Are you looking for the best California Islands to visit? Well, then you’ve come to the right place, as this guide will take you through some of the best accommodation on the islands off the coast of California.
There are many reasons to love the Golden State. California is home to incredible national parks, the best music festivals, stunning beaches, and an amazing food scene. Plus it receives the most glorious sunshine, making it the perfect year-round destination.
If you venture just a few miles off Cali’s coast, you’ll find a collection of stunning islands that are perfect for a quick getaway. They’re a quick ferry ride away from some of the major cities and have incredible landscapes.
There are a great number of vacation rentals spread across the islands off the coast of California. From beach houses, bungalows and cottages, there’s something for everyone.
These rentals are a great base for exploring many cities along California’s coast, and are close enough to all the action, but are far away enough to make you feel like you’re on holiday.
1. Coronado Designer Coastal Home
Where: Coronado Island
Price: $1250+ USD per night
Located on the stunning island of Coronado, this five-bedroom home is only one block away from the beach. As you step through the front door, you’ll be welcomed into an elegantly furnished home, perfect for a relaxing vacation.
This home comes with a large kitchen with modern appliances and a large dining room that can comfortably seat up to eight people.
To make the most of the gorgeous California weather, open the stunning French doors, step out into the patio area and enjoy the sunshine. In the evenings, you can gather around the fire pit and barbecue area and enjoy a meal with family or friends.
On the lower level you’ll find a guest bedroom, full bathroom, office area and lounge. On the upper level there are 3 additional bedrooms as well as the master bedroom that has its own fireplace and balcony.
There are also two full bathrooms, a laundry room and a second family room. This spacious home is great for a comfortable family vacation or extended stay.
2. Mermaid Villa
Where: Catalina Island
Price: $375 + USD per night
Santa Catalina is one of the islands near Los Angeles, in the bay of Santa Catalina. For the most gorgeous views of the island, consider staying at this amazing villa in the city of Avalon.
This two-bedroom villa makes the best use of its stunning surroundings, as gorgeous ocean views greet you upon entry to the house. Furthermore, three sets of French doors open up to the patio area, where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the bay while you sip your morning coffee.
This beach-themed villa has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms that can easily accommodate four people. It also comes with a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable lounge, perfect for unwinding and soaking up the sea breeze of the Pacific Ocean.
3. Casa de Las Palmas
Where: Naples Island, Long Beach
Price: $293 + USD per night
For a memorable California Island vacation, consider staying in the beautiful Spanish retreat on Naples Island, Long Beach. This two-bedroom house is just a few steps away from the gorgeous Belmont Shore Beach.
This stylish home has a bright and airy kitchen, with a small dining room next to it. Just off the kitchen, you’ll also find a cozy breakfast nook with views of the garden where you can enjoy a cup of coffee.
In the evenings you can sit back and relax in the spacious lounge and stream your favorite TV shows and movies from Amazon Prime. Alternatively, there are also two outdoor areas where you can sit and relax while enjoying the cool breeze of the ocean. One even has a fire pit where you can sit and make s’mores, or enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.
This light and airy home is also near to some of the best attractions on Naples Island. During the day you can visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, take a walk on the beach or cruise down the Naples Canal.
4. Mill Valley Cottage
Where: Mill Valley, Angel Island
Price: $293 + USD per night
To experience the best that San Francisco Bay has to offer, book this cozy cottage in Mill Valley. Angel Island is one of the islands off the coast of San Francisco, and this cottage is just minutes away from the city and Golden Gate Bridge.
Mill Valley cottage is the perfect place for a family vacation. It can easily accommodate up to four people. It’s got two bedrooms, one bathroom and a nice kitchen and lounge area.
Tons of skylights allow in natural light. There are also beautiful French doors that open up to the back of the house and out onto the back garden and patio area. There’s even an outdoor shower for cooling off on hot summer days.
The cottage is also near to various activities including a few hiking trails.
5. Beach House, Oxnard
Where: Oxnard, Channel Islands
Price: $253 + USD per night
The Channel Islands are the largest collection of islands off the coast of California. This beach-themed property in Oxnard is the perfect place to escape to if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of big cities like Los Angeles and San Diego.
This 2178 square-foot home has plenty of space for a family or group of friends. It offers three spacious bedrooms and three bathrooms. There’s also a balcony with a nice seating area just off the master bedroom where you can enjoy a morning cup of coffee, or watch the sunset.
