Published October 7, 2020 10/7/2020

14 Incredible Vacation Rentals in San Diego

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Sun-splashed San Diego is an idyllic, year-round vacation destination. It’s renowned for its beautiful beaches for surfing, swimming and sunbathing, and golfers will discover a paradise for playing with countless world-class courses. It has plenty for history buffs, nightlife lovers and foodies, along with famous attractions like the San Diego Zoo. To make the most of your time there, instead of staying in a hotel, book one of these vacation rentals instead and get a lot more bang for the buck.

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Magnificent Ocean and Sunset Views in La Jolla Magnificent Ocean and Sunset Views, La Jolla, California
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Magnificent Ocean and Sunset Views, La Jolla, California

Magnificent Ocean and Sunset Views in La Jolla

This ocean and sunset view rental is located in one of the best areas of San Diego, La Jolla. The one-bedroom guest suite sits in the host’s backyard garden and showcases stunning 180-degree views of the Pacific while offering a perfect vantage point for enjoying the glorious sunsets, ideally with a glass of wine on your private deck. You’ll even be able to wake up to ocean views right from bed and then enjoy the day at Windansea beach, just a 5-minute drive away. It accommodates up to two adults and one child, and includes a kitchenette, Wi-Fi and a TV + AppleTV with Netflix, Hulu and HBO. Beach towels, an umbrella, beach chairs and a cooler are provided too.

Luxury Hilltop Retreat in the City Luxury Hilltop Retreat in the City
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Luxury Hilltop Retreat in the City

Luxury Hilltop Retreat in the City

Enjoy luxury living in San Diego in this three-bedroom home in the upscale Mission Hills neighborhood. It boasts spectacular 270-degree views of the city and San Diego Bay from floor-to-ceiling windows in the master suite, kitchen and dining room. It’s been featured on the Travel Channel as one of San Diego’s top rentals and includes many high-end features, with the highlight a private balcony and Jacuzzi overlooking San Diego Harbor. You’ll have a chef’s kitchen, a master bath with a jetted tub, a 60” HDTV with 200+ premium channels, Netflix, Amazon, and dozens of other streaming options, beach gear, Wi-Fi and much more.

La Jolla Shores Redwood Beach Cottage La Jolla Shores Redwood Beach Cottage, San Diego
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La Jolla Shores Redwood Beach Cottage, San Diego

La Jolla Shores Redwood Beach Cottage

This La Jolla gem is a one-bedroom cottage for up to three guests that’s just three blocks from La Jolla Shores beach, an ideal spot to learn to surf with gentle waves well as being one of the most extensive stretches of sand with plenty of room for relaxing and playing.  The cottage itself includes all the comforts of home, including a washer/dryer and full kitchen, along with a tranquil backyard with a patio, outdoor shower and a hot tub.

Tommy Bahama Beach Cottage Tommy Bahama Beach Cottage
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Tommy Bahama Beach Cottage

Tommy Bahama Beach Cottage

This authentic 1926 Mission Beach cottage is just steps from the sand, accommodating up to four in one-bedroom with a queen-size bed plus a full-size futon. It comes with two cruiser bikes, beach towels, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, boogie boards, and toys for the sand. You’ll have a fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi and a living room with a flat-screen TV equipped with a Roku TV which has live local TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and many other channels. There’s a grill on the front outdoor patio for barbecuing too.

South Mission Beach Oceanfront Paradise South Mission Beach Oceanfront Paradise
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South Mission Beach Oceanfront Paradise

South Mission Beach Oceanfront Paradise

This three-bedroom oceanfront home is right on the boardwalk steps from the sand and within walking distance to coffee shops and sports bars. It accommodates up to seven guests and includes everything you need for the perfect stay, including a full kitchen with a dishwasher, flat-screen TVs, laundry facilities and a patio with a BBQ for grilling out. The large windows facing the beach open for enjoying the salty sea breeze too.

Ginny's Riviera Villa on Sail Bay Ginny's Riviera Villa on Sail Bay
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Ginny's Riviera Villa on Sail Bay

Ginny's Riviera Villa on Sail Bay

This one-bedroom condo sits on the top floor providing a breathtaking unobstructed 180-degree view of Sail Bay. While it’s just 12 minutes from the downtown historic Gaslamp area, it sits on the quieter east side of the bay.  It accommodates up to four with a king-size bed in the bedroom, plus a queen murphy bed that folds down and a queen sofabed. Other highlights include a gas fireplace and large flat-screen TV. You’ll have access to a nearby coin-operated laundry room too.

Waterfront/Beachfront Condo Waterfront/Beachfront Condo
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Waterfront/Beachfront Condo

Waterfront/Beachfront Condo

This two-bedroom Mission Beach condo on the ground floor offers an idyllic waterfront/beachfront stay with breathtaking ocean views while the sand is just steps away. It has an open floor plan with a kitchen, living area and private furnished patio that faces the water, and includes beach towels, beach chairs with an umbrella, and sand toys. Restaurants, bars and all sorts of activities are within walking distance, and just down the boardwalk is Belmont Park which has a roller coaster and other rides, video games, two wave houses and restaurants.

