Destination guide

Indio—the city of festivals

Indio’s nickname of “City of Festivals” is well-deserved—this fun-loving southern Californian community is home to the world-famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Demand for Indio vacation rentals peaks in mid-April, when Coachella attracts the very best of rock, indie, and hip-hop to the city’s Empire Polo Club. Less well-known but no less popular is the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival in February, a celebration of the sweet fruit that is one of the region’s major exports, featuring camel races, food stalls, and a spectacular Arabian nights pageant.

Things to do

Another side to Indio culture

The Coachella Valley History Museum offers the chance to discover another side of Indio’s cultural heritage. The 2-acre campus features a schoolhouse, a blacksmith’s shop, and displays of traditional farming implements, set among a variety of garden habitats. An adobe homestead dating from 1926 exhibits artifacts from the daily lives of the family who once owned it, while the California Date History Museum traces the history of the date palm, from its origins in the Middle East to its arrival in the Coachella Valley. The museum is open on different days according to the season, so check before you visit.


Starry nights in Indio

Indio’s flagship festival grew from modest beginnings, when a local promoter booked the Empire Polo Club for a Pearl Jam concert. The venue proved an ideal location for live music, and the success of the first Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival encouraged the organizers to aim for an annual event. The rest is history, with the biggest names in popular music drawing huge international crowds to this lush corner of the Colorado Desert. Tickets for this wildly popular event sell out quickly and you’ll need to be equally quick off the mark to be sure of the best choice of Indio vacation rentals.


Indio turns up the heat

Surrounded on 3 sides by mountains, the Coachella Valley has an enviable track record of dry, sunny summers and some of the mildest winters west of the Rockies. During the height of summer, temperatures regularly tip the high 90s, so Indio vacation rentals with a pool are the first to get booked up—thankfully, most accommodations benefit from private pools, patios, and barbecues to make the most of the hot summer nights. Add a hot tub and spa to your search and you’ll find a range of Indio vacation rentals that work just as well for winter getaways.

Natural features

Indio’s alternative fans

The 1,000 Palms Oasis is a unique feature of the Coachella Valley Preserve, a protected area that also contains the Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The oasis is fed by natural springs that support the growth of the California Fan Palm, the only palm tree native to the state. Groundwater trapped in the San Andreas Fault provides a secondary source of irrigation, creating a corridor of lush greenery that stretches along the desert floor. The freshwater ponds that form naturally along the fault line also support breeding colonies of the endangered desert pupfish.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Indio

Fly into Bermuda Dunes, CA (UDD), the closest airport, located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Thermal, CA (TRM-Jacqueline Cochran Regional), which is 6.4 mi (10.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Indio?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,801 vacation rentals near Indio. From 2,306 Houses to 1,466 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Indio for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Indio?

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

  • Terra Lago: 368 vacation rentals
  • Orchards: 153 vacation rentals
  • Heritage Palms: 80 vacation rentals
  • Madison Estates: 167 vacation rentals
  • Bella Vida: 155 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Indio?

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

  • Indian Palms Country Club: 1,223 vacation rentals
  • Empire Polo Club: 4,609 vacation rentals
  • Heritage Palms Golf Club: 7,384 vacation rentals
  • Golf Club at Terra Lago: 5,362 vacation rentals
  • Coachella Valley History Museum: 6,250 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Indio listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Indio?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,306 Houses in Indio. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Indio include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,466 rentals available
  • Villas: 450 rentals available
  • Estates: 55 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Indio?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4,015 vacation rentals with pool available in Indio. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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