Destination guide

Experience the City of Angels with Los Angeles holiday lets

Los Angeles is a hotspot for food, fashion, art, culture and everything in-between, and has more to offer than most people can fit into a break. In the City of Angels, you can bask on golden beaches, channel Hollywood glamour and bite into a tempting multicultural food scene. Like many of America's iconic cities, Los Angeles is made up of multiple neighbourhoods, and you'll find everything from laid-back surf communities to mansion-studded enclaves. Whatever your style, holiday rentals in LA unlock access to exclusive properties across the city.


Discover historic architecture with Los Angeles holiday lets

Los Angeles may be studded with skyscrapers and laced with spaghetti junctions, but that doesn't mean it scrimps on history. The city champions an eclectic mix of architectural styles, from the art deco City Hall to the Beaux-Arts Grand Central Market. In San Marino, the magnificent Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens complex has been welcoming visitors for almost 100 years. If history makes you tick, check out Los Angeles holiday rentals in heritage neighbourhoods, like Highland Park, Brentwood and Pasadena, where you'll find everything from craftsman cottages to mid-century modern bungalows.

Things to do

Big-ticket attractions near your Los Angeles holiday homes

LA is loaded with world-class attractions, so it's best to have a game plan in place if you want to maximise your time in the Big Orange. You can swoon over the incredible art collection at the Getty Centre, find your favourite celebrities on the star-studded Hollywood Walk of Fame and take in astronomical displays, not to mention some of the best views in LA, at Griffith Observatory.


Sightseeing in and around Los Angeles

Do you want to discover attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that Los Angeles has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood® (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
  • Warner Brothers Studio (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
  • Sony Pictures Studios (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Santa Monica Pier (14.1 mi / 22.7 km)
  • Knott's Berry Farm (20.4 mi / 32.9 km)
  • NBC Studios (8.4 mi / 13.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Los Angeles

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Los Angeles is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Venice Beach (13.4 mi / 21.6 km)
  • La Brea Tar Pits (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Griffith Park (5.9 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Pershing Square (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • MacArthur Park (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Los Angeles State Historic Park (1.6 mi / 2.5 km)

Beach-hopping with Los Angeles villa rentals

Whether you want to surf, swim, sunbathe or people-watch, Los Angeles beaches tick all the boxes. Golden sand and chic cafes make Santa Monica a Mecca for celebrity beachgoers, while bohemian Redondo champions a laid-back atmosphere. Head to Venice Beach to watch bodybuilders, rollerbladers and quirky characters parade along the boardwalk. From breezy villas in Santa Monica to luxury condos in Malibu, holiday rentals in Los Angeles offer a unique chance to embrace California's sun-kissed beach lifestyle.

How to get there

How to get to and around Los Angeles

Fly into Hawthorne, CA (HHR-Hawthorne Municipal), the closest airport, located 10 mi (16.1 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.), which is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station serving the city is Los Angeles Union Station. You can get around Los Angeles by jumping on the metro at Pershing Square Station, 7th Street - Metro Center Station or Civic Center Station.

How to get around

Getting around Los Angeles from your holiday rental

Despite its reputation for being a car-centric city, Los Angeles is well-serviced by public transport. Trains and buses run throughout the city, though if you want freedom and flexibility it's best to rent a car. Parking lot rates can vary wildly, so shop around for the best deals, especially in hotspots like Santa Monica. It's worth downloading ridesharing apps, like Uber and Lyft, if you want to save on taxi fares.

Food & drink 

Bite into an eclectic food scene in Los Angeles

Whether you like your meals accompanied by a Michelin star or served fresh out of a street truck, Los Angeles delivers. Vegans will be in their element, faced with 1 of the biggest concentrations of plant-based restaurants in North America, while LA's hole-in-the-wall Mexican joints serve up the best fish tacos this side of Baja. Wash it down with craft beer at retro bowling alleys, artisan cocktails at sleek rooftop bars and Napa Valley wine, on the terrace of your Los Angeles villa rental.

Essential info

Essential info for your Los Angeles holiday rentals stay

  • Stock up on US dollars at ATMs across the city
  • Tipping is customary in Los Angeles, with 15% considered standard and anything over a bonus
  • Download offline maps to help navigate the city's roads and neighbourhoods
  • Swap chain hotels for boutique holiday rentals, which offer a unique opportunity to experience LA through a local lens

How many holiday rentals are available around Los Angeles?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,027 holiday lettings around Los Angeles. From 1,661 houses to 66 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Los Angeles?

Filling your lungs with cool ocean air, soaking up the sunshine and decidedly losing all sense of time. Now that's the type of amazing vacay you deserve. Luckily, there are 568 beachside holiday homes to whisk yourself away to. Alternatively, you might be looking for a different setting. HomeAway has no lack of options, including:

  • 438 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 395 mountain-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 356 beach-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Los Angeles?

Our house holiday rentals are real accommodation for real travellers. With tons of space to spread out, they're perfect if you want to live like a local. There are 1,852 houses listed on HomeAway. Prices start from £18 per night. Or perhaps you'd prefer one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Apartment: 874 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Hotel: 284 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £27 per night.
  • Condo: 268 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £28 per night.

Can I stay in Los Angeles in a large group?

There's nothing quite like being somewhere entirely new with your family and loved ones. And the best news is HomeAway has options to suit big groups. Presently, house holiday rentals are all the rage for big groups of visitors here, and you'll find 405 available on our database. Properties in the area that are suitable for large groups include:

  • Searching for places that can hold 6 guests? We have 742 that will be perfect. The prices start from £55 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your group, you'll be pleased to hear that there are 431 holiday rentals that are perfect. You can get one for as little as £51 per night.
  • On a trip away with a group of 5? We offer 334 rental accommodation that fit the bill. Prices start from £43 a night.

You and the squad will be more than satisfied when you plan your Los Angeles adventure through us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Los Angeles?

Friends are the family we choose for ourselves. Catch up with those who truly matter and arrange a budget-friendly escape with HomeAway. Silver Lake is heaven for bargain hunters. And with 184 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £134 a night, you can see why. You'll find another 62 HomeAway holiday rentals waiting to be booked in or around Naples Island. The average price in this area is £148 a night.

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