Tourmaline Beach Studio Tourmaline Beach Studio, San Diego
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Tourmaline Beach Studio, San Diego

Tourmaline Beach Studio

This cozy studio for up to four guests offers a private oasis in a quiet residential neighborhood just 2.5 blocks from the beach, with restaurants, bars, and coffee shops within walking distance. It has a private entrance and a fenced patio in the back as well as providing two complimentary bikes, beach chairs, towels, and boogie boards. You’ll even have chips, Salsa and ingredients for two welcome margaritas waiting upon your arrival.

Peaceful Casita Peaceful Casita in South Park, San Diego
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Peaceful Casita in South Park, San Diego

Peaceful Casita

This beautiful southwestern-style studio casita offers a peaceful getaway in one of San Diego’s favorite urban neighborhoods, known for its wide range of eateries, including everything from vegan dishes to fine dining Italian. It’s close to Balboa Park and just a short drive from the beach too. You’ll have all you need for a comfortable stay, including a full kitchen with a dishwasher, Wi-Fi, TV and a washer/dryer.

Secluded Ocean View Windansea Bungalow in La Jolla Secluded Ocean View Windansea Bungalow in La Jolla
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Secluded Ocean View Windansea Bungalow in La Jolla

Secluded Ocean View Windansea Bungalow in La Jolla

This secluded one-bedroom bungalow is close to the beach and accommodates up to four guests, although it’s particularly ideal for a romantic couple’s stay. You’ll have an ocean view terrace, a fireplace in the living room, and a private hot tub. Bikes and beach gear are included for spending the day at Windansea beach, including boogie boards, beach towels, chairs and an umbrella, beach blanket, tote bag and a cooler. The well-equipped kitchen has a blender for making those margaritas, a coffeemaker and coffee, spices, and more. A cable TV, DVD player and sound system are included too.

Modern Home with a Rooftop Deck and Ocean Views Modern Home with Rooftop Deck/Ocean View, San Diego
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Modern Home with Rooftop Deck/Ocean View, San Diego

Modern Home with a Rooftop Deck and Ocean Views

This San Diego home accommodates up to seven, with a private bedroom that has a queen bed, a semi-private sleeping loft with another queen bed, plus a reading nook with a twin mattress and queen sofa bed. The highlight is the location and the rooftop deck with chairs, loungers and a BBQ along with panoramic views of the city, ocean, bay and sunsets. The beach is just a block away and you’ll be within walking distance to restaurants, bars, and shopping. It also includes a fully equipped kitchen, TV with Roku and free Wi-Fi.

Spacious and Central Oceanfront Condo Spacious and Central Oceanfront Condo
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Spacious and Central Oceanfront Condo

Spacious and Central Oceanfront Condo

This one-bedroom oceanfront condo will put you steps from the sand while enjoying gorgeous views of the Pacific. Restaurants, cafes and craft beer tasting rooms in the heart of Ocean Beach are just steps away too. It’s on the first floor and includes a full kitchen with everything you need to make your own meals, a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi and beach towels. Accommodating up to four, there’s a queen-size bed in the bedroom plus a queen-size sofa.

California Craftsman Bungalow California Craftsman Bungalow
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California Craftsman Bungalow

California Craftsman Bungalow

This two-bedroom craftsman home in a quiet North Park neighborhood is less than a 10-minute drive from San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, while famous Coronado Beach is a 15-minute drive away. You’ll be within walking distance of the university, trendy coffee shops, breweries, and restaurants. It sleeps up to six and includes private front and back patios, a 4K TV, Google Mini with Spotify, mesh Wi-Fi and a kitchen with a Keurig coffeemaker. You’ll also have access to your own laundry facilities.

San Diego Dreamin' with a Heated Saltwater Pool, Hot Tub, & More Swimming pool at San Diego Dreamin'
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Swimming pool at San Diego Dreamin'

San Diego Dreamin' with a Heated Saltwater Pool, Hot Tub, & More

If you want to have your own pool and other tropical resort-style amenities, this three-bedroom home in the Clairemont area is ideal. It comes with a custom heated saltwater pool with a rock waterfall, a reclining ledge surrounded by tropical landscaping and a koi pond. There’s a hot tub to soak in and a poolside tiki bar for sipping refreshing beverages while enjoying tunes on the outdoor stereo system. You’ll also have an outdoor hot shower, a built-in stainless steel barbecue and a lava rock fire pit – and that’s just outside. The house accommodates seven and includes hardwood floors, large LCD flat-screen TVs, a high-end kitchen and much more.

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