Discover a selection of 24 vacation rentals in San Clemente, 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 WiFi. Prices start at $149 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in San Clemente. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Destination guide

San Clemente celebrates sun, surf, and sweeping sands

San Clemente is a mid-size city based in California’s sun-kissed Orange County. Located on a golden stretch of the California Coast – with its sugary-sand beaches and rolling, white-tipped Pacific surf – San Clemente celebrates Spanish colonial architecture, flower-rich gardens, and farmers’ markets. Outdoor adventurers will also love the beach walks and nature trails that crisscross the surrounding coast. With the wide array of San Clemente vacation rentals on offer, you’re sure to find your perfect California paradise – whether it’s an oceanfront condo, elegant townhouse, or ritzy apartment.

Things to do

Out and about in San Clemente

Why not spend a morning at The Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens? This early 20th-century historic house, which was once home to Ole Hanson, the founder of San Clemente, is built in a Spanish architectural design and surrounded by palm shaded gardens. Casa Romantica isn’t just an historical and architectural highlight – it also hosts community cultural activities and events, including workshops, theater, and lectures. For more local culture, experience San Clemente’s surfing history at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center museum. Back by the beach, take a romantic stroll along San Clemente Pier, an old-fashioned timber structure stretching into the aquamarine waters.


Surf the waves in San Clemente

Surfing’s likely be top of the San Clemente activity list for any lover of the outdoors – the city is famed for its surfing heritage, enjoying impressive turquoise waves which crest and tumble against an ensemble of secluded surfer beaches. There’s an abundance of beachside surf shacks selling locally crafted boards, and surf schools for beginners. If surfing isn't for you, take a rejuvenating hike along the grassy bluffs and palm-lined sands of the San Clemente Coastal Trail. Of course, there are endless opportunities to relax on San Clemente’s beaches and catch some honey-like California sunshine.


Year-round sunshine in San Clemente

San Clemente is renowned for its blissful climate – very hot summers, balmy spring and fall seasons, and a short sun-struck winter season where the temperature hovers around 65 degrees during the day. San Clemente’s climate is obviously suited to sun-worshippers – there are around 300 days of sunshine per year, and very little rainfall. And any surfers hunting for San Clemente vacation rentals aren’t restricted by season, as the coast catches swells throughout the year – although, as to be expected, the beaches are busiest during the summer months.

Natural features

Pristine beachfront and wild parkland

San Clemente is based right on the California Coast in Orange County, about halfway between the buzzing city of San Diego to the south and the sprawling, glitzy metropolis of Los Angeles to the north. The city itself is grouped tightly around the wide, sandy beachfront – the midpoint of which is marked by the San Clemente Pier. There are plenty of San Clemente vacation rentals right by the beach that look out over the Pacific Ocean. Behind the city, the landscape transforms into rocky golden hills, with sporadic highways winding toward ranches and canyon-cut regional wilderness parks.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around San Clemente

Fly into John Wayne Airport (SNA), the closest airport, located 22.6 mi (36.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), which is 28.5 mi (45.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station is San Clemente Pier Station.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near San Clemente?

Whatever you're looking for in a getaway, you'll find a rental in or around San Clemente that's a match made in heaven. Take a peek at these favorites:

  • Make the most of amenities including lowered locks and a TV at "Clean Cottage For 2, Great Location Large Patio". Situated around 20 miles from San Clemente, this property has 1 bedroom and is a hit with guests.
  • Alternatively, make a booking at "Best Location Old Town Luxurious Beach House Family Fun Getaway". Located around 35 miles from the heart of San Clemente, it has 3 bedrooms and features a kitchen island and games.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect San Clemente vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near San Clemente?

There's nothing like a quick break to blow away the cobwebs. Pack your overnight bag and enjoy a breather at one of these appealing weekend getaways in and near San Clemente:

  • Spend your whirlwind escape at "Balboa Island, Ca ~beach Cottage", which is around 19 miles to the northwest of San Clemente. There's plenty of adventure and nature to uncover here. Try some sailing and fishing or just wander around the sights of Shady Canyon Golf Club and Hamilton Beach.
  • Alternatively, make your home away from home at "Aqua Sea Luxury Villa On The Harbor 2 Blks To Beach W". Stay in and enjoy its creature comforts, or be adventurous and try parasailing and cycling. When you're ready to discover more of the area, check out Alamitos Bay Beach and El Niguel Country Club. This great vacation rental is around 20 miles northwest of San Clemente.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around San Clemente?

Typically small, affordable and conveniently located, it's easy to fall for the charms of a studio apartment. Get cozy in one of these vacation rentals and experience the vibe of San Clemente up close:

  • Explore your surroundings and then sleep soundly at "Clean Cottage For 2, Great Location Large Patio". This property is a terrific base for discovering the sights and offers amenities including a bicycle and heating.
  • Alternatively, switch to vacation mode at "Your Actual Ocean View2 - Walk To Restaurants", which offers conveniences such as a garage and a barbecue grill.

With the moolah you save on your studio apartment, you can afford to see more of San Clemente. Cultural attractions like The Coach House and Orange County Museum of Art will help you understand the personality of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near San Clemente?

