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The 8 Best Beach Clubs on the West Coast

August 15, 2022 6 min read

Sure, Miami is iconic, and Key West is legendary, but when it comes to the best of the best beach clubs, everyone knows that the West Coast is (*cough, cough*) the best coast.

Whether in California, Oregon, Hawaii, or Washington, the West Coast boasts a sandy shoreline that stretches over hundreds of miles, giving it plenty of prime real estate for beach clubs. Which beach clubs are the greatest of all time, you ask? We'll tell you.

But First, What's So Special About the West Coast, Anyway?

Internationally known for its endless stretches of gorgeous beaches, countless tourist cities, vibrant nightlife, and perfect weather, the west side of the country has something for everyone. 

While there's no denying that the East Coast is a great coast, we're here to convince you that the West Coast truly is the best coast. From reasons relating to the breathtaking natural landscape to the general lifestyle, you might find yourself skipping the beach clubs to just move here instead.

But we can't really blame you, especially after checking out these perks below:

1: Surf, Hike, and Ski All on the Same Day

There aren't too many places where you can enjoy the rapture of skiing, the bliss of hiking, and the thrill of surfing all on the same day, but on the West Coast — you can. In the Golden State, mountains are located close enough to the beach for an ultimate day of outdoor adventure that’s sure to please everyone. 

Pro Tip:If you're heading to the slopes before riding the waves, don't forget your FUNBOY Snow Tube, sunscreen, and plenty of H2O to stay adequately hydrated throughout the day.

#2: The Food 

When it comes to food, the West Coast reigns supreme. The food is heavily influenced by Mexican, Asian, and Mediterranean cuisine. From comfort food to unique healthy dishes, you won’t have to go far to find a dish that you’ll fall in love with. 

#3: Wine-os Paradise

From Napa and Santa Barbara up to Oregon's Willamette Valley and Washington's Columbia Valley, the West Coast is a great place for friends of the grape!

It's along this coastline where you'll find that some of the most prestigious and delicious wines in the world are grown. People travel from all over the world to check out the magnificent vineyards. Spend an hour or spend the day; you won’t be disappointed.

#4: Spectacular Terrain

If you have an adventurer's spirit or are one with nature, this is where you need to be.

From amazing volcanoes in Hawaii and the flatlands of Los Angeles to the lush forests of national parks such as Joshua Tree, Yellowstone, and Yosemite, the world of the west is your oyster when it comes to breathtaking terrain that is second to none. Fun fact: a California library card can get you a free one-day pass to National Parks!

Take a walk or take a drive and take in the beauty as there’s so much to see. 

#5: Music Festivals Galore

Want to strap on a flower crown and dance to the likes of Muse, Tom Petty, and Lana Del Rey? The West Coast has you covered. Coachella, SnowGlobe, Stagecoach, and Outside Lands are just a few of the iconic music fests that are held in the west.

Whether you have a hippie heart or are into indie rock — it’s your chance to rock. 

The Top Beach Clubs on the West Coast

As if you needed any more reason to dub the West Coast the best coast, this side of the country has some sweet beach clubs, too. Although there are many, here's a roundup of our top favs:

1: Descanso Beach Club, California

Just a short breezy stroll past the historic Catalina Casino, Descanso Beach Club features Avalon's only beachside restaurant and bar. It's also one of SoCal's last beaches open to the public, where you can keep a boozy drink on hand with your feet in the sand.

Incredible views, affordable cabana rentals, comfy chaise lounges, and delicious food are just a few of the awesome perks that you'll experience when partying at this coveted beach club. Stop by for a refreshing drink and a relaxing day with your toes in the sand. 

2: Jonathan Club, California

Nestled in the rolling bluffs lives the Jonathan Beach Club, where members have enjoyed their own piece of the gorgeous Pacific seashore since 1927. They provide a unique mix of elegance and old-fashioned service. 

Perfect for those looking for laid-back luxury and sophistication, this West Coast club fuses beachy California vibes with prestigious five-star amenities, including a state-of-the-art spa, an upscale athletic facility, and a sparkling indoor pool.

