Top 10 Beach B&Bs

Imagine palm trees swaying, tropical birds calling, and a massage on a private terrace overlooking the ocean. The ultimate relaxing getaway usually involves a sumptuous B&B overlooking a pristine beach and inviting water. These accommodations will soothe the senses and transport guests to their version of paradise.

Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast

Virginia Beach, VA

Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast

A hop to the beach and steps from the boardwalk, Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast entices guests with its central location. Walk to the historical Lifeguard Station Museum, Contemporary Art Center, or any number of top restaurants in the area. If day trips sound appealing explore Williamsburg, Jamestown, or Yorktown and return for a relaxing massage and a swim in the heated outdoor pool.

Beach Spa is a charming beach cottage, built circa 1937, that was originally the summer home for a Norfolk family. It has been transformed into a 4,900 square-foot mini spa resort with a third floor spa tower. Historical postcards decorate the B&B, which has eight beautifully appointed rooms that strike a balance between modern amenities and tasteful antique furnishings. Majestic porches, butterfly bushes, and a cascading waterfall welcome guests and soothe the spirit.

Birds of a Feather Victoria B and B

Victoria, British Columbia

Birds of a Feather Victoria B and B

The Birds of a Feather Bed and Breakfast, a cheerful bright yellow two-story house, sits at the end of the street and right at the water's edge. Established in 1997 and rebuilt in 2006, the beloved B&B offers modern amenities such as condo-style suites, wide-screen TV's, oversized soaker tubs, gas fireplaces, and private entrances. All guests have access to the huge rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of the ocean, Victoria, and the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Enjoy nature and history within close proximity with hiking trails, beach walks, and canoe trips out to Fisgard lighthouse on Esquimalt Lagoon. Marine eco-tours of the Salish Sea are also available by private Zodiac boat. Brush up on your British Columbia history while visiting nearby national historic sites like Hatley Castle and Park, and Fort Rodd Hill.

Black Dolphin Inn

New Smyrna Beach, FL

Black Dolphin Inn

Third generation hoteliers and identical twin Brothers Brett & Scott Smith, fell in love with this former riverfront estate and renovated the property to give it a feel of old world Spanish-Isle architecture. Overlooking the Indian River on Florida's east-central Atlantic coast, Black Dolphin gets its name from the dolphins that playfully swim by its dock. The Smith brothers offer their guests “barefoot elegance” and furnish the 14 guest rooms with vintage furniture, fine art, eclectic accents, and modern amenities like a spa bath.

On weekends, guests enjoy their Signature Continental Breakfast of locally sourced sustainable foods, which is expanded to include additional dishes such as steel-mill grits and southern home-fried potatoes. In nearby New Smyrna, walking distance from the inn, funky seaside restaurants are abundant as well as beach-side galleries, surf shops, and sprawling beaches. Overnight docking is available at the Black Dolphin for guests with boats. Even without a boat, fishing opportunities are plentiful at nearby Canaveral National Seashore Park. Whether you’re greeting the bottle nose dolphins from the dock or taking advantage of the art and culture beyond the B&B, the Black Dolphin provides a retreat for the mind, body, and soul.

Blue Lantern Inn, a Four Sisters Inn

Dana Point, CA

Blue Lantern Inn

The innkeepers of the Blue Lantern Inn know how to spoil their guests. Every day by 3 p.m. fresh baked cookies materialize near the lobby. If the cookies don't entice, guests can enjoy a complimentary cheese plate and glass of wine. Enjoy fabulous views of the Pacific from just about every window of this elegant Nantucket-style hotel, dramatically located on a bluff above the Dana Point Yacht Harbor—a popular romantic hideaway about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego.

The 29 guest rooms are bright and airy, bathed in hues of light blue with crisp white linens, fireplaces, and sitting areas creating an intimate ambiance. Blueberry pancakes, artichoke quiche, or Grand Marnier French toast are just a sampling of what guests can expect to find at breakfast each morning. Cannon's Restaurant is located adjacent to the inn, for those who want to venture beyond the blissful haven of their room.

Hacienda de La Costa

Sayulita, Mexico

Hacienda de La Costa

Hacienda de La Costa delivers on everything for a beach vacation: a tranquil exclusive retreat with spectacular ocean views and pristine beaches, tropical gardens and jungles, and proximity to a bustling ocean-side village.

In this adults-only hacienda located within an ecological preserve, nature meets adventure with activities for nature lovers, diving and water sport enthusiasts, and beach explorers. The hacienda has five spacious suites decorated in bright, cheerful hues and traditional Mexican tiles. Breakfast is served poolside with a different entrée each morning in addition to the daily selection of fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, juice, and coffee. Hacienda de La Costa boasts an idyllic location tucked away in a pristine section of coastline between two secluded beaches, Playa Patzcuaro and Playa Patzcuarito, and two miles from neighboring beach resort, Sayulita. From sun kissed days to starry nights, romance is in the air at Hacienda de La Costa.

