Budget Beach Getaways Near L.A.
If you’re like a lot of L.A. parents, the idea of a vacation with the family sounds amazing. The idea of going into debt to do it? Not so much. Maybe those dreams of a two-week stay in Hawaii have to be dashed, but don’t hit the snooze alarm. How about waking up to the idea of an inexpensive beach getaway? Here are five options, all within two hours of Los Angeles, that will bring you waves of memories for years to come.
One of just two hotels directly on the sand, the Embassy Suites Mandalay Bay and Beach Resort in Oxnard rises above the surf for value, amenities, service and beach access. The rooms are double the cost of the other hotels mentioned here, but you’ll get double the value. Every room features a kitchenette, sofa bed and 625 square feet of space so there’s plenty of room for wiggly kids and tired parents to cohabitate peacefully. The complimentary breakfast is the tsunami of hotel breakfasts, featuring made-to-order omelets, bacon, fresh fruit, coffee, breakfast potatoes, oatmeal and pastries – all in a beautiful dining room setting.
Rent bikes, boogie boards, paddle boats and beach gear (kites are just $5 per hour) at Wheel Fun Rentals. Book the Island Packers and boat out to the Channel Islands to see whales, or rent a kayak through Channel Islands Harbor Rentals. Enjoy fine dining right within the hotel or bring your own supplies and cook in your room!
The resort features movie night every Saturday, a free fitness center, an expansive outdoor pool, two whirlpool baths, a beautiful sun terrace plus basketball, volleyball and tennis courts (bring your own equipment). Need a break from your kids at the end of the day? Take advantage of the hotel’s fee-based babysitting services or indulge in their nightly complimentary beverage (beer, wine, soda) and appetizer bar.