The Virtues of Staycationing, Nearcationing, or Just Enjoying Southern California

It seems that in the life of every Southern Californian there comes a time when you look at your spouse and say, “You know, I just realized we haven’t been to Disneyland since your Uncle Harold visited us back in 2007.  I think they’ve got a couple of new attractions.”

Well, actually, they do! And so for this week’s blog, we’re going to encourage all our Southern California friends to dive in and participate in the recently-coined activities of a “staycation” or “nearcation.” As the names imply, some folks are electing to stay closer to home for upcoming vacations, and we’re here to encourage that. We’ve got some of the most luxurious accommodations available near Southern California beaches, so you can plan out an amazing vacation very near home.

Staycations are a great new trend, and with a Five Star Vacation Rental, you can maximize both the fun and value of staying near home for your upcoming getaway. Here are just a few of the advantages:

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Plan a vacation with your kids and their friends. Many of our kids have friends they will miss over the summer, and would love to have them along on a vacation. Since most of our Southern California beach properties have large sleeping capacities, it can be a great getaway with room for all your kids’ friends in tow. It’ll be a delight to listen to them laughing and giggling late into the night in the luxury of one of our vacation rentals. Get them all out of bed the following morning for a quick drive to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, or just a short walk to the beach. No plane tickets, no airports, no rental cars – just great fun in a luxury vacation rental near the beach.

Feel the Ocean Breeze

You can finally get caught up with friends and relatives. Count up the number of times you’ve told some family member or friend, “Let’s make some time to get together.” Most of us can sadly count up quite a few of those. Well, renting one of our big luxury homes nearby is a great way to make that happen.

Call each of those friends and relatives and tell them to set aside that special night when you’re going to have them over for a barbecue at your vacation rental beach home. Imagine how much more special that night will be as you all enjoy the cool evening breeze and watch the sun set on the ocean from the deck of your Five Star Vacation Rental. It’ll make the time all that more special to have them spend the night in one of the guest suites and just pick up in the morning where you left off the night before.  Or have everybody meet at Disneyland.  Enjoy a great day at the park, and then caravan back to your vacation rental home at the beach.  You can all get up the next morning and walk down to the beach to continue the fun.  This is an amazing way to finally make the time to get together with those you care about the most.

Romantic Beach Wedding

Plan the perfect summer wedding, family event, or church retreat. Do you have a wedding coming up with guests coming in from out of town?   Five Star Vacation Rentals can be a perfect solution that everyone will remember as a wonderful time.  Do yourself and your loved ones a favor.  Skip that thought you had that went something like this:  “Well, if we move Johnny out to the couch, and have Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary take his bed, then we’ll get the rollaway out of storage and . . . ”  Don’t do it!  Make this a special time filled with joy, not old lumpy bedding and long lines for your bathroom.

Last November we had a bridal party rent one of our Laguna Beach homes. Jessica was the bride and she wrote us a note to tell us her family’s stay leading up to her wedding was “absolutely amazing.”  Her entire bridal party enjoyed nightly sunsets on the ocean with lots of room to move around.   They had no musty old roll-away beds and no lines for the bathrooms!   Jessica and her family took a joyous occasion and turned it into a wonderful experience for everyone involved, not just the bride and groom.   Read more of her comments and see which of our homes she chose here. So whether you’re planning a wedding on the beach or anywhere in Southern California, one of our Five Star Vacation Rental beach homes is certain to make this an amazing time.

Laguna Beach Arts Festival -- Book Early!

Book now for your stay during the Laguna Beach Sawdust Arts Festival. This year’s festival runs from June 29th through September 2nd, and attracts visitors from all over the world.  We sell out most years during the festival, so be sure to book early.  The festival is a great event for the entire family with over 200 skilled artisans displaying creations from fine portraiture to delicately blown glass.  There’s also great entertainment and a huge variety of great food.

Call us today 310-780-3411 and we’ll be glad to have one of our friendly staff help you plan the ideal Southern California getaway.  We have beach homes available for rent in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Manhattan Beach, La Jolla, and Laguna Niguel.  Visit our Southern California Beaches page to see all our available properties. We also have vacation rentals available in Park City, Palm Springs/La QuintaMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.



Ocean View Vacation Rental in Beautiful Monarch Beach Just Added

Ocean View From Tampico Great Room

Some of us are old enough to remember that old show from the 80’s and 90’s, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”  And more recently we have MTV’s show, “Cribs.”  It’s natural for us to wonder how the rich and famous live.  Well, imagine how excited we were when we learned that our newest property was recently owned by a certain very tan weatherman on a Los Angeles television station.  When we got our first look at the Tampico home, we found out that he not only has a talent for predicting the weather, but he’s also spot-on when it comes to choosing a luxury getaway.

Tampico is located in the exclusive gated community of Niguel Shores in Monarch Beach.  It has direct ocean views and a breathtaking floor plan.  When you walk in the front door, you’re immediately greeted by the stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that face the ocean.  There’s a large wrap around deck with plenty of seating so you and your guests can watch the sunset while you enjoy the cool ocean breezes.  Here’s a virtual tour to give you a taste of what  you’ll be seeing during your stay here: Tampico View Virtual Tour

Private Beach a Short Walk Away

With the dramatic windows in the great room, you’ll never feel very far away from the ocean.  So enjoy the great gourmet kitchen and cook up some steaks on the barbecue.  Relax in the Jacuzzi, or take in a quick game of tennis at the clubhouse.  With 4 bedrooms including two full master suites, there’s plenty of room for up to 12 guests.

Pull on your flip flops and take the short walk down to the members-only area of Salt Creek.  You’ll find great surfing, swimming, and benches where you can sit and listen to the waves crash on the beach as the sun slowly sets at the end of the day.  There’s a slate-lined outside shower when you return to wash off the sand before you go back inside.  On the cool evenings, you can all gather in the great room and light up the custom glass fireplace to create a wonderful relaxing glow.  Enjoy a movie on one of the three flat screen TV’s as well.

The time you spend in Tampico will always be remembered as scenic, relaxing, and something that you’ll vow to do again.  Call us today for details on this rental in Monarch Beach.

Click here to view more info and details about this great Five Star Vacation Rentals property.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411.

There’s still time to enter our Big Bear photo/video contest!
We’re offering one lucky winner a free cabin rental for Oktoberfest in Big Bear.  Just visit our Facebook page and submit your original photo or video depicting a stay you’ve had in Big Bear. The winner will get a free cabin rental and free tickets for Oktoberfest.  Visit our Facebook page here, or read more details about the contest on our blog here.