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Need Palm Springs/Palm Desert experts

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Need Palm Springs/Palm Desert experts

I am considering renting a vrbo home for the Christmas/New Years week for my husband and I and our two adult children. Read all the TA info on PS vs PD. Could go either way. Just want to relax by pool, drink and eat...some in, some out. Not into golf or casinos. Plan to visit Joshua Tree, etc. Coming from the cold Northeast, so a little puzzled at the idea 70-72 degrees is "winter" and "too cold to swim". Even in a heated pool? I know no one can predict the weather, but what are the chances that week would have some sunshine/pool days in PD/PS?

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1. Re: Need Palm Springs/Palm Desert experts

We used to visit our kids who lived out in 29 Palms and would nearly always stay in Palm Desert or Palm Springs. We did do pool time during the holidays, but it wasn't as attractive as spring/summer.

Between the two, we vastly preferred Palm Desert.

Have fun. Joshua Tree is a really worthwhile destination, also the Anza Borrego desert.

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2. Re: Need Palm Springs/Palm Desert experts

Weather over Dec/Jan can vary tremendously. It can get below freezing overnight even early in December. You can't predict it.

PD is mostly about golf but a a lot of nongolfers enjoy the golf condo complexes such as Palm Valley or Monterey CC that have small pools and patios at each unit but also have a central clubhouse and gym. In Palm Springs you're mostly going to find a private home, some in less than stellar neighborhoods with no security. You'll find restaurants nearby at both places.

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If you find a VRBO to rent,you may want to get a locals advice before committing.Some areas near PS are like being in a wind tunnel.Odds are you will have some kind of sun,but who can predict weather.

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4. Re: Need Palm Springs/Palm Desert experts

We rent in Palm Desert over New Years, most years in golf complexes with security gates. The temps do vary year to year, but usually we get in some pool time. Sometimes, individual rental homes do not heat their pools in the winter, where hotels, and golf condo complexes do. Be sure to check that out with the home you choose.

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5. Re: Need Palm Springs/Palm Desert experts

We have rented many properties in Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage area over the Christmas/ New Year's weeks ( 2 week stays) We have rented at Security enclosed complexes like Palm Valley, Mission Hills and a private home in Palm Desert with a pool and jacuzzi and fruit trees. It is always bright and sunny.

We come from an area where there are Prairies..no mountains. Coachella Valley ...where Palm Springs, Palm Desert , Rancho Mirage are.... are surrounded by mountains...so it is cool in the a.m until the sun rises above the mountains and in the afternoon around 3:00 -3:30..the sun goes down and you are running for a jacket . It is quite amazing. The daytime high might be 72...but it is short lived at that time of year.

The gated condo complexes have heated pools and jacuzzis. The private home we rented ...which was fabulous...include heated jacuzzi but an extra $250/ week to heat the pool.

Some years we got highs in the high 70's ...some high 50's.

There is always great shopping in the area if it cools off.

The COD(College of the Desert) Strret Fair/ Flea market is one of the best in the country and I highly recommend it. It is located in Palm Desert.

I would also recommend Palm Desert /Ranch Mirage area over Palm Springs...it is newer , more upscale,,, great new shops, dining etc ( Better neighborhoods as a whole)

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Well, I feel compelled to write a counterpoint to the other views. My husband and I are actively looking to buy a second home in PS, in a good, wind-free neighborhood. We would not consider any of the other desert communities. We don't like subdivisions and don't need to shop at the same chain stores as at home. We LOVE the ambiance of PS and the very friendly locals -- it's more like a village. There are good restaurants, gorgeous views. Most private homes will charge you to heat the pool. You should decide on condo vs. house. South PS has beautiful, mid-century modern condo complexes with pools and spas. We prefer houses with total privacy. But at the least, you can drink a glass of wine while sitting in a lovely spa and toast the view!

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7. Re: Need Palm Springs/Palm Desert experts

I have stayed in Palm Desert during December 3 different years and had some pool weather each visit. Temps were usually in the 70's in the day, sometimes even up to the 80's. HOpefully the weather will be nice for your stay!!!

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8. Re: Need Palm Springs/Palm Desert experts

Thanks for everyone's input/opinions. Still planning and after reading all comments, now looking at renting a private home within one mile from downtown PS with heated pool (willing to pay the extra) and hot tub. Curious about the comment on some areas being windy vs otherwise. Also the gated/guarded issue.....? I realize no weather is predictable, but the chance of sitting in warm sunshine in Dec. by a pool is much higher in PS/PD than Connecticut!

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9. Re: Need Palm Springs/Palm Desert experts

I've spent 3-4 Christmas holidays in Palm Springs. Some years are warmer than others, but I never found it flat out "sit by the pool" weather. Great for tennis or golf, however.

Most times we stayed in PS and once in Rancho Mirage. Perhaps because I'm a city dweller, but I really don't get all those gated communities. I mean, what are people worried about in Palm Springs? Being held up by their maid?

I much prefered the Palm Springs area. Only downside is, if you want to get to the Indian Wells/Rancho Mirage side of town (we had friends that lived that way), it's a real haul.

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10. Re: Need Palm Springs/Palm Desert experts

Palm Springs/ Palm Desert area is a fabulous location to visit over the December Holidays. You are absolutely right about it beating the Dec weather of East Coast..hands down.

The wind of the Coachella valley is renown...Just google Palmsprings windmills for info As you travel just outside of Palm Springs east on Hwy I 10 you see the thousands of windmills which generate power for the area. It really is a site to behold. This does not mean it is unpleasant in the Valley. it is protected by the San Jacinto mountains.

Happy to hear you are pursuing a home... as I mentioned previously we rented one last Christmas...and it was delightful.

The skies are almost always clear and blue..it is just at that time of year the sun goes behind the mountains early and it is run for a jacket time....really odd.

Will try to link a pic here of the windmills. They are famous.

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