Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

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Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

Lake Elsinore vacation rentals

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.