12 Most Romantic Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Southern California, USA - Updated 2024

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Southern California is home to breathtaking sandy beaches and a thriving film industry, which is why it is not anymore surprising that the region has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. With a coastal climate closely comparable to Hawaii, this culturally diverse region of California is home to lovely spots such as beachfront rentals, perfect for a picturesque and romantic rendezvous with your lover. Are you planning for an intimate getaway as a couple? Pack up your bags and travel straight to Southern California and experience for yourself its rich and endless scenic views of the coast. Skip the romantic hotels in Southern California just this time and opt for homey stays instead. Here’s a rundown of the most romantic Airbnb vacation rentals in Southern California, USA.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and access to romantic amenities and activities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 28, 2024.

1. Charming property nestled on the valley, Aguanga (from USD 181)

This charming rental sits atop a valley with beautiful desert and mountain views, making for a memorable romantic weekend. Once inside, you’ll find a welcoming environment outfitted with conveniences, including air conditioning and heating for your comfort.

There is a small patio with seating where you can unwind and take in the breathtaking scenery while enjoying a dinner cooked on the outdoor grill. Use the WiFi to keep in touch with friends and family back home. Since pets are allowed to join in on the fun, this place is ideal for pet-owning couples looking to get away. You’ll have everything you need for a trouble-free and pleasant stay, including free parking on the premises.

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Aguanga, California, United States
148.52 km (92.3 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
213 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 2 Guests

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
everything in the house was clean there's wifi and hot water the views are amazing sunrise and sunset
great place but water heater would not work at times and would come back on randomly
absolutely beautiful experience a unique private cozy getaway with the most spectacular views
Cleanliness:
cabin was very clean
the space was neat clean and tidy and the bed was extremely comfortable
clean well furnished comfortable and great views
Host:
host lives nearby and is very responsive
i asked the host prior to arriving and he let us know it was good to go
john is a great host and super easy to communicate with
great host and great area to be in
john was super communicative throughout and it was the perfect birthday retreat for my partner and me
Location:
perfect location for a quiet getaway
truly outstanding location especially on a nice day
an amazing location - so secluded and private
the location is fantastic and the kitchen is very well equipped
amazing location super cool loft i can’t say enough great things about it actually
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2. Serene oasis with a sauna, Topanga (from USD 350)

Book your stay today and discover bliss in this serene, secluded woodland oasis. Relax and rejuvenate in your private plunge pool, or unwind on the deck with a cozy seating area and watch the wildlife play in its natural habitat. Take in the stunning views from the outdoor cedar hot tub, or sweat out the stress in the sauna.

For an even more romantic experience, snuggle up together on the lower deck with an outdoor bed, where you can fall asleep under the stars surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature. Inside, stay comfortable year-round with air conditioning and heating, and stay connected with WiFi throughout the property.

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Topanga, California, United States
30.28 km (18.9 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
192 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire bungalow 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the pool house is stunning and serene with no detail or amenity overlooked
we had a wonderful stay at the topanga pool house
we enjoyed the sauna-hot tub-plunge pool circuit so much
Cleanliness:
the room itself was perfectly decorated and pristinely clean with a very comfy bed
every single thing was thoughtfully curated clean and above and beyond
Host:
i really couldn’t have asked for a better host
this place is one of a kind
meredith was very accommodating and responsive
meredith is super responsive and kind but still respects your privacy
the host was super easy to communicate with and the location was beautiful
Location:
great location near some of topanga’s hot spots and a quick drive to the beach
the location is perfect as well just a 5 minute drive to the center of town
bathroom was beautiful location was phenomenal
it was the perfect place to hide out for the weekend
beautiful location great host feels like you’re in costa rica
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3. Pause House: AM, Yucca Valley (from USD 408)

Paus House: AM is the perfect place to create beautiful memories with your partner. This place is an oasis in the desert, offering a tranquil and private dwelling for a romantic weekend getaway in Southern California. Outside, there’s a patio dining set, where you can soak up some rays while drinking coffee and watch the sunset as you enjoy your dinner. It also has a hot tub to enjoy a night under the stars.

