Known as the Gem of the Desert, La Quinta is a popular resort destination within California's popular Palm Springs area. La Quinta is one of the country's leading golf destinations, and its fabulous attractions also extend to hiking, biking, shopping, dining and many other favorite pastimes. While the city is a well-known vacation spot, La Quinta is also a prime active adult retirement destination.
La Quinta is nestled in California's Coachella Valley, in the shadow of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The city is less than 30 miles from downtown Palm Springs and within 90 minutes of San Bernardino. Nearby National Parks, like Joshua Tree, offer even more opportunities for outdoor recreations, while Old Town La Quinta provides an eclectic mix of quaint shops and charming restaurants.
The climate in La Quinta is largely influenced by the surrounding mountains. Weather in the area typically features warm winters and very hot summers. Winter days are sunny and comfortable with average high temperatures in the low to mid-70s, although record highs have climbed to the high 90s even in the middle of winter. Summers days are much hotter with average highs rising above 100 degrees. The hottest temperature ever recorded in La Quinta was 125 degrees on July 6, 1905.
World-class golf is a major attraction in La Quinta. The city hosts high-profile events, such as the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge, and has been called the golf capital of the world. La Quinta offers many impressive public courses, particularly the renowned Arnold Palmer Classic Course at the SilverRock Resort. Other public courses in La Quinta include those at La Quinta Resort Golf Course, PGA West Stadium Clubhouse, Greg Norman Course, Palm Royale Country Club, and Golf Club at La Quinta.
Active adults who want to live in a La Quinta golf community can choose from several spectacular open-age options. Some popular developments include Rancho La Quinta, Andalusia at Coral Mountain, and The Citrus Club. Those who prefer an age-restricted community are sure to be impressed by the fabulous amenities and challenging golf course at Trilogy at La Quinta.
Beyond golf, La Quinta is largely a resort town that caters toward luxury attractions. Outdoor recreations like hiking, biking, horseback riding, tennis, and basketball are easily found throughout the area. Shopping and dining are also well represented with a range of establishments from casual eateries and chain stores to fine restaurants and specialty boutiques. Arts and Culture are also covered with attractions like the La Quinta Museum and the annual La Quinta Arts Festival.
Whether planning a Coachella Valley vacation or looking for a great retirement destination in the Palm Springs area, La Quinta is truly a Gem of the Desert.