New Website Makes Life Easier for Beach Lovers

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The pictures on their website showed the beach and the ocean, but there was not a beach or ocean in sight. Pat said, "We'd booked via one of those "pay in advance" websites. So, we were stuck at this miserable excuse for a "beach hotel." Her husband decided to do something about deceitful inn keepers.

We'd booked via one of those "pay in advance" websites. So, we were stuck at this miserable excuse for a "beach hotel.

Jerry Henderson decided that he was going to make a list of every beach hotel on the west coast of the United States. The following week, he and his wife drove to San Diego. That was the starting point for driving the coast to Canada. They took took a month off to find every oceanfront resort, B&B, and beach hotel between the Mexican border and the Canadian border. What they found was very surprising.

How many beach hotels do you think they found on 1200 plus miles of coastline? The husband and wife team may have missed one or two. But the count is around 220 beachfront hotels. Most of the hotels are concentrated in major beach towns. So there are miles and miles of coastline without some sort of lodging on the beach. For example, take San Diego. The Henderson's report that on the entire coastline from the Mexican border to La Jolla there are only 18 beachfront hotels. Several are so far off the regular tourist path that you'd never find them if a friend didn't tell you about them, or if you knew about the Henderson's Beach Hotel website.

While they drove the coastline, they talked about how they could share this information with beach lovers. Pat and Jerry explored the idea of writing a book. Too expensive. The Internet was just getting popular. This was 1995. When the journey was complete and they had their list of beach hotels, they put the information up on their beach hotel website

Within a few months the site was getting hundreds of visits. A popular feature was "Ask the Beach Wizard." Readers were encouraged to submit their "beach questions" with a promise of a real answer from a real person. You'll never guess what was the most commonly asked question. As the popularity of the site grew, a separate site was spun off just for California Beach Hotels. Since that first coast trip, they've made several drives along the entire coast looking for new, or closed beach hotels. Their database of oceanfront lodging on the west coast is the most complete, and maybe only database of its kind on the Internet. Every month over 22,000 people come to their beach hotel websites to find a real beach hotel. Innkeepers who have beach lodging love to advertise on the site because their ads reach their niche market. The thousands who visit this site each month are looking to book a beach hotel, a hotel really on the beach. Not blocks away.

This year the Henderson's set the goal of posting on Beach Hotel Advisor a review of every west coast hotel on the beach, on a bluff above the ocean, or just across the street from the beach. Now, beach lovers will be able to read reviews of beach hotels and post their own comments about their favorite, or not so favorite, beach lodging.

What was that most asked question? It really surprised the Hendersons. It was, "Where's a nude beach near me?"

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