Destination guide

Life in the hills of Aliso Viejo

Draped over the handsome San Joaquin Hills at the palm-sprouting southern end of Orange County, Aliso Viejo is a chilled place that's been charming vacationers for decades. With everything from large lodges with swimming spots to family-ready Aliso Viejo vacation rentals overlooking the bays of Laguna Beach on the menu, you're sure to find a pad that suits. And you'll have the stunning sand stretches of Corona del Mar, world-famous surfing coves, marine reserves, and greater Los Angeles, all just a stone's throw from your poolside.

Things to do

Explore Orange County from Aliso Viejo

To really taste the salt-washed surfer vibes that have put Orange County on the map, hop from the door of your Aliso Viejo vacation rental and immerse yourself in Laguna Beach. The town comes ringed by the sandy stretch known as Main Beach, where a boardwalk and buzzing cafes spill onto the beautiful shoreline. Nearby, the popular surf breaks of Thalia and the roaring expert swells of Crescent Bay are a great place to watch the wave riders, while the nearby Laguna Art Museum has over 3,000 works largely related to the cultural output of California itself.


A kaleidoscope of fun in Aliso Viejo

Get in the Zen flow of the natives of this chilled and kooky corner of Orange County by channeling your inner yogi in local meditation classes. Find your long-lost surfer dude on the waves that buffet the Californian shoreline just to the east. Go Bear Grylls in the wildernesses of the Santa Ana Mountains, where soaring peaks host waterfalls and biking trails and panoramic picnic spots and campsites. All of that and more is on the menu for families heading to pretty Aliso Viejo this year.


Aliso Viejo is for sizzling in the hills

Because Aliso Viejo vacation rentals sit up in the San Joaquin Hills, they are often bathed in cooler breezes than the coastal towns of Orange County. That means you can head here during the high summer months to enjoy the scorching beachfronts and hottest swells of the year, and still expect to get mild evenings and nights back at the pad. If that sounds just about perfect, then consider booking your trip between the months of May and September, when temperatures crank up to the 90s and days are bathed in sunshine. Thanks, California…

Natural features

Aliso Viejo cascades down to the Pacific

Aliso Viejo is draped over the rising ridges of the San Joaquin Hills. It's just a stone's throw from here to where the waves of the Pacific Ocean buffet the shores of Orange County. You'll get beaches at the cliff-backed and sandy Crystal Cove State Park, and the palm-topped stretches of the Salt Creek Beach Park just a little to the south. Meanwhile, out at sea, the Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve is home to sea lions, rare coral reefs, and has beautiful sunsets emblazoned across its bays come evening.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Aliso Viejo

Fly into Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne), the closest airport, located 10.4 mi (16.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Fullerton, CA (FUL-Fullerton Municipal), which is 24.9 mi (40.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Aliso Viejo?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,286 vacation rentals near Aliso Viejo. From 532 Houses to 451 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 Aliso Viejo for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Aliso Viejo?

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 Aliso Viejo:

  • Balboa Peninsula: 841 vacation rentals
  • Balboa Island: 310 vacation rentals
  • Corona del Mar: 600 vacation rentals
  • Capistrano Beach: 449 vacation rentals
  • Anaheim Resort: 386 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 Aliso Viejo?

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

  • Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park: 2,794 vacation rentals
  • Soka University of America: 2,825 vacation rentals
  • Aliso Viejo Golf Club: 3,199 vacation rentals
  • Disneyland: 3,053 vacation rentals
  • Crystal Cove State Park: 3,404 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Aliso Viejo 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 Aliso Viejo?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 532 Houses in Aliso Viejo. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Aliso Viejo include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 451 rentals available
  • Villas: 86 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 77 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Aliso Viejo?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 541 vacation rentals with pool available in Aliso Viejo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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