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 $150 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.
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.


What's up? Surf's up in Southern California

There's good reason the Beach Boys wrote a lot about this place, the beaches are something else. Swathes of soft, buttery sand, curling waves, and swaying palm trees. Book a Southern California vacation rental and have some of the America's best beaches on your doorstep, including Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Malibu. And you don't even have to surf: try sunrise yoga, beach volleyball or rollerblading along the boardwalks as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. After dark, kick back with fresh fish tacos and margaritas on your own ocean-front deck. Result!


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.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Southern California

The nearest airport is in San Bernardino, CA (SBD-San Bernardino Intl.), located 16.9 mi (27.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Murrieta, CA (RBK-French Valley), which is 20.8 mi (33.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Moreno Valley/March Field Station, Perris Station and Riverside-Downtown Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around Southern California by catching a ride on the metro at Union Station, Civic Center Station or Pershing Square Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Southern California, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 29,894 vacation rentals around Southern California. From 18,706 house rentals to 1,837 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Southern California?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Southern California. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Palm Desert: 7,150 vacation rentals
  • La Quinta: 4,584 vacation rentals
  • Mission Beach: 1,298 vacation rentals
  • Las Vegas: 2,418 vacation rentals
  • Palm Springs: 6,512 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Southern California! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Southern California?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Southern California:

  • Palm Desert: 7,150 rentals
  • La Quinta: 4,584 rentals
  • Las Vegas: 2,418 rentals
  • Palm Springs: 6,512 rentals
  • Big Bear Lake: 2,440 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Southern California?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Southern California are:

  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.): 3,350 vacation rentals
  • Oxnard, CA (OXR): 449 vacation rentals
  • San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.): 4,885 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Southern California?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Southern California. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Palm Springs: 6,512 rentals
  • Ruth Hardy Park: 1,051 rentals
  • Village Bay: 291 rentals
  • Woods Cove: 2,071 rentals
  • Disneyland®: 2,768 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Southern California listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Southern California

Palm Desert
7,150 vacation rentals
La Quinta
4,584 vacation rentals
Las Vegas
2,418 vacation rentals
Palm Springs
6,512 vacation rentals
Big Bear Lake
2,440 vacation rentals
La Jolla
4,409 vacation rentals
Lake Havasu City
641 vacation rentals
4,599 vacation rentals
Rancho Mirage
6,518 vacation rentals
Los Angeles
3,939 vacation rentals
Cathedral City
5,261 vacation rentals
Lake Arrowhead
560 vacation rentals
Paso Robles
680 vacation rentals
San Diego
5,539 vacation rentals
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Solana Beach
1,355 vacation rentals
Huntington Beach
2,373 vacation rentals