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Beach house rentals in California

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Top-rated house rentals in California

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Home in Newport Beach
Olive Beach Bungalow
Stunning remodeled bungalow that is only steps to the sand (one house off the beach). The open layout is perfect for families. Home comes with surf/body boards, bikes, beach chairs and anything else you would need to enjoy the incredible beach out front. The home has been remodeled top to bottom with no expense spared. Enjoy a morning coffee on the patio while gazing at spectacular ocean and sunset views. Walkable to amazing cafes/restaurants. Dogs are allowed with pet fee - please inquire.
$234 per night
Home in Joshua Tree
On the Rocks Joshua Tree, Conde Nast Traveller
On the Rocks! is a stunning modern home artfully tucked on five spectacular acres of open desert and right next to the National Park! It’s perfect for friends or families seeking the tranquility of the desert and easy access (10-minute drive) to Joshua Tree Village. With incredible views of rugged boulders and jagged mountains throughout, you'll look forward to coming home to this peaceful paradise to enjoy the sunset in the hot tub, stargaze around the fire pit, and absorb the surroundings.
$484 per night
Home in Malibu
Ocean View Malibu Getaway
Enjoy this Malibu Beach House. This 3 Bedroom/2 Bath House is perfect for a romantic getaway or for those looking to relax for the weekend. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Santa Monica Bay and the sunsets are not to be missed. A short drive or bike ride to all the shopping and dining Malibu has to offer. In addition to the beach, there are lots of trails and wine tasting nearby.
$375 per night

California house rentals

Home in Pioneertown
Sol to Soul named by Condé Nast: Coolest In Cali
$646 per night
Home in Murrieta
* NEW Luxury Celebrity Vineyard Estate Temecula *
$813 per night
Home in Ione
PT Ranch House
$286 per night
Home in Yucca Valley
Hawk & Mesa - 120 Acres, Ft. in Travel + Leisure
$468 per night
Home in Yucca Valley
All-Glass Modern Joshua Tree Villa with Salt Water Pool/Spa
$709 per night
Home in Joshua Tree
Panoramic Heaven - Luxury Designer Property w/Spa
$220 per night
Home in Manchester
Ocean Road
$359 per night
Home in South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Stonehenge
$980 per night
Home in Yucca Valley
Black Desert House...ft. in Architectural Digest
$810 per night
Home in Joshua Tree
MoonView Modern | Hot tub & Private Pool
$159 per night
Home in Joshua Tree
Caelum Joshua Tree - Urban Design in Rustic Desert
$306 per night
Home in Pioneertown
Hi-Desert Fade: Surrounded by Boulders w/ Hot Tub
$328 per night

California beach vacation rentals

Bungalow in Malibu
Malibu, Carbon Beach- Bungalow Twelve
$480 per night
Home in Huntington Beach
January 10% OFF- Beachfront Home w/Spa, Deck+VIEWS
$807 per night
Home in Carlsbad
Modern Beach House With Direct Beach Access
$552 per night
Home in Cayucos
Bright Oceanfront Home with WiFi, Furnished Balcony & Spectacular Views
$367 per night
Rental unit in San Diego
Ocean Front Villa #4 Four Bedrooms
$169 per night
Rental unit in San Diego
Ocean Front Villa #6 Two Bedrooms
$206 per night
Home in Watsonville
$886 per night
Hotel room in Laguna Beach
Oceanfront Laguna Beach Incredible Views 29
$225 per night
Guesthouse in Malibu
Bungalow/Studio with unique Ocean & Mountain views
$293 per night
Cottage in Bodega Bay
Seamist Beach Cottage, Private Beach & Ocean views
$464 per night
Home in Moss Beach
Oceanfront Coastal Home w Breathtaking Views
$440 per night
Condo in San Diego
OCEAN FRONT Balcony Central 1br Condo- (Pacific)
$163 per night

Beach cabin rentals in California

Cabin in Sea Ranch
Historic Baker House available for the first time
$564 per night
Cabin in Albion
Dog-Friendly, Oceanfront Home w/Private Hot Tub, Deck, WiFi, & Spectacular Views
$489 per night
Cabin in McKinleyville
Fabulous Ocean and River Views, Private w Hot Tub
$257 per night
Cabin in Trinidad
Sylvan Harbor Cabin #3
$109 per night
Cabin in Trinidad
New Listing~Luffenholtz Surfside Cottage-Romantic,
$425 per night
Cabin in Smith River
Cozy Ocean Front Retreat with Private Hot Tub!
$275 per night
Cabin in Trinidad
Cozy Trinidad Cabin
$100 per night
Cabin in Smith River
White Rock Ocean Cabin with Stunning Views
$202 per night
Cabin in McKinleyville
Shore Acres Ocean View Cabin and Retreat Space
$143 per night
Cabin in Avila Beach
"The Treehouse"/studio in oaks. Ocean 5+min. walk
$129 per night
Cabin in Sea Ranch
Iconic Sea Ranch Home, Overlooking Pacific Ocean.
$450 per night
Cabin in Sea Ranch
Dog-Friendly Cabin w/Ocean View, Private Hot Tub & BBQ, and Access to Pools
$233 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.

When is 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.

What are the 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.