Travel Tip of the Day: “Ocean View” vs. “Oceanfront”

Oceanfront“Ocean View” vs. “Oceanfront”
We all know it’s prudent to be wary of advertising, and here’s a prime example: Just because a hotel boasts that it has an “ocean view” doesn’t mean it’s right on the beach—the property could be three blocks away. If you’re looking for a hotel or rental that is “oceanfront,” you might want to find the address and Google Map it, just to be sure. This way, you can see the exact location of the property before you book.

 

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4 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: “Ocean View” vs. “Oceanfront”"

  1. Boy is this great advice. call the hotel too. The LA times just featured hawaii hotels and wrote one up as ocean front. HA. It’s across a huge blvd from the beach. Not on the ocean front at all. Ocean view may mean hanging of the balcony and seeing a sliver of the ocean. I live in LA and Oahu and sadly know how deceptive hotels can be all over the world. Ocean front should be on the sand,on the beach inmy opinion
    . Do lots of homework so you won’t be disappointed

  2. I was looking to book a small apartment on the beach in Florida. Pictures showed water right outside the balcony and it was in a beach town. However, when I Googled the satellite map it was on a skinny little peninsula in the middle of a swamp with one road in/out that meant even driving to the beach would have been 12-15 minutes. I have learned to always Google before making reservations!

  3. Yep, I agree. Nice to have a bird’s eye view before you book!

  4. We bought a time share (I now know that’s a big mistake) and on the sales pitch we were shown a beautiful 2 bedroom with a great ocean view. Problem is every time we’ve booked the unit we were given a room with no view. I even called ahead the last time and was assured that we would have it, but when we checked in you had to stand outside to see any ocean from the corner of the patio.
    Buyer beware.

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