Explore the California Coastline With These 11 Amazing Airbnbs

It’s official: California has the best beaches in the world. Okay, it might not be official-official, but anyone who’s sunk their toes into the Golden State’s sandy shoreline knows it to be true. It’s simply too easy to fall in love with our diverse scenery and refreshing Pacific waters.  Best Coastal California Airbnbs

With 840 miles of coastline, even locals have plenty of new space to explore—and what better way to get to know California’s beaches than by overnighting at a beachfront Airbnb? Whether you’ve lived in CA your whole life or you’re crossing a trip off of your bucket list, these 11 Airbnbs are only steps away from the water, meaning that your days will be full of sunshine and your nights filled with the sounds of crashing tides. 

Want some tunes to put you in the mood while you plan (or drive to) your Airbnb? Check out this playlist inspired by our favorite stays! Let’s get started:

 

1 | Next to You in Malibu Best Coastal California Airbnbs

⭐️4.9 🏅Superhost

A true oasis, this Malibu Airbnb combines all the beauty of the apartment’s natural surroundings with romantic, coastal-chic decor. This idyllic listing offers one bedroom and one bath, so it’s perfect for a romantic seaside getaway. The sounds of the waves set a dreamy ambiance that will fill your days and nights with tranquility, as watch the crisp, white walls flood with color at sunset.

Favorite Feature: Rinse off the sand in the outdoor rain shower!

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Location: Malibu, CA 

EXP 5/17

 

2 | In California With My Toes in the Sand

⭐️4.55

This coastal apartment is only a few sandy feet away from Mission Beach and is ideal for a getaway with your girls. The apartment features two bedrooms, three beds and one bath—so it’s cozy and can comfortably fit six! This location is beautifully decorated, and its location is ideal for walking to the waves, taking bike rides, exploring nearby attractions like Belmont Park or Sea World or simply enjoying a beachside picnic. 

Local Insight: Grab a Caribe Welcome from Miss B’s Coconut Club nearby.

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Location: San Diego, CA

Exp 5/19

 

3 | This California Sun Best Coastal California Airbnbs

⭐️4.85 🏅Superhost

A cozy one-bedroom cabana with a cabin feel, this Laguna Beach Airbnb is an amazing spot for a couple’s romantic getaway. The ocean is so close, you’ll be able to hear the waves and taste the salt in the air while you’re enjoying the views from your private deck. The log walls and the large river rock fireplace are warm and inviting, but we think your favorite part will be the staircase that leads you to the sands of the quiet, less-crowded Tablerock Beach.

Local Insight: Venture out and explore the Thousand Steps Sea Cave.

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Location: Laguna Beach, CA

EXP 5/28

 

4 | (Not) So Far From Santa Barbara

⭐️4.81 🏅Superhost

Pristine white walls, a red tile roof and a nine-minute walk to the beach: this roomy Santa Barbara condo has it all and features an open, one-bedroom design with clean, minimalistic decor and access to a beautiful shared backyard. Great for couples or a family of four (with a provided air mattress), this stunning condo underwent a remodel in May 2020. Whether you want to soak up the sun or explore the local tasting rooms and shops along State Street, this listing offers a wonderful slice of Santa Barbara life.

Favorite Feature: The extra-high ceilings!

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Santa Barbara, CA

EXP 5/26

 

5 | Chasing Malibu Nights

⭐️4.9 🏅Superhost

When you roll up to this beachside bungalow, you’ll immediately be charmed by its boutique feel and breathtaking location. The white decor creates a picture-perfect ambiance for sunny Malibu days and clear, warm nights. The property can accommodate four guests, so it’s great for a trip with close friends or family. If you’re someone who wants to jump into the ocean at a moment’s notice, this is the Airbnb for you.

Favorite Feature: Located on a secluded, quiet beach.

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Location: Malibu, CA

6 | In That California Sunrise

⭐️4.98 🏅Superhost

Enjoy an entire guest house to yourself at a truly special Stinson Beach Airbnb. This Japanese-inspired one-bed, one-bath property is only a few minutes’ walk to town and the local trails. Tranquil and calming, the ocean views and surrounding greenery offer a spa-like effect—it’s perfect for couples who want to visit the Bay Area without staying in a bustling city.

Favorite Feature: Outdoor bathhouse for the ultimate serenity.

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Location: Stinson Beach, CA

 

7 | (Any)time in the LBC

⭐️4.94 🏅Superhost

Perfectly sandwiched between the beach and the walkable, bustling 2nd St, this Belmont Shores apartment is a quaint, coastal retreat from the fast-paced city. The decor is beautiful and clean with pops of robin’s egg blue, making it a beautiful spot for two to four guests to enjoy when they’re not exploring the surrounding area! 

Local Insight: You’re only a short drive away from the famous Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles.

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Location: Long Beach, CA

 

8 | California Dreamin’ Best Coastal California Airbnbs

⭐️4.96 🏅Superhost

Two-bed + two-bath + two blocks from the ocean = too amazing to skip out on! With its gorgeous rose garden, close proximity to Venice Beach and Insta-worthy design, this Marina del Rey home is the ultimate getaway location. The space is full of memorable details, such as wall art from local artists, and features plenty of amenities that’ll make it feel like your dream home away from home. 

Favorite Feature: The spacious patio has “alfresco dining” written all over it.

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Location: Marina del Rey, CA

 

9 | California Knows How to Party

⭐️4.73

Ready to get the whole gang together? And yes, we mean the whole gang! This spacious beachfront home can fit up to 16 guests, making it a truly incredible location for an unforgettable getaway. Enjoy anytime beach access with unbeatable views of the ocean, plenty of parking, and tons of space to spread out, relax and have an amazing time.

Favorite Feature: It has to be the private beach! 

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Location: Oceanside, CA

 

10 | Ventura Highway Hideaway

⭐️5

Slip away to your own little slice of paradise with this ocean-view hideaway in Ventura. With room for eight guests, you and your squad can enjoy a spacious backyard, a covered veranda and a comfortable indoor space for ultimate relaxation. It’s only a short walk to La Conchita Beach, and the tropical foliage and outdoor shower only add to the Eden-esque feel!

Local Insight: If you’re traveling by train, you’re a short Uber drive from the Carpenteria station.

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Location: Ventura, CA

 

11 | California, Here We Come Best Coastal California Airbnbs

⭐️ 5 🏅Superhost

Enjoy a five-star retreat for up to four people! This San Clemente condominium is beautifully decorated, and the surrounding beach town makes for a truly relaxing escape from your daily grind. Take a seat in the swinging chair on the patio to pair your morning coffee with the sounds of crashing waves nearby, or enjoy a stroll on Avenida Del Mar to explore all the amazing locale restaurants and shops. This condo is only a short walk to the beach and to the pier, so prepare for lots of fun in the sun!

Local Insight: Order a cheese board from The Cellar to enjoy at your Airbnb.

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Location: San Clemente, CA

 

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About The Author

Born and raised near the Pacific Coast, Jordan Nishkian is a California girl through and through. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA in Creative Writing and a BA in Anthropology, and her favorite place to be is curled up in a comfy chair with a book in her hand and a pen in her hair.

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