San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 1,061 vacation rentals near San Juan Capistrano. From 465 houses to 287 condos, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.