Destination guide

Relaxing on the shores of sun-kissed Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore is a small resort city based on the banks of a glimmering freshwater lake of the same name, in California's sun-struck Riverside County. Lake Elsinore vacation rentals range from waterfront family homes and luxury lodges to cozy guesthouses and cottages suited to romantic getaways. The city itself celebrates sports _ including baseball, golf, and a variety of lake water sports _ and shopping, with a mix of brand outlets and bijou boutiques dotted through the central streets. There's an abundance of wilderness ready to be explored in the nearby Santa Ana Mountains, too.

Things to do

Take yourself out to the ballgame

It may be tempting to spend your travels tucked away in your waterside Lake Elsinore vacation rental, but there's so much to see in the city. In season, sports fans can catch a ballgame at the Lake Elsinore Diamond _ locally known as Storm Stadium _ and cheer on the Lake Elsinore Storm baseball team. History enthusiasts can amble around Lake Elsinore's Historic Downtown, which is speckled with heritage buildings _ from the looming Masonic Lodge to the old-world Armory Hall _ and centered on the Lake Elsinore Museum, which tells the city's history through exhibits and local artifacts.


Watersports and bargain-hunting in Lake Elsinore

Traveling to Lake Elsinore in the spring, summer, and fall months means immersing yourself in the range of water sports this dynamic resort city has to offer. From jet skiing and sailing to waterskiing, windsurfing, and plain old fishing, the shimmering blue 3,300-acre lake has it all. If water sports don't strike your fancy, how about a round of golf? There are a handful of 18-hole courses in and around the city. Splurging shoppers, meanwhile, will have a field day at Lake Elsinore shopping center _ an ensemble of brand outlet stores boasting bargain prices.


Perfect temperatures in spring and fall

Lake Elsinore benefits from a Mediterranean, semi-arid climate, with plenty of sunshine across the year, relatively low levels of rainfall reserved for the winter months, and scorching hot summers. The peak of summer _ July through mid-September _ welcomes daytime temperatures ranging from the low to high 90s. This can make some outdoor activities uncomfortable, so if you plan to mainly use your Lake Elsinore vacation rental as a base to explore the lake and nearby Santa Ana Mountains, travel in spring or fall _ April through June, and October through November respectively _ when temperatures are comfortably warm.

Natural features

Mountains, wildlife, and waterfalls near Lake Elsinore

To the west, Lake Elsinore quickly fades out into the foothills of the southeastern Santa Ana Mountains, a rocky river-cut mountain range gowned in a mix of shrub land, valley grassland, and fir, pine, and cypress woodland. Wildlife in the Santa Ana Mountains includes bobcats, coyotes, spotted owls, golden eagles, and rattlesnakes. Not far from Lake Elsinore, nature lovers will want to visit the Santa Ana Mountains' Ortega Falls, a wide 35-foot waterfall cascading into a crystal-clear pool. 15 miles further south, discover Tenaja Falls, a tiered, dizzying 150-foot waterfall.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Lake Elsinore

Fly into Murrieta, CA (RBK-French Valley), the closest airport, located 13.9 mi (22.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne), which is 29.3 mi (47.1 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lake Elsinore?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 401 vacation rentals near Lake Elsinore. From 244 Houses to 15 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Elsinore for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Lake Elsinore?

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 Lake Elsinore:

  • Capistrano Beach: 450 vacation rentals
  • Monarch Beach: 183 vacation rentals
  • Anaheim Hills: 476 vacation rentals
  • Lantern Village: 135 vacation rentals
  • Rancho San Clemente: 16 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 Lake Elsinore?

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

  • Lakepoint Park: 334 vacation rentals
  • Lake Elsinore City Hall: 322 vacation rentals
  • Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium: 405 vacation rentals
  • Lake Elsinore Storm, The Diamond: 398 vacation rentals
  • Lake Elsinore Casino: 404 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Elsinore 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 Lake Elsinore?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 244 Houses in Lake Elsinore. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lake Elsinore include:

  • Villas: 15 rentals available
  • Estates: 34 rentals available
  • Cottages: 23 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lake Elsinore?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 179 vacation rentals with pool available in Lake Elsinore. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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