El Segundo, CA, USA

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El Segundo, CA, USA

El Segundo vacation rentals

El Segundo – segundo to none

Not just famous for being the place where hip-hop act A Tribe Called Quest left its wallet in 1990 (look it up, it’s a great track!), El Segundo is known for its charming downtown, residential neighborhoods, and a mile-long stretch of beach on the Santa Monica Bay. Just south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), it’s also home to upscale shopping and the sprawling, century-old Chevron oil refinery. Skip the old-hat Hollywood standbys with an El Segundo vacation rental, close to local landmarks like the Automobile Driving Museum, Old Town Music Hall, and the municipal golf course.

Surf, turf, and beyond in El Segundo

Surfers and sunbathers will find common ground at the sandy El Segundo Beach. Adrenaline junkie? Check out Dockweiler State Beach, where die-hard thrill seekers flock to the popular hang-gliding concession. It’s also one of the few stretches of Los Angeles County coastline where you can build a bonfire without risking a fine. El Segundo also boasts a number of fancy shopping malls, and the pedestrian-friendly downtown is packed with restaurants, bars, and music venues. Cycling is popular, so an El Segundo vacation rental with bike storage offers a low-key – and low-cost – way to see the sights.

El Segundo’s arts and entertainment

You can get a taste of the famous – or infamous – Southern California car culture at the Automobile Driving Museum, where 130 vintage rides are kept in mint condition. A screening at Old Town Music Hall, where classic silent films are shown with live organ accompaniment, is a must for film buffs; the space also hosts regular jazz and ragtime concerts. Culture vultures can get their fix at ESMoA, the El Segundo Museum of Art, where you’ll find a rotating collection of contemporary artworks.

It’s (almost) always sunny in El Segundo

So maybe it isn’t always sunny, but El Segundo’s warm, arid climate is in full force throughout much of the year. With average highs in the mid-seventies, the summer months tend to be warmer, but the higher temperatures from July to September also bring bigger crowds and steeper prices. December, January, and February are the wettest months. While winter highs are still in the mid-sixties, you’ll find that rates for El Segundo vacation rentals tend to be lower at this time of year.

Scenic El Segundo

A crescent-shaped cove on the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Bay makes up the western boundary of El Segundo. The city limits include almost a mile of sandy beach, with a rocky jetty that serves as a landmark for local surfers. A beachfront bike path connects El Segundo with Manhattan Beach to the south Marina Del Rey in the north, and a wide swath of coastal sand dunes have been set aside for the El Segundo Blue Butterfly Preserve, where eagle-eyed observers can spot specimens of the endangered species.