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Ontario is the gateway to the Inland Empire

Ontario is the home of the Ontario International Airport, which serves the whole cluster of cities and towns between downtown LA and the San Bernardino Mountains. But the urban conglomeration here isn't just a transport hub. Travelers come to enjoy some of the best shopping in the county, to taste the famous local olives, to attend huge business and hobby conferences, or simply to base themselves in a quieter corner of the big city. Ontario vacation rentals are charming and comfy to boot, ranging from mountain-view villas with real-stone pools to large family digs with enough bedrooms for all the kids.

Things to do

Olives and shopping in Ontario

No visit to Ontario could possibly be complete without a stop off at the local Graber Olive House. This famous packing, pressing, and curing site has been in operation since 1894, churning out California's own version of that favorite Mediterranean fruit. Once you're finished spitting out the pips there, you could hit the sprawling Ontario Mills Mall. One of the largest shopping centers in the whole of San Bernardino County, it's laden with fashion stores, chocolatiers, pizza parlors, and electronics emporiums.


It’s all about location in Ontario

Ontario's location in the very middle of the so-called Inland Empire makes it arguably the perfect spot to base a trip to south California. You can head out to the east, where the rugged peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains come with chaparral valleys and gorges. You can head south, to see the rolling orange groves of Santa Ana. You could go north, to taste wine in Rancho Cucamonga and zipline through the forests of Mount Baldy. And, of course, there's always the beaches of Santa Monica and Manhattan – just an hour from any Ontario vacation rentals.


Wait for the warmer months in Ontario

Ontario, like LA, is great in the summertime. Visitors flock to its shopping centers and quirky olive farms, while hikers, bikers, and beach lovers search for Ontario vacation rentals between June and August to be close to the trails of the rising San Bernardino Mountain, or the sandy stretches of California's shoreline. That said, opting to vacation in September or October is also sure to mean long, hot days – perfect for chilling by the pool in your private villa, don't you think?

Natural features

Nestled between the Pacific and the sierras

Ontario sits hugged by the satellite towns around Los Angeles, where the urban tendrils of the city slowly begin to give way to the soaring ridges and sierras that enfold it. It's really not far from here to make your way northwards to the pine-covered hills of Mount Baldy and Mount San Antonio, where trekking and zipline adventures await. Nor is it hard to go east to the San Bernardino, where the national forest hides chipmunks and grey foxes between its secluded mountain lakes.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Ontario

Fly into Ontario, CA (ONT-Los Angeles - Ontario Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to San Bernardino, CA (SBD-San Bernardino Intl.), which is 23.3 mi (37.5 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Ontario Station or East Ontario Station to see more of the city.

Where to stay around Ontario?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,063 vacation rentals near Ontario. From 682 Houses to 212 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ontario for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ontario?

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 Ontario:

  • Anaheim Resort: 388 vacation rentals
  • Hermosa Village: 175 vacation rentals
  • Southwest Anaheim: 423 vacation rentals
  • Anaheim Hills: 488 vacation rentals
  • Southeast Anaheim: 170 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 Ontario?

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

  • Ontario Convention Center: 214 vacation rentals
  • Ontario Mills Shopping Mall: 198 vacation rentals
  • Citizens Business Bank Arena: 192 vacation rentals
  • East Ontario Station: 207 vacation rentals
  • Scandia Amusement Park: 189 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ontario 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 Ontario?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 682 Houses in Ontario. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ontario include:

  • Cottages: 212 rentals available
  • Cabins: 212 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 69 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ontario?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 168 vacation rentals with pool available in Ontario. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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