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Vacation rentals in California

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Top-rated vacation rentals in California

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Tiny home in Aguanga
Off-grid Desert Retreat: Casa Rosada
[If booked, see our other listing by visiting our profile.] Casa Rosada sits atop the western most hills of a gently rolling landscape east of Temecula. Upon arrival you'll be greeted by your private swath of land. Here lies the living area, bedroom with queen bed, outhouse with shower/sink/composting toilet, outdoor cook area, and garden seating. Look out at the vistas below your feet as you lie in bed. Soak up a movie on our projector. Gaze out at a star strewn sky. Come step away.
$171 per night
Camper/RV in Joshua Tree
Wonderlust Airstream
Desert mountain views, stunning sunrises, breathtaking sunsets, rabbits hopping around the yard, coyotes howling at night. We’re inviting you to enjoy your breakfast on our wooden deck with stunning views, to grill with our built-in propane grill, to sit by a cozy fire in our unique gas fire pit, to jump into the refreshing cowboy tub to cool down on hot days and to comfortably lie in the jacuzzi at night while gazing at the stars... this can be your unforgettable Airstream experience.
$193 per night
Farm stay in Martinez
Bellacollina Farms ~ Beautiful Briones Retreat
Beautiful Briones ~ Bay Area Retreat This new, expansive and beautiful farm setting retreat has relaxing interiors and fabulous grounds to explore and enjoy. In a world of its own, escape the hustle and bustle for the rural countryside, centrally located in the hidden valley of Briones, CA tucked away between Pleasant Hill/ Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Berkeley and less than 19 miles due east of downtown San Francisco. Close access to freeways and BART
$305 per night

Private vacation rentals in California

Villa in Twentynine Palms
Moonset - New Modern Boho Villa Soak Tub & Hot Tub
$256 per night
Condo in Whitethorn
Gorgeous Oceanview! Private HotTub! Oceanfront!
$500 per night
Tiny home in Twentynine Palms
Architect's Off-Grid Stargazing Cabin.
$340 per night
Dome in Joshua Tree
Dome in the Desert in Joshua Tree
$142 per night
Home in Joshua Tree
On the Rocks Joshua Tree, Conde Nast Traveller w/
$409 per night
Dome in Joshua Tree
Moon Camp: Desert Dome House Retreat
$105 per night
Home in Pioneertown
Sol to Soul named by Condé Nast: Coolest In Cali
$686 per night
Home in Joshua Tree
Jackalope Cabin | Views, Hot Tub, Fire Pit, + More
$159 per night
Farm stay in Angels Camp
Barnview Bungalow Farm Stay
$148 per night
Villa in San Rafael
Tranquil Waterfront Retreat Haven
$798 per night
Home in Joshua Tree
Panoramic Heaven - Luxury Property Pool & Spa
$210 per night
Guest suite in Tiburon
Award-winning ocean view luxury master suite.
$695 per night

California beach vacation rentals

Home in Carlsbad
Beach House, Ocean Views, Roof Top Deck & AC
$275 per night
Apartment in Malibu
Ocean View Malibu Hideaway
$319 per night
Guesthouse in Stinson Beach
Beach View at the Bird’s Nest Bungalow
$210 per night
Guest suite in Malibu
MCM Malibu Private Studio Amazing Ocean Views
$358 per night
Condo in Malibu
Malibu, Carbon Beach - Suite Seven
$220 per night
Apartment in Malibu
SA Beach Suite #3 by Stay Awhile Villas
$329 per night
Condo in Oceanside
Studio Oceanview King in Beachfront Apt (207)
$181 per night
Home in Venice
Architectural Masterpiece with Roof Deck
$882 per night
Home in Trinidad
Dream House in the Redwoods with hot tub and sauna
$495 per night
Condo in Oceanside
Enjoy Beachfront Views from Pacific Villas #1
$216 per night
Home in The Sea Ranch
Award-Winning Forest Getaway: @thesearanchhouse
$399 per night
Condo in Malibu
Oceanfront Malibu Townhouse On Quiet Road
$497 per night

