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Feels Like Summer: Timeshare Rentals in Orange County’s Top Vacation Spots

It doesn’t seem right that it’s been over 10 years since The OC was still airing, and there’s been a void in OC-centric programming ever since (reality programming excepted). But whether or not Orange County is taking top billing on pop culture, the idea of Orange County will always be tied indelibly to summer.

People from beyond the Orange County lines might think we are just Newport Beach and Disneyland, but anyone who spends any time here knows the list of sights to see, foods to try, and activities to conquer is so long that a week is just scratching the surface of Orange County.

If you want to see Orange County in a new way, one of the most affordable ways to do it can be a timeshare rental. There are timeshares hiding in plain sight all over OC, and they can be your key to a very affordable weeklong stay in a prime location that will allow you to travel all over OC. is like VRBO but for timeshare rentals or resales. If you’ve never considered renting someone else’s timeshare, it might seem like a strange idea at first, but think about it-how often have your vacation plans changed? I was just in Kauai last week when I boldly declared that we are coming to Kauai every year for the rest of our lives! But even as I was saying it, there were caveats popping up in my mind like, well, you know, assuming budgets, schedules, and how I feel this time next year are all still exactly the same as now.

So timeshare rentals are just a way for owners to ensure that someone is getting use out of their property if they are unable to use it themselves, while also recouping their annual maintenance fee that year- and if their rental week is coming up and it hasn’t been rented yet- that’s the perfect opportunity to snag some serious bargains.

Check out these three summer ready OC cities with timeshare rentals where you can create a homebase for your vacation.


I know, I know, everyone knows Orange County for Disneyland. And yes, Disneyland is pretty awesome, and can easily fill up two to three days with Disneyland and California Adventure. But if theme parks are your thing, Anaheim is the perfect place to stay to hit the Disney parks, Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City, and the latest, the Great Wolf Lodge.

Anaheim is also the perfect food adventurer destination. You can start with every dessert trend that originated here: from Afters Ice Cream in a milky bun (donut), to Zero Degrees ridiculously good mangonadas, and then to The Loop’s dipped churros. How about really cute macarons? Honey & Butter has you covered. Whatever your food favorite is, you can rest assured that Anaheim has a really good version of it.

Anaheim Timeshare Pro Tip: It can be difficult to choose the best Anaheim resort since there are so many, however we recommend trying to find a timeshare suite at the Worldmark Anaheim as it’s located closest to Disneyland (literally just a short walk away) and other theme parks. It also includes four outdoor hot tubs, an adult swimming pool and a children’s pool. Units have washer/dryers, central air, and kitchens.

Newport Coast

Crystal Cove State Park (

If you want to spend a week trying on certain, ahem, stereotypes of the OC lifestyle, then head to the Newport Coast for a seriously view-enhanced vacation. The views in this new enclave of Newport Beach are some of the best in Southern California, and sweeping ocean panoramic vistas from Newport Beach and south to Laguna Beach are the perfect way to start your day.

Not sure where to start your beach vacation? Start with walking tours of OC’s most famous beach towns, like the pier and Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, or take the $1 ferry to Balboa Island for a frozen banana. You won’t be lacking in food here either, there’s Nobu and Bear Flag Fish Co. for some of the freshest fish around.

Up the street in Huntington Beach, you’ll need an entire day for Pacific City, starting with the Bungalow and roaming the shops before likely ending up at The Bungalow again.

When you’re ready to spend to your heart’s desire, you’ll have Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza, and the independent shops along Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar for designer and handpicked fashion and home décor.

It’s not just about shopping though in Newport Coast, you’re surrounded by some of the best trails in OC, and whether you start at Crystal Cove State Park or up in the mountains, there are dozens of miles of trails that you can hike, bike or run.

Newport Coast Timeshare Pro Tip: Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas is hands down the resort you want to stay in when it comes to this awesome coastal town. Located across the street from the Pelican Hill Golf Club that offers 18 holes of stunning ocean views, and just steps from the beach, this Marriott property is sure to please. On-site, you’ll find a spa, multiple swimming pools including one with a pool bar, and a state of the art fitness center. Timeshares include complimentary WiFi, private balconies, kitchens, and floor to ceiling windows with spectacular views.

San Clemente

We saved the best for last, and there are some San Clemente timeshare rentals that will allow you to capture the feel of the most unique beach town in Orange County. Look, Huntington Beach has the Vans US Open of Surfing, Newport Beach is famous the world over, and Laguna Beach has a deep art scene and celebrity chefs like Amar Santana. But San Clemente has retained the vibe of a 1950s beach town, while growing conscious roots about the type of community it wants to be. From the shops and restaurants on Del Mar to the community center, art gallery, and weekly farmers market, San Clemente has natural gathering spaces where people from all over town come together to socialize and relax.

You can spend a week in San Clemente because it’s easy to spend the entire week walking around town, hitting the beach and hitting the trails. There are great bike and foot paths all over San Clemente, and if there’s surf, you have world class beaches where you can surf, bodyboard or boogie board. The food and community are laidback and inviting in San Clemente. It’s a place to make a home away from home.

San Clemente Inn

San Clemente Timeshare Pro Tip: The timeshare resort we recommend in this town, if you want to capture that 1950’s beach town feel, is the San Clemente Inn. Voted #1 lodging in San Clemente by the San Clemente Times, this gorgeous timeshare resort has been a visitor and local favorite since 1955. Located a few steps away from the San Clemente State Beach and featuring its own on-site restaurant Adele’s, this 4-star resort is truly special. Timeshare units include: kitchens, patios, multiple TVs and DVD players.

How to Rent a Timeshare

You can find a timeshare for rent on SellMyTimeshareNow for a significantly discounted price set by an individual owner. Prices range from $700 per week to $2,500 per week for studios to 3 bedrooms. You have the convenience of your own kitchen, large living room and private spaces instead of trying to cram the whole family into a single hotel room.

Since you’ll be negotiating with individual owners, it will be up to both parties to find a price that works, but one pro tip is to look for rentals close to your vacation time and be flexible, you’ll be more likely to end up with a great bargain for a prime OC vacation rental.

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