Southern California Vacation Rentals

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Make Southern California your next getaway

Come enjoy palm trees, surfing, whale watching, and warm ocean breezes on a California Coast getaway you won't soon forget. A vacation rental in Southern California has something for everyone with plenty of outdoor activities, cultural events, restaurants and more!

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The Crow's Nest
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 4

The Crow's Nest - Idyllwild, CA

$196 avg / night (excludes fees and taxes)
Elk Horn Retreat
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 5

Elk Horn Retreat - Idyllwild, CA

$150 avg / night (excludes fees and taxes)
Tahquitz Rock Lodge
3 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 8

Tahquitz Rock Lodge - Idyllwild, CA

$237 avg / night (excludes fees and taxes)
Mimi's & Nana's Beach House
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 6

Mimi's & Nana's Beach House - San Diego, CA

$171 avg / night (excludes fees and taxes)
Laguna Beach Oceanfront
3 Bedroom | 3 Bath | Sleeps 7

Laguna Beach Oceanfront - Laguna Beach, CA

$679 avg / night (excludes fees and taxes)

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Recent Southern California guest reviews

We enjoyed our stay at this spacious house with our family and friends. The house is clean, well stocked, and had everything we needed to cook. The backyard and shaded patio was perfect to spend time together, and the kids had a blast in the pool.
Trish W. | Jun 2024
Loved everything, and thought the beds very good, had a great night's rest every night!
Michen D. | Jun 2024
Such an amazing property with everything you need for an enjoyable stay! The decor was SO cute, bedding was comfortable, and the outdoor space was awesome!! Multiple areas to lounge around, the pool was perfect to cool down, and the grill was centrally located to be apart of the fun while cooking! Great location and not far for a a quick run to Albertsons or Baja Springs Market. We would definitely would stay here again!
Stacy S. | Jun 2024
Southern California vacation rental FAQ

Yes, 570 of our Southern California homes allow dogs—so feel free to bring Fido along. (Just make sure to check individual home listings for any limits on the number and size of dogs they allow).

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Yes. 1307 of our Southern California vacation rentals have internet access, so you can stay connected throughout your trip.

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Some of the most popular amenities in our Southern California vacation rentals include:

Our standard check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and the check-out time is 10:00 a.m. Some exceptions apply—after you book, you’ll find check-in and check-out details in the Vacasa guest app or your Trip Manager.

Absolutely. Our local Southern California team includes professional housekeepers who care for all our homes here. They’ll clean thoroughly and restock amenities, so everything is ready for your arrival—and all you have to do is settle in and relax.

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No worries, plans change. Read over our cancellation policy for more information. And if you currently have a Vacasa reservation for Southern California, log in to Trip Manager to see options available for your specific trip.

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Places to stay in Southern California

With attractions ranging from fun-filled and family-friendly Disneyland and California Adventure to Universal Studios and Knott's Berry Farm, the theme parks around Los Angeles seem to never end. After a thrilling roller coaster or a studio tour, walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame or take a trip to the coast - myriad coastal cities and beach town dot the coastline, all the way from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

Situated about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, gorgeous Santa Barbara is the gateway to Southern California and averages about 300 days of sunshine a year, so you won't want to forget your sunglasses.

Popular area events include the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which happens every year in late January/early February and brings a bit of Hollywood glamor up north. And speaking of films, much of the movie Sideways was filmed on location in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, which is less than 30 miles northwest on Highway 154. For a quick and easy day trip from your vacation home, you'll definitely want to plan a day trip to the picturesque towns of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Buelton, and the idyllic Danish village of Solvang to savor the local pinot noirs and enjoy the charming and rural landscape of the area.

Head east to the Coachella Valley desert for a different landscape and even more sun. Home to relaxing and beautiful cities like Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Indio, this star-studded area serves as an escape for Los Angeles movie stars looking for some R&R away from work.

From Palm Springs or Los Angeles, it's an easy drive to beautiful San Diego. Make your way down the coast for a chance to explore historic Old Town, Mission Bay, and more.

Outdoor activities in Southern California

Like the Central California Coast, outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do here. The Southern California Coast is the prime spot for whale watching, as California gray whales migrate through the Santa Barbara channel in February through early April. From May to September, Blue Whales, Minke Whales, and Humpback Whales can be viewed, as well as dolphins and plenty of other aquatic creatures.

Between the Santa Ynez mountains and the sea, there are countless scenic day hikes offering stunning scenery and ranging in skill level. And for surfers, check the daily surf report, grab your board and catch some sweet waves at Rincon Beach.

Southern California wine and cuisine

Dining options are numerous with everything from pizza at Olio Pizzeria, to wine country cuisine at Bouchon, to expertly prepared espressos and cappuccinos at the French Press. Every June the Casa Pacifica Wine and Food Festival in Camarillo celebrates and samples the culinary aspects of this great region with wines, microbrews, and gourmet foods from local restaurants, all while supporting a community non-profit.

While Northern California is pretty much the king when it comes to wineries and vineyards, Southern California can hold its own. Visit the wineries of Temecula, Fallbrook, or San Diego—just to name a few.

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