7900 Dune Drive
Last summer, Beachcomber was showing off its upgraded pool area, including hot tub, gas-grilling station, movie screen and giant TV. There are 55 one- and two-bedroom efficiency units; décor varies from room to room. The location—a half block from the ocean—is choice. High-season rates: $235-400.
7800 Dune Drive
A family-friendly and freshly renovated all-suites hotel one block from the beach. The brightly painted suites—all with kitchens and central AC—sleep up to six. Amenities include two pools (one heated) and the Concord Café for lunch, dinner, or late- night dining. High-season rates: $263, with multi-night discounts.
Oceanfront at 78th Street
One of the island’s two oceanfront hotels, the inn features a large heated pool and secluded sunbathing gardens just steps from the beach. The hotel’s Seaglass restaurant offers al fresco dining adjacent to the pool. Check their website for getaway packages. High-season rates: West Wing: $275–$380; East Wing, $350–$515.
The Lark Motel
9800 Second Avenue
Family owned and operated since 1967, the Lark is well maintained and popular with return visitors. Fourteen of the 21 rooms have kitchenettes; all were renovated in 2014. It’s located two blocks from the beach and near downtown. High-season rates: $114–$190.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven
9601 Third Avenue
The three-year-old Reeds offers casual luxury in a downtown location convenient to the beach. There are nine room types, including bay-view suites and two desirable town-view corner rooms. Amenities, service and dining are first class. High-season rates: $379–$899.
Oceanfront at 80th Street
You can’t beat Windrift for beach access and oceanfront views. The entire hotel was gutted to its concrete shell in 2012 and redone with modern amenities and cool California earth tones. Dining and in-season nightlife options abound. The wine list features more than 450 bottles. High-season rates: $147–$982.