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Yucca Valley, California, United States
176.24 km (109.6 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
243 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the jacuzzi fire pit outdoor shower and grill were awesome
Cleanliness:
the place was clean easy check in and great communication
it was super clean beautiful and peaceful
felt very clean and everything was functioning properly
house was exceptionally clean and stylish property is very private
everywhere you look were thoughtful design touches and it was impeccably clean
Host:
the host is super responsive too which is great would stay again :)
super amazing space had everything we needed and more beautiful and stunning place with great owners
Location:
pause house was the perfect place to relax and get away from the chaos of this pandemic
perfect size and perfect location for a much-needed secluded break
very stylish and comfortable place to get away
what an amazing place in a great location we would love to make it back some day
beautiful space in a beautiful location we loved the hot tub and stargazing after relaxing by the fire
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4. Rustic cabin with an outdoor spa, Big Bear (from USD 99)

Blending rustic design with modern luxuries, this cabin in Southern California is sure to make your stay exceptional and memorable. You can cuddle up by the fire pit, prepare a romantic meal in the well-stocked kitchen, or unwind in the outdoor spa. Barbecue facilities are also available. There’s also a warp-around deck, where you can enjoy drinks with your partner and take in the views of the surrounding area.

The cabin also has one bedroom with a queen-size bed and a living room with a sofa bed. Wireless internet access and a cable TV with HBO, Showtime and Cinemax are available for indoor entertainment.

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Big Bear, California, United States
130.96 km (81.4 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
661 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cabin 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
one of our favorite rentals beautiful home amazing deck very comfortable bed & linens
dena’s cabin was beautiful the outdoor deck was lovely and the bed was super comfortable
the heater is a bit loud so i’d recommend ear plugs throughout the night
at night the living room was perfect with a great tv and spectacular fireplace
we had a lovely and comfortable stay
Cleanliness:
spa was nice and clean
immaculately clean cozy and thoughtfully designed
the cabin was very clean cozy and updated
it felt clean and safe too
the cabin was very clean and had updated appliances
Host:
very responsive host
dena is an outstanding host
dena was very responsive with any questions we had
it was a nice place with friendly accommodations
Location:
great location close to town
perfect cozy location for a small family
although there’s a lot of stairs the location is so private and very comfortable
amazing stay the location and cabin were beyond our expectations
we loved the location which was peaceful and everything we needed was there
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5. Tropical-themed guest house with a private hot tub, Topanga Canyon (from USD 145)

If you’re looking for unique accommodation for your California romantic getaway, this Airbnb tropical-themed guest house is perfect for you. Outside, there are string lights that create a perfect romantic atmosphere. It also has an outdoor hot tub and a cedar wood sauna, so you can soak in the warm water or sweat it out with your partner. Inside, you’ll find one bedroom with a queen-size bed, a full kitchen, and an HDTV with cable channels.

Stayed at this property?
Topanga Canyon, California, United States
30.22 km (18.8 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
991 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
darrell’s place is small and cozy and fits exactly 2 people like he mentions
the bed is absolutely the most comfortable bed i have ever laid on
Cleanliness:
truly magical the place is clean and has everything you need
Host:
darrell himself was friendly and accommodating
darrell was also a wonderful host and very accommodating
darrell was very friendly and informative
darrell is a great host
darrell is a great host
Location:
the location is great very quiet
darrell’s place was a tranquil location for a wonderful romantic getaway
amazing place to get away and relax
perfect place for a get away everything about it was just
this place is amazing it’s beautiful and in an amazing location
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6. Charming guest house with amazing ocean and mountain views, Malibu

Enjoy tropical vibes at this guest house in Malibu, California. You can unwind by the pool with a drink or relax in the spa with your other half. Its paradisiacal location with a 360-degree view of the ocean and mountains is no less than breathtaking. There are several famous beaches, nearby, not to mention some hiking and trekking spots in Southern California. The house is also available for weddings, parties, celebrations, and photoshoots.

Stayed at this property?
Malibu, California, United States
65.24 km (40.6 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
732 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 1 Bed 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it's comfortable with stunning views wildlife and spa
the views were amazing and having a pool and jacuzzi was so nice
its so nice the pool jacuzzi the views everything was nice
the full kitchen was great
from the drive up to the property to the panoramic views from the pool/hot tub it was breathtaking
Cleanliness:
super clean and stylish house with plenty of room to relax
the house was beautiful clean and had everything you might need during your stay
house was clean and cozy with a nice fireplace and a good supply of condiments
very lovely place it was super clean and made us feel comfortable welcomed and safe during this pandemic
Host:
perfect host and great hospitality
the host was helpful and inviting
hosts were very responsive and accommodative
ronaldo and his staff were very kind and easy going
our host was accommodating friendly and able to answer any questions we had
Location:
great place to get away from l
i highly recommend this location
pictures don’t do the location justice
we recommend this place for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle to unwind
reinaldo has a beautiful place in a prime malibu location
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7. Casa de Los Sueños, Arroyo Grande (from USD 254)

If you want to spend time in nature, this Airbnb in California is ideal for romantic getaways. This casita comes with a garden perfect for a romantic stroll during the day. In the evening, snuggle up by the fireplace in the living room or enjoy the sunset with your partner from the deck.