Ho'oilo House

Lahaina, HI

Ho'oilo House

Discover paradise at Ho'oilo House with only the sounds of the birds singing and the palm trees swaying. At this private B&B, delight in views of the Pacific Ocean and islands surrounding Maui and frequent rainbow sightings. Heaven can also be found in the daily homemade bread and biscuits—a guest favorite—made by innkeeper Amy and can be served poolside with mango, papaya and starfruit from the pesticide-free orchard.

Ho'oilo is Hawai’ian for winter and this house nestled in the West Maui Mountains is a perfect place to escape from the winter blues. Side-by-side spa treatments are offered on the lanai. Lounge at the pool or meditation gazebo and listen to the water from the nearby ponds and fountains. Take a stroll to the historic whaling town of Lahaina and the Kaanapali resort area or indulge in activities like golf, hiking, snorkeling, or surfing. Even the rooms at Ho'oilo House evoke serenity with their Bali furnishings, private outdoor shower with sandstone walls and bamboo shower heads, and individual lanais.

La Chaumiere

Honfleur, France

La Chaumiere

Surrounded by meadows and situated at the estuary of the Seine, La Chaumiere, sits halfway between the quaint French towns of Honfleur and Deauville in the Normandy region. Take advantage of the fresh ocean air while lounging and sipping local wines on the grand terrace with open air fire pits and ocean views. Let the hosts prepare a picnic of local market products and wine to take down the private path to the beach.

The nine rooms are decorated with a mix of traditional and modern eclectic style, exposed beam ceilings, marble bathrooms, and antique furnishings. The restaurant serves local specialties such as a langoustine risotto, a fresh oyster gazpacho with Espelette peppers, and a sweet and sour veal sweetbread dish. Biking, on-site tennis, nearby sailing, or just borrowing the local kayaks are some of the activities available. Of course, exploring nearby charming towns is also de rigueur.

La Mer & Dewey House

Key West, FL

La Mer & Dewey House

La Mer & Dewey House B&B provides easy access to both the Atlantic Ocean and South Beach via a rambling pathway with towering palm trees and lush gardens. This intimate and elegant bed and breakfast has a turn-of-the-century feel, white picket fence included. From the Dewey Terrace, eat made-to-order waffles and homemade quiche for breakfast or relax over tea in the afternoon and soak up the endless ocean views.

Choose from beautifully-appointed Veranda Rooms, Garden View Rooms or Luxury Ocean View Rooms that offer king or queen beds, private baths, and private patios or balconies. The location is ideal for exploring the heart of Key West's historic district, restaurants, shops, and nightlife as well as for escaping into the spa, pool, or beach.

Lava Lava Beach Club

Waikoloa, HI

Lava Lava Beach Club

Located on Anaeho’omalu Bay in Waikoloa Beach Resort, Lava Lava Beach Club is the B&B destination for laid back food, drink and celebration. This luxurious beachfront cottage encourages guests to roam from bed to breakfast to beach, or to simply lounge in the shade of a private lanai and bask in the most beautiful sunset over the ocean. The four contemporary Hawaiian cottages were individually designed and decorated with a relaxed “New Island” décor of vibrant hues and artwork celebrating Hawaiian water sports.

The Beach Club restaurant is nearby and serves relaxed island cuisine throughout the day. Live music, handcrafted cocktails and the daily happy hour pupu menu gets the party going in the evening. When not lounging on the beach, guests can rent surf and stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkel gear, as well as taking whale watching cruises.

Villa Dolce Vita

Tulum, Mexico

Villa Dolce Vita

When guests arrive at Villa Dolce Vita on Soliman Bay, they are greeted by the sounds of serenading tropical birds, palm trees rustling in the breeze, and pelicans diving for their meals.

Step out onto the private sandy beach, sink into a hammock or cushioned lounge chair, and stay shaded under the sombrilla. Other temptations await like the sparkling pool bordered by tropical gardens, kayaking, or reef snorkeling nearby. The beachfront villa, owned by New York transplants Connie and Chris Wasyl, offers two guest rooms. Each is decorated in earth tones and handmade Mexican tiles with a private bath and stunning views of the Caribbean. Each morning, savor a full breakfast of tropical fruits, fresh juices and coffee, local pastries, and a hot entrée. Guests who can tear themselves away from the sanctuary of Villa Dolce Vita can visit Mayan ruins and eco-parks, take jungle adventures, scuba dive, or go shopping.