Californian cities are rich in both culture and unique places to explore. Yet, travelers can’t escape an area with incredible year-long weather without spending, at least, one day at the beach! Each shoreline brings its own distinct, coastal charm; and many are not far from select Ayres Hotels.
Visitors flock to Newport Beach in Orange County, as the seaside city is known for its trendsetting fashion and lifestyle. Check out the shops on Balboa and Newport piers, drink wine at one of the beaches many seaside restaurants, or spend time by the out-of-this-world Pacific Ocean. Be sure to check out local surf action at The Wedge if there’s a swell while you’re in town!
- Costa Mesa-Newport Beach Ayres Hotel is a mere fifteen-minute drive to Newport Pier.
Seal Beach, on the other hand, has a much more low-key, small-town vibe. Enjoy the peace of the smaller beach town and the main streets’ local feel, or soak in the calm right in the water. Seal beach is known for its spacious and clean atmosphere, and visitors even drive their cars right onto the beach to enjoy the sunset.
- Ayres Hotel Seal Beach is right off of Seal Beach Boulevard, conveniently located less than five miles away from the coastline.
Nestled just west of Los Angeles, Santa Monica Beach welcomes visitors with its soft sands and many enticing attractions. Its iconic and historic pier features an amusement park named Pacific Park, an aquarium, street performers, and tons of irresistible food venues. The pier’s red and yellow Ferris wheel serves as Santa Monica’s landmark, oftentimes spotted on the silver screen! Others may choose to take in the Pacific Ocean breeze while biking the Marvin Braude Bike Trail.
- Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach/Hawthorne is the perfect place to stay before making the easy drive to Santa Monica.
Immerse yourself into the authentic, Californian surf lifestyle at Huntington Beach. The city known as Surf City USA, mirrors the ideal Southern California dream. The beach has 10 miles of endless coastline, the can’t-miss Huntington Beach pier, and of course, tons of fun surf! The beaches’ full amenities allow for a fun-filled experience with abundant parking, accessible restrooms, over 50 bonfire pits, and regulation-sized beach volleyball courts.
Bolsa Chica State Park, which also resides in Huntington Beach, would be the ideal backdrop for your next barbecue or bonfire get-together. Its spacious coastline has plenty of bonfire pits, thus offering its beach goers an inviting atmosphere. Still, those who are more interested in a low-key, shoreline walk can take much pleasure in stumbling upon some wildlife. For even more authentic flora and fauna nearby, the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve has preserved 1,300 acres of salt marshes, freshwater marshes, coastal dunes, seabird nesting islands, mudflats, and other natural habitats.
- Huntington Beach is just a fifteen-minute drive from Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley and only about ten-minutes from Ayres Hotel Seal Beach.