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Families ready to trade in their cars for boogie boards and bicycles will love Shore Hotel, a hip, eco-friendly property on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, Calif. Upon check-in, guests are greeted with ocean views from the lobby’s floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel’s solar-heated pool also overlooks the ocean, but here the kids can splash and play without getting salty and sandy. The rooms are colorful and comfortable, though younger guests will likely be more excited by what’s going on outside.
Just steps from the property are countless entertainment options, from the rides and games on the Santa Monica Pier to the shops and street performers on the Third Street Promenade. For a more active day, take to the waves or rent a bike from a local shop and cruise toward Malibu on the scenic, beachside bike path — there’s no better way to feel like a local. www.shorehotel.com