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The Real Vacationers of Orange County

Orange County is a byword for sophisticated living, and it doesn't get much more sophisticated than the little city of Orange itself. With its elegant old town and laid-back vibe, you can make like you're in The O.C. without the Newport Beach price tag. Not only that, but an Orange vacation rental gives you one of the best locations in the area. Whether it's the city lights of Santa Ana, surfing on the coastal beaches, or running around in a pair of mouse ears at Disneyland, it's all within easy reach.

Things to do


For cuteness overload, Orange County Zoo is a little 8-acre zoo inside Irvine Regional Park. Mainly featuring critters native to this part of the US, there's also a barnyard where kids can feed the animals. For more cultural diversions, Hilbert Art Museum focuses on 20th-century art by Californian artists. Venture even a few miles further afield, and your options multiply exponentially. The attractions of the county seat, Santa Ana - including science, art, and history museums - are only 3 miles south, while fairytale spires, high-octane rides, and teenagers in dog outfits can all be found a 20-minute drive away in Disneyland.


A blast from the past in old-time Orange

The historic architecture of Orange's beautifully preserved old town is a bit special. It's a wonderful place to have a wander, and it also hosts the vibrant Orange International Street Fair each year on Labor Day weekend. For something a bit more outdoorsy, head to Irvine Regional Park for hiking, biking, and train rides on a miniature railroad. Nearby Outlets at Orange will provide some classic O.C. retail therapy, while Huntington and Newport Beaches are both within a half-hour drive, offering surfing, boating, and even whale watching.


Vitamin C loves Vitamin D

Those oranges just adore the sunshine, and you'll find plenty of it about on your Orange vacation rental. Round here, it's warm and dry from April through November, but it never gets too hot, thanks to a cooling ocean breeze. One peculiar characteristic of this part of California is that in early summer it can sometimes be pretty foggy first thing in the morning, but it soon burns off. Winter and spring can be a bit rainy, though you're not going to see any snow. If you're in the market for whale-spotting, the best time for viewing tends to be in spring and early summer.

Natural features

Have a whale of a time in Orange County

Orange County is down on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, and the city of Orange itself is about 15 miles inland. The beaches are famous for their surfing and their glitzy yachts, but they're also a good place to see wildlife. The most common sights are California sea lions and common dolphins, but there are also harbor seals, bottlenose dolphins, and whales, including the big blue ones. Most of the cities in Orange County are set on the coastal plain, but venture inland and you'll find yourself climbing into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. Watch out for mountain lions.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Orange

Fly into Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne), the closest airport, located 9.1 mi (14.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Fullerton, CA (FUL-Fullerton Municipal), which is 10.1 mi (16.3 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station is Orange Station.

Where to stay around Orange?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 911 vacation rentals near Orange. From 515 Houses to 241 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 Orange for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Orange:

  • Old Towne: 17 vacation rentals
  • Balboa Peninsula: 868 vacation rentals
  • Anaheim Resort: 390 vacation rentals
  • Belmont Shore: 116 vacation rentals
  • Hermosa Village: 175 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 Orange?

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

  • Chapman University: 3,142 vacation rentals
  • Santiago Canyon College: 2,941 vacation rentals
  • Irvine Regional Park: 2,927 vacation rentals
  • Orange Station: 3,176 vacation rentals
  • Children's Hospital of Orange County: 3,208 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Orange 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 Orange?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 515 Houses in Orange. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Orange include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 241 rentals available
  • Studios: 131 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 3 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Orange?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 473 vacation rentals with pool available in Orange. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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