California fishing vacation rentals

Cabin in Lake Arrowhead
Luxury Retreat W Cedar Hot Tub, Sun Deck & Firepit
$407 per night
Home in Kelseyville
OMG the views! King bed, blazing Wi-Fi, so chill!
$153 per night
Cabin in Big Bear Lake
Rancho Pines I Juniper, Skiing + Lake + Hot Tub
$238 per night
Cabin in South Lake Tahoe
Lighthus: Contemporary Tahoe Retreat
$625 per night
Home in Springville
Modern Cabin, Private Fishing Lake, Near Sequoias
$288 per night
Cabin in Three Rivers
Mountain View Loft
$215 per night
Home in Indio
All Inclusive-Casa Tranquila amazing pool/ views
$421 per night
Cabin in Arnold
<DeanerDen> chic A-Frame! Pool! Lakes! Dogs ok!
$214 per night
Home in Clearlake Oaks
Dany’s Lake house w/ dock/paddle/kayak/firepit
$109 per night
Chalet in Tahoe City
The Chalet 300: Sunnyside West Shore Lake Tahoe
$225 per night
Cabin in Truckee
Donner Lake Cabin with LAKE VIEW & DECK
$192 per night
Cottage in Forestville
Cosmo Beach River-front Sanctuary
$321 per night

Your guide to California

All About California

As the third largest state in America and home to a number of famous sites, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, and breathtaking Highway 1 coastline, California has a lot to offer.

In Southern California, Los Angeles is a mix of beach and city living, with world-class international cuisine spread throughout its many neighborhoods, legendary surf spots along its coastline, and hiking in canyons that offer stunning views of the glittering Downtown Los Angeles skyline. Day trips from this sprawling megatropolis bring you into the midcentury design hub of Palm Springs, or the desert landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park.

Up north, San Francisco is a compact city with rolling hills that make driving around or riding its famous cable cars feel like being in a slow-moving roller coaster. The prize for walking to the tops of its many neighborhood parks include views of the Bay Bridge and the iconic orange Golden Gate Bridge, as well as Golden Gate Park, which houses a number of notable museums. The city has a rich history of attracting artists, writers, musicians, who continue to make their marks in San Francisco concerts halls, dive bars, galleries, and museums.

Away from these big metropolises, Santa Cruz and Big Sur draw people to their dramatic Redwood-lined coastlines while Napa Valley and Sonoma bring wine lovers from around the world into town. Yosemite National Park, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is a haven for hiking, rafting, and rock climbing.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in California

Depending on where you’re traveling, you could experience all four seasons or remain in the fog for your entire trip. Generally Los Angeles is dry and arid, with occasional heat waves in the summer, while San Francisco experiences a marine layer of fog that remains even through the summer (if you’re visiting San Francisco, always bring layers for the fog and the wind). Snow comes to the state’s mountain ranges in the winter, bringing cross-country and downhill enthusiasts to ski hubs like Mammoth, Lake Tahoe, and Big Bear.

Top things to do in California

San Diego

When it comes to Southern California beaches, San Diego has some of the best opportunities to swim and surf, with notably warm water and air temperatures year-round, great surf breaks, and plenty of outfitters offering gear and lessons. Back on land, San Diego’s iconic Balboa Park houses 17 museums as well as numerous historic and cultural attractions across 1,200 acres. Beer connoisseurs know the city as one of the country’s epicenters of craft breweries.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is known for its epic waterfalls; wildlife sightings of marmots, bobcats, and dozens of species of butterflies; and scenic trails winding to lookouts like Glacier Point. Catch a glimpse of El Capitan, one of the park’s highest peaks, and gaze in wonder at the breathtaking Bridalveil Falls, which are at their best in spring.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe carries the prize of being the largest alpine lake in North America, and it’s one of the most iconic natural attractions in California. Its crystal clear waters make it seem like you could almost stare straight down to the bottom of its 1,645 feet. Come here to swim, hike or ride bikes along the paths that line the lake’s exterior, and in the winter, ski the slopes and Nordic trails nearby.

Destinations to explore