There’s also a balcony and a gazebo, ideal for outdoor lounging. Experience wine-tasting in the neighborhood and explore nearby beaches before retreating to the comfort and hominess of this warm home.

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Arroyo Grande, California, United States
240.38 km (149.4 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
139 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the house is so cozy with amazing views of nature
i have trouble sleeping comfortably in hotels and other places i stay but the mattress was really comfortable
there is no question that future guests will feel comfortable and special when staying at elise and frank's
the quality of the casita bed furnishings art garden and our host's thoughtfulness were all first rate
Cleanliness:
extremely clean and lots of special touches
the suite is super clean and beautifully decorated
very comfortable and clean
the casita was clean private and felt like home
great place peaceful clean close to nature and town
Host:
elise was a wonderful host and always communicated quickly
elise & frank are friendly gracious & wonderful hosts
elise and frank were gracious hosts
amazing place to stay the hosts were so kind and thoughtful
elise was a very kind and informative hostess
Location:
it’s an easy drive to many wonderful places on the central coast
the place is centrally located and offers a peaceful retreat
we loved exploring the central coast and especially the amazing coastal hikes we did
the location is perfect for getting to the beach or to nearby towns
our third trip to elise and frank's place as always our stay was amazing
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8. Spanish bungalow with a garden, Los Angeles (from USD 186)

This Spanish bungalow from the 1920s lies smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles. The neighborhood in which this romantic home is situated has many shopping and dining places, providing you with easy access to some romantic things to do in Southern California. Cafes, nightlife spots, and the Silverlake reservoir are also just a short walk away. If you don’t fancy dining out, you can whip up a nice meal in the fully equipped kitchen and enjoy it in the garden area that comes with outdoor furniture.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
1.89 km (1.2 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
705 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
maddalena is friendly and welcoming and communicative and the cottage has lovely style and super comfortable beds
all of the comforts of home were thoughtfully provided in the fully stocked kitchen
the beds were comfy and the outdoor area made for a fantastic morning coffee
the cottage was clean and comfortable and all our communications with maddalena were easy and positive
the beds are very comfortable and maddalena is an excellent communicative host
Cleanliness:
the house is quaint and clean
it was perfectly clean and wonderfully comfortable with everything we could need
had a lovely stay very clean home in a safe and beautiful neighborhood
the home was also exceptionally clean and in a lovely and very safe neighborhood
Host:
the host is thoughtful and communicative
the owner seems nice
host was super friendly and reaponsive
great place to stay with a great host
maddalena was such a nice host she was very sweet and informative
Location:
the atwater village location is peaceful and close to shops and great restaurants
atwater village is charming and close to so many things like griffith park and the greek theater
it's an easy walk to atwater village and the farmers market
it’s in a super location near fun restaurants etc
super atmospheric house in walking distance to all that atwater village has to offer
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9. Snug studio with a patio deck, San Diego (from USD 300)

Situated in the historic neighborhood of Mission Hills, this studio, one of the best Airbnbs in California for couples, comes with a patio deck where you can spend quality time with your partner. At night, string lights illuminate the deck, thus creating a romantic ambiance.

The studio is well-equipped with essential amenities. It features a beautiful outdoor setting, as well as an intimately snug and comfy interior design that is perfect for a romantic getaway. The studio is located in the central area of San Diego, close to shops, eateries, and other amazing places to visit in Southern California.

Stayed at this property?
San Diego, California, United States
182.59 km (113.5 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
872 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space was cozy well-maintained and truly beautiful
Cleanliness:
it is clean and safe
the guesthouse was clean
so much character and it’s clean and updated
very beautiful place easy to check in and out and incredibly clean
the studio was gorgeous clean and such a unique gem
Host:
the hosts were both very kind and helpful
amazing space very hospitable hosts
everything was great and host where so kind and welcoming
the hosts didn’t follow their own rules for our safety
we were greeting by friendly william
Location:
amazing location in a beautiful neighborhood
everything was great and so close to tourist areas
cozy place in nice neighborhood of san diego
overall this is a quaint place to stay in a great location
this is a beautiful place to stay in and is situated in a great neighborhood
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10. Quaint cabin amidst nature, Twin Peaks (from USD 95)

This cabin in the forest town of Twin Peaks is perfect for an adventurous couples’ retreat in Southern California. You can indulge in hang gliding or explore the nature trails nearby. Lake Gregory and Lake Arrowhead are also nearby. Its quaint and simplistic design is perfect for a private get-together. After a day out exploring the great outdoors, you can relax in the cabin’s luxurious standalone tub. The best part? Pets are welcome for a nightly charge of 25 USD.

