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7 beachfront Airbnbs in L.A. for perfect ocean vibes

Get a taste for the perfect beach holiday with these beachfront Airbnbs in L.A.

Written by
Michael Juliano
Rosemary Waugh
Alex Floyd-Douglass

When it comes to visiting any of L.A.’s totally gorgeous and world-renowned beaches, part of the thrill is to getting experience these shores like a local. And that means getting as close to living like a Angelino as you can: shopping, strolling and sunbathing waterside like you do it all the time.  

Sure, you could get yourself a snazzy beachside hotel – but if you want the full beachfront L.A. experience, there are few better options than getting an Airbnb. Below we’ve trawled through the finest beachfront rentals in Los Angeles, from Long Beach all the way up to Malibu – all of which are barely steps from the sand and sea.

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7 beachfront Airbnbs in L.A.

The extra-long deck in Malibu
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1. The extra-long deck in Malibu

This stunning beachside apartment takes rustic charm up a notch with its calming white interiors and snug sleeping space. But the real winning feature is the expansive deck which offers uninterrupted views of the ocean. If we were staying here, we know where we’d be taking all our meals.

The LAX beachhouse in Playa Del Ray
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2. The LAX beachhouse in Playa Del Ray

Looking for an Airbnb in Los Angeles that sits directly on the beachfront? Well, you're in luck as you couldn't get any closer than this stunning three-bedroom home on the shores of Playa Del Rey. This is the ideal beachfront Airbnb for a group of friends getting away for a weekend or a family with a coastal visit long overdue. Either way, it's kitted out with all the amenities you could need, while offering great extras such as beach and sports gear, high-speed Wi-Fi, and concierge services on request. Bonus? It's just four miles from LAX.

The quiet three-bedroom in Long Beach
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3. The quiet three-bedroom in Long Beach

Looking out onto Long Beach’s historic boardwalk and boasting spectacular horizontal views out over the Pacific, this three-bedroom lower-unit Airbnb is spacious and quiet. Added perks include the use of bikes, a two-person kayak, and your own peaceful patio.

The classic beach house in Malibu
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4. The classic beach house in Malibu

You’ll struggle to find a more classic old-skool Malibu abode than this adorable bungalow. Combining a rustic aesthetic with bouts of nautical knick-knacks and sleek modern amenities like air-con and lightning-fast Wi-Fi, it’s also mere meters from the beach and offers stunning ocean views throughout. Even if you opt for a leisurely brunch or chilled-out evening in, the seascape’s always there to keep you company.

The long-term spot on the Strand in Hermosa Beach
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5. The long-term spot on the Strand in Hermosa Beach

This bottom-floor two-bedroom Hermosa Beach property was the cheapest – and nicest – Airbnb we could find right on the Strand, the popular bike and pedestrian path that runs the length of the coast. If you’re looking for something a little more private than the beach, there’s a rooftop terrace, too. But there is one catch: The booking currently requires a 30-night minimum stay. 

The budget-friendly apartment in Playa del Rey
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6. The budget-friendly apartment in Playa del Rey

We’re bending one of our rules because this one-bedroom is just too reasonably priced. Technically, this ground-floor unit is right around the corner from the beach and you’ll have to cross the Ballona Creek Bike Path to reach the sand. But we’d say that proximity to the bike path, the beach, and the restaurants on Culver Boulevard are entirely part of the appeal.

The guest house with steps down to the beach in Malibu
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7. The guest house with steps down to the beach in Malibu

Have you ever gone to Point Dume and admired those mansions atop the bluff? Well, now you can stay in one – or the slightly more affordable guest house, as we’ve chosen. The adorable but impressive cottage has the perfect views for spotting whales or dolphins, but that also means you’ll have to tackle quite a few steps to reach the beach – which makes the pool perfect for when you’re too lazy.

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