Destination guide

Irvine: star of the OC

If you’re on a business trip to Irvine’s thriving tech economy or the University of California, renting a vacation home in Irvine can offer much sought-after extra space and freedom – not to mention the benefits of a private pool. Irvine is also a great vacation destination, with vibrant shopping and dining scenes and fantastic local attractions such as the Irvine Spectrum Center and the Buccaneer Cove waterpark. Added to this, an Irvine vacation rental is just a 20-minute drive from Disneyland and an even shorter drive from Orange County’s 42 miles of golden sandy coastline.

Things to do

Enjoy Irvine’s many attractions

If you’re traveling with kids, you can’t ignore the fact you’re just a 20-minute drive from Disneyland here. More local family attractions in Irvine include the bright, interactive Pretend City Children’s Museum, which includes the fantastic Imagination Playground, or a day out picking strawberries or watermelons under the Californian sunshine at Tanaka Farms fruit farm. For something a little more cultured, the Irvine Museum houses an extensive collection of Californian Impressionist art, or head to the Irvine Barclay Theater for contemporary dance, art, and theater.


Head to the beach in Irvine

The orange globe of the Great Park Balloon is probably Irvine’s most iconic sight. Take a ride in this tethered hot-air balloon, which rises to 400 feet above Orange County Great Park to enjoy great views over the OC. Although Irvine doesn’t have any beaches of its own, it’s close to some of the best beaches in Southern California – so a trip to the ocean is another must-do from your Irvine vacation rental. Corona del Mar State beach, Crystal Cove State Park, and Crescent Bay Beach are 3 easy-to-reach stretches of perfect golden sand.


A warm, mild climate in Irvine

You can enjoy pleasant temperatures year-round from your Irvine vacation rental. Late summer and fall are warm and generally dry in Irvine, with temperatures climbing into the 80s and 90s as late in the year as September and October. During the warm summer months, enjoy Movies on the Lawn in Orange County Great Park. Winters are generally warm and mild; the nearest Irvine gets to snow is on the peaks of the Santa Ana mountains 45 minutes to the east of the city.

Natural features

Irvine brims with natural beauty

The city of Irvine is blessed with numerous hiking, mountain-biking, and equestrian trails. The San Diego Creek Trail is the major backbone of the city’s biking trails – stretching all the way to the Pacific Ocean at Newport Beach. The city’s Quail Hill Loop Trail and Bommer Canyon are dotted with ancient oak and sycamore groves and rough rocky outcrops; get back to nature here with a self-guided hike. To the eastern border, the picturesque wilderness of the Lake Mathews Estelle Mountain reserve offers seasonal fishing and hunting.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Irvine

The nearest airport is in Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne), located 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Fullerton, CA (FUL-Fullerton Municipal), which is 17.9 mi (28.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, you can make your way to Irvine Transportation Center.

Where to stay around Irvine?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,859 vacation rentals near Irvine. From 1,494 Houses to 819 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 Irvine for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Irvine:

  • Irvine Spectrum Center: 24 vacation rentals
  • Oak Creek: 19 vacation rentals
  • Airport Area: 60 vacation rentals
  • Lower Peters Canyon: 19 vacation rentals
  • Cypress Village: 36 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 Irvine?

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

  • Southern States University: 3,390 vacation rentals
  • Shady Canyon Golf Club: 3,405 vacation rentals
  • Concordia University: 3,308 vacation rentals
  • Bren Events Center: 3,345 vacation rentals
  • University of California-Irvine: 3,350 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,494 Houses in Irvine. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Irvine include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 819 rentals available
  • Villas: 108 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 147 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 Irvine?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 888 vacation rentals with pool available in Irvine. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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