Discover a selection of more than 10,000 vacation rentals in Southern California, US 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 private pools. Prices start at $89 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Southern California. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Southern California dreaming

Southern California is one of the top vacation destinations to visit in America. SoCal, as the cool kids call it, is all about the three S's - sun, sand, and surf. The official SoCal area runs from Ventura right down to San Diego and the Mexican border. Famous as the home of Hollywood movies, iconic surf beaches, and a wealth of theme parks, including Mickey's mousehole, the original Disneyland. Start your SoCal adventure by booking a well-located Southern California vacation rental close to the beach or theme parks, and make California dreaming become a reality.

Things to do

Find your happy place in Southern California

A big draw to Southern California is its many, many theme parks, including Universal Studios, Knotts Farm, and of course, the daddy of them all, Disneyland. Walt Disney's original theme park was built in Anaheim in 1955. It's been the dream vacation destination for generations of families and friends, who come to gaze at Cinderella's Castle and ride Space Mountain, or just enjoy the The Happiest Place on Earth. Many Southern California vacation rentals are within strolling distance of the theme parks, or are on the theme park shuttle route.

Weather

Summer lovin' in Southern California

Most of Southern California has a dry climate, with long, warm summers, and mild, wet winters, which makes SoCal a great destination all year round. The south of the region, from San Diego down to the Mexican border, sees the best of the year-round sun. Popular seaside towns like Santa Barbara and Monterey, are slightly quieter in fall and winter, when temperatures drop a few degrees. After summer, spring is the most popular season to visit, when the mountains are blanketed in wildflowers, and the desert blooms.

Natural features

Dusty desert days in Southern California

Tucked between the Colorado and Mojave deserts, the Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California is named after the bristly Joshua trees that sprout up across the plains. There are 1200 square miles of desert wilderness to explore, where resident coyotes, tortoise, and curious bighorn sheep roam. At night, the dark desert skies are perfect for stargazing. Feeling adventurous? Try climbing the Wonderland of Rocks, or hike up to Keys View for sweeping views of the Coachella Valley. Book a Southern California vacation rental in Palm Springs or Palm Desert for easy access to Joshua Tree National Park.

What are the top vacation rentals in Southern California?

Whether you're organizing your next big adventure with friends or a romantic trip with your sweetheart, one of these top vacation rentals in Southern California is sure to tempt you:

  • "Iconic Mid - Century Modern House": If you're on the hunt for a comfy space in Racquet Club Estates, this escape won't disappoint. It comes with 3 bedrooms and a host of amenities including a dining table and a microwave oven.
  • "Large, Private Yard And Heated, Saltwater Pool": Book a few nights or more at this option in Topaz and take advantage of a separate dining area, outdoor furniture and more. It has 4 bedrooms to accommodate your friends and family.

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

Can I find log cabins to rent in Southern California?

There's something delightfully cozy about snuggling up in a log cabin with a cup of tea and a good book. Leave the world behind and spend a few nights or longer at one of these log cabins in Southern California:

  • If you'd like to be able to enjoy fishing and cycling while staying in Southern California, "Romantic Log Cabin ~ Updated, Quiet" in Idyllwild will be a terrific choice.
  • Another option is "Eat Bacon And Ice Cream In A Log Cabin Pmc Guest Cards". With fun activities such as cross-country skiing and hiking and biking close by, this Pine Mountain Club getaway will be perfect if you love the outdoors.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in Southern California?

While long vacations are amazing, there's something refreshing about heading off on a weekend getaway. These rentals in Southern California are ideal for just that:

  • "Walk To Coachella And Stagecoach" - This vacation rental in Nasr City comes with amenities that'll make your visit nice and comfortable, such as heating and a games room. Its wonderful location also makes it a good base to do some exploring.
  • "3b/3b, Golf/mountain Views, Beach Entry Pool Spa" - With coffee and tea making facilities and a garage, plus its great location in La Quinta, you'll wish for more than just a weekend at this rental.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in Southern California?

