Snowbirds dig it, golfers love it and half-naked college kids flock to it each April.
We’re talking about Palm Desert, of course. Located 195 km northeast of San Diego, this desert retreat is all about good fairways, live music and warm weather. Slightly rocky without a cloud in the sky, it’s the kind of place to get away from it all. So practice your swing, pick out your Palm Desert package and get to the sunshine!
Love good grass? Then you’re going to be in heaven in Palm Desert. You’ve got more than a dozen golf courses to choose from (yep—all that desert landscape conceals a ton of green!) so check out Wotif’s cheap Palm Desert car hire options to get you from place to place. We won’t promise that a good deal will make you the next Tiger Woods, but you can still feel like you made a hole in one for your bank account.
If you want your Palm Desert holiday to include meerkats, just ask. The Living Desert Zoo hosts critters that call desert country home, and the park is broken into two sections: North American animals like badgers, coyotes and butterflies, and African critters like meerkats and ostriches.
For something just as fierce but without the claws, make a date for a theatre performance at McCallum Theatre. Musicals, plays and other showstoppers are given top billing here. With the extra cash you saved from your Palm Desert package deal, you can treat yourself to some orchestra seats, so problem.
Get the credit card ready, because you have some major shopping to do during your holiday in Palm Desert! The Gardens on El Paseo is the major shopping destination of the town, with just about anything you could need. Chic clothes, trinkets and high-end jewellery are all found in these parts.
After all that shopping, your stomach is probably rumbling, so go get yourself some classic Palm Desert dishes. Chow down on granola parfaits, grilled steak and even quail if you’re feeling adventurous. Mexican and Italian flavours are also king here—and trust us, California knows a good taco.
There’s a decent chance you’ve heard the sounds of Palm Desert without even realising it. It’s here that a certain type of desert music emerged. Part hard rock, part psychedelic and prickly like a cactus, this music is unlike anything else. So when the sun goes down, catch live music in town or make a trip to nearby Palm Springs. You could also try taking your Palm Desert holiday during April, when the Coachella Music Festival brings top acts to the area.
Get your desert getaway going with help from Wotif’s Palm Desert packages. Consider it a win when you arrive in this relaxing paradise without spending a ton of cash. And if you really want to go big, take a look at our San Diego holiday packages so you can enjoy beach time before hitting the desert.