San Jacinto is located next to the city of Hemet. Families who want to explore a diverse culture and history will like homes for rent in this area, which celebrates its past with museums, art and festivals. There are concerts during the summer at the historic Estudillo Mansion, and on Cinco de Mayo there's a street fair with food, music and dancing. The annual First People's Day and the Ramona Pageant Parade honor the Native American tribes in the area.
Facts for Renters
The Serrano and Cahuilla Native Americans were one of the earliest groups to settle in the area. These hunter-gatherer tribes ate mostly small game and acorns. Just outside of the city there's the Soboba Indian Reservation, where these tribes now live.
The city was initially used by Spanish settlers as a cattle ranch for the Mission San Luis Rey. They named it for St. Hyacinth, whose name in Spanish is San Jacinto. Part of the land was granted to Jose Estudillo. After his death, his son built the Estudillo Mansion, which is an important historic landmark in this city.
San Jacinto Valley, which comprises the two cities of San Jacinto and Hemet, is the setting of the Ramona Outdoor Play. It was originally a novel written by Helen Jackson in 1884. The play has been running since 1923, and is the longest running drama in the U.S.