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15 Best California Vacation Rentals for Large Groups

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Whether you’re looking for a place to play by the sea, hang out around a pool, enjoy thrills at theme parks, hike mountains, go wine tasting and touring, or explore cultural attractions, California is an ideal destination for a vacation. What can make planning a little more difficult is having a large group. You can’t squeeze 10 or more people into a hotel room which means having to rent multiple rooms which can be rather costly. Fortunately, there are some great vacation rentals like these that offer plenty of space for a group, and oftentimes, you’ll get a host of amenities that can’t be found at most hotels.

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Paloma Estate - Palm Desert
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pool and fire pit at Paloma Estate

Paloma Estate - Palm Desert

A six-bedroom luxury compound for up to 16 guests, Paloma Estate sits on three acres in Palm Desert. it offers lots of privacy and 360-degree mountain views with an interior that includes 4,600 square feet of space, complete with designer furnishings, a chef’s kitchen, and multiple living areas. A game room comes with a pool table, foosball, arcade games, darts and a massage chair. Outdoors you’ll have a pool, spa, fire pits and hammocks, along with customizable night party lighting inside and out. There are multiple outdoor dining areas and an extensive outdoor kitchen too.

Farm House, 10 Acres, Gardens, Hot Tub, 18 Guests - Aptos
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Farm House, 10 Acres, Gardens, Hot Tub, 18 Guests

Farm House, 10 Acres, Gardens, Hot Tub, 18 Guests - Aptos

Located on 10-acre historic Sand Rock Farm, this home provides plenty of space for up to 18 guests, with five bedrooms that are all en-suite and come with Jacuzzi tubs, one that’s outdoors with the others in-room. Highlights include a chef’s kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, and an outdoor fire pit for chats under the stars. When you want to explore, there are wineries, beaches famous for surfing, biking and hiking trails and opportunities for whale watching all within easy reach.

4,650-Square-Foot Home with Breathtaking Views For Up to 16
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4,650-Square-Foot Home with Breathtaking Views For Up to 16

4,650-Square-Foot Home with Breathtaking Views For Up to 16

This multi-million dollar home in exclusive Mill Valley is just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. Accommodating 16, it offers magnificent views thanks to it’s very well-thought-out interior design. The beautiful open floor plan makes it easy for a large group to spend time together while the patio is ideal for enjoying sunrises and sunsets. You’ll have all the essentials and then some, including a hot tub, a high-end kitchen, and laundry facilities. Plus, nearby Muir Woods is ideal for peaceful walks.

Hilltop Sierra Citrus Ranch - Exeter
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View from Hilltop Sierra Citrus Ranch

Hilltop Sierra Citrus Ranch - Exeter

Located near the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, this four-bedroom home sits on a citrus ranch providing picturesque mountain views. It accommodates up to 15 and includes a large pool, fire pit, BBQ grill, and an area for alfresco dining. Inside, you’ll have lots of space, including a comfortable sitting area with a 60″ flat-screen TV. There’s another 48″ TV in a TV room, a full kitchen and dining table for eight, and a laundry room with a washer and dryer.

Amazing Vacation Villa Sunset Ocean View - San Diego
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Large Heated Pool at Amazing San Diego Villa

Amazing Vacation Villa Sunset Ocean View - San Diego

This seven-bedroom villa sleeps up to 22 guests and features 10,000 square feet for indoor and outdoor living, including a large heated pool and hot tub with views of the ocean, Coronado Bridge, and even Mexico. There are four indoor fireplaces and one outdoors, a Ping Pong table, Foosball and an Xbox with a selection of video games, seven Smart TVs with Direct TV and Netflix, a kitchen with high-end appliances, and many other luxurious amenities.

Hilltop Mansion perfect for Families - Fallbrook
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Hilltop Mansion Perfect for Families

Hilltop Mansion perfect for Families - Fallbrook

This seven-bedroom hilltop mansion sleeps up to 25 and offers spectacular views of Fallbrook, distant mountains, and on a clear day, the ocean. There are multiple big-screen TVs with surround sound,  including one in the room with video and gaming where you’ll also find a pool table and Ping Pong table. It boasts a 400-square-foot theater room with more than 200 movies, a wellness studio with all sorts of fitness equipment, including cardio machines, and an outdoor lagoon-style saltwater pool with a 50′ infinity edge and a 50′ slide leading into a splash pool. Just imagine any luxury and you’ll probably find it here.

Villa Habana Mediterranean Style Home - Monte Rio
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Villa Habana Mediterranean Style Home

Villa Habana Mediterranean Style Home - Monte Rio

This Mediterranean-style home in Sonoma County includes a main house as well as a detached cottage, accommodating up to 12 guests in six bedrooms. It has a spacious riverfront deck furnished for outdoor dining. with seasonal access (typically May through October) to the river. A canoe, rowboat and two kayaks are provided for guest use. You’ll have access to a gazebo with a hot tub too, along with all the essentials like Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and TV.

