Destination guide

San Juan Capistrano – San Juan in a million

A largely residential enclave of Orange County, San Juan Capistrano is known for its Spanish Colonial-style architecture, charming neighborhoods, and the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. The city is home to thousands of acres of sprawling wilderness, and the sandy beaches of Dana Point are just a short drive away. Your centrally located San Juan Capistrano vacation rental will put you within easy reach of countless Orange County landmarks, like the Zoomars petting zoo, the O'Neill Museum, and the Historic Town Center Park.

Things to do

Mission accomplished in San Juan Capistrano

First and foremost, no trip to San Juan Capistrano would be complete without a visit to the ruins of Mission San Juan Capistrano. The historic mission dates from 1776, and you can take tours of the buildings and garden all year round. The site also hosts an annual festival, the Battle of the Mariachis, where you can enjoy traditional Mexican music, dance, and cuisine. Zoomars Petting Zoo is a big hit with families, and you'll find plenty of interactive local history exhibits, as well as alpacas, emus, horses, pigs, and more.

Activities

San Juan Capistrano – not just for the birds

While the city's celebrated swallows may have relocated to the Chino Hills in recent years, San Juan Capistrano still offers an abundance of natural splendor. With over 8,000 acres to explore, the Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park offers numerous campsites and hiking trails, and guided nature walks are offered regularly. Next door in Dana Point, you can catch gnarly waves at Doheny State Beach – a legendary spot even before the Beach Boys called it out by name in "Surfin' Safari." Dana Point Harbor also serves as a launching site for dolphin and whalewatching tours.

Weather

Over on the dry side in San Juan Capistrano

Like most of Orange County, San Juan Capistrano has a warm Mediterranean climate, with dry summers, mild winters, and temperate weather all year round. Summers are warm and dry, with average highs around 80ºF in July, August, and September. Winters are mild, and average highs hover around 68ºF between December and March. The warm Orange County climate means that San Juan Capistrano vacation rentals are popular all year round, and you'll find that prices don't usually change much from one season to the next.

Natural features

Making the most of the coast in San Juan Capistrano

Amid the hills and mesas of Orange County, San Juan Capistrano is just a few miles inland from the Pacific coast. The sandy Doheny State Beach offers plenty of space for sunbathing, surfing, and swimming, and you'll find hiking trails in the sprawling Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. Whales and dolphins aren't uncommon, and you can take a whalewatching cruise from one of the operators in Dana Point Harbor. With a San Juan Capistrano vacation rental, you'll be within easy reach of some of southern California's most iconic natural scenery.

How to get there

Traveling to and around San Juan Capistrano

Fly into Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne), the closest airport, located 20 mi (32.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Murrieta, CA (RBK-French Valley), which is 23.6 mi (38 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, you can make your way to San Juan Capistrano Depot.

Can I find a vacation rental around San Juan Capistrano?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 876 vacation rentals near San Juan Capistrano. From 383 Houses to 76 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near San Juan Capistrano for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to San Juan Capistrano?

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 San Juan Capistrano:

  • Balboa Peninsula: 828 vacation rentals
  • Balboa Island: 305 vacation rentals
  • Townsite: 821 vacation rentals
  • Corona del Mar: 591 vacation rentals
  • Capistrano Beach: 450 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 San Juan Capistrano?

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

  • Mission San Juan Capistrano: 2,406 vacation rentals
  • The Coach House: 2,376 vacation rentals
  • Rancho Capistrano Soccer Complex: 2,495 vacation rentals
  • San Juan Hills Golf Club: 2,356 vacation rentals
  • The Ecology Center: 2,398 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Juan Capistrano 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 San Juan Capistrano?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 383 Houses in San Juan Capistrano. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Juan Capistrano include:

  • Cottages: 76 rentals available
  • Villas: 26 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 316 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 San Juan Capistrano?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 297 vacation rentals with pool available in San Juan Capistrano. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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