Hipmunk Hotels: Budget Hotels in Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Cambria and More

There is never a bad time to visit California and its perfect weather. The summertime, however, always is the most expensive time for a Californian getaway. There is no need to wait, you can find great deals at these five thriving destinations. Book your stay today before summer ends.

Save on Your Budget in Santa Ana

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Make your visit to Orange County one that you will never forget. Santa Ana offers a busy downtown area with an entertainment hub. Tour the art galleries and make a historical stop, such as at the Lyon Air Museum which holds artifacts from World War II. Santa Ana is only 10 miles from the coast, which makes beach hopping easy. To save more money for activities, book a room at the Double Tree for under $100 per night.

Oceanfront Stays for Less than Los Angeles

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Visiting California does not mean you need to head to Los Angeles, or any of its nearby beaches, for some water fun. Head down the coast to Newport Beach. Check out the harbor, tour Balboa pier, and don’t miss a visit to Crystal Cove State Park. Summertime calls for special lobster fests, outdoor concert series, and art in the park. Surprisingly, this beach escape comes with many hotels for under $200 per night. The Radisson Hotel Newport Beach has the lowest prices at $128 per night.

Discover the City of Sherman Oaks

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Head for a stay in the valley when you stay west in Sherman Oaks. Within the San Fernando Valley, you can hike along the Santa Monica Mountains for days on end. Catch baseball games at the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park and join in on outdoor sports, such as soccer and tennis. Walk along Ventura Boulevard for art viewings and dining options. Families can keep the children entertained at Ultrazone and the movie theatre. Only 11 miles away from Hollywood, the prices make all the difference for this thriving city.

Peace and Serenity in Cambria

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If you are looking for a destination that will guarantee little to no crowds and peaceful beachfront for romantic evenings, book a vacation to Cambria. Enjoy this isolated neighborhood which is miles from anywhere else. Stroll the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk, check out the historical monuments, and end your day camping out by one of the hiking trails. Shop at the farmers markets and wine taste at over five vineyards. Modern accommodations are available in the mid 100’s range for beachfront access.

Laguna Like Living at Dana Point

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If you are a fan of Laguna Beach then you will find a more cost effective, and just as beautiful, stay at Dana Point. Surf, paddleboard, join in on beach yoga, or choose from motorized sports. Hike to The Headlands for views of the harbor and make sure to catch sushi and concert evenings out. Dana Point presents a community who enjoys being active and living life. Book a balcony room at the harbor for $99 per night.

For a California vacation that you can afford and enjoy, these five neighborhoods are perfect for choosing.

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