Short-term rentals are in good supply in and around San Clemente. Chill out for the weekend in a condo, a budget studio apartment or a spacious home. Whatever type of vacation rental you prefer, you'll find what you need with Vrbo. Here are a few top picks:

  • "Balboa Island, Ca ~beach Cottage" is close to the heart of San Clemente, which means you'll have lots of things to do and see. Discover interesting sights like University of California, Irvine and Irvine Spectrum Center when you're not hanging out in your cozy rental.
  • Eat, sleep and explore what's around you from "Aqua Sea Luxury Villa On The Harbor 2 Blks To Beach W", another excellent option. Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Santa Ana Zoo should be on your must-do list when you're ready to sightsee.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near San Clemente?

Whether spent in a log cabin or a beach house, a romantic weekend getaway is a wonderful way to add some fire to your relationship. Whisk your partner away for a few days at one of these appealing escapes in or near San Clemente:

  • Located around 20 miles from San Clemente, "Clean Cottage For 2, Great Location Large Patio" is the ideal place for starry-eyed lovebirds. Beauty services and shopping facilities are some of the many amenities you'll find here.
  • "Casa Clemente - Modern Spanish Beach Home In San Clemente" is another retreat that's guaranteed to impress. It's around 1 mile from San Clemente and has a fireplace and outdoor furniture.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near San Clemente?

Sneak a peek at these large group vacation rentals in or near San Clemente and forget about leaving anyone off your guest list:

  • A wealth of amenities including an ocean view and a firepit make "River Front Property With A View" a winner. This sprawling property has 4 bedrooms and accommodates up to 12 guests. From central San Clemente, it's around 4 miles away to the northwest.
  • Nothing is more important than spending precious time with loved ones, and "Magicwayvillas + Paradise Pier + 5 Bedroom + 3 Bath + Private Pool" makes it easy to do that. Located around 30 miles to the northwest of San Clemente, as many as 13 guests can stay in this vacation rental which has 5 bedrooms. A swimming pool and a kitchen are among the various amenities at hand here.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near San Clemente?

Of all the conveniences a vacation rental can offer, a pool delivers the most fun. Check out these houses for rent with a pool in or near San Clemente and spend your days splashing about. Just don't forget your inflatable flamingo:

  • Treat your loved ones to a memorable stay at "Three Floor House With 3 Apartments And One Luxury Attic - Giovanni". There's plenty to love about this escape apart from its pool, such as childrens activities and a toaster.
  • Spend lazy vacation days splashing about or simply unwinding by the water at "Private House/pool And Spa /near To Beach". This vacation home is another top pick and features a DVD player, a smart TV and more.

Not sure what the weather's like in San Clemente? It has a semi-arid climate, with average temperatures in summer ranging from 65 ºF to 75 ºF. If you're chasing a little more inspiration on where to stay in this amazing destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to check out our entire range of San Clemente vacation rentals.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near San Clemente?

You'll always have more fun sharing wonderful times with the people that are closest to your heart. Whether you're planning a family get-together or getting away with friends, Vrbo has a large vacation rental to suit your style. These are two of our best in and around San Clemente:

  • Sleeping as many as 8 guests in 3 bedrooms, "Casa Clemente - Modern Spanish Beach Home In San Clemente" is the ideal place for some family time. This top-rated retreat is 1 mile to the southeast of San Clemente and has creature comforts that include beach sun loungers and a microwave oven.
  • "Aqua Sea Luxury Villa On The Harbor 2 Blks To Beach W" is another excellent option. It's about 20 miles to the northwest of San Clemente, has 3 bedrooms and accommodates up to 8 people. Useful amenities here include a TV and a kitchen.

If you want to do some sightseeing, there are loads of family-friendly attractions close by to add to your to-do list. Disneyland®, Disney California Adventure® Park and Knott's Berry Farm are good places to start.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in or near San Clemente?

Add some indulgence to your vacation by staying someplace with a private indoor pool. These gorgeous large houses in or near San Clemente have a swimming space that's just for you, as well as lots of room for whoever is lucky enough to be joining you:

  • Invite your closest friends over for a refreshing paddle around at "Oceanfront Condo With Pools, Hot Tub". This property has space to spare, with 3 bedrooms comfortably sleeping 8 guests. A swimming pool and an ocean view are other things your group will love about this place.
  • Another attractive property is "Apartment With 60m2 Terrace Panoramic Sea View Beach Access". With 9 bedrooms sleeping up to 29 people, you can invite your entire crew to stay, hang out and swim. A garden and a beach view are other amenities on offer here.

Want to see our full range of options? Find your dream stay by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to find the San Clemente vacation rental that's perfect for you.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near San Clemente?

Idyllic romantic getaways, work trips or adventures of the solo kind — a one-bedroom vacation rental is an ideal solution for all sorts of occasions. One of these options in or near San Clemente is sure to impress:

  • Check out "Your Actual Ocean View2 - Walk To Restaurants", a great centrally located one-bedroom property. A kitchen and a water view are available for use here.
  • Or maybe "San Clemente's Most Popular Vacation Rental" is more your style. Another conveniently located one-bedroom option, this place has a kitchen, a firepit and more.