When you think of taking a vacation, maybe you think about a long road trip or plane ride. Vacations are supposed to get your mind off stress and unite your family with fun. A getaway doesn’t necessarily require distance, though. You can escape and grab some quality bonding time locally on the California coast. Planning a staycation, in fact, is one of the easiest ways to gather friends and family together. We get it, you’re busy–and so is everybody else in your circle. The allure of planning a group reunion can be dampened by the nightmare of coordinating schedules, agreeing on a destination, and organizing transportation. Why not make it easy? Get your loved ones under one roof to enjoy a weekend getaway at one of California’s own beaches.

One of the most inviting locales along the coast is Corona Del Mar. At a little over an hour south of Los Angeles, it is just far away to provide a vacation experience without the hassle of arranging travel and extensive time off. The beach offers breathtaking scenery and stunning landscape, while your rental offers the retreat and luxury you crave. There’s something here for everybody, too. It’s the perfect spot for a reunion, and you won’t need to worry about keeping everybody occupied. Between beach activities and time spent together, you can be sure a great time will be had by all. An escape for a weekend will help you return home rejuvenated and relaxed!

Staying local means everybody can join in the fun, too. Renting a luxury vacation home can provide the perfect site for fun and relaxation in the evenings while you enjoy the scenery of the beach during the day. You might catch some waves and play in the sun, but nobody would really blame you if you just enjoyed the comfort of your vacation rental. With posh amenities and the invitation of luxury, it may outshine even the sunniest of southern California days. Family and friends will love the chance to relax on a local getaway and retire to luxury.

A getaway doesn’t have to be far away. Focus on enjoying time with loved ones, forget your stress and enjoy the comfort of luxurious lodgings.

The California Coast isn’t the only place you can get a luxury rental. If you do decide to travel for your getaway, Five Star Vacation Rental offers lodgings in Big Bear and many other inviting destinations, including Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. With Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can be assured that your vacation time will be a time of true relaxation and enjoyment for your family.  We recognize that most families today get precious little vacation time, and we work hard to help make sure your time away will be memorable and meaningful. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and help you put together a great vacation.  Give us a call 310-780-3411.

Did You Get Your Skiing Done? Good! How About A Run To The Beach?

We talk about skiing so much this time of year.  Of course there’s a good reason.  Most of us love to ski, and this has been an amazing year for skiing.  The conditions here late in the season are better than ever.  So, don’t let us dissuade you if you’re headed for the slopes.  You all know we’ve got a lot of great options after a day of skiing to make you feel warm and pampered in Big Bear in one of our luxurious Five Star Vacation Rental cabins and estates.

But what if you’re one of those families who has actually had enough skiing this season?  Or maybe you just prefer a vacation someplace else? Well, we’ve got some great options for you to hit the beaches both in Southern California and in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico.

Our Southern California Beach properties are simply amazing.  We have weekly rentals spanning much of the Southern California coastline.  One of our favorites is in Laguna Beach.  This amazing property offers panoramic ocean views and the absolutely best quality furnishings and workmanship you can imagine.  It may be the only home you’ll ever visit where everyone in your party fights over who will do the dishes.  And for good reason.  The view from the kitchen is stunning, and you’ll find yourself standing there for hours just watching the waves and the sun as it slowly dips low in the horizon.  Be sure to double check the dishes when you’re done, though. With this sort of distraction, you may not be at your best scrubbing those plates clean.

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more exotic, we suggest you grab your passport and take the quick flight to Villa la Estancia, our resort on the beach in Puerto Nuevo.  This stunning high rise sits right on the beach and has all the amenities you’d expect of a top tier resort.  You can enjoy award-winning restaurants on site, or take a quick cab ride into Puerto Vallarta to take in the sights and enjoy the local cuisine.  It’s often much warmer this time of year, with March temps often reaching the 80’s and seldom dipping lower than the mid 60’s at night.  There will be occasional rain, but most days are just sun all day long. Spend a week sitting in the sun, and you’ll have a month of people back home asking you about your great tan.  It’s almost decadent.

View our Villa la Estancia vacation rentals at this link.  Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Park CitySouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Big Bear. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for you and your family.  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.


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.

