Where to stay around Southern California?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 30,204 vacation rentals near Southern California. From 14,707 houses to 5,490 condos, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Southern California for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Southern California?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Southern California. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • San Diego: 5,308 vacation rentals
  • Las Vegas: 2,219 vacation rentals
  • Los Angeles: 5,848 vacation rentals
  • Palm Springs: 5,530 vacation rentals
  • Newport Beach: 2,228 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Southern California! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Southern California?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Southern California:

  • San Diego: 5,308 rentals
  • Las Vegas: 2,219 rentals
  • Los Angeles: 5,848 rentals
  • Palm Springs: 5,530 rentals
  • Newport Beach: 2,228 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Southern California?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Southern California are:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 5,284 vacation rentals
  • Oxnard - Ventura County Airport (OXR): 503 vacation rentals
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN): 4,677 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Southern California?

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

  • Disneyland: 2,647 rentals
  • Venice Beach: 5,263 rentals
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: 5,164 rentals
  • Santa Monica Pier: 5,291 rentals
  • Big Bear Lake: 3,157 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Southern California listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Southern California dreaming

Southern California is one of the top vacation destinations to visit in America. SoCal, as the cool kids call it, is all about the three S's - sun, sand, and surf. The official SoCal area runs from Ventura right down to San Diego and the Mexican border. Famous as the home of Hollywood movies, iconic surf beaches, and a wealth of theme parks, including Mickey's mousehole, the original Disneyland. Start your SoCal adventure by booking a well-located Southern California vacation rental close to the beach or theme parks, and make California dreaming become a reality.

What's up? Surf's up in Southern California

There's good reason the Beach Boys wrote a lot about this place, the beaches are something else. Swathes of soft, buttery sand, curling waves, and swaying palm trees. Book a Southern California vacation rental and have some of the America's best beaches on your doorstep, including Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Malibu. And you don't even have to surf: try sunrise yoga, beach volleyball or rollerblading along the boardwalks as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. After dark, kick back with fresh fish tacos and margaritas on your own ocean-front deck. Result!

Find your happy place in Southern California

A big draw to Southern California is its many, many theme parks, including Universal Studios, Knotts Farm, and of course, the daddy of them all, Disneyland. Walt Disney's original theme park was built in Anaheim in 1955. It's been the dream vacation destination for generations of families and friends, who come to gaze at Cinderella's Castle and ride Space Mountain, or just enjoy the The Happiest Place on Earth. Many Southern California vacation rentals are within strolling distance of the theme parks, or are on the theme park shuttle route.

Summer lovin' in Southern California

Most of Southern California has a dry climate, with long, warm summers, and mild, wet winters, which makes SoCal a great destination all year round. The south of the region, from San Diego down to the Mexican border, sees the best of the year-round sun. Popular seaside towns like Santa Barbara and Monterey, are slightly quieter in fall and winter, when temperatures drop a few degrees. After summer, spring is the most popular season to visit, when the mountains are blanketed in wildflowers, and the desert blooms.

Dusty desert days in Southern California

Tucked between the Colorado and Mojave deserts, the Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California is named after the bristly Joshua trees that sprout up across the plains. There are 1200 square miles of desert wilderness to explore, where resident coyotes, tortoise, and curious bighorn sheep roam. At night, the dark desert skies are perfect for stargazing. Feeling adventurous? Try climbing the Wonderland of Rocks, or hike up to Keys View for sweeping views of the Coachella Valley. Book a Southern California vacation rental in Palm Springs or Palm Desert for easy access to Joshua Tree National Park.