Temecula vs Palm springs

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Temecula and Palm Springs are within an hour’s drive of each other. Both cities have a great deal to offer not only residents but also vacationers or daytrippers. In this Temecula vs. Palm Springs article and video, we will go over the pros and cons of each city and what you can expect when either visiting or living in these locations. Full disclosure, I have never actually lived in Palm Springs, but we do vacation there quite often. It’s one of our go-to weekend getaways that is very close to Temecula.

At the end of this blog post and in the video, I have attached a free home search for the Temecula area. If you are looking to search for homes in Palm Springs, you may click on the link and add Palm Springs to the home search.


In regards to rental pricing and purchasing, Temecula is going to be around 15%–20% more expensive. The video attached to this post goes over that on a line graph. In our opinion, Temecula separates itself not only from Palm Springs but from many other cities throughout Southern California is that there are no dumpy areas. When driving through Temecula, it feels like you could live anywhere. When it comes to Palm Springs, there are some nice areas, but there are also sections where we personally would not live.


This has to be in the top two or three things you need to consider when planning either a trip or relocating to Palm Springs, especially in the summer! Temecula is going to have temperatures anywhere from 95 degrees to 105 degrees. Palm Springs will have temperatures anywhere from 110 up to 120 degrees during the summer months. If you are planning a vacation or will be working in Palm Springs during this time, the heat can be nightmarish. Often, we will take a weekend vacation to sit by the pool in the summer because it’s a lot cheaper and not as busy. Christie loves it, but I’m in the room most of the time. It’s unbearably hot at times, even sitting by the pool.

Where is it more relaxing?

One thing is for sure: as soon as you enter Palm Springs, you’re going to notice a calm, relaxing feel. They say it’s the mountains. One of the main reasons we keep going to Palm Springs for weekend trips is because of this. The charming hotels and restaurants will take your worries away.

The downtown area of Palm Springs is great for walking, shopping, eating, and drinking. Thursday market nights are one of the best things to do in Palm Springs. If I were to give one piece of advice to anybody coming to Palm Springs, do not miss a market night! It’s awesome to walk up and down Main Street (they shut it down), taste all the food, enjoy the different types of art, and people-watch.

Temecula is no slouch either when it comes to relaxing. With the wineries, Old Town, casino, hiking, and hundreds of restaurants, Temecula is truly an amazing place to either vacation or live. It doesn’t get much better than spending a Sunday afternoon at the wineries, enjoying the nice breeze, gorgeous valley views, and great wine. One of the things we consistently do that relieves a lot of stress from our work is to spend one afternoon a week at one of the wineries. Many of the wineries have live music on Friday and Saturday nights, which is great. One of our favorites is Somerset; we have an article and video here.

Old Town Front Street is a really fun place to walk up and down, shop, stop off for a drink at the many bars and restaurants, or grab a bite to eat. It’s cool to see some history and enjoy the people, which is one of the many reasons why we love it here in Temecula. The people are always helpful and friendly.

To sum it up? When we compare Temecula vs. Palm Springs in regards to what is more relaxing, they are both winners. I’m going to Palm Springs if I want to sit by the pool, enjoy a nice 1950s-style motel, and visit some wonderful restaurants. If I’m looking for a relaxing country-type weekend, I’m renting a room at one of the wineries and sitting back, enjoying the views and wine.


I’m going to give the edge to Palm Springs on this one. Let’s face it, many people visit Palm Springs in the winter for one reason, and that one reason is to golf. Be aware that the price is going to be significantly higher to play a round of golf in Palm Springs, especially during the winter months or high season, than in Temecula.

Temecula has some wonderful golf courses and will be a lot easier on your pocketbook. If you are a golfer on a budget, Temecula would be my suggestion, and maybe take a two-day trip to Palm Springs for one round and some great pool time and restaurants.


This is a tough one. Some of our favorite restaurants are in Palm Springs, but Temecula has a lot more to choose from and some great ones as well. One restaurant in Palm Springs that we absolutely love is called Shanghai Reds Bar & Grill. If you are in Palm Springs, do not miss this restaurant. The atmosphere is great, along with the vibe. On weekends, they frequently have live music. They have awesome Ahi tacos, and the food is really tasty.

Temecula has a ton of great restaurants as well. My suggestion would be to walk up and down Old Town Temecula and choose from there. Some of the restaurants we enjoy are 1909 and Devilicious, which serve great American food. Luke’s on Front Street is also a great place to grab a drink and has some very nice views.

Temecula versus Palm Springs: where would I live?

After traveling the world, we had the option of moving anywhere we wanted. We chose Temecula, and we have never regretted that decision. Temecula has absolutely everything that we would want in a city. It’s close to airports, the beach, the mountains, and San Diego. Home prices are affordable for what the city has to offer. It’s safe and clean, and most people respect and show pride in ownership in regard to their home and property.

I’m not saying Palm Springs wouldn’t be a fun place to live; the heat is just too much for us. It’s also a little far out in regards to amenities like the beach, airports, or San Diego, just to name a few. We also own businesses, and the opportunity in Temecula is greater. We have many other cities surrounding us that will help our company grow.

Hopefully, this blog post was useful and highlighted some differences between Palm Springs and Temecula. We love both cities, and we highly recommend anybody looking for a vacation to try either one. If you’re looking to purchase or move to Temecula, please reach out to us, as we would love to help you.

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