What are the best beach resorts in California?

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If you've come to California to truly experience the beach (and we're guessing you have), don't be fooled by the number of California hotels claiming to have ocean views. Not all do, so begin with our list of the best beach resorts in California, all located right on the beach or so close that you absolutely can't miss it:

1. Reigning over Laguna Beach from its rugged cliff-top location, Montage Laguna Beach blends arts and crafts style with the luxury of a full-service resort. Just about every room has a view of the beach and ocean, as does the resort's Mosaic Pool, which serves as a great (and more comfortable) alternative to hitting the sand for those who want to sun worship

2. Resting on 20 lush acres along the Pacific Ocean, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara pays tribute to the region's Spanish colonial history with its red-tiled roof, arches and hacienda-style main building. Guests have exclusive access to the private Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, built in 1937 on Butterfly Beach and recently restored to its former glory.

3. For in-the-know locals (including celebrities whom the hotel prefers to keep hush-hush), Shutters On The Beach is a frequent destination. It is Santa Monica's most beloved spot for everything from seaside brunches and cocktails to beachside basking. You can make a day of taking advantage of the friendly service delivered by the resort's beach staff, whether it's the daily free morning yoga class held right on the beach or the spa-worthy lunches delivered sand-side while you lounge in a chaise under an oversized umbrella.

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