Destination guide

Living the high life in Capistrano Beach

Part of sun-drenched Orange County, Capistrano Beach is one of California's most-coveted zip codes. In fact, strips like Beach Road and Coast Highway harbor some of the state's most-exclusive properties. Want to live the SoCal high life? With beach chic decor and stunning ocean views, Capistrano Beach vacation rentals are a flawless blend of luxe and laid-back. Locals know the enclave as Capo Beach and flock to relax on the sand, hit the waves and devour freshly-caught seafood. Dana Point, an easy drive up the coast, is filled with organic cafes, casual eateries and beach boutiques.

Things to do

History lessons in Capistrano Beach

Located in Dana Point, the Ocean Institute is filled with interactive exhibits. On weekends, you can tour Pilgrim, a replica of the 19th century tall ship sailed by anti-slavery activist Richard Dana. Whether you're relaxing at a cafe or making the most of your Capistrano Beach vacation rentals sun deck, Dana's memoir, Two Years Before the Mast, makes for excellent reading material. Venture inland and you'll find Mission San Juan Capistrano, a colonial outpost filled with lush gardens, sun-dappled courtyards and bubbling fountains.


Whale watching in Capistrano Beach

Every summer, 1000s of grey whales cruise along the Southern California coastline. Whale watching safaris will get you up close and personal with the gentle marine giants. There's also a chance to spot playful dolphins, sea lions and even the occasional shark. Orange County is also famous for its sport fishing. Sign up for a charter and you could reel in monster-sized bass, halibut and barracuda. Nothing says "Orange County" quite like sunset drinks on the deck of your Capistrano Beach vacation rentals property. Set right on the sand, it's easy to live the California dream.


Endless summers in Capistrano Beach

Thanks to its sunny Mediterranean climate, Orange County is a year-round destination. Places like Newport Beach enjoy an incredible 340 days of sunshine every year and Capistrano Beach isn't far off. This means that even in the middle of winter, you can still swim, sunbathe and enjoy the SoCal lifestyle. Planning a Californian getaway? With laid-back vibes and family-friendly spaces, Capistrano Beach vacation rentals will tick all your boxes. If whales are on your wish list, visit in winter or spring during the annual migration.

Natural features

Golden sands in Capistrano Beach

Perched at the southern end of Dana Point, Capistrano Beach is fringed by a golden stretch of sand. It's part of Orange County and is surrounded by over 40 miles of scenic coastline. This means there are beaches for every occasion. You can soak up the street scene at Seal Beach, surf world-class waves at Huntington Beach or enjoy a picnic at Doheny State Beach. Newport Beach is filled with luxury yachts, while Laguna Beach is known for its crystal-clear water and colorful tide pools.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Capistrano Beach

The nearest airport is in Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne), located 19.2 mi (30.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), which is 31.9 mi (51.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Capistrano Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 450 vacation rentals near Capistrano Beach. From 180 Houses to 197 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Capistrano Beach are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Capistrano Beach?

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 Capistrano Beach:

  • Balboa Peninsula: 841 vacation rentals
  • Balboa Island: 310 vacation rentals
  • Townsite: 828 vacation rentals
  • Corona del Mar: 600 vacation rentals
  • Newport Coast: 591 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 Capistrano Beach?

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

  • Pines Park: 2,116 vacation rentals
  • The Sea Caves: 2,338 vacation rentals
  • Crystal Cove State Park: 3,412 vacation rentals
  • San Clemente Pier: 1,229 vacation rentals
  • Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base: 2,581 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Capistrano Beach 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 Capistrano Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 180 Houses in Capistrano Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Capistrano Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 197 rentals available
  • Cottages: 22 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 22 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Capistrano Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 132 vacation rentals with pool available in Capistrano Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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