jolla provides a setting that blends natural wonder and local charm. Along the shores of La Jolla, you can spend an afternoon surfing, sailing and scuba diving. If water sports aren’t your speed, take the afternoon to bask in the beauty of La Jolla Cove, home to sunbathing seals, or stroll the rows of local boutiques including Swoon Collection and SoCal Queen. Whether you wish to spend time exploring, shopping or slowing down and taking it easy, La Jolla fulfills your vacation desires.

Where to Stay

San Diego Marriott La Jolla: Complete with a location minutes from San Diego and a beach-inspired aesthetic, this hotel makes it easy to relax like a true Californian.

Residence Inn San Diego La Jolla: Perfect for the entire family, this hotel provides apartment-like accommodations with easy access to the beaches of La Jolla and its various attractions.

Dana Point

Home to natural wonder and beauty, Dana Point offers an array of ways to bask in the SoCal surroundings. Perfect for the active traveler, Dana Point hosts a beach setting filled with outdoor excursions and adventures. The only bored you hear about in Dana Point is of the paddle board and surf board variety. Whether hiking the scenic costal path of Dana Point Bluff Top Trail or joining a whale watching tour off the coasts of Doheny State Beach, Dana Point makes it easy to bask in the wonders of nature.

Where to Stay

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel: Built into the Dana Point backdrop, this elegant hotel ensures every moment of your stay in Dana Point is as luxurious and sophisticated as possible.

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa: Complete with an unparalleled location, this hotel provides the perfect setting for vacationers who wish to look upon the beaches of Dana Point and spend time on the sun-kissed sand from sunrise to sunset.

Newport Beach

Located in California’s Orange County, Newport Beach is known for its stunning beach surroundings and the picture-perfect style of its inhabitants. A vacation in The O.C. isn’t your average experience. Newport Beach has been named one of the cleanest beaches in the country and is home to a series of unique attractions including numerous yacht and sailing clubs. It’s easy to feel spoiled thanks to the number of things to do, ranging from pristine beaches and high-end shopping to fine dining and water sports.

Where to Stay

Marriott's Newport Coast Villas: A private setting perfect for couples and families traveling together, this hotel embodies the style, culture and atmosphere Newport Beach is known for.

Lido House, Autograph Collection: Brand new and unlike anything else, Lido House hosts the perfect blend of Cape Cod style just steps away from the Newport Harbor and Balboa Fun Zone.

Santa Monica

If there was only one word to describe Santa Monica, it would be cool. Santa Monica effortlessly blends the city lifestyle of Los Angeles with the beach scene Southern California is celebrated for. Santa Monica is the perfect destination for those who like to have their cake and eat it too. Shop and dine in Mid-City or Montana Avenue, then enjoy the neon lights and carnival rides of the famous Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica has also been the backdrop and inspiration for music, movies and televisions. However you spend your time in Santa Monica, it will be infinitely cool.

Where to Stay

JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot: Savor oceanfront elegance while enjoying views of the beach and pier right from your room’s balcony.

Courtyard Santa Monica: Fresh, scenic and totally Santa Monica, Courtyard Santa Monica isn’t your average hotel. Color-filled decor and modern architecture create a setting that fits perfectly into the cityscape and beach backdrop.


Ventura is the kind of beach town you imagine when you close your eyes. The town is home to an old-fashioned main street, buildings made with historic design and a scenic beach filled picture-perfect views. From music venues and spas to water sports and historic sites, Ventura offers you a variety of ways to have a good time. Slow down after an evening of dancing with a trip to the beach, or spend an afternoon teeing off on the serene golf courses. Ventura makes enjoying yourself effortless, as it should be.

Where to Stay

Ventura Beach Marriott: From San Buenaventura State Beach to the Channel Islands, this elegant escape puts you at the center of it all.

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