Destination guide

Recreation and rest in Orange County

Located an hour south of Los Angeles, Orange County is a destination for sun, sea and quintessentially-Californian pastimes. Here, you can spend carefree days basking on golden beaches, enjoy stylish al fresco brunches and hunt for luxury labels while clutching a delicious fruit smoothie. Of course, there's a more-wholesome side to the region, too, from family-friendly theme parks and nature-filled reserves to the galleries, museums and entertainment hubs of the beach cities. With so many stylish Orange County vacation rentals to choose from, indulgence and relaxation are never far away.

Things to do

Theme-park thrills in Orange County

Orange County's star attraction is Disneyland in Anaheim, a whimsical hub of rides, stores and restaurants, with themed areas including Fantasyland and Mickey's Toontown. Elsewhere, Knott's Berry Farm is a must-visit for thrill-seekers, with some of the best rides around. Spanning 160-acres, it's home to kids rides, water attractions and exhilarating roller coasters, including the towering Xcelerator. If all that leaves you in need of a little peace and respite, you'll find plenty at Crystal Cove State Park. Encompassing 3 miles of picturesque Pacific coastline and 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness, it's a haven for hiking, camping and watching the local wildlife.

Activities

Hitting the beach in Orange County

Much of the action in the region revolves around the beaches, so Orange County vacation rentals by the water are in high demand. Two of the most-popular stretches of sand are Huntington Beach, where surfers and yogis come to unwind, and Newport Beach, where sun-seekers flaunt their bronzed bodies. Beyond the beaches, you can take a whale-watching cruise from Dana Point, play golf on an award-winning course, sample the fruits of a local winery or explore the natural splendor of one of the county's protected parks.

Weather

Sun-soaked days in Orange County

This is Southern California and sunny days come with the territory, with 278 per year on average. With all this sunshine comes a blissful year-round climate, with warm days lightly cooled by the Pacific Ocean breeze, and an average daily temperature of 70 degrees. Summer is the most-exciting time to visit, with a wealth of events and activities on offer, and plenty of opportunities for dining al fresco. That said, any time from summer through fall is ideal to visit, with most of the wetter weather occurring during winter and spring.

Natural features

Get back to nature in Orange County

Wherever you choose your Orange County vacation rental, natural beauty is never far away. Gilded with 42 miles of golden sand and bathed by the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Orange County is home to dramatic coastal cliffs, peaceful redwood forests and numerous parks, refuges and protected areas that teem with wildlife. One of these is Upper Newport Bay, a sprawling coastal wetland, where migratory birds stop off during their travels along the Pacific Flyway. Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is another must for nature enthusiasts. Spanning more than 900-acres, it opens for monthly guided tours, offering visitors the chance to see endangered coastal birds like Ridgway's rails and Belding's savannah sparrows.

How to get there

How to get to and around Orange County

The nearest airport is in Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne), located 5.3 mi (8.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Fullerton, CA (FUL-Fullerton Municipal), which is 17.9 mi (28.7 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Irvine Transportation Center, Tustin Station and Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center are the main stations that serve the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Orange County?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,983 vacation rentals near Orange County. From 2,073 Houses to 112 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Orange County for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Orange County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Orange County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Newport Beach: 2,502 vacation rentals
  • Huntington Beach: 2,593 vacation rentals
  • Laguna Beach: 2,360 vacation rentals
  • Anaheim: 1,401 vacation rentals
  • Disneyland: 3,039 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Orange County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Orange County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Orange County:

  • Newport Beach: 2,502 rentals
  • Huntington Beach: 2,593 rentals
  • Laguna Beach: 2,360 rentals
  • Anaheim: 1,401 rentals
  • San Clemente: 878 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Orange County?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Orange County are:

  • John Wayne Arpt Orange Co Airport (SNA): 3,464 vacation rentals
  • Fullerton Municipal Airport (FUL): 1,733 vacation rentals
  • Oceanside, CA (OCN): 2,558 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Orange County?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Orange County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Disneyland: 3,039 rentals
  • Crystal Cove State Park: 3,389 rentals
  • Huntington Beach Pier: 1,092 rentals
  • San Clemente Pier: 1,235 rentals
  • Anaheim Convention Center: 483 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Orange County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Orange County

Newport Beach
2,502 vacation rentals
Huntington Beach
2,593 vacation rentals
Laguna Beach
2,360 vacation rentals
Anaheim
1,401 vacation rentals
San Clemente
878 vacation rentals
Dana Point
1,063 vacation rentals
Irvine
2,884 vacation rentals
Seal Beach
2,023 vacation rentals
Costa Mesa
2,655 vacation rentals
Santa Ana
2,520 vacation rentals
Laguna Niguel
1,126 vacation rentals
San Juan Capistrano
876 vacation rentals
Garden Grove
748 vacation rentals
Fullerton
753 vacation rentals
Mission Viejo
1,437 vacation rentals
Orange
950 vacation rentals
Buena Park
2,363 vacation rentals
Westminster
1,033 vacation rentals
Laguna Woods
959 vacation rentals
Yorba Linda
1,102 vacation rentals