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San Diego is the second-largest city in California and is defined by several diverse neighborhoods that each offer their own unique characteristics and experiences. The weather is always warm or mild, making it a phenomenal retreat during the winter. It’s also home to picturesque beaches, which bring an array of exciting outdoor recreation opportunities. San Diego’s Coast is visually breathtaking, the cultural scene is enriching and there are lots and lots of goodies to taste. Stay at one of the best VRBO locations in San Diego for not only a comfortable experience but an immersive one.
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Located feet from Sail Bay, this multi-story dwelling was designed with outdoor living in mind. While inside is the most refreshing kitchen, intricately tiled spa bathrooms and homey bedroom, the exterior boasts five unique deck spaces, whether right off a bedroom, or commons area. Grill some burgers, get the fire pit rolling and enjoy the breezy breakfast bar facing the waters.
Sitting unsuspectedly at the end of a culdesac, about 10 minutes from downtown, this Vrbo is a luxurious haven with relaxing color pallets and modern amenities. You’ll feel like you’re in a secluded retreat, especially when venturing into the backyard, where the zen garden sets the mood for a romantic fresh air meal. A wooden overhand with string lights add ambiance to the hot tub and adjacent dining table. The lush greenery gives the space a feeling of being sealed off from the world.
Elegance meets playground at this home, which is described as simultaneously being a private luxury resort. This is accurate. The entire space is over the top gorgeous with chandeliers, a gourmet kitchen, decks with views, a home theater, a game room with a pool table and a commons area that opens up via garage door to the pride of the abode. Fountains shooting from the heated, lighted pool immediately demand your visual focus, then parallel is a putt-putt course! Everywhere you turn there’s something to leave guests in awe.
Built in the 1920s, in the Pacific Beach area which is also two blocks from the beloved Mission Bay, is a storybook style home that veers away from our other picks. Exposed beams, a multifaceted roofline, and a fairytale path leads up to this old-style beauty. The kitchen has been modernized, but still fits in with the rich woods and unique details of the classic design. Enjoy a game at the billiard table, or soak in the sun in the precious pool accented with a lovely cabana. A rooftop deck features a hot tub, from where fireworks from Sea World can be seen.
With hacienda-ish vibes, this charming bungalow ranks among the affordable stays in San Diego and is only four blocks to Ocean Beach. The dwelling is cozy while featuring two snug bedrooms. And yes, there’s a wonderful little outdoor nook with cushy furniture—it’s the perfect place to enjoy a bottle of wine, or just great conversations.
Live the California life to the fullest in this Tuscan-esque mansion, which offers a view of downtown and the bay from its enormous patio space. Richly decorated with or arts woods, tile and fixtures, it just doesn’t get more indulgent. Dine inside or out with the family, while plunging into the pool with attached jacuzzi. Up to 14 people can comfortably stay at this jaw-dropping estate.
This 600 square feet Spanish-style home could not be more fitting and charming. The exterior is particularly welcoming, with a dark wooden roof, colorful stairway pavers, tiled grounds and lots of seating for long nights of grilling. The quaint ambiance of this little gem is its biggest highlight, and the price isn’t too shabby. Within the Village of La Jolla, shopping, dining and adventure are just a short walk away.
A super affordable Vrbo, this studio couldn’t be located in a more appealing spot—Old Town is within a block of the place. So the location is the big win here because one can experience the authenticity of the culture of San Diego without needing transportation. But the backyard pool is a huge bonus.
Villa Caribe is near the dramatic Sunset Cliffs and has an alluring outdoor recreation space surrounded by see-through, clear fencing panels so that the ocean views aren’t obstructed. Stretch your legs on the lush lawn or wind down with a cocktail while soaking in the hot tub. Getting to the beach is easy, as an old boat ramp serves as a scenic walkway to the sand.
From top to bottom, the living room, bedrooms and bathrooms glisten, but the kitchen’s panoramic window offers the best views of Mission Bay. Patio space galore awaits near the pool, with a second-tier hot tub situated optimally for gazing out toward the beaches. Water activities and sandcastle making are steps away from this grand, very “Cali” home.