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Beach-Hopping in California

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La Jolla's intimate Horseshoe Beach; Big Sur's rugged, windblown Pfeiffer State Beach; the celeb-studded Butterfly Beach, in Santa Barbara; and the swim-and-sun paradise of Malibu's Zuma Beach: four great spots to spread your towel in California.

Destinations: La Jolla · Santa Barbara · Big Sur · Malibu

Hotels (4)

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    Malibu Beach Inn

    In Los Angeles, there’s no better place than Malibu to rub shoulders with film-industry elite, whether on the beaches (all are public) or at nearby... More
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    Hotel Parisi

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    Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

    A 207-room property on Butterfly Beach with the area’s signature 1920’s-style tiles and gardens. 

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    Post Ranch Inn

    The hotel opened in 1992 and is made up entirely of small buildings set on a ridge high above the Pacific. In 2008 Post Ranch added 10 new sculptur

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Restaurants (4)

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    Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant

    The bacon-and-egg topped “breakfast pizza,” available on weekends, is worth the drive from anywhere.

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    Malibu Seafood

    Located on the north end of Malibu, this casual seafood market and café is popular with surfers and sunbathers. Mark Ridgeway and his partners firs

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    Montecito Cafe

    "Charlie Chaplin slept here" is a frequentand often untrueSoCal refrain, but it's apt at the Montecito Inn, which the famous actor built in the 1

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    Cava

    This Montecito restaurant draws on influences from Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. Locals pile into the yellow-walled dining room and fill the pa

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Activities (1)

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    JEP Boutique

    Carries a small but chic collection of beachwear, from punky-preppy designs by Trovata to hipster shades by Initium.

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    Calistoga, Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara, Big Sur, Coronado

    The Golden State is home to some of the most blissfully laid-back hotels in the country. Check into—and check out—these properties that deliver effortless hospitality, the intimacy of bungalows, an...

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