This beach house also has a good sized kitchen and dining area that can accommodate up to eight people. It has an upstairs deck area that’s perfect for entertaining and spending time with family and friends. You can enjoy a barbecue outside with views of the ocean nearby.
6. The Big Blue
Where: Santa Catalina
Price: $304 + USD per night
For a Mediterranean-inspired vacation, escape to Santa Catalina, a tropical island near California. This airy Airbnb will have you feeling as if you’re somewhere along the French riviera.
This luxurious home in Hamilton Cove offers marvelous 180-degree ocean views. It has one bedroom with a king-sized bed and one bathroom. It’s also got a large lounge and indoor dining area.
The crown jewel of the apartment is its incredible outdoor patio and dining area that overlooks the sea. There’s no better place to be than outside, as you watch the sunset and the colors bounce along the waves, glass of wine in hand.
7. Ocean Front Property
Where: Marin County, Channel Islands
Price: $397 + USD per night
This 800 square-foot, one-bedroom cottage is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. It’s located right on the beach and is only 20-minutes away from the Golden Gate Bridge.
It’s got a spacious kitchen and lounge area that overlooks the ocean. The only bedroom in the cottage also has some breathtaking views of the ocean and has a fireplace to make the place even cozier on chilly nights.
Outside you’ll find a large deck and a hot tub in a separate area where you can take in stunning views of the scenery around you.
8. Villa Elegante
Where: Santa Rosa Island
Price: $328+ USD per night
This three bedroom, two bathroom home is located on the island of Santa Rosa, which lies just 26-miles off the coast of Santa Barbara. It’s got a large kitchen as well as a living room and dining area.
This home’s master bedroom has beautiful mountain views and a large closet. On the rooftop patio area, you’ll find a barbecue area. From here you can enjoy views of this beautiful island and nearby Santa Barbara.
9. Coronado Beach Home
Where: Coronado Island
Price: $825 + USD per night
Coronado is one of the islands near San Diego and is far away enough to make you feel like you’re on vacation, but still close enough to all the city’s action.
This modern townhouse is the ideal place for a family getaway or vacation with friends. It’s a great alternative to an Airbnb in San Diego for anyone looking to stay outside the city. This 2200 square-foot home has three spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms.
One feature that makes it stand out is its soaring ceilings and large glass windows that allow a ton of natural light to flow throughout the home. Its interior features clean, simple styling, and lots of open space.
On the lower level there is a large, modern kitchen with a dining area.There’s also a super spacious living room area with a fireplace for those chilly nights.
Upstairs you’ll find three bedrooms and two large bathrooms. In addition you’ll also have access to the spacious rooftop deck. From there you can enjoy a barbecue or take in the views of nearby San Diego.
This home is also near to all of Coronado’s top attractions like Boney’s Bayside Market and the Ferry Landing. It’s also near numerous restaurants and cafes, for when you don’t feel like making use of the gorgeous kitchen.
10. Casa Clemente
Where: San Clemente
Price: $415+ USD per night
San Clemente is an island in California halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. It’s the perfect place to get away from the big cities and recharge your batteries.
This 2050 square-foot home in San Clemente is five minutes away from the San Clemente Pier, and is also near some of the island’s top restaurants and shops. The location of this home could not be any better for a relaxing beach vacation.
It has three spacious bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bedroom has a small balcony with seating, where you can sit and read a book. It also has a well equipped kitchen, dining area and family room.
The home’s French doors open out to a fist level balcony where you can sit and take in the partial views of the ocean. Casa Clemente also has a private rooftop deck that has a comfortable seating area, sunset bar and foosball table. It’s the perfect place for the whole family to gather and spend some time together.
11. Beach Lodge, Oxnard
Where: Oxnard, Channel Islands
Price: $402+ USD per night
This beach lodge in Oxnard is the ultimate vacation home. Spread across three stories, this 1440 square-foot home features a modern beach-themed design with lots of natural light flowing through the house.
On the first level you’ll find a small outdoor area with comfortable seating and a dining table that can accommodate six people. The second floor houses the properties three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The third floor features an open floor living plan and all the spaces flow into each other effortlessly. The kitchen is well equipped with a range of top tier stainless steel appliances. You can choose to have your meals inside or on the balcony that overlooks the ocean.
There’s also super fast WiFi throughout the house, and board games and magazines to keep you entertained throughout your stay.