This summer (early to mid-July), my husband, 15-year old son, and I have decided to spend two weeks in sunny California, exploring the coastal region, starting in Monterey and ending in San Diego. We'll be spending the first 3 nights in Monterrey, the 4th night in Cambria and/or San Sebastien (as we plan to visit the Hearst Castle), and the 5th and 6th nights (July 11th and 12th) in Pismo Beach. I was originally debating between Santa Barbara and Pimso Beach, but based on Trip Advisor reviews and comments, I think that Pismo Beach will be more suitable for us (we are looking for a low-key, laid-back and relaxing setting). Now, I must decide upon the accommodation and would like to get some of your thoughts. Our budget for this 2-night stop-over is about $200/night. We're looking for beachfront accommodation with a pool (and ideally a hot tub), and within close (or easy walking distance) to local activities (i.e. boogie boarding, scuba diving, snorkelling, etc.) and restaurants. Based on the above, could you please help steer me in the right direction. I have read some great reviews about Kon Tiki Inn. Is this a good choice? I know that it is within our budget (approx. $190/night) for 1 room (1 king bed, 1 queen bed), with private balcony and ocean view, but is it close enough to the "heart" of the action? Thoughts and suggestions would be much appreciated. By the way, we are also interested in horseback riding and are considering renting a dune buggy. Thanks in advance!