From beautiful beaches to thriving metropolises, snowy mountains to redwood forests and expansive deserts, California offers something for everyone. Stay in a beach house in Southern California where the ocean is your backyard, or pick a luxurious home in Palm Springs with your very own pool. How about a quirky apartment in the heart of San Francisco or a stunning view of the mountains from your window in Lake Tahoe?
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Popular Rental Amenities in California
Accommodations can be narrowed down based on different criteria. Above, you will find the number of properties that include a specific amenity in California. HomeToGo's data highlights that "Pool" and "Pets allowed" prove to be the most frequently offered features in California. It is also possible to search for a vacation rental in California if you need a wheelchair accessible vacation rental as 36,060 of the listed accommodations there include "Wheelchair accessible."
Price and Availability Index in California
Vacation Rental Price Information in California
This graph displays average prices of the vacation rentals and holiday apartments located in California. in California, prices can go up to $570 (12/23 - 12/30). Conversely, the cheapest average prices are in a week of September (9/30 - 10/7).
Rental availability information in California
Have a look at the above graph to see the global availability of vacation rentals in California. More people travel to California a week in August (8/31 - 9/7). So far, 83% of the rentals are occupied this week. On the contrary, only 33% of the rentals are booked during a week in November (11/25 - 12/2).
The Weather in California
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The Weather in California
Due to its size, California has a wide range of climates. Although most areas are known for their warm and sunny days, climates can be subarctic or subtropical depending on where you are.
It tends to be cooler in coastal cities, such as San Francisco and San Diego, while summers are hotter and winters colder further inland.
The North sees more rain, and places like Sacramento are wet during winter but hot and dry in summer. An alpine climate in mountain ranges like the Sierra Nevada see snow in winter but mild summers.
In the East, deserts at higher elevations have hot summers and cold winters, while lower deserts have relatively frostless mild winters. Death Valley, which is located well below sea level, is known to be the hottest place on earth.
Explore California's Natural Wonders
Did you know that California has more national parks, historical sites, and monuments than any other state in the US?
The Yosemite National Park is known for its awe-inspiring, plunging waterfalls. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, it has huge granite cliffs, dramatic valleys, and unforgettable nature. All on a gigantic space of 1,100 square miles! It’s no wonder that over 4 million visitors flock here each year. Meanwhile, the Joshua Tree National Park enthralls with its freaky-yet-cool-looking trees that dot the land. Catch glorious sunsets over the grand desert rock formations.
Wine lovers can savor the experience of the Napa and Sonoma wine countries, with their more than 600 wineries. Besides a world-class culinary scene, Napa is known for its meticulously cultivated grapes, which produce wines that rival French produce. Enjoy tasting the wines while feasting your eyes on rolling hills, beautiful plains, and endless vineyards. The agricultural diversity of the fertile land remains one of Sonoma’s greatest prides—and rightfully so. Enjoy it all from the comfort of your California vacation house.
California’s Art and Culture
There is a wide acceptance of diversity in California and a love of innovative ideas. This is, after all, the birthplace of the 60s hippie movement, home to Hollywood, as well as some of the greatest artists in the world. So if art is what you're looking for, base yourself in Southern California where you'll find all sorts of wonderful outdoor art.
Located in the middle of the desert, Salvation Mountain is an art oasis by local resident Leonard Knight. Made entirely of adobe, straw, clay, and half a million gallons of paint, its combines religious scriptures with colorful flowers, trees, the sun, and birds.
Or check out the Integratron, a dome built in the 50s by George Van Tassel, a self-proclaimed UFO abductee who claims that the planet Venus's inhabitants gave him the instructions to build the structure. Supposedly capable of rejuvenation due to its magnetic fields, it proves that nothing is too eccentric for California.
Traveling with Children in California
If you are traveling with children, keeping them entertained will be easy due to the endless number of family-friendly attractions. Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Knott's Berry Farm are some of the popular theme parks in California. There are also many aquariums and zoos, including Monterey Bay Aquarium and San Diego Zoo.
San Francisco's interactive museums are great for inquisitive young learners, and if they love the great outdoors, take them to witness the wonders of Yosemite National Park. Lake Tahoe also offers activities all year-round, from hiking and water sports in summer to skiing in winter.
The 5 Best Cities to Visit in California
1. Los Angeles: Explore the city of stars at the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theatre. Disneyland and Universal Studios will give you theme park thrills.
2. San Francisco: Get a beach house rental and discover this laidback city's landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
3. San Diego: An island rental will give you panoramic skyline views of this beachside city. Visit attractions like the famous San Diego Zoo.
4. Sacramento: Learn about the history of California's Gold Rush, and experience the emergent cultural scene of the state capital.
