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Destination guide

Indio—the city of festivals

Indio’s nickname of “City of Festivals” is well-deserved—this fun-loving southern Californian community is home to the world-famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Demand for Indio vacation rentals peaks in mid-April, when Coachella attracts the very best of rock, indie, and hip-hop to the city’s Empire Polo Club. Less well-known but no less popular is the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival in February, a celebration of the sweet fruit that is one of the region’s major exports, featuring camel races, food stalls, and a spectacular Arabian nights pageant.

Things to do

Another side to Indio culture

The Coachella Valley History Museum offers the chance to discover another side of Indio’s cultural heritage. The 2-acre campus features a schoolhouse, a blacksmith’s shop, and displays of traditional farming implements, set among a variety of garden habitats. An adobe homestead dating from 1926 exhibits artifacts from the daily lives of the family who once owned it, while the California Date History Museum traces the history of the date palm, from its origins in the Middle East to its arrival in the Coachella Valley. The museum is open on different days according to the season, so check before you visit.

Activities

Starry nights in Indio

Indio’s flagship festival grew from modest beginnings, when a local promoter booked the Empire Polo Club for a Pearl Jam concert. The venue proved an ideal location for live music, and the success of the first Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival encouraged the organizers to aim for an annual event. The rest is history, with the biggest names in popular music drawing huge international crowds to this lush corner of the Colorado Desert. Tickets for this wildly popular event sell out quickly and you’ll need to be equally quick off the mark to be sure of the best choice of Indio vacation rentals.

Weather

Indio turns up the heat

Surrounded on 3 sides by mountains, the Coachella Valley has an enviable track record of dry, sunny summers and some of the mildest winters west of the Rockies. During the height of summer, temperatures regularly tip the high 90s, so Indio vacation rentals with a pool are the first to get booked up—thankfully, most accommodations benefit from private pools, patios, and barbecues to make the most of the hot summer nights. Add a hot tub and spa to your search and you’ll find a range of Indio vacation rentals that work just as well for winter getaways.

Natural features

Indio’s alternative fans

The 1,000 Palms Oasis is a unique feature of the Coachella Valley Preserve, a protected area that also contains the Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The oasis is fed by natural springs that support the growth of the California Fan Palm, the only palm tree native to the state. Groundwater trapped in the San Andreas Fault provides a secondary source of irrigation, creating a corridor of lush greenery that stretches along the desert floor. The freshwater ponds that form naturally along the fault line also support breeding colonies of the endangered desert pupfish.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Indio

Fly into Bermuda Dunes, CA (UDD), the closest airport, located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Thermal, CA (TRM-Jacqueline Cochran Regional), which is 6.4 mi (10.2 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Indio?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 4,682 vacation rentals around Indio. From 2,203 house rentals to 1,454 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a mountain-view property in Indio?

Fresh air, awe-inspiring vistas and quality time in the wilderness. If you're itching to refresh and reconnect, a mountain retreat is exactly what the doctor ordered. Vrbo has no less than 2,120 mountain rental properties available. Alternatively, you might prefer to try a different setting. Vrbo has a wide range of rental options to pick from, including:

  • 1,053 golf-view vacation rentals.
  • 1,009 resort vacation rentals.
  • 808 golf-front vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Indio?

If you're looking for a home away from home for your trip, renting an entire house is a terrific idea. You and the gang will have ample space for all sorts of getaway activities. There are 2,329 options listed on Vrbo. Prices start from $45 a night. If that doesn't suit your crew's style, we've got a number of other rental options to choose from, such as:

  • Condo: 1,494 vacation homes. Prices start from $40 per night.
  • Villa: 460 vacation homes. Prices start from $58 per night.
  • Resort: 199 vacation homes. Prices start from $40 per night.

Can I stay in Indio in a large group?

It can be tricky finding the time to unwind with friends and family members. A group vacation is a perfect opportunity to come together. If you were hoping to kick back under the same roof, Vrbo has places for you. House vacation homes are the leading option here for large groups of guests. Our worldwide database presently has 742 available. Rental options in this area that can cater for large groups include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we offer 3,096 vacation homes suited to that size. Spend a night from just $46.
  • If you have 8 in your group, you'll be delighted to learn that there are 2,046 vacation homes suitable. Prices begin at just $58 per night.
  • Searching for places for rent catering to 10 people? You'll be thrilled to find out we have 628 that'll be perfect. You can book one for as little as $95 per night.

So never fear! When you travel with us you can bring along your aunt, your brother and all your buddies to Indio.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Indio?

Give the flick to soulless hotel chains! Indulge in the freedom of living like one of the locals in an affordable rental instead. Check out all the diverse options available now on Vrbo. Deepwell Estates is a great area to have a look at if you want to keep your budget under control. Vrbo has 403 rentals, and the average price is a modest $223 per night. Old Las Palmas is another good option. Vrbo has 359 rentals here, and the average price is around $228 a night.

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