Funtierland - Anaheim
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Funtierland

Funtierland - Anaheim

For any large group gathering, including family reunions where you want easy access to Disneyland and California Adventure, Funtierland is ideal. Just one-and-a-half miles from Disney Resort, it sits in a residential neighborhood providing a tranquil setting and plenty of luxuries. It accommodates up to 17 in seven bedrooms and includes gear for the little ones like strollers, high chairs, and a Pack ‘n Play. You’ll have a swimming pool and hot tub that are ideal after a long day at the park as well as a game room with a pool table, a full kitchen, and all the other essentials like Wi-Fi.

Entertainer's Dream with a Pool - Los Angeles
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Entertainer's Dream with a Pool

Entertainer's Dream with a Pool - Los Angeles

Live like a Hollywood star while throwing the event of the year at this five-bedroom Los Angeles home which provides breathtaking views from downtown to the ocean walk. It accommodates up to 16 and has an open concept plan that includes exterior walls of glass for jaw-dropping views from nearly every room in the house. There’s an outdoor pool, hot tub, and enough seating and sunbathing room for entertaining as many as 50 guests.

Villa Magnifica - Temecula
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Pool at Villa Magnifica

Villa Magnifica - Temecula

Villa Magnifica provides a resort-like stay that’s perfect for weddings, accommodating up to 24 on two acres in Temecula wine country. The backyard features a large pool and spa, a putting green with a sand trap and mound, a bocce court, basketball hoop, a ping pong table, and more. There’s 5,000 square feet of lighted turf for enjoying all sorts of backyard games after dark too, from Corn Hole to Frisbee, volleyball, and pickleball. You’ll even have an outdoor kitchen with two large gas grills, two burners, a refrigerator, an ice maker, a beverage fridge, and a pizza oven. The highlights inside are too numerous to list, including a large kitchen with two dishwashers and nine wall-mounted 4K Smart TVs with commercial-free Hulu and free Netflix accounts. There’s even a 400-square foot honeymoon suite, with hair and makeup stations, a champagne bar, large wall-mounted TV, photo booth station, and a queen-size bed.

Amazing Hillside Retreat - San Jose
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Amazing Hillside Retreat

Amazing Hillside Retreat - San Jose

Located on a seven-acre property in San Jose’s Almaden Valley neighborhood, this six-bedroom home is nestled in the hills providing a fantastic view overlooking Silicon Valley yet it’s just a 20-minute drive from San Jose International Airport. It sleeps up to 13 and comes with a host of amenities, including a private sauna and outdoor heated infinity saltwater pool. Enjoy soaking in the hot tub, playing tennis, putting, movie nights and more, all without ever leaving.

Home in the Mountains - South Lake Tahoe
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South Lake Tahoe Home in the Mountains

Home in the Mountains - South Lake Tahoe

This seven-bedroom South Lake Tahoe rental was custom built and sits at the base of Echo Summit in Christmas Valley. A luxurious log home, it accommodates up to 18 with the master suite featuring a private Jacuzzi bath and two-way fireplace. All bedrooms have flat-screen TVs and you can also take advantage of the sauna room, steam room, hot tub and jacuzzi bath, as well as a game room with a pool table. There’s a gourmet kitchen to suit all your dining and entertainment needs, with three refrigerators, and two dishwashers. Plus, the home backs to the El Dorado National Forest which provides endless outdoor activities.

Chateau Carmel - Carmel Valley
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Chateau Carmel

Chateau Carmel - Carmel Valley

This stunning chateau offers 8,300 square feet of living space and sits on 15 acres in the gorgeous Carmel Valley near famous Pebble Beach golf courses. It accommodates up to 15 in six bedrooms and includes indoor and outdoor pools as well as a hot tub where you can soak with a beautiful view. Enjoy gathering around the outdoor fireplace and relaxing in the grand room which includes a piano, air hockey table, jukebox, and small pool table. The luxuries here are practically endless.

Dolphin Watch Beach House - La Jolla
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Open layout kitchen and bar with lots of seating at Dolphin Watch Beach House

Dolphin Watch Beach House - La Jolla

Ocean views abound at this La Jolla beach home as it sits right across the street from the Pacific. It’s not only ultra-luxurious, but it sleeps up to 13 in five bedrooms, including dual master bedrooms and a kids’ room with bunk beds. The larger master overlooks the spa and garden while the smaller one enjoys ocean views. Dining will be easy too, with a granite countertop space that seats seven, plus a large dining table that can seat eight to 10. Special extras like beach towels, beach chairs, and beach toys are included too.

The Historic Kenney House - Elk
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The Historic Kenney House

The Historic Kenney House - Elk

Located along one of the world’s most stunning coastlines a few hours north of San Francisco, the Historic Kenney House comfortably accommodates a dozen guests in six bedrooms. It sits on a historic coastal ranch with two miles of coastline and over a thousand acres of pristine meadows and forested land. Highlights include a kitchen with high-end appliances like a gas wolf range, a library, washer and dryer, and a propane BBQ for cookouts.

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