Destination guide

Sun, fun, and festivals in the friendly city of Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa is a sun-kissed city in California’s Orange County, based 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles, and a stone’s throw from the wide white and gold sands of the Huntington and Newport Beach coastal cities. The city serves up a series of annual fairs and festivals, and promotes local art and theater. Shoppers, meanwhile, will find a mix of cute independent boutiques and upscale shopping plazas. And there are many Costa Mesa vacation rentals to choose from – including tree-shaded bungalows and enormous family houses with huge palm-studded gardens.

Things to do

Arts and architecture in cultural Costa Mesa

Architecture enthusiasts and culture vultures will fall in love with Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, a vast performing-arts complex, built in 1983 in a futurist style by architect Cesar Pelli. Inside this enormous sci-fi-like glass and stone building there is an opera house, concert hall, and theater, which all regularly host performances. A short 10-minute drive south of downtown Costa Mesa takes you to the Orange County Museum of Art, which boasts over 3000 objects of primarily Californian artwork, from the early 1900s onwards, including a vibrant display of eye-popping Pop Art.


Making waves in Costa Mesa

Take a quick trip to Newport Beach – just 2 miles south of Costa Mesa, along the Newport Boulevard – where you’ll find soft, uncrowded sands stretching into the shimmering blue Pacific ocean. Here you can swim, surf, and sunbathe – beginners can even take surfing lessons at Newport Beach. Back in Costa Mesa, shoppers can treat themselves to a trip to the luxury South Coast Plaza, a modern white-walled complex championing brand and designer fashion and cosmetics boutiques. In summer, Costa Mesa hosts several outdoor food, wine, and music festivals.


Summer in Costa Mesa brings non-stop sunshine

Sun seekers looking for a Costa Mesa vacation rental will be happy to know the city enjoys a sun-blushed semi-arid climate, with warm temperatures throughout the year. During the winter season – December through February – daily temperatures reach an average high of 70 degrees, but do drop to the high 40s at night, so remember to pack a coat. The height of summer – July through September – welcomes temperatures in the mid 80s, with almost no rainfall. If traveling in summer, book a Costa Mesa vacation rental with an outdoor pool to make the most of the honey-like sunshine.

Natural features

Sandy beaches and winding canyons

Costa Mesa is bordered to the east by the small international John Wayne Airport and sprawling Irvine Business complex, which gives way to the leafy university town of Irvine itself. The spacious golden sands of Newport Beach and Huntington beach lie to the south and southwest of Costa Mesa. For immediate wilderness, the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve – a wetland wildlife sanctuary – is nearby, and a perfect spot for bird-watching. For expansive wilderness, however, see the Limestone Canyon Regional Park – 20 miles north – with its hiking trails, waterfalls, and abundance of wildlife, from rattlesnakes to bounding deer.

How to get there

How to get to and around Costa Mesa

The nearest airport is in Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne), located 3.1 mi (5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Fullerton, CA (FUL-Fullerton Municipal), which is 14.6 mi (23.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Costa Mesa?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,655 vacation rentals near Costa Mesa. From 1,422 Houses to 735 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 Costa Mesa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Costa Mesa?

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 Costa Mesa:

  • Downtown: 33 vacation rentals
  • Mesa Del Mar: 27 vacation rentals
  • Westside Costa Mesa: 48 vacation rentals
  • East Side Costa Mesa: 57 vacation rentals
  • Mesa Verde: 39 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 Costa Mesa?

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

  • South Coast Plaza: 3,495 vacation rentals
  • Orange Coast College: 3,509 vacation rentals
  • Costa Mesa Country Club: 3,489 vacation rentals
  • Westcliff Plaza: 3,512 vacation rentals
  • Mesa Verde Country Club: 3,367 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,422 Houses in Costa Mesa. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Costa Mesa include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 735 rentals available
  • Cottages: 104 rentals available
  • Villas: 92 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 Costa Mesa?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 790 vacation rentals with pool available in Costa Mesa. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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