Planning a trip to the ocean for your summer getaway? There’s no need to stay at a large tourist hotel; B&Bs and small inns offer a more personal touch and a fresh breakfast to boot. The BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection properties also offer many amenities you would expect at a hotel, such as free WiFi and 24-hour access to staff. Here is a sampling of some of our Diamond Collection oceanfront and beachfront B&Bs on both coasts.
Moss Landing, CA: Captain's Inn at Moss Landing
This nautical B&B is located on the Tidal Channel and next to marshes, and it’s also extremely close to the Pacific Ocean. You can see stunning waterfront views from the inn, and you will be able view wildlife such as sea otters, birds and harbor seals. This is the perfect place to take walks on the beach. The inn is also within walking distance of antique shops and restaurants, and is a perfect base for whale watching, birding, hiking, sports fishing, riding horses on the beach, taking wildlife tours, and other water and nature activities.
Southwest Harbor, ME: Harbour Cottage Inn
Situated on the coast of Maine, many of the guest rooms in the Harbour Cottage Inn overlook the harbor. It’s just a short walk to restaurants, shops, marinas and lobster wharves. The elegant inn is less than a mile from the stunning Acadia National Park and is very close to Bar Harbor. While you’re here, go canoeing and kayaking, take a bike ride, or go sailing. Several gorgeous golf courses are near the inn.
Amelia Island, FL: Elizabeth Pointe Lodge
The luxurious Elizabeth Point Lodge is housed in an oceanfront 1890s Nantucket shingle style Inn. It is located in Amelia Island, where there are 13 miles of pristine beaches. Enjoy breakfast overlooking the shimmering water. Sit in the rocking chairs on the deck and watch the sun set or rise over the ocean. Go fishing, hiking, sailing, biking, kayaking, fishing, sailing, or horseback riding. The island also has plenty of places to dine and shop.
La Jolla, CA: The Bed & Breakfast Inn At La Jolla
Not only does this historic inn offer the perk of being in the heart of La Jolla Village by the Sea, but it is a mere one block from the beach. Some of the deluxe rooms feature horizon views of the ocean, making it the perfect spot to watch the sun set. You can order a picnic basket for two from the inn and go sit on the beach or the cliffs for a romantic meal. If you love water, you can go snorkeling in La Jolla’s Cove Beach.
Key West, FL: La Mer & Dewey House
If white sandy beaches and tropical palm trees are your scenery of choice, you’ll be in heaven at La Mer & Dewey House, the only oceanfront B&B in Key West. The luxury B&B in the historic district of Key West sits right on the Atlantic ocean. Its guest rooms have classy British Colonial-style and tropical decorations and feature balconies and porches.