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Top 11 Beach Hotels in Orange County

Sandy Beaches, Ocrean View at Your Doorstep


In a County known for its beautiful sandy beaches, you'd expect some nice, beach hotels to stay in, and Orange County doesn't disappoint. All of our Orange County Beach hotels are right on the beach, not across the street. Some cities have not hotels right on the beach. With such a great location, they're generally more expensive than their inland counterparts.

Rate key per night (before tax):
$ = less than $124
$$= $125 to $199
$$$= $200 to $299
$$$$= $300 and up

Find out how we choose the recommended hotels.

Balboa Bay Resort

Set right on the waterfront on 15 acres, facing the Newport Harbor. There's a private beach resort next door, but don't be confused. It's for members only, not hotel guests.

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Bay Shores Peninsula

Not quite a beachfront hotel, but it's 75 paces to a sandy public beach and 50 feet to the Pacific Ocean

Crystal Cove Beach Cottages

A collection of restored historic cottages right on the beach in Crystal Cove State Park. They're very popular and the state has an unusual reservation schedule. Read about how to make reservations.

Inn at Laguna Beach

Located next to Main Beach, with beach and ocean views. Close to shopping, restaurants and galleries.Not quite right on the beach, but on the cliff just above it.

Laguna Riviera Beach Resort

It's on the beach, but not all rooms here have ocean views, and only some are air conditioned. Reserve carefully.

Montage Resort

A high-end, full service resort

Newport Beach Hotel

Built in a former railroad station, on the boardwalk of the Newport Pier

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Romantic location atop a cliff and just above the beach.

St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort

On the coast. Nature trails, accessible by resort tram only, lead to a 6.1-acre beach and exclusive access to a private beach club

Sunset Cove Villas

Not exactly a hotel, but better, Sunset Cove is a collection of villas sitting right above the beach, with a private access.

  • Address: 683 Sleepy Hollow Lane - Newport Beach
  • Telephone: 888-845-5271
  • Rooms: 8 villas
  • Website
  • Read our review

Surf and Sand Resort

This luxury resort on the Laguna Beach shoreline is a great romantic getaway.

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