Destination guide

Hemet boasts abundant nature and family attractions

Book yourself a Hemet vacation rental and enjoy the peace and quiet that this small and sun-kissed Riverside County California city has to offer. Hemet's vacation rentals range from simple and centrally-located family homes to luxury ranch-style retreats in the surrounding San Jacinto Valley wilderness. Downtown Hemet is specked with boutiques, Cal-cuisine restaurants, and family-orientated cultural attractions. Its surrounding landscape, meanwhile, is washed with wild state parks and nature areas, composed of mountain peaks and crisscrossing canyons, oceanic forests and crystalline lakes.

Things to do

Cultural highlights and fun for the kids in Hemet

Booking a central Hemet vacation rental puts you within immediate reach of the city's top cultural attractions. The Hemet Museum contains a trove of local artefacts, including archeological Native American relics, old-world photographs, and railway paraphernalia spanning across Hemet's railroad history. Culture vultures can enjoy indy films, concerts, and plays at the Historic Hemet Theater _ a thriving arts center based in an old movie house _ or catch open-air drama at the Ramona Bowl amphitheater. In the city's south, take the kids to the Western Science Center, where they can meet Xena, an enormous Ice Age woolly mammoth fossil.


Wilderness walks near Hemet

If sports take your fancy, you'll find a handful of golf clubs dotted around Hemet, offering bright green grassy courses with dazzling views over the surrounding golden-colored desert landscape. But for true outdoor adventures, head out to nearby Mt San Jacinto State Park, a vast and rocky wilderness flecked with towering pine trees, gathered around the 10,800 feet-high, snow-crowned Mount San Jacinto itself. Here, you can hike, bike, and climb. If you're visiting with the little ones, you can cruise in the Palm Springs Ariel Tramway to the mountain summit.


Scorching summers and flowery springs in Hemet

Hemet enjoys seriously hot summers and balmy winters, with little rainfall across the year. In the height of summer temperatures regularly soar from the low to the high 90s. This can make outdoor activities slightly uncomfortable _ so if you're planning to explore all the abundant natural scenery that the area has to offer, it's best to book a Hemet vacation rental in spring when the temperatures range from the low 70s to the low 80s, the sky is bright blue, and desert flowers bloom across the valley.

Natural features

Lakes, mountains, and rare wildlife near Hemet

Hemet itself is sprinkled with tranquil and leafy public parks, and at the city's southern end, the Diamond Valley Lake _ a vast, shimmering-blue manmade reservoir _ offers boating, fishing, and shoreline hiking. Mt San Jacinto State Park lies 23 miles east of downtown Hemet. Here, bobcats, rattlesnakes, fringe-toed lizards, and protected birdlife thrive. Around 40 miles north of Hemet, meanwhile, you'll find San Bernardino National Forest, an ensemble of mountains, canyons, rivers, and lakes coated in pine, oak, and fir trees, spanning over 800,000 acres.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Hemet

The nearest airport is in Murrieta, CA (RBK-French Valley), located 15 mi (24.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), which is 27 mi (43.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Hemet?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,886 vacation rentals near Hemet. From 2,093 Houses to 1,036 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 Hemet for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Hemet:

  • The Movie Colony: 1,636 vacation rentals
  • Old Las Palmas: 1,228 vacation rentals
  • Vista Las Palmas: 746 vacation rentals
  • Twin Palms: 718 vacation rentals
  • Fern Valley: 193 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 Hemet?

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

  • Diamond Valley Lake Marina: 534 vacation rentals
  • Western Science Center: 535 vacation rentals
  • Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre: 510 vacation rentals
  • Pechanga Resort & Casino: 508 vacation rentals
  • Palm Springs Convention Center: 6,593 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,093 Houses in Hemet. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Hemet include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,036 rentals available
  • Cabins: 146 rentals available
  • Cottages: 146 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Hemet?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,073 vacation rentals with pool available in Hemet. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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