Destination guide

A hidden gem on sunny South Bay

Torrance may not get the hype of neighboring coastal communities like Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, but it’s just as much of a hotspot. Located further down South Bay, overlooking the vast, sapphire sweep of the Pacific Ocean, Torrance exudes charm with its historic, preserved buildings, and of course the long sweep of the beach. Torrance vacation rentals have pride of place in these idyllic surroundings – you can expect to find houses just steps away from the sands, blessed with fruit-filled gardens and hammocks to relax on. For pure R&R, Torrance ticks the boxes.

Things to do

Exploring art in Torrance

If you can bear to drag yourself away from the soft sands on the SoCal coast, there’s plenty of culture to explore near your Torrance vacation rental. One rather exquisite attraction is the California Museum of Fine Art, which is a hybrid of museum and private gallery. Here, you can browse works by local artists and actually buy them, if your bank balance allows. It’s a revealing look at the thriving arts scene around these parts. Then, make a beeline for the Chen Art Gallery, a lavish treasure trove of Chinese art, which will take you on a journey across 5,000 years of history. You can see ancient jade carvings, bronze Buddhist statues, and imperial rooms decked out with Ming Dynasty decor.


Basking on the sand in Torrance

The main draw around these parts is that sparkling coastline. Torrance Beach is less well known than some other spots on the bay, but that only adds to its allure. Here, you’ll find a long swathe of sand, lapped by crystal-clear water, and attracting volleyball players, hikers, surfers, and those just wanting a place to lie back and catch the California rays. The view of Palos Verdes Peninsula gives the horizon a dramatic aspect, too. Feeling active? Hop on a bicycle and pedal along the Strand, an epic bike path which runs all the way up to Malibu. If it’s shopping you’re after, there’s no better place than Del Amo Fashion Center, an airy mall dotted with palm trees and chic boutiques.


Late summer pleasures in Torrance

It almost goes without saying the best time to book Torrance vacation rentals is the summer. That said, you’ll probably want to avoid the early summer months if you can help it, to steer clear of “June gloom”, when the skies can get overcast. Come from August onwards to be sure of hot, glorious, beach-worthy weather. Pack the sun cream and your most flamboyant swimming threads, and prepare to get stuck into the Californian beach lifestyle during an unforgettable vacation.

Natural features

Rugged natural nooks in Torrance

Torrance is about more than picture-postcard beach vistas. There are also some more rugged and dramatic areas to explore, if you’re feeling intrepid. The Madrona Marsh Preserve is a wetland within the urban sprawl, offering an unexpected glimpse of nature at its most untamed. Walking through this fertile area, you can spot over 275 native bird species. To the south, there’s another natural landmark in the form of Malaga Cove, which leads onto the peninsula, has an off-the-beaten-path feel, and is a magnet for scuba divers.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Torrance

Fly into Hawthorne, CA (HHR-Hawthorne Municipal), the closest airport, located 6.1 mi (9.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.), which is 8.5 mi (13.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Torrance?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,060 vacation rentals near Torrance. From 838 Houses to 781 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Torrance for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Torrance:

  • Old Town Torrance: 19 vacation rentals
  • Torrance Beach: 16 vacation rentals
  • Southwood: 29 vacation rentals
  • West Torrance: 17 vacation rentals
  • Seaside: 20 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 Torrance?

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

  • Torrance Beach: 3,462 vacation rentals
  • South Bay Galleria: 5,121 vacation rentals
  • Del Amo Fashion Center: 4,565 vacation rentals
  • American Honda Headquarters: 4,715 vacation rentals
  • Wilson Park: 4,286 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 838 Houses in Torrance. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Torrance include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 781 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 110 rentals available
  • Cottages: 110 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Torrance?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 314 vacation rentals with pool available in Torrance. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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