Palm Springs travel guide

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You're Going to Love Palm Springs

There’s a reason why Palm Springs was once the number one vacation resort for movie stars, writers, musicians, and politicians: Sunshine. But there's a lot more to enjoy than just wonderful weather.

Palm Springs is a true desert oasis. This beautiful Californian city is located within an easy drive of Los Angeles, but it feels worlds apart. It’s the kind of place where you can relax on a different golf course every day, hike to secluded desert beauty spots, or splash around with your kids at massive water parks. In other words, it’s got something for everyone.

Entertainment is another huge draw. Dine out at fantastic French restaurants like Le Vallauris, sip cocktails at Melvyn’s Restaurant or Birba, hit the slots and poker tables at Agua Caliente Casino, or dance until dawn at Zelda’s.

Palm Springs can satisfy everyone – from groups of friends looking to party, to nature lovers wanting to retreat to the desert, or seniors wanting a golfing escape.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Palm Springs

What to do in Palm Springs

When to Visit Palm Springs

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Palm Springs is a year-round resort. The weather is almost universally sunny and warm (sometimes a little too warm in late July and August), so there’s never a bad time to visit. Peak season is between January and May, when the weather is warm, and the climate is ideal for golf, swimming, hiking, sunbathing – whatever visitors want to do. Music fans can time their trip to coincide with the Coachella Festival in April.

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How to Get to Palm Springs

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Where to Stay in Palm Springs

Palm Springs exists to serve, so there’s no shortage of high-quality accommodation. An exceptional luxury option is the North Africa-themed Colony Palms Hotel, where Jacuzzis come as standard. The Desert Sun Resort is slightly cheaper but livelier, with music events in the on-site nightclub. Budget travelers might look at the two Best Western hotels or the Motel 6 Downtown.

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How to Get Around Palm Springs

The Cost of Living in Palm Springs

Shopping Streets

Palm Canyon Drive is Palm Springs’ main shopping street, with charming boutiques like Just Modern and Dazzles alongside specialist stores like the Palm Springs Florist. If you want clothes or craft souvenirs, it’s a good place to look. There’s also a number of shopping malls to explore, including Smoke Tree Village and Rimrock Shopping Center (both to the south of the city center).

Groceries and Other

If you want to splurge on gourmet food, Palm Springs is the place to do it. You can get delicious fresh meat at Baja Meat Market, visit the certified farmers’ market on E Baristo Rd or shop at delicatessens like Go Deli for organic and international foods. There are also plenty of supermarkets, including Ralph’s, Walmart, Stater Bros, and Jensen’s. The cost of living isn’t excessive, but Palm Springs isn’t cheap either. Expect to pay $3.20 for 12 eggs. Then again, wine is very cheap indeed, with a good bottle costing as little as $6.

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Where to Eat in Palm Springs

Eating out is one of Palm Springs’ biggest attractions. If you love meat dishes, this is the place to be. Check out the burgers at Tylers, recognized as the best burger joint in town. Dine on surf and turf at Riccio’s or the meat feasts at Kaiser Grille in the city center. La Perlita is the city’s best Mexican restaurant, Kiyosaku is an excellent sushi option, while Le Vallauris is a classic up-scale French eatery. Good mid-range meals will cost around $10-15 and sit-down gourmet meals cost anything up to $100.