Local architect Don Jacobs built this classic Sea Ranch abode on a coastal hillside in 1971. Get lost in 180-degree Pacific views from a window seat in the stunning great room, or breathe in fresh air from the private oceanside hot tub or deck bar. Pets are welcome and guests also have access to shared pools, saunas, and tennis courts nearby. Black Point beach is located one mile away, accessible via a staircase. $200 a night.
Cell service can be spotty in Timber Cove, so take the opportunity to unplug for a weekend in this rustic cabin along the quiet Sonoma Coast (don’t worry—there’s still working WiFi). Soak in the best of both worlds: forest and ocean views from this two-bedroom with soaring ceilings, a furnished deck, a fireplace, and loads of natural light. Several nearby beaches and state parks are only one to four miles away, but dining options are almost non-existent, so come prepared to cook in the chef’s kitchen. $200 a night.
This Bodega Bay chalet was renovated inside and out in 2019 by the designers and owners of Harvest Home, a furniture boutique that was a San Francisco staple for more than two decades before it moved to Sonoma. Perched on a secluded, four-acre hilltop overlooking the bay, this rental has floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound, sun-drenched deck. The inside feels like a luxurious, modern-day farmhouse and comes equipped with a fireplace, gourmet kitchen, laundry room, three marbled bathrooms, and four bedrooms that sleep up to 10. The best part: In only ten minutes, you can sink your toes into the white sands of Bodega’s two-mile-long Doran Beach. $1,475 for two nights.
Just over the Golden Gate, a perfect beach getaway awaits you and seven of your closest pals on the edge of a cliff overlooking Stinson Beach. Whale watch from the hot tub, fire pit, or copper bathtub. And on chillier days, take in panoramic views—once Karl clears, of course—next to the wood-burning fireplace. The quaint town of Bolinas and the beach are both a quick drive away. $1,100 a night.
This top-floor Pacifica home sits literal steps from the beach and is an easy 20-minute drive from San Francisco. Sunlight drenches an ocean-facing terrace and streams through 10-foot windows that look out over the pier. The brand new, two-bedroom interior is ultra-modern, posh, and stark white—so maybe leave the kids at home for this one. $230 a night.
You won’t get closer to the sand than this Pacific Grove home, which was built literally on top of the Asilomar Dunes. Do your best “I’m the king of the world” Titanic impression from the front deck, which looks just like the bow of a ship and then wraps around the entire house. There are ocean views from picture windows in nearly every room (it sleeps up to seven), but you’ll want to claim the stunning master bedroom before anyone else. $600 a night.