Sometimes the best getaways are not the most obvious and you know the feeling when you stumble upon that extra-special experience that is good for lots of conversation around the water cooler Monday morning. California is blessed to have more than its fair share of these experiences and here are three that we can personally recommend.
Casa Tropicana Inn
For a simple overnight getaway to the beach, the Casa Tropicana Inn is about as easy as it gets. Located by the pier in a tiny beachfront community that is part of San Clemente, the Casa Tropicana is a bed-and-breakfast inn with only eight rooms, but each designed and furnished to offer more than just a hotel room. This is truly a boutique inn with stylish rooms and a lot of special attention to detail.
The Casa Tropicana is not a place to take the kids. It's a quiet getaway just for you and your partner. The flat-screen TV, Jacuzzi tub and mini-fridge with snacks make you feel right at home, while beach chairs, umbrellas and towels are ready for you to take just across the road to one of Southern California's most perfect beaches. Breakfast comes in a basket to your room and, if you like, you can take it out on the deck where you can people-watch to your heart's content. Good restaurants offer dinner right on the pier, a two-minute walk from your room.