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Beachfront properties have a certain allure. Everyone likes to be near the water, not just so they can swim or have a suntan session, but also because of the great views, romance-inspiring sunsets and the general feeling of exclusivity that comes from being at such a highly coveted piece of real estate.

A beachfront venue has to have certain traits for it to really stand out. What would an oceanside spot be without a pool and a pool deck with plenty of lounging areas (and some shady spots too)? And why would you stay so close to the ocean if you could not enjoy the view? The best venues have windows that make it possible to gaze out over the water from inside the villa. Luxury is usually a given in such venues, but only the best have the kind of airy, open designs that give a sense of spaciousness and comfort.

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For a place to be considered a good beachfront venue, it needs one more trait: versatility. Why rent such a venue if you cannot enjoy it to the utmost? The best spots have event spaces that can host a wedding or other celebration, but they also have luxurious overnight accommodations and plenty of features that make it possible to relax in a home-like setting before, after or even during a major happening.

In short, the best beachfront venues have it all... and they can give "it all" to you no matter what type of event you are planning.

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A good venue can host a group of 10 or more people overnight. It has more-intimate spaces where these guests can lounge, eat and relax. At the same time, there also has to be space for a larger celebration with many more guests. What kind of events should a great beachfront venue be able to host? A bachelor or bachelorette party, a family reunion, a girls' or guys' weekend getaway, a health retreat, a corporate event or conference... and a larger celebration such as a gala or even a full-sized wedding.

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Few places are actually this versatile. One is La Finca Laguna in Carlsbad, California. This luxurious, airy estate sits right on the beach overlooking the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon. The views are tremendous, and they are equalled only by the villa itself. Finca has 5,800 square feet of floor space. It has seven bedrooms, so it can accommodate a respectable number of overnight guests. Better yet, it has enough room to host a special event for up to 150 people.

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This estate is one of those rare places where you can host all the happenings associated with a wedding or large special event in one place. You can have the girls or guys over for a bachelor or bachelorette party, and two weeks later, host your wedding reception in the same place. You and your most-special guests can stay onsite and create a wedding weekend experience (instead of just waiting until the day of the ceremony to have your fun).

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La Finca Laguna is the ideal beachfront venue. It serves up great views both inside and outside. The pool and patio are the stars of this villa, but the interior is equally luxurious and filled with amenities (such as a pool table, flat screen TVs, plenty of plush seating and a state-of-the-art kitchen). And we haven't even mentioned one of this property's best traits: it has its own private beach. Yes, you and your guests can play in the Southern California sun without having anyone else around. This stretch of exclusive sand, in and of itself, is reason enough to host a special event at La Finca Laguna.

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This Carlsbad venue is special, but there are other beachfront venue options in California and around the world. Browse our villas and see which one best suites your needs.

Your turn

What traits do you think a great beachfront venue should have? Use the comments section to join the discussion.