Destination guide

Pacific Palisades is an LA paradise

With well-to-do Sunset Boulevard snaking under the Santa Monica Mountains on one side and the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean lapping the sandy shores on the other, the setting for the Palisades is surely one of the best in Los Angeles. Manicured gardens hugging opulent villas, ocean-view condos with salt-washed patios, family retreats hidden in the Temescal Canyon – they are all on the menu when it comes to Pacific Palisades vacation rentals. The upshot? A stylish, swish, cool, and comfortable pad on the happening northern edge of LA.

Things to do

Pacific Palisades: beaches and peaks

Gnarly waves and powdery sands don't stop at the Pacific Palisades. The northern extension of LA's iconic shoreline is here. It comes with the uber-famous Will Rogers State Beach: the homeland of Baywatch, and a medley of volleyball courts and chichi bars. Malibu town is a stone's throw away, too, with its hip inhabitants and cracking surf. And there's Santa Monica with its vibrant pier to the south. Eager for culture? Check out the elegant Getty Villa, a medley of Greek statues and Etruscan relics.


Get out and about in Pacific Palisades

If you've bagged yourself one of the super-coveted Pacific Palisades vacation rentals with sea views, then you'll be able to look down onto the Pacific Ocean and check whenever there's surf or sunbathing conditions. You'll also have some dramatic scenery as a backdrop for those morning yoga classes, and oodles of clifftop walking routes just on the doorstep. Meanwhile, the mountains have their own draws, up with the Backbone Trail System of the Topanga State Park, where wine tours, horse-riding opportunities, camping and picnicking in the Santa Ynez all await.


Feel the sun on your face in Pacific Palisades

Wait for the rain clouds of winter to disperse and search for your Pacific Palisades vacation rentals when the LA area is scorching hot – you'll be close enough to the beaches of Will Rogers and Malibu to cool off whenever you want, remember. If you want the weather but not the crowds, you could always consider getting in early with a spring break in May, or hold off until fall during September and October – both of those tend to find the neighborhood somewhat quieter, with accommodation rates dropping just a little.

Natural features

Pacific Palisades perches above the sea

There are few neighborhoods in all of Los Angeles with such a beautiful location as Pacific Palisades. Perched on the rock-ribbed and mud cliffs between Santa Monica and Malibu, many of the villas and condos here have sweeping ocean views. What they look over is one long, sandy run of Pacific shoreline, where waves buffet the piers and surfers ride the swells. In the other direction, the Santa Monica Mountains rise. Their wooded peaks and dusty valleys are filled with ranches and crossed by walking routes like the Santa Ynez Trail.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Pacific Palisades

Fly into Santa Monica, CA (SMO-Santa Monica Municipal), the closest airport, located 6.8 mi (10.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Van Nuys, CA (VNY), which is 10.3 mi (16.5 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Pacific Palisades?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,517 vacation rentals near Pacific Palisades. From 655 Houses to 24 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pacific Palisades for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Pacific Palisades?

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 Pacific Palisades:

  • Hollywood Hills: 1,913 vacation rentals
  • Hollywood: 908 vacation rentals
  • Venice: 707 vacation rentals
  • Studio City: 2,278 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 398 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 Pacific Palisades?

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

  • Getty Villa: 5,874 vacation rentals
  • Will Rogers State Beach: 5,959 vacation rentals
  • Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine: 5,882 vacation rentals
  • PALISADES PARK: 5,921 vacation rentals
  • Riviera Country Club: 5,987 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pacific Palisades 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 Pacific Palisades?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 655 Houses in Pacific Palisades. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Pacific Palisades include:

  • Villas: 24 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 554 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 85 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 Pacific Palisades?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 372 vacation rentals with pool available in Pacific Palisades. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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