The Cliffs Resort
An oceanfront resort north of Pismo Beach.
This multi-story crisp white resort looks as if it were airlifted straight from Waikiki to the California coast. Having just completed its multi-million dollar renovations, the resort sells itself to families, couples, senior travelers, convention groups---basically, everybody. There are 165 guest rooms and suites set on a prettily-landscaped clifftop above the beach. Although the hotel-style rooms are smaller than average, the suites are more spacious than most. All have cable TV, video game consoles, wireless Internet access, work desks, coffee makers and marble bathrooms. Some rooms on the lower floor are reserved for those traveling with dogs, which are accepted for a small surcharge. The fitness facilities are above average, even offering complimentary exercise classes. There's also a day spa and an outdoor heated swimming pool for guests. The front desk staff can also arrange a variety of ocean activities, from sea kayaking to seasonal whale-watching tours.