Sun’s Out, Surf’s Up: Sunny So Cal Beach Escapes

Pack the swimsuits, grab the sunscreen and toss on your shades! From San Diego to Santa Barbara, the sunny Southern California coast is the perfect beach getaway destination. Whether you catch a few waves or work on your tan, SoCal beaches offer the perfect blend of fun in the sun and relaxation.
From family-friendly visits to romantic getaways, a luxury vacation rental is the best way to enjoy the sun-soaked SoCal beaches. Vacation rentals allow the discerning traveler to stay in the most sought-after SoCal beach communities. After all, nothing beats stepping out your front door each morning and feeling the sand between your toes! Live like the locals and enjoy exclusive beachfront access without paying a premium for overcrowded, overpriced hotels. After a day on the beach, watch the sunset from your private hot tub while sipping a glass of California wine.
Not sure which SoCal beach is right for you? Check out three of our favorite SoCal destinations.

Laguna Beach Luxury

Laguna Beach

For clear waters, beautiful coves, and equally beautiful people, head straight to picturesque Laguna Beach. This picturesque seaside village started as an Art Colony in the 1900s. Today, it boasts seven miles of spectacular coastline, with more than 30 unique coves and beaches. Palm trees, colorful bougainvilleas, and tropical gardens adorn the charming cottages along the beach. A vacation rental in one of the charming beach cottages is the perfect way to feel like a local.


Monarch Beach
This exclusive community in Dana Point not only gives vacationers private beachfront access, but also boasts some of the area’s best golfing and tennis. Discerning travelers enjoy the exclusive privileges that come with a gated community by staying in one of Monarch Beach’s popular vacation rentals. Visit the Dana Point Yacht Club and charter a sailboat or yacht and watch the sunset over the Pacific. Don’t miss the family-friendly Festival of Whales held every March over two weekends or the Dana Point California Wine Festival held each April.


Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach Shoreline

Enjoy the small-town feel of this family-friendly beach that’s a paradise for surfers, beach volleyball players and sun worshipers alike. Take in the coastline while biking along the 22-mile South Bay Bicycle Trail, or take a stroll along the “Strand”, a paved pedestrian walkway. Like all the SoCal beaches, Manhattan Beach is lined with luxury condos and homes. Fortunately, you don’t need a star on the walk of fame to live like a Hollywood star during your stay. A beachfront vacation rental brings the beach to your doorsteps. Watch the sunset from your private balcony and fall asleep to the crashing surf – a SoCal beach vacation doesn’t get any better than this!

Call Five Star Vacation Rentals at 310-800-5454 today to book your getaway to the beach.

A November Wedding . . . Relaxing Family Time . . . And Amazing Laguna Beach Views

Laguna Beach Sunset
A Five Star Sunset

We recently received a note from one of our guests who stayed at our Laguna Beach Gem.   Jessica rented this beautiful home for her entire family to spend the week of her wedding together. They had a great time. She notes in her letter that they found the house to be “absolutely amazing” and it was a great home base for the entire family.

View From Kitchen
Drink In the Kitchen View

We pride ourselves on our professional photography, but she said our photos don’t do justice to the property. Of course, you’ll have to judge that for yourself after you spend some quality time soaking up the sunsets, ocean breezes and luxurious appointments that you’ll find in this stunning property.

Take a closer look at some of the amenities that Jessica noted in her letter: She says “the kitchen has GIANT windows with unobstructed views of the ocean so every sunset was enjoyed over wine while making dinner.” She also loved the floor plan and overall roominess of the property: “It gives enough space and you never feel cramped.”

And while the amenities at our lovely Laguna Beach home will keep you smiling all day, Jessica notes that the luxury continues to impress even when you sleep: “The beds are VERY comfortable.”

A short walk to the beach
A Short Walk To The Beach

The experience continues if you want the party to expand outside. This unique property has three ocean-view decks and a back yard. It’s a short walk to the beach, or a short drive to downtown Laguna Beach with its art galleries, world-class restaurants, and unique shopping.

Our Laguna Beach Gem has 3 bedrooms,  2-1/2 baths with room for up to 11 guests.  We usually rent this home on a monthly basis, but we can sometimes carve out a weekly rental.  Click here to view more details on this home. Call Five Star Vacation Rentals at 310-780-3411 to start planning your amazing getaway. But don’t delay, our summer schedule is already starting to fill.