Top 10 beach B&Bs

Palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze, waves crashing onto a sandy shore, rays of the summer sun warming your skin – this month, we’re celebrating ten bed and breakfasts that offer intimate accommodations that will soothe your senses, breathtaking views that will feed your soul, and personal touches that will have you dreaming about your next beach getaway.

Black Dolphin Inn
New Smyrna Beach, FL

Black Dolphin Inn This elegant Spanish-Isle boutique inn on Florida’s east-central Atlantic Coast appeared on our list of Top 10 Beach B&Bs in 2013. Overlooking the Indian River, the bed and breakfast gets its name from the dolphins that frolic in the waters just off its dock, where guests can dock their boats overnight. The three-story estate, located within steps of the longest stretch of public beach in the United States, features 14 guest rooms and suites, all of which include private balconies with direct or angled bay views of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and private spa-inspired bathrooms.

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Cypress Inn On Miramar Beach
Half Moon Bay, CA

Cypress Inn On Miramar Beach Situated 30 minutes south of San Francisco, this luxurious oceanfront bed and breakfast places the pristine beauty of sandy white beaches and the waters of the Pacific within easy access. Each of the 18 guestrooms features a king- or queen-sized featherbed, fireplace, and heated terracotta floors, as well as dramatic views of the ocean. Begin your day at your leisure and have a full breakfast delivered to your room before heading down to the beach. Later, return to the inn for some pampering by scheduling a private massage with the resident certified massage therapist.

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Holualoa Inn
Holualoa, HI

Holualoa Inn Nestled in the slopes of Mount Hualalai on the western shore of Hawai`i, with breathtaking views of the Kona Coast, this plantation-style estate offers the ultimate tropical island getaway. The romantic setting and open-air environment make this bed and breakfast a perfect wedding venue, while luxurious amenities such as the mosaic-tiled pool and hot tub, rooftop gazebo, and massage hale will make you feel as though you’ve discovered your own little piece of heaven. The six guestrooms and suites each include king- or queen-sized beds, private balconies, and bathrooms outfitted with stone or marble showers.

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Inn at Sunrise Point
Lincolnville, ME

Inn at Sunrise Point Located two miles from Camden Hills State Park in Lincolnville, Maine, this elegant bed and breakfast sits on five secluded acres alongside the rocky waterfront. The contemporary cottages and guestrooms feature ensuite bathrooms equipped with spacious rain showers, fireplaces for setting a romantic mood, and private decks offering stunning views of the ocean. In the evening, allow the sea air and the gentle lapping of the waves against the shore to lull you to sleep, and in the morning, watch the breathtaking sunrise across Penobscot Bay before indulging in a sumptuous breakfast in the conservatory.

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Pacific Vacation
Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Pacific Vacation Comprised of two oceanfront villas designed by renowned architect Enrique Zozaya, this stunning bed and breakfast surrounded by lush tropical gardens provides luxurious amenities such on-site massages, private yoga lessons, and two infinity pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Zihuatanejo Bay. The nine guestrooms are individually decorated and feature king-sized beds dressed in imported luxury linens and private ensuite bathrooms stocked with high-end bath products. When not exploring the local shops and restaurants in town, enjoy the multitude of available watersports and outdoor activities, including deep-sea fishing, wind surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

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Peter Shields Inn
Cape May, NJ

Peter Shields Inn Considered to be one of the finest examples of Georgian Revival architecture in the United States, it’s not surprising that this seaside bed and breakfast has earned accolades again after being named one of our Top 10 Beach B&Bs in 2013. Located on Cape May’s Beach Avenue, the inn is just steps from the beach. The nine guestrooms each have private ensuite bathrooms supplied with luxurious bath products, and most include fireplaces and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. For convenience, beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas are available for guests’ use.

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Rancho Pescadero
Todos Santos, Mexico

Rancho Pescadero This stunning adults-only bed and breakfast sits on a luscious 15-acre property in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The 27 spacious oceanfront suites are stocked with niceties ranging from beach sarongs to sunscreen and feature elevated platform beds, ensuite bathrooms with mosaic tile showers, and glass pocket doors that open onto private palapa-covered patios equipped with siesta beds. Begin the day by having fresh fruit and coffee delivered to your suite and then pamper yourself by scheduling in-room spa services before relaxing by the pool with a refreshing cocktail in hand.

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Sea Rock Bed and Breakfast Inn
Mendocino, CA

Sea Rock Bed and Breakfast Inn The peaceful setting and luxurious amenities help make this romantic bed and breakfast situated on the Mendocino Coast of northern California a memorable destination. The cottages and guest suites feature down featherbeds, fireplaces, ensuite bathrooms with two-person soaking tubs, and private decks overlooking the Agate Cove and the dramatic rocky cliffs of the Mendocino Headlands State Park. Unwind by strolling through the lush gardens, sitting on a cliff-side bench and watching for the playful spray of whales, or curling up by the fire with a book and a glass of local wine.

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Tickle Pink Inn
Carmel, CA

Tickle Pink Inn Nestled above the rocky coastline that stands at the gateway to California’s Big Sur, this enchanting bed and breakfast boasts unforgettable views of the Pacific Ocean. The 35 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites feature plush king- or queen-sized beds dressed in 100% Egyptian cotton linens, wood-burning fireplaces, ensuite spa bathrooms stocked with terrycloth bathrobes and slippers, and spacious private balconies. In the morning, enjoy gourmet coffee, freshly-squeezed juices, and homemade breakfast pastries, and in the evening, join fellow guests in the Terrace Lounge for a complimentary wine and cheese reception accompanied by soothing classical music.

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Tropical Inn
Key West, FL

Tropical Inn Centrally located on Duval Street and within easy access of five Key West beaches, the Tropical Inn blends the elegance of a boutique hotel with the intimacy of a bed and breakfast. The inn consists of a two-story main house and three charming cottages arranged around a lush garden with a refreshing waterfall swimming pool. All of the guestrooms feature king- or queen-sized beds, ceiling fans, and ensuite bathrooms, while most rooms also include private porches or decks. The staff places a strong emphasis on guest comfort, personal service, and attention detail to make your stay a relaxing one.

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