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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a big, beautiful beach house? Thanks to high-end vacation rental sites and companies like AirBnB, you can get the experience without having to shell out the mortgage.

These luxurious vacation rentals on the California coast are perfect for large families or groups with discerning tastes. While the rental price is far from cheap, they offer the experience of a lifetime.

Enjoy a relaxing stay at this Venice Beach retreat

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This stunning 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home is located in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Southern California. The lush back garden is where you’ll want to spend most of your time, cooking at the outdoor grill or lounging with coffee on the porch swing. Inside, the rooms are spacious, with plenty of room to sleep 6 people comfortably.

There are multiple living rooms with TVs and activities in each, so even though you’ll want to explore Venice Beach as much as possible, you can have a wonderful vacation without ever leaving this property. And since it rents for $1,000 – $1,200 per night, that may not be a bad idea.

Lounge in luxury in Malibu

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Malibu is known for its wealthy residents and lavish homes, and this one is no exception. Malibu Vista will give you a taste of the Tuscan lifestyle on the coast on California. This 5 bedroom, 5.5 house sleeps 10 comfortably and includes amazing panoramic views from the Santa Monica Mountains to the ocean.

Amenities, as you can imagine, are numerous here: Outdoor dining facilities (including a kitchen and grill), a pool and hot tub, a wine cellar, a piano, and a gazebo. This place is well worth the $1,595 price tag.

Relax at your mid-century Montecito home

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Montecito is a quiet spot in Santa Barbara County, and this 3 bedroom, 4 bath home is the perfect place to get away from it all. If swimming with a view of the ocean and the pristine outdoor dining area don’t win you over, the meticulous;y decorated interior space will.

This house can accommodate 8 people (there are 3 bedrooms with King beds, but also extra bedding) and you’ll be minutes away from beaches, golf courses, restaurants and shops. The price is $800 – $1,200 nightly, depending on the season.

Spend some time in lovely La Jolla

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Not only does this La Jolla house have the panoramic ocean views most people only dream of, it has a beautiful backyard – including a pool and hot tub – from which to enjoy them. This home has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and can sleep 12. It rents for $975 – $2218 per night depending on when you go and how many guests you bring.

This charming bungalow is appropriately named Slice of Paradise. It’s set in the peaceful hills of La Jolla Shores and isn’t far from the beach, Torrey Pines Golf Course and some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods.

Sleep right by the ocean in Laguna Beach

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When it comes to a luxury beach retreat, it doesn’t get much better than this. Located steps from the ocean, this Laguna Beach abode has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Each one of those bedrooms has immense picture windows that allow you to take everything in,

Enjoy your morning coffee and your meals on the spacious balcony, or read a book on the lower terrace. The master suite has its own private balcony, and every room has its own flatscreen TV. Should you venture out, great restaurants and cafes aren’t far away… but since this bungalow rents for $4,000 per night, you may want to stick around.

Enjoy sweeping views of the Santa Barbara Pacific Coastline

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Imagine waking up on a bluff overlooking the ocean. This incredible 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home can sleep 16 people thanks to extra beds and bedding. With a $4,200 nightly price tag, you’ll want to find as many friends as possible to share this space. It’s ideal for a family gathering or a girlfriends’ getaway in California wine country.

This hacienda has an access path that goes directly to a pristine private stretch of beach. Multiple terraces and a cabana, each with their own deck furniture, allow you to enjoy the Pacific view from different angles. With an outdoor grill, plenty of dining areas and a magical pool and hot tub with ocean views, you’ll want to spend as much time outside as possible… but the interior is also pretty extravagant.

Wine down at Sonoma’s Hawks Beard

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Need a once-in-a-lifetime getaway to wine country? This incredible Sonoma home has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 6. The villa is located 4.5 miles west of Sonoma Square, but you’ll enjoy complete privacy and unbeatable views here.

Hawks Beard is surrounded on all sides by separate sitting and entertaining areas including patios, terraces, decks and a night lit bocce ball court. An alfresco kitchen complete with an ice maker and a large gas grill makes outdoor dining a breeze. The cost of this amazing experience is $933 – $1,167 nightly.

Beaches on this list

  • Venice City Beach

    Venice City Beach is the main beach in the Venice District of Los Angeles. It stretches from the Venice Pier up to the north end of the Venice District at […]

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  • Venice Pier Beach

    The Venice Pier Beach is at the long fishing pier jutting out into the Pacific Ocean from the Venice District of Los Angeles. This area of LA has a reputation […]

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  • Butterfly Beach

    Butterfly Beach is located along Channel Drive in ritzy Montecito, CA. This is a popular beach with Santa Barbara area locals, many who walk their dogs at the water’s edge. […]

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  • East Beach of Santa Barbara

    East Beach in Santa Barbara is located along the waterfront east of State Street and the Stearns Wharf Pier area. Most of the activity at East Beach happens at the […]

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  • West Beach of Santa Barbara

    West Beach in Santa Barbara is a wide beach located west of and adjacent to Stearns Wharf Pier at State Street. Be sure to visit the pier for shops and […]

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  • Leadbetter Beach

    Leadbetter Beach is a locals beach located just west of the harbor in Santa Barbara. It’s right across the street from Santa Barbara City College so expect to see students […]

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  • Santa Monica State Beach – South Beach

    The south part of Santa Monica State Beach is located south of the Santa Monica Pier and north of Venice Beach. On the other side of the pier you’ll find […]

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  • Paradise Cove Beach

    Paradise Cove in Malibu is a public beach in front of a privately-owned facility by the same name. The property and the restaurant has surfboards all around and the outside […]

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  • La Jolla Shores Beach

    La Jolla Shores Beach is a long, wide, and very popular beach in northern La Jolla. Compared to most of the La Jolla beaches which are tucked into gaps between […]

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  • La Jolla Cove Beach

    La Jolla Cove Beach is located at the northeast end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla. This beach is protected by a rocky point which blocks waves rolling […]

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  • Windansea Beach

    Windansea Beach is below Neptune Place in La Jolla at the west end of Westbourne, Nautilus, and Bonair Streets. The name is a shortened version of “Wind-and-Sea” and comes from […]

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  • Black’s Beach

    Black’s Beach is a famous clothing-optional beach below a “gliderport” parking area on Torrey Pines Mesa. Blacks is a combo of Torrey Pines City Beach and Torrey Pines State Beach […]

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