La Quinta, California Travel Guide

La Quinta, California glows in the desert sun all year long, so on any given day, you’ll discover golfers, tennis players, mountain climbers, spa goers, shoppers, food connoisseurs, and miscellaneous lovers of life, having a good time here. Burrowed in the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, the resort city of La Quinta has no shortage of spectacular outdoor scenery and activity. To make sense of it all, read Vacation’s comprehensive La Quinta Travel Guide, and when you’re ready to skip town, we've got a great La Quinta vacation condo lined up for you.

What to Do in La Quinta, California

La Quinta TennisCan’t wait to set foot on the fairway? Then pack up your golf clubs and head to one of the world’s best golfing destinations – La Quinta golf is legendary. With a dramatic desert landscape, a population of folks who seem to always be on vacation, and the help of many acclaimed designers, La Quinta is home to championship courses that challenge and amaze. At the PGA West TPC Stadium, play on courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. At the historic La Quinta Resort and Club, pretend you’re a celebrity as you take a swing (many Hollywood movie stars have golfed here). And at the city’s latest and greatest SilverRock Resort, find out why La Quinta won’t lose its reputation as a golf hot spot any time soon. Intimidated by the pros? Sign up for a class at the Jim McLean Golf School

Although La Quinta golf courses steal the spotlight, the city is a playful paradise for all kinds of athletes and nature lovers. If you’re lucky enough to end up in a La Quinta resort rental, you’ll have 23 hard and clay tennis courts to pick from; 10 are lighted up for nighttime play. Arrange a tennis lesson or purchase some gear at the on-site pro shop.

Looking to cool off after a tennis match or round of golf? Lake Cahuila is your desert oasis (literally), where you can fish, swim, and splash around. Don’t forget about the Olympic-sized pool at the La Quinta Resort and Club, either.

Even though it's easy to do, don’t restrict yourself to a resort – after all, the mountains and the desert are all around you. It doesn’t matter if you hike, bike, ride a horse, ride a jeep, or just, you know, walk, along La Quinta’s trails (a favorite is the Bear Creek Trail) – just make sure to get out there and enjoy the view. Go deeper into Coachella Valley and the Santa Rosa Mountains for more adventure. If you prefer to rest your legs for a while, tour the city in a hot air balloon.

A mountain hike is bound to make you sweaty and tired; that’s where the La Quinta Spa (or Spa La Quinta) – located within the La Quinta Resort – comes in. From the window treatments to the facial treatments, everything here is inspired by nature. If you need a new hairdo to match your newly relaxed self, drop by the world-famous Yamaguchi Salon.

After running around town for a while, you may run out of things to do. When this happens, we suggest that you embrace an itinerary with nothing on it, and give into laziness in your La Quinta vacation condo. Remember, you’re on vacation. It's okay if you don't have things to do.

However, if cabin fever has gotten the best of you, check out the La Quinta Museum or the La Quinta Sculpture Park for a few hours, and then take a day trip to nearby Palm Springs, Palm Desert, or Rancho Mirage.

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Where to Shop and Eat in La Quinta

La Quinta RestaurantsLa Quinta is trying to catch up to its northern neighbor, Palm Springs, and develop a reputation as a shopping destination. And slowly but surely, it’s getting there.

Old Town La Quinta is a mini village on Main Street, where you can shop for antiques and designer clothing or simply talk with a friend over a cup of coffee. It's also the site of the weekly farmer’s market.

Hungry tourists have lots to look forward to in La Quinta. Grab breakfast at the La Quinta Baking Co., which specializes in freshly baked bread, pastries, and coffee. For lunch, eat at an open-air café in Old Town. As for dinner, go back in time to the 50s-themed Cunard’s Sandbar, get romantic at the Desert Sage Restaurant, eat pot pie at Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant, or indulge your carnivorous side at LG’s Prime Steakhouse.

Where can you hunt down a good beer? Why not try The Beer Hunter? (Genius.)

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When to Visit La Quinta

In the wintertime, La Quinta fills up with tourists eager to escape their snowy hometowns. Year-round, this desert destination enjoys little humidity and lots of sunshine – the perfect combo for an outdoorsy vacation. So, book your La Quinta, California vacation rental for whenever you’re free from work or school. If you happen to arrive in March, take a peek at the La Quinta Arts Festival.

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What to Know About La Quinta

If you’re more of a city girl or guy than the mountain hiking type, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops, and indoor excursions to keep you occupied, but La Quinta won’t cater to you completely – if, on the other hand, you’re the golfing, tennis playing, and nature loving type, you’ll feel right at home in your La Quinta rental.

Keep in mind that you’re in the desert. Whether you’re driving in it or climbing a mountain in it, it’s important to stay hydrated, so drink lots of water. 

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What to Bring to Your La Quinta Rental

Since you could spend every day golfing, hiking, sunbathing, shopping, or doing absolutely nothing at all in La Quinta, your packing list could be short or long. The best thing to do is plan your itinerary ahead of time and then pack your bags – your La Quinta rental will be equipped for many of your favorite activities, so you can get away with leaving some stuff behind. 

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La Quinta’s Local Services

La Quinta, California is heaping with vacationers just like you, so your wants and needs won’t be anything new to the locals. Tip: Stay in a vacation rental at the La Quinta Resort and let someone else do the thinking for you. 

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Getting to La Quinta, California

While you can easily fly into the Las Angeles National Airport, among a few others, aim to land at the Palm Springs International Airport. That way, you’re in for a 30-minute (rather than 60-minute) drive to your La Quinta vacation rental

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Why La Quinta, California Vacation Rentals?

La Quinta is a choice destination for families – dad can golf, mom can go to the spa, and the kids can play in the pool or at the park. La Quinta vacation rentals make a family getaway affordable and convenient. Why book a single hotel room when you can book a whole house? Your La Quinta vacation home might even include a private pool/Jacuzzi or a huge, gourmet kitchen. Let the indulgence begin.

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