5. Palm Springs: Enjoy a day at the spa or golf course, or bask in the desert sun in this famed resort haven.
5 Must-See Attractions in California
1. San Diego Zoo
One of the most popular zoos in the United States, San Diego is home to over 3,700 animals. It's one of the few places in the world to see Giant Pandas, as well as other endangered species.
2. The Getty Center
This exquisite art gallery boasts free entry for visitors to see a range of 20th century artwork including Vincent Van Gogh's famous Irises painting.
3. USS Midway Museum
This maritime museum has been created onboard an aircraft carrier, where you can learn about wide range of aircrafts used by the US military. There are also flight simulators.
This former island prison is one of the most famous attractions in San Francisco, once housing some of the country's most notorious criminals, including infamous crime boss Al Capone.
5. Golden Gate Bridge
One of the most iconic structures in the world, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is walkable by foot, and boasts incredible views of the city.
Where are the top golf courses in the California? Whether you're a club pro or just a weekend warrior—HomeToGo has searched across the State to find the best and most affordable courses for you to visit with your favorite golf foursome.
Featuring ten top public golf courses from California, the ranking explores the affordability of green fees, golf carts, club rentals and nearby accommodations, so you can stay on the green and out of the debt bunker! Grab your clubs and get ready to drive into the best and most affordable golf courses in California.
Tee-rific Golf Facts ⛳️
Hitting The Links
1-in-9 Americans played some form of golf in 2021, making it one of the leading participation sports, more so than basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer or skiing.*
Most Golf Courses Per Capita
Naples-Marco Island, Florida is a golfers paradise with balmy weather year-round, 69 golf clubs in the metro area, this region has the most golf courses per capita in the country.**
Oldest Country Club In The U.S.
Several clubs claim to be the oldest country club, however, according to the PGA, "The Country Club", founded in 1882 and located in Brookline, Massachusetts stands as the oldest country club in the United States.***
Top Golf Courses In California, Ranked By Price
Note: Accommodation prices are per person per night. More information on how each category was researched can be found in the methodology below.
(*) Discounts for twilight tee times available
HomeToGo researched highly renowned and prestigious public golf courses across California, including those that were featured in the 2022-23 PGA Tour season or host to other major golf events. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and there are many other exceptional golf courses across the State. Each golf course was then assessed based on the total price of playing one round of 18-holes, the cost of renting a golf cart and clubs, and the median nightly price per person for a nearby accommodation on HomeToGo. More information on the specifics for each category can be found below.
These are based on the price per person for a group of 4 to play 18-holes of golf. If dynamic pricing was in effect, a tee time for August 23rd between 7:00 - 10:00 am was selected. These do not include added fees for golf carts or practice balls. Prices were collected directly from the golf course websites and may include discounts for booking online or in advance.
Golf Cart Rental
Similar to the green fees, these are based on the price per person to rent a cart for a group of 4. If dynamic pricing was in effect, a tee time for August 23rd between 7:00 - 10:00 am was selected. Prices were collected directly from the golf course websites and may include discounts for booking online or in advance.
Golf Club Rental
Based on the price of renting a set of standard golf clubs for 18-holes. If dynamic pricing was in effect, a tee time for August 23rd between 7:00 - 10:00 am was selected. Prices were collected directly from the golf course websites and may include discounts for booking online or in advance.
The accommodation price is the median price per person to stay in a vacation rental found on HomeToGo within the city or region as the golf course, for one night between the dates of August 1st, 2023 and August 31st, 2023.
Golf Fact Footnotes
* National Golf Foundation - Physical Activity Council/SFIA Data for 2021. Accessed July 21, 2023
** Curated - U.S. Golf Destinations with the Most Courses per Capita. Accessed July 21, 2023
*** Brendon Elliot, PGA - A Look at America's Oldest Golf Courses. Accessed July 21, 2023
Information about vacation rentals in California
|🏡 Vacation rentals available||199,830 homes|
|💳 Possible discounts||up to 71%|
|🌙 Nightly prices starting at||$44|
|⭐ Popular amenities||Pool, Pets allowed and Internet|
|🐾 Pet friendly homes||36,158 homes|
|🏊 Vacation rentals with pools||96,605 homes|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the average nightly price for a vacation home in California?
The nightly price of accommodations in California starts at $44. If you are looking for a house rental, the nightly price is $642 on average. A apartment rental California will cost $297 per night on average.
How many vacation homes are available for booking in California?
There are currently 199,830 vacation rentals to choose from for your trip.
What are the most popular amenities for vacation homes in California?
Usually travelers look for Pets allowed, Pool, and Internet when booking a vacation rental in California.
How many vacation homes with pools are in California?
Discover 96,605 vacation rentals available in California for renting.
Are dogs allowed in vacation rentals in California?
Sure, there are 36,158 rentals in California that allow dogs , with an average nightly rate of $486.
What's the best month to travel to California?
California has its warmest time of year around July and August, with average nightly prices around $44.
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