Destination guide

Real Californian life in Ramona

In its jumble of hearty cafes, American diners, wide streets, cowboy saloons, barbershops, and Tex-Mex houses, little Ramona is just about as local as it's possible to get in this much-visited southern section of California. Inhabitants bustle about the town in mud-spattered pick-ups with a beaming smile across their face, while travelers can make the most of rustic country lodges with sweeping views over the rugged Swartz Canyon, or cozy Ramona vacation rentals that nestle in the shadow of the alpine Cleveland National Forest.

Things to do

Enjoy wine-tasting tours in Ramona

From the colorful Salerno Winery on the south-west of town to the award-winning Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard in the east, the beautiful Milagro Farm Winery with its views over the rolling chaparral hills to the refined Principe di Tricase farm with its ranges of Italian-origin grapes, there are simply oodles of cellar doors to taste your way through here. Alternatively, you could just shoot for the trails straight away – the vast Cleveland National Forest is the place to go for adventures through alpine valleys and woods.


Reaching the South Cali outdoors in Ramona

For some visitors to dusty Ramona, it's all about the wines. Organized tasting tours depart most days to flit between the cellar doors of the greater Ramona Valley, offering a tipple of South Cali's world-famous reds and whites, along with sommelier classes, cooking courses, and more. The great outdoors beckon, too. You'll have hardy canyons to clamber through. You'll have wild chaparral-surrounded campsites to gaze skywards at the desert stars in. You'll have snow-dusted ridges to walk, and dense spruce forests to explore by foot.


Long summers in Ramona

It's all about feeling the sun on your face in this southern corner of California. The warmer months tend to stretch out well past October, making dry, dusty days the norm, even higher up here in the Cuyamaca Mountains. The best months to visit are typically in the spring and fall, when the temperatures are more like summer elsewhere in the US. Book your Ramona vacation rentals in May, June, or September to enjoy those sorts of prime wine-sipping and hiking conditions.

Natural features

Ramona is rugged American country

Ramona's seat on the westward ridges of the Cuyamaca Mountains places it neatly between some of the most defining wildernesses around San Diego. Some will search for Ramona vacation rentals in the Cleveland National Forest, which spreads out northwards from town. Loop trails like the Sunset Trail and the Meadows Trail there wiggle through alpine flower fields and fir groves, while prowling mountain lions and gray foxes scurry this way and that. The Swartz Canyon County Park is closer to the center, and hides gushing waterfalls between its red-hued gorges.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Ramona

Fly into San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field), the closest airport, located 16.8 mi (27 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 23.4 mi (37.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Ramona?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 298 vacation rentals near Ramona. From 167 Houses to 31 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ramona for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Ramona:

  • Hillcrest: 629 vacation rentals
  • Bankers Hill: 267 vacation rentals
  • Mount Helix: 158 vacation rentals
  • Mission Hills: 2,271 vacation rentals
  • Bay Park: 2,558 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 Ramona?

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

  • San Diego Zoo: 4,377 vacation rentals
  • Lake Cuyamaca: 75 vacation rentals
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park: 1,484 vacation rentals
  • San Diego State University: 5,297 vacation rentals
  • Bernardo Winery: 2,252 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 167 Houses in Ramona. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ramona include:

  • Cabins: 31 rentals available
  • Cottages: 31 rentals available
  • Country houses: 3 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ramona?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 137 vacation rentals with pool available in Ramona. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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