3: Duke's Canoe Club, Hawaii

Ok, so the US Census counts Hawaii as part of the West Coast, but most other places include it as part of the Pacific Coast. Now that we’ve got that cleared up, here’s your new hot spot:

Duke's Canoe Club is the beachfront destination for fresh, island-inspired coastal dining and relaxation. Set in the back of the Outrigger Waikiki Resort, this landmark establishment sits smack in the center of the bay, with breathtaking views of Diamond Head to the left, the Pacific to the center, and sunsets to the right. 

Whether you're hoping to splash, surf, or chill in the warm, turquoise water or prefer to sip, snack, and grub, you can find it all at Duke's Canoe Beach Club. 

4: Moonshadows, California

Ranked as one of the Top 50 Beach Bars in the world, Moonshadows is clearly doing something right. This dazzling club offers a dining experience with a picturesque sunset, soothing sounds of the ocean, and a salty aroma that dances in the air. 

Feeling the warm beachy breeze swirl around your shoulders while tasting an eclectic blend of exquisite flavors makes this club a must.

5: Lava Lava Beach Club, Hawaii

Whether you're experiencing the beauty of Kauai or the beaches of the Big Island, Lava Lava Beach Club is the place for island-inspired cuisine, tasty drinks, and a "toes in the sand" ambiance. 

Day or night, this beach club is always a hit — and it's easy to see why. With creative, tasty cocktails, a friendly, welcoming staff, mouth-watering food, and dazzling views, Lava Lava Beach Club is like no other. 

#6: Mercer Shore Club, Washington

Located on the southern tip of Mercer Island in the Evergreen State, the Mercer Island Beach Club is a premier destination for meeting friends, building relationships, and creating memories that last a lifetime. The club offers a number of awesome amenities and family activities, making it nearly impossible to ever get bored. 

Want to take a dip in the pool? Check.

In the mood to play some tennis? You got it. 

Need to quench your thirst with a fruity cocktail? No problem. 

The Mercer Shore Club has you covered. 

7: The Kraken, California

Okay, so this is more like a rock bar than a fancy-schmancy club, but it's on the beach and a whole lot of fun! The bar caters to surfers, hippies, bikers, musicians, and heavy drinkers — which basically encompasses all of the above. 

You'll find great music, delicious food, boozy drinks, and cool people at The Kraken. The sunsets are always visible, the entertainment is always LIT, and the vibe is always beachy. What's not to love? 

8: Napua at Mauna Lani Beach Club, Hawaii

Last on the list, but certainly not least, we have Napua at Mauna Lani Beach club hidden away in the Aloha State. Overlooking the gorgeous Makaiwa Bay and historic Kalahupua's fishponds, this beautiful beachfront location specializes in vibrant and unique flavors of fresh, sustainable foods and cocktails, making this club a dream for any eco-friendly foodie around the globe.

Pro Tip:This beach club is located on the beautiful sandy beaches of Hawaii, so don’t forget your cozy FUNBOY Beach Towel and Retro Lawn Chair for maximum comfort while having lots of fun in the sun! You’ll be sure to find the perfect photo op! 

A Drink in Your Hand and Your Feet in the Sand

Now that you know all about the ultimate beach clubs on the West Coast, we're sure you're just chomping at the bit to plan your next trip. Between the coast's warm sunny weather and the serene waters of the Atlantic, it's hard to deny that the west is anything short of breathtaking amazingness. 

To make your vacay to the West Coast an unforgettable one, don't forget to pack your favorite FUNBOY float for tons of insta-worthy pictures. Whether you're looking to soak up some sun in style or prefer to keep it cool under a mesh liner, you can always count on us to have the perfect float for all of your poolside adventures. 

 

Sources:

33 Reasons The West Coast Is The Best Coast | HuffPost Life

California State Nickname | The Golden State

Hawaii State Nickname | The Aloha State

United States Wine and Grape Industry FAQS | WineAmerica


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