We are a family of 5 with three kids under 12 looking for a two night stay in the Huntington, Newport area. We are trying to stretch the budget and not pay $300/night to stay right on the beach although the resorts look great.... Costa Mesa looked convenient, but maybe more business aligned. Are we missing any other areas that may be closer for a day trip to the beach, or a day in Newport Beach? We have been in the 4 and 4.5- star range for the other hotels we are staying at down the coast from San Fran to Marina Del Rey. We had a few extra days to use and wanted to be by the beach in OC. Any suggestions, recommendations about other areas, or nicer places in Cost Mesa if this is a best choice?