Destination guide

Santa Ana buzzes with energy all year

Palm-peppered and looking like a fusion of a Wild West cinema backdrop and a Spanish hacienda, Santa Ana sits entirely encompassed by the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. The place beats with the same Latin-cum-American energy you'd expect of the City of Angels, too. Saloons and old courthouses dot the Downtown, while dusty ridges of chaparral host elegant villas and panoramic Santa Ana vacation rentals on the outskirts. There are also pretty parks, science centers, fashionista strips, and all the joys of greater Orange County to get stuck into.

Things to do

Encounter science, art, and aircrafts in Santa Ana

Santa Ana is home to some of the top museums and institutions in Orange County. Families often flock to the mind-boggling DiscoveryCube – part children's museum, part science exhibit – where dinosaurs and space explorations mix. The Bowers Museum is something altogether different, with its gemstones, Medieval artifacts, political photography, and Native American relics. And then comes the Lyon Air Museum, which has displays of vintage army cars and Flying Fortresses dating back to WWII.


Santa Ana balances culture and character

You'll want to delve into the cultural museums of Santa Ana, where the exhibits range from American greats to curious Chinese relics. After that, be sure to take the pulse of local life with a jaunt through the Mexican food courts, barista-led coffee joints, craft beer companies, and chichi cocktail clubs of much-loved 4th Street. Add a medley of elegant, palm-topped parks, spirit distilleries, and even monkey-spotted zoos to the mix, and you'll see that there's plenty to do just a stone's throw from those Santa Ana vacation rentals.


Inner-city Santa Ana is best done in spring and fall

There's a reason why most Los Angeles locals flock to the beachfronts of Huntingdon, Malibu, and Santa Monica in the high summer, and it's the same reason Santa Ana is best visited when the scorching heat of July and August has subsided. For the best sightseeing weather and top conditions for strolling down 4th Street, consider getting Santa Ana vacation rentals in the spring or fall, when temperatures hover between the 70s and 80s, and the days are typically dry and mild.

Natural features

Rolling surf and scorched mountains in Santa Ana

It's just a short jaunt on the LA transport system from the heart of Santa Ana to the rolling waves of Huntington Beach, where consistent surf and lively sand stretches draw crowds during the height of the summer. Go in the other direction and it's a totally different story. Rising softly against the cityscape in patches of Coulter pine and scrubland, the Santa Ana Mountains offer the reserves of the Limestone Canyon and the Whiting Ranch Wilderness. That's where rock climbers, wildlife lovers, hikers, and mountain bikers will find trails amid cliffs and forests.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Santa Ana

Fly into Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne), the closest airport, located 4.3 mi (6.8 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 11.1 mi (17.9 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center.

Where to stay around Santa Ana?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,482 vacation rentals near Santa Ana. From 1,450 Houses to 669 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 Santa Ana for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Santa Ana?

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 Santa Ana:

  • Riverview West: 15 vacation rentals
  • West Floral Park: 17 vacation rentals
  • Balboa Peninsula: 872 vacation rentals
  • Anaheim Resort: 386 vacation rentals
  • Belmont Shore: 118 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 Santa Ana?

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

  • Santa Ana Zoo: 3,218 vacation rentals
  • Santiago Park: 3,217 vacation rentals
  • Heritage Museum of Orange County: 3,238 vacation rentals
  • Old Orange County Courthouse: 3,252 vacation rentals
  • Discovery Science Center: 3,230 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,450 Houses in Santa Ana. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Ana include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 669 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 134 rentals available
  • Villas: 26 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 Santa Ana?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 661 vacation rentals with pool available in Santa Ana. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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