Discover a selection of 7,000 vacation rentals in Palm Desert, CA that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and kitchens. Prices start at $120 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Palm Desert. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Explore the Palm Desert from vacation home rentals

"Lush" may be an unusual choice of adjective to describe the desert, but it's a near-perfect description of the picturesque California deserts. Palm Desert, a city in the Coachella Valley, is a veritable playground, with its own shopping street (El Paseo, nicknamed the "Rodeo Drive of the Desert"), architecturally distinctive art museum, and acclaimed performing arts center. Complete the experience by staying in a mid-century modern Palm Desert vacation rental—pose in front of the house in your most stylish Rat Pack-inspired duds, and watch those Instagram likes roll in.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Palm Desert vacation rentals

See the permanent and rotating exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, then wander around the 4-acre sculpture garden, where modern artworks share the spotlight (or more precisely, the sunlight) with native plants, water features, and rock benches. Try to catch a show at the McCallum Theatre, which ranks among the country's most celebrated performing arts venues. Finally, take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Mt. San Jacinto State Park—over 8,500 feet up—where you can go hiking in the summer or sledding in the winter. Check out the natural history museum and the documentary theaters before making the trip back.

Activities

Activities near Palm Desert vacation homes

Scores of golf courses, hundreds of shops in the mile-long El Paseo retail district, and even an IMAX theater in Rancho Mirage—with so many things to do, it's easy to forget you're actually in the desert. Fuel up with a scrumptious breakfast in your Palm Desert vacation rental before heading out for the day and going on scenic hikes, heart-pumping all-terrain vehicle tours, and soaring cable car rides. If you've got kiddos with you, drop by the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, whose unique offerings include an endangered species carousel, a replica of a northeast African village, and flora from deserts around the globe (and not just the trendy succulents on your Pinterest feed).

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Palm Desert vacation homes

The weather won't rain on your parade during your Palm Desert holiday. This place gets around 350 days of sunshine a year, and barely any rainfall—if you're going to need an umbrella, it'll be for shielding your mug from the sun. Winter, from January to March, is the best time to visit, with temperatures that range from the high 40s to the low 70s. Summer in Palm Desert can get literally sizzling, with average temps of 106 degrees. If you're not fazed by triple-digit temperatures, then go ahead and book a Palm Desert vacation rental from June to August—'tis the season for low prices and thin crowds.

Natural features

Oh my Josh, look at all the Joshua Trees!

For a better appreciation of Palm Desert's photogenic oases, a hike, a horseback ride, or a cycling tour is most certainly in order. Young'uns will have a field day at Joshua Tree National Park, where they can earn Junior Ranger badges after completing an activity book. The spiky Joshua Trees may be the park's main stars, but you'll also find a remarkable variety of plant life, including over 40 rare species. You might run into squirrels, lizards, and birds while walking about during the day—just be thankful that the snakes and coyotes, among other mammals, are only active at night!

How to get there

Traveling to and around Palm Desert

The nearest airport is in Bermuda Dunes, CA (UDD), located 6.6 mi (10.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), which is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Palm Desert vacation rentals

Kids will love the fun-filled attractions in Palm Desert. Vacation homes can be found near places like City of Palm Desert Civic Center Park, an expansive park with tennis courts, sports fields, picnic area, concerts, and public art, and Palm Desert Aquatic Center, an aquatic center with pools, slides, and rides. You could also visit Freedom Park, a recreation area with a playground and basketball, baseball, and volleyball courts.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat near Palm Desert vacation rentals

Palm Desert is an ideal setting for a couple’s retreat. Vacation homes are available near romantic spots like Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve, a nature reserve in a palm-filled oasis with picnic areas and hiking trails in the wilderness, and CODA Gallery, a showroom with inventive paintings, sculpture, and photography from modern artists. You'll also like the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, a scenic mountain area with parks and trails for hiking and horseback riding.

How many vacation rentals are available around Palm Desert, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 6,978 vacation rentals around Palm Desert. From 3,593 house rentals to 2,127 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 Palm Desert?

Looming and mysterious, mountains are some of the most ruggedly breathtaking formations on Earth. If you've ever yearned to try mountain living, you're in the right place. Vrbo has no less than 3,717 mountain vacation properties available. Of course, that might not work for the whole group. Fortunately, Vrbo has tons more options, including:

  • 1,235 resort vacation rentals.
  • 1,222 golf-view vacation rentals.
  • 928 golf-front vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Palm Desert?

Our house vacation rentals are real accommodations for real travelers. Offering tons of space to spread out, they're perfect if you want to experience life like a local. There are 3,845 houses listed on Vrbo. Prices begin at $45 a night. Or perhaps you'd prefer one of the area's other sought-after lodging options, such as:

  • Condo: 2,243 vacation homes. Prices start from $36 per night.
  • Villa: 519 vacation homes. Prices start from $48 per night.
  • Resort: 246 vacation homes. Prices start from $40 per night.

Can I stay in Palm Desert in a large group?

There's nothing better than reconnecting with old work colleagues or spending a few weeks with extended family in a wonderful new location. What's best, Vrbo has places big enough for the whole squad. House vacation homes are the preferred choice here for big groups of guests. Our extensive database presently has 1,471 available. Around the area, the rental properties that can house large groups of people include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we offer 2,448 vacation homes perfectly suited for that size. Book a night from just $45.
  • Looking for somewhere for 8 people? We have 1,479 that will serve you well. You can book one for as little as $50 per night.
  • Seeking out rental properties catering to 10 people? You'll be happy to hear we have 444 that will fit the bill. You can book one from just $99 per night.

Your whole squad will be well catered to when you organize your Palm Desert vacation through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Palm Desert?

There are friends, there is family and then there are friends that become family. Catch up with your nearest and dearest and book a value-packed stay with Vrbo. Fern Valley is a magnet for bargain hunters. And with 78 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $154 a night, you can see why. You'll find another 118 Vrbo rentals awaiting you in or around Spanish Walk. The average price in this area is $169 a night.

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