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SeaVenture Resort Hotel Review: This update on the classic, SoCal beach hideaway is set on the sand in Pismo Beach, a quintessential beach town that can't seem to let go of that laid-back surfer vibe of the early 1960s. Seclusion reigns supreme here, from the surprisingly elegant beachfront guestrooms to the full-service spa, offering the kind of pampering usually reserved for ritzier retreats. Couples with romance in mind can borrow tandem bicycles free of charge for a spin along the beach. Accommodations go for broke with private balconies furnished with hot tubs, feather beds, fireplaces, bathrooms with marble finishings and sleek, urban décor. Fresh Mediterranean-style seafood, teak furniture and views of the Pismo Beach Pier highlight the oceanfront dining options, which include a casual tapas bar serving local California wines by the glass. The location is ideal---not far from Hearst Castle, right on the coast between L.A. and San Francisco.