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Recent Deserts reviews

  • Easter in the desert

    "The house had a good layout and it was very clean. The back yard was amazing and great for entertaining. I would recommend this property. We had a great time and will be back."
    Guest: Gina M. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 16, 2015
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  • Even better than we expected!

    "yes- the pictures here are great however; when we walked in we were blown away at how big and spacious this house is. It's a perfect rental home as each room has it's own private bathroom and the house is so large the 8 of us didn't feel like we were on top of each other. It's decorated perfectly, top notch technology, everything is labeled and the whole booking process was so seamless. The pool/spa/firepit and outdoor lighting is all just so perfect. We are already planning our next trip to stay here. Thanks to John and Lou for making our getaway home just perfect!"
    Guest: Heather Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 13, 2015
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  • Sets the bar for a vacation rental!

    "We stayed here this October on a girls trip. It was perfect! The home itself truly has everything you need. It is beautifully appointed in a fun, whimsical decor that's in step with the Palm Springs vibe. The whole place is well put together and everything is sparkling clean. It has everything you need and then some. Gorgeous art surrounds & fun accessories are everywhere. The mattress and pillows make for perfect sleeps. The backyard and pool area are very large and roomy - calling for you to hang out and chill out! The indoor/outdoor surround sound speaker system was a fun bonus as well:) The home is located in a great neighborhood just about one mile from Palm Springs' main drag. It works out perfectly for travelers that don't mind a brisk walk to/from dinner. Yet, the town is also very easy to navigate via car, and there is ample free parking if you prefer to drive. From this Altamira location - you can enjoy everything Palm Springs has to offer. We did the Tramway, Joshua Tree, visited the Village Fest on Thursday night, and enjoyed shopping/dining and dancing in town. We took long neighborhood walks in the mornings, and enjoyed luxurious hours of pool time. The owner, James, was very conscientious and accommodating. He provided a very detailed manual of the inner workings of the home that also included great tips of local eateries and activities. If you are coming to Palm Springs - book here. You won't regret it. James is a professional and he sets the bar for a vacation rental."
    Guest: lala Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 8, 2014
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  • Relaxing Weekend in the Desert

    "Several girlfriends and I spent a relaxing weekend at Casa Contenta. The house is spacious and beautiful. We loved that we didn't feel like we were all on top of each other. There was plenty of room to spread out. The dining table is perfect for fitting a group of people together. The living room is spacious and has plenty of comfortable seating room for a group. The backyard is lovely and private. We've stayed at several VRBO properties over the years and the girls on this trip said that this was the best that we've stayed at!"
    Guest: SBtraveler Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: January 23, 2015
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Deserts Travel Tips

California’s deserts are unique and spectacular places to visit. Located in the dry southeast of the state, the best known areas are the Mojave National Preserve, the Anza-Borrega State Park, and the National Parks of Joshua Tree and Death Valley. Each offering their own unique and stunning geological landscape, the unique flora and fauna which has adapted to these inhospitable conditions make any visit an incredible educational adventure.

Great Reasons to Choose California Desert Vacation Rentals

Staying in a California Desert vacation rental makes perfect sense. To make the most of any free-spirited vacation, flexibility is the key word and a spacious, fully equipped home away from home allows you to do what you want, when you want. No fixed meal times and plenty of privacy, you do not have to contend with noisy guests in adjoining rooms or loud music, unless it is coming from your own teenager’s private den! With space for all the family, a comfortable place to relax in the evenings and added extras such as hot tubs, in-house laundry and internet access, vacation rentals offer the very best base for exploring the California Desert.

Golfers and Outdoor Enthusiasts will Love our California Desert Lodging

These great expanses of desert at first glance appear to be complete wilderness areas but there are a host of ways to enjoy this amazing wonder of nature. The national parks offer excellent facilities for hikers with rock climbs and viewpoints with interpretive panels to explain how the geological wonders were formed. Mountain bikes and 4-wheel drive vehicles are great for exploring the rugged countryside and roads which are unsuitable for regular cars. Driving tours are the best way to cover the distances in the heat. Off-roading and horseback riding are allowed in certain areas. Explore the abandoned mines in the area, drive through the hostile Badlands, explore canyons, and discover long-forgotten ghost towns.

The California Desert is also a great area for golfers with many excellent golf courses around the areas of s Palm Springs and Palm Desert. Rock climbing, geocaching, picnicking and scenic drives are just some of the attractions available in this unique area.

Travel Tips for Reaching California Desert Resorts

Most visitors find they need a car to make the most of their stay in their California Desert lodging. The nearest airport is the John Wayne Airport at Santa Ana. Pick up a hire car to complete the journey which is around 86 miles to Palm Springs, 90 miles to La Quinta and 77 miles to Ranch Mirage. Los Angeles also offers a local air service to Palm Springs.

Four of the Best California Desert Neighborhoods

California deserts have several main communities, each offering a totally different experience of the area. Joshua Tree offers solitude, unique flora and fauna including the hardy Joshua trees, and endless nature trails. This is the perfect base for hikers, bikers and nature-lovers to explore the park, and appreciate this great outdoor experience. La Quinta lodging offers a country club lifestyle based around golf while Palm Desert and Palm Springs vacation rentals are luxury retreats in a hidden oasis with majestic mountains, palm trees, beautiful gardens and warm sunshine. There are also plenty of designer shopping malls nearby.

What to Expect from the California Desert Weather

The climate in the High Desert around Joshua Tree National Park is generally described as that of a mid-latitude desert with relatively moderate temperatures. The higher elevations will be seven to 10 degrees cooler than Joshua Tree and will get around three to four inches more rain per year.

In the winter, the average daily maximums range from 62 to 67 F but from May to October temperatures frequently exceed 100 F. July is the hottest month of all. Rainfall can be measured as just a fraction of an inch per month so for once, you can leave your all-weather gear behind!

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