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Southern California, or “SoCal”, houses many sought after sites that make for optimal staycation locations. Come nestle amongst the Hollywood Hills while maybe even seeing your favorite movie star, or go beyond, into national park areas like Death Valley and Joshua tree. San Diego sits at the very bottom of the state and is an enriching area overflowing with art galleries, beaches and parks. SoCal is the place to come for endless sunshine and warm weather, which are two good enough reasons all on their own! But a combination of resorts, Airbnbs and VRBO rentals perfect staycations for solo travelers, couples and families alike.

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Bahia Resort Hotel - San Diego Bahia Resort Hotel - San Diego
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Bahia Resort Hotel - San Diego

Bahia Resort Hotel - San Diego

A popular beach hotel in San Diego, Bahia Resort Hotel is more than a place to stay—the resort-style ambiance is met with loads of family-friendly activities. Enjoy the beach cabanas right on Mission Bay, and the San Diego style of the spacious pool. A game room, playground and large suites make for the perfect environment for families looking for an escape with kids in tow. But the coolest offering might be the free cruises aboard the double-decker, Mississippi style vessel.

Terranea - Rancho Palos Verdes Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes
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Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

Terranea - Rancho Palos Verdes

In Ranchos Palos Verde, the Mediterranean channeling escape is around 15 miles from Long Beach. With a luxe theme, adults, in particular, will find the dreamy oceanfront rooms and villas to be romantic. Plentiful nooks for a scenic meal, lavish pools and a “grown-ups” exclusive spa will have guests feeling like they have traveled far abroad when actually Los Angeles is a stone’s throw away. Being on a peninsula, views are nearly panoramic.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort - Rancho Mirage Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
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Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort - Rancho Mirage

Omni has long been praised for its personalized resorts in areas such as Maine and North Carolina. The line knows how to add those special touches that elevate the vacation experience, even if guests never leave the premises. Located in Palm Springs, this location blends the best of both worlds, accommodating families, and those traveling sans kiddos. Adult only pool space provides quiet, while the kids can enjoy an aquatic haven with a lazy river. On site there are many dining options.

'Desert Wild' Joshua Tree - Joshua Tree 'Desert Wild' Joshua Tree, Pool and Hot Tub
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'Desert Wild' Joshua Tree, Pool and Hot Tub

'Desert Wild' Joshua Tree - Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is just 10 minutes away when retreating at this adobe-esque plaster beauty, with desert landscape and sleek wooden accents. Cacti, stone walkways and a seamless pool round out a sheer oasis on the outside of this Airbnb, while a bright and ambient interior is best enjoyed by the fireplace. Stars are vibrant from this location, and what better spot to enjoy them from than in the toasty hot tub.

Beavertail: Artistic Loft Guest House - Joshua Tree Beavertail: Artistic Loft Guest House
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Beavertail: Artistic Loft Guest House

Beavertail: Artistic Loft Guest House - Joshua Tree

Leave the norm behind for a few days and soak into the funky feels of this loft. Nights can be enjoyed in the fun space adorned with local artists create murals while swinging in one of the multiple hammocks or just melting away stress in the hot tub. Days can mean adventure galore in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. The surrounding landscape of cacti is so fitting and cute. Shopping in the village is minutes from the loft as well.

Amazing Private Pool House - San Diego The Most Amazing Completely Private Pool House
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The Most Amazing Completely Private Pool House

Amazing Private Pool House - San Diego

Luxury comes in small packages at this breathtaking San Diego pool house, which of course has a heated splash pool, surrounded by tall privacy walls. The outdoor space also includes a kitchen, sleek fire pit, and plenty of space to soak in that Southern California sun. The bedroom opens via garage door style to the outside as well, further adding to the appeal. Inside you’ll also find a sparkling bathroom that belongs in a spa. Most of us probably could agree that we could stay here days on end.

Secluded Casita - Encinitas Secluded Casita in Encinitas
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Secluded Casita in Encinitas

Secluded Casita - Encinitas

When retreating to this Airbnb Plus, you have all the perks of being at a resort, including tennis courts, hiking trails steps away, an enormous pool complete with spa, stunning space to dine and gardens to stroll. However the space will be all your own, and the dwelling exudes classic casita charm, while housing designer furniture that is both cozy and modern. Being in a neighborhood near the heart of San Diego, you could venture out if you wanted to. But with all the onsite activities, it won’t be difficult to stay content.

The West Star - National City The West Star - National City, California
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The West Star - National City, California

The West Star - National City

Staycation aboard a yacht? Yes, please. Located in the San Diego marina, the boat stays in place for the entire stay, but guests can let waves lull them to sleep while enjoying the closest views of the water possible. Inside features a bunk space, and two snug staterooms. The living room is encapsulated by windows, but the outdoor space might be your favorite. Dine at the table which sits on the deck, or soak in the gorgeous therapeutic tub, while breathing in those sea breezes. The great thing about not being out on the sea is that you can enjoy restaurants, nightlife, and a wealth of other fun activities on land.

Magnificent Hollywood Hills Pool Residence - Los Angeles Magnificent Hollywood Hills Pool Residence
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Magnificent Hollywood Hills Pool Residence

Magnificent Hollywood Hills Pool Residence - Los Angeles

Live like a celebrity during your staycation, by staying at this two-story villa in the Hollywood Hills. The VRBO home is lavishly crafted with solid oak floors, a fireplace, marble accents within the bathroom, and other luxe upgrades. But prepare for your jaw to drop when stepping outside, where you’ll find a contemporary pool stretching through the backyard, complete with an attached spa no less. This is also a wonderful option when hoping to visit famed sites such as Sunset Strip or Griffith Park. A staycation in Hollywood, now that sounds exciting.

Hollywood Hills Spanish Contemporary - Los Angeles Hollywood Hills Spanish Contemporary
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Hollywood Hills Spanish Contemporary

Hollywood Hills Spanish Contemporary - Los Angeles

Come sink yourself into Spanish contemporary architecture with this VRBO in the prestigious Los Feliz neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills. Refined and polished, guests will feel immersed in both luxury and warm ambiance. Special touches such as skylights in the vaulted ceiling living room, and a gourmet kitchen, enhance an extended stay. The dazzling abode can be rented by the month, for the lengthy escape you’ve been craving.

The Oasis At Death Valley - Death Valley Oasis at Death Valley
Oasis at Death Valley

The Oasis At Death Valley - Death Valley

Death Valley National Park can be stark and brutal while equally awe-inspiring and beautiful. But amongst this sweltering natural landscape, there’s The Oasis. The Oasis at Death Valley offers two hotels, one perfect for romantics, and the other a great fit for families. However, both are a gleaming site that emerges from the desert hills of the national park. Foliage surrounded pools, dining, golfing – talk about a phenomenal way to end a day of exploring the rugged environment. An on-site campground offers another lodging option.

The Canterbury Suites - Hollywood The Canterbury Suites
The Canterbury Suites

The Canterbury Suites - Hollywood

The Canterbury Suites are a bit of an eclectic option, amongst a city of contemporary and modern. With brick walls, wood floors and charming kitchens within apartment-style suites, a staycation here feels like being at a historic home. One cool tidbit, well-known bands used to use the space as a studio. But now you can come and relax amongst private gardens while feeling like you are in a home environment. This is a wonderful option close to loads of attractions.
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