Forget about the cookie-cutter hotel room and opt for one of our studio apartments in Southern California. Here's where you can kick back in your own digs and enjoy the next place you visit like a local:

  • "Beautiful One Bedroom Beachfront Property" in South Redondo squeezes lots of convenient amenities into its single space, such as a beach view and a stovetop.
  • Start the day with a hot coffee and a freshly cooked breakfast at "Clean Cottage For 2, Great Location Large Patio". This Balboa Peninsula getaway has all the things you need to make your visit cozy, including coffee and tea making facilities and a fridge.

Can I find short term rentals in Southern California?

With Vrbo's great selection of short-term rentals in Southern California, you're bound to find a place that's a perfect match. Whether you're looking for somewhere to relax on your own or to reconnect with friends and family, these options are tough to beat:

  • "Walk To Coachella And Stagecoach" in Nasr City is a perfect place for a short-term stay. It's only a short distance from the town center, so you'll be able to get out and explore all the best sights without having to travel too far.
  • Otherwise, spend a day or two at "3b/3b, Golf/mountain Views, Beach Entry Pool Spa" and discover the best bits of La Quinta. This getaway also caters to short-stay guests and is a great choice if you like being close to the action.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Southern California?

A romantic weekend getaway in Southern California is a surefire way to fan the flames of passion. Scatter some rose petals, grab your honey by the hand and send sparks flying at one of these properties:

  • "Iconic Mid - Century Modern House" in Racquet Club Estates was just made for whispering sweet nothings in each other's ear. This retreat is full of nice touches, including beauty services and a fireplace.
  • Another tempting option is "Large, Private Yard And Heated, Saltwater Pool" in Topaz. Enjoy amenities here including a fireplace and a swimming pool, in addition to each other's company.

Are there mansions for rent in Southern California?

Whether you're searching for somewhere spacious and stylish for a family vacation, a reunion with friends or a special event like an anniversary, we've got mansions for rent in Southern California to suit everyone. Below are a couple that'll make your jaw drop:

  • If your must-have list includes high-end amenities as well as plenty of space, choose "Newly Renovated Gorgeous Beachfront Mansion On The Sand P1733" in South Oceanside. It offers its guests a fireplace, a beach view and a great deal more.
  • "Huge Hilltop Mansion With Million Dollar Views" is another showstopping option that's difficult to resist. It's located in Perris and comes with numerous highlights your guests will love, such as a firepit and a garden.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in Southern California?

If you're planning to take a memorable trip away, don't go alone; take the whole gang. You'll have more fun sharing the adventure with friends and family. These vacation rentals in Southern California are ideal for large groups:

  • "Walk To Coachella And Stagecoach": With 4 bedrooms, everyone can be a part of the fun at this sought-after retreat in Nasr City. A firepit and a swimming pool are just a couple of the amenities offered here.
  • "Spectacular City/mtn Views Private": Located in Paso Robles, this sizable stay has 5 bedrooms and is another top pick for a fun family break. There's a whole lot to keep guests both entertained and comfortable, such as a kitchen and mountain views.

Are there large vacation rentals that sleep 30 or more in Southern California?

Whether you're organizing a trip away with a large group of friends, a big birthday party or even a wedding, we'll help you find the perfect home. Gather your nearest and dearest and check out these large vacation rentals in Southern California:

  • "Paradise Vacation Estate - Your Private Vacation Resort": With 11 bedrooms sleeping up to 34 people, this vacation property in Temecula will give you all the room you need. A swimming pool and a firepit are just some of the amenities available here.
  • "Luxury Log Home Resort On 22 Acres": Send out your invites and stay at this retreat in Lebec. It has 6 bedrooms and can house up to 50 guests. Quality amenities here include a swimming pool and a kitchen.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in Southern California?

In Southern California, there are loads of house rentals where every day can be a pool day. Having a splashing great time will be your only priority at one of these superb retreats:

  • Parents, kids, uncles, aunts — everyone will love the pool at "Iconic Mid - Century Modern House". Take your loved ones on a break at this Racquet Club Estates rental house which also features a smart TV and a microwave oven.
  • Unwind beside the water while the kids paddle around at "Best Location Old Town Luxurious Beach House Family Fun Getaway". This property in Old Towne comes with a range of features to keep your crew happy and comfortable, such as nearby birdwatching activities and a living room.