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An under-the-radar vacation

August 19, 2008 |  2:05 pm

See_the_sea_lions in Newport Beach Dreaming of California but can't face high hotel prices? Jen Leo lets her fingers do the walking through Craig's List and finds some intriguing alternatives:

It’s OK if you haven’t even started thinking about Labor Day until now. There are still plenty of getaways to book, especially if you’re thinking of vacation rentals. Craigslist is a great resource for last-minute travel options. I took a look at the “vacation rentals” section of Craigslist Los Angeles and found options in Palm Springs, Mammoth, Big Bear and San Diego’s Gaslamp district. Grabbing the deal requires a bit of trust and a little bit of phone calling or e-mailing to see if the accommodations are still available.

Deal: When I looked this morning, there were:

> a little apartment in Santa Monica near the “Montana Avenue shops, cafes, restaurants” going for $100 a night. It wasn’t four-star, but if you’re just looking for location, the price is right.

> a Newport Beach house that was appealing to the Disneyland-family-beach vacation crowd. It included tons of pics of the property and rates ran $350 per night over the holidays. Weekly rates were in the $2,250 ballpark but were negotiable.

Read the rest of Jen's post on the Daily Deal and Travel blog.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times