Stayed at this property?
Twin Peaks, California, United States
95.96 km (59.7 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
147 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
bring and extra heater too if you get cold easy
the bed was extremely comfortable and the linens were amazing
the shower head was probably our favorite part it was very calming and refreshing
Cleanliness:
it is very clean & tidy
the cabin itself was clean cozy and quiet
wonderful place to stay clean with high quality linens
nice clean no frills little cabin enjoyed my stay :)
the host offered contactless check-in and the cabin was super clean which was appreciated
Host:
our host was very quick to responding & was so kind
she was very accommodating and nice
alana is very friendly and will reply immediately
the host was warm and very quick to respond to questions and the area nice and peaceful
the top of the hill was also nice to look out at the valley and everyone was friendly
Location:
great location and close to nice hiking trails restaurants and bars
easy to find easy access and close to everything
it’s a great location to retreat after a day of hiking and shopping
good location to hiking trails and lake arrowhead
the location is absolutely one of the best in the area
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11. The Dream Home, Palm Springs (from USD 124)

This dreamy house with playful desert vibes will surely exceed your expectations. You can hop on a bike and explore the lively neighborhood of Sunmor Estates. After a day of sightseeing, come back to a thoughtfully designed house, complete with a pristine pool, hot tub, and comfortable bedroom. Creature comforts include air conditioning, a smart TV, WiFi, and a washer/dryer.

Stayed at this property?
Palm Springs, California, United States
165.09 km (102.6 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
589 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible
ENTIRE HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the music was playing the bicycles were ready the spa/pool was all set for us to jump in
amazing backyard with pool hot tub and grill
a perfect place for pure relaxation the pool the views
it was also completely private the interior was very artfully designed bright and comfortable
my favorite was the heated toilet seat lol
Cleanliness:
everything was well organized clean and beautifully arranged
there were more than enough extra towels to dry with and the two-headed shower was great
the pool was clean and the hot tub/spa could reach a comfortable temperature with powerful jets
the pool and hot tub were beautiful clean and completely private
great location; excellent hosts; clean; great pool
Host:
residence was picture perfect and the hosts were so friendly
what an absolute amazing human being and the perfect host anyone can ask for
the hosts made sure everything was organized and left us with great tips and suggestions for our stay
he was extremely helpful and friendly
hennigan was super responsive and went out of his way to make sure we had a great time
Location:
an absolutely perfect location for exploring palm springs so central easy to use the provided bikes to ride downtown
this place is super cute quiet very comfortable and in a convenient location near the airport
the attention to detail and the location were amazing
the space is charmingly frozen in time and feels very secluded yet close to everything in town
location was great pool was incredible and the inside space is set up immaculate
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12. Light and airy guest cabana with a garden, San Francisco (from USD 99)

This tranquil private cabana is an oasis in the middle of a city, located right across Dolores Park. It boasts a minimalistic design that will make you feel right at home. It comes with everything you need for a self-sufficient stay, including a well-equipped kitchen, a washing machine, a living room with a TV, and bathroom essentials. There’s also a garden where you can take a stroll with your other half and a hot tub ideal for private soaking.

Stayed at this property?
San Francisco, California, United States
550.74 km (342.3 mi) from Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
491 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a heated mattress pad iphone chargers already beside the bed the artisanal chocolates for us to enjoy
the place was stocked with everything you would need even chargers if you forgot yours lovely experience
the cabana space is cozy clean and packed with a number of thoughtful amenities
we had everything we needed and the bed was super comfortable
Cleanliness:
the place was clean & thoughtfully designed
place was a little smaller than i was expecting but it was really clean and stylish
place was clean stylish and had everything we needed for a great stay in san francisco
Host:
the hosts were very responsive and made sure all our requests were met
hosts were responsive and flexible
patti & rob were super friendly responsive hosts
patti & rob are also impressively attentive hosts providing quick friendly responses
patti & rob were highly responsive and helpful throughout the stay
Location:
super super cute and location is unbeatable
perfect location great design
great location - directly across from dolores park
awesome place in a great location
it’s location is unmatched literally across the street from dolores park walking distance to so many amazing places
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Treat yourself to a romantic holiday in Southern California

Grab your lover and whisk them to a memorable vacation in the serene and romantic paradise that is Southern California. Whether you prefer luxury, rustic or simplicity, the above-listed Airbnbs exude a cozy vibe that will make your trip memorable.

Frequently asked questions about the most romantic Airbnb vacation rentals in Southern California, USA


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