- Arroyo Grande
- Avila Beach
- Carmel By the Sea
- Carmel Highlands
- Grover Beach
- Pajaro Dunes
- Pebble Beach
- Pismo Beach
- Port Hueneme
- Rio del Mar
- San Simeon
- Santa Barbara Area
- - Santa Barbara
- - Carpinteria
Recent California property reviews
"We stayed in this lovely home over the Memorial day weekend, as we were visiting my son who was living in the Oakland area. I have rented homes through VRBO before, but this home was the most beautiful place we have rented yet! It had all the amenities, a wonderful back porch for sitting and talking. We had a really great stay and the owners were fantastic!! This was so much more comfortable than getting a hotel in San Francisco. It's a lovely home, in a lovely neighborhood, with top notch decor and furnishings. We have a great stay!!"Guest: Kathy O. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 19, 2014View listing
"My husband and I along with our 10 month old son had 5 days to enjoy this beautiful condo. The view, the location and the condo all exceeded our expectations. The pictures do not do the condo justice. It was beautiful and even provided boogie boards, sand toys, cable tv, dishes and silverware and many other commodities just like you'd have in your own home. They even had a pack and play that our son could sleep in. Steve was also fantastic. He was very helpful, informing us of great local places to eat, things to do, etc. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this condo and hope to visit again soon!"Guest: runnerdude Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 21, 2014View listing
"Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with people. Upon arrival we were in overwhelmed at the natural beauty of your property. My boys both enjoyed exploring the river and fishing in the small metal fishing boat. Your home was equipped with everything we needed and was lovely and clean. We really enjoyed roasting marshmallows and making s'mores by your fire pit. The natural waterfall was very beautiful too. We enjoyed it so much we hope to make it back next year."Guest: Shelbi W. Date of Stay: July 2013 Review Submitted: August 5, 2013View listing
"We just returned home from staying at this property. Our group consisted of my husband & I, our two young kids and two other relatives. We had a WONDERFUL time at this property. We debated over an 'excellent' verses a 'good' rating - as there hasn't been recent updating done in the kitchen and bathrooms to be compared with other places we've rented. HOWEVER,they are all very functional and worked well for our situation. We feel it's a VERY fair price for what you receive. EVERYTHING about the house is very accomodating and comfortable. The house is VERY close to the beach, in a very safe neighborhood and just worked perfectly for us in every way. We were able to walk several times and reach shopping areas, take walks on the beach and paths and watch the beautiful sunset just steps from the condo. Everything about it was wonderful! The owners, Aaron & Gina,were a delight to work with. They were prompt about getting back to us, answering our questions and accomodating our needs. The extras they have there make it even better - with boogie boards and swim items, toiletries, laundry soap, etc. There were even enough boogie boards for my husband and two sons to play on. The beds are very comfortable and accomodating and are situated in a way that you could have a family of four easily in one room (which is what we did), and two people in each of the other rooms. It has a washer and dryer and all the conveniences of home. We will ABSOLUTELY consider staying in this property again when we come back to Dana Point and we would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking for a good place to stay that will help make their trip even better. That's what this place did for us. Thanks go to Aaron & Gina for accomodating us so nicely."Guest: Jon & Margie Date of Stay: January 2013 Review Submitted: February 10, 2013View listing
California Travel Tips
Our country’s largest state by population, and third largest by area, is home to a wonderful diversity in cultures, climate and landscapes. Here are the top sites to see and things to do in California by region:
The Bay Area
The Bay Area is best known as a free-spirited locale that is home to the biggest tech giants in Silicon Valley, including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft. It’s anchored by two major cities - San Jose to the south and hilly San Francisco, a major tourist destination on the north end. Here are the top things to do while you’re in the Bay Area:
- Visit the sites in San Francisco. You can’t miss the iconic Golden Gate Bridge - bike across it, walk or take an open-air tour bus to experience the massive bridge in all its glory. Visitors can also take a ferry and tour spooky Alcatraz Island. Other attractions include shopping on Fisherman’s Wharf, checking out the sea lions on Pier 39 and immersing yourself in science at The Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. If you’re traveling here in the summer, bring a jacket! SF can be blazing hot and then overcast and chilly within the same day as the famed fog rolls in.
- Head north across the Golden Gate to see the giant redwoods in Muir Woods and check out some excellent wineries in the charming Sonoma and Napa valleys.
- Visit the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium and nearby beaches San Carlos Beach Park and Pebble Beach.
- Be one with nature at Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevadas or climb the famous Half Dome and El Capitan mountains.
- Go skiing or participate in other adventure sports in Lake Tahoe, just north of Yosemite.
SoCal, as it’s sometimes called, is one of the sunniest and most celeb-studded places in the country. There’s plenty to do and see in and around Los Angeles and San Diego, the two major cities in the area. Here are the top spots:
- If you’re traveling with kids around L.A., head to Disneyland in Anaheim - the only Disney Park built under the direction of The Man Behind the Magic himself. Or, check out Knotts Berry Farm, a perennial childhood favorite that first opened in 1940. There are roller coasters, kids’ rides, games and plenty of fun for everyone. Don’t miss dining at Mrs. Knott’s California Marketplace for the renowned fried chicken, biscuits and boysenberry pie.
- L.A. is also the epicenter of the entertainment industry. Check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame, take a tour of Universal Studios and hike in the area surrounding the Hollywood Sign.
- Catch a Lakers game or popular concert at the Staples Center
- Take a hike in the Joshua Tree National Park in the beautiful Mojave Desert.
- Southern California is also home to some excellent festivals: Coachella Music Fest in Coachella Valley, the annual L.A. County Fair and the Newport Beach Film Festival, not to mention the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. If you want to see some major celebrities, hang out in one of the cafes or restaurants on Rodeo Drive.
- If you’re traveling with kids in San Diego, Seaworld or the esteemed San Diego Zoo are excellent options, and Legoland in nearby Carlsbad will provide hours of fun.
- The valleys in central California are less-populated than the coastal areas, but one must-see is the Hearst Castle. It’s an ornate, palatial, 165-room home built for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and set among 127 acres of gardens in San Simeon, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.