Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Carlsbad, California - Updated 2021

airbnb in carlsbad

California is home to a number of the most popular cities and areas in the country including the biggest entertainment scene in the world. It is also regarded as America’s gateway to the Pacific and with that being said, many of the cities and towns are coastal in nature. One of these cities you should check out is the coastal city of Carlsbad, which is sandwiched between Los Angeles and San Diego. Aside from the beautiful sandy beaches, Carlsbad boasts a number of fun activities to offer its guests including the LEGOLAND California Resort, SEA Life Aquarium, Flower Fields of Carlsbad, and many more attractions. If you’re planning a visit soon, it’s best to get a full coastal experience of the city and stay at a beachside house. To help you get an idea, here are the top Airbnbs in Carlsbad, California.

1. Charming guesthouse for the family (from USD 85)

If you’re a small family of about three to four members and you’d like a quiet but convenient place to stay, this guesthouse is for you. It’s located near the Village of Carlsbad where most of the restaurants and shops are. It’s also just walking distance from the beach so everything is within reach. The house is fully equipped with the basic amenities you will be needing and even has a grill should you want to have a barbecue. The outdoor patio provides a great place to do so. There is also free parking on the property and the house has no stairs so accessibility won’t be a problem.

Gorgeous guesthouse w/ private entry/1 mi to beach
Carlsbad, California, United States
127 reviews
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the house is really well equipped and comfortable while the new sleeper sofa is great
the backyard space was comfortable and relaxing also
it's quiet private well-stocked and comfortable
beautiful home with a nice kitchen and bath
very nice apartment great kitchen to cook in private backyard to lounge around in when the beach gets boring
very clean and not cluttered
very clean room beautiful garden
very clean with everything you need
private and very clean guest house
the house is very clean and has high end finishes
the hosts are kind and very welcoming
lori was a great host
beautiful place and delightful hosts
the hosts are considerate and responsive to our minor requests
the host was great and was very accommodating
the location is great
great quiet location close to everything
location is ideal in nice quiet street just a short walk from carlsbad village
great location in nice neighborhood and close to restaurants and the beach
we loved that it was centrally located--close to the beach legoland restaurants and shopping centers
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2. Coastal living in style (from USD 243)

Located practically next door to the beach, this stylish beach house is a great option for travellers of up to three people. You will first notice and be in awe of how the interiors are impressively modern in design, even from the outside. There is a king-sized bed and an additional airbed should it be needed. The kitchen and bathroom are also well-equipped with what you need. The host also provides a guest’s manual which lists some great recommendations in the area. For your entertainment purposes, the house has a fire pit, a gaming room, and beach gear for rent.

Carlsbad, California, United States
47 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great amenities from the outdoor fire-pit game room grills outdoor shower and shed full of beach equipment
well equipped kitchen and useful beach equipment too
most importantly the bed is really comfortable
nice space in a clean nice building
rental unit is clean comfortable with modern design
the flat was clean and had everything we needed
the apartment itself is on a quiet road sparkling clean and just as pictured
this home was fabulous clean modern uncluttered
hosts were responsive and made check in/out easy
good communication with host
host left goodies upon arrival & even during our stay for the holiday which was a nice touch
great location to stay to be near the beach and village
great apartment in a great location - close to the beach and walkable to carlsbad village
great space and location loved staying here
great location is great just a block from the beach
great location to numerous other breaks and restaurants within a 10-20min drive in oceanside and teramar
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3. Boho-style bungalow near the beach (from USD 167)

One of three units, this bungalow beach house is so close to the beach you can fall asleep to the sound of the crashing waves. It’s also walking distance to the Village of Carlsbad so restaurants and shops are just around the corner. The style of the bungalow is bohemian and truly exudes beach and vacation vibes. You can also enjoy the view of a Balinese-style garden to complete the ambiance. The kitchen is fully equipped with your cooking needs including a coffee-maker while towels, toiletries, and bedsheets are also provided.

Unit B - Beach Bungalow Good Vibes
Carlsbad, California, United States
173 reviews
Entire bungalow 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great kitchen super comfortable bed hangers and air conditioner
the cottage is comfortable and well maintained
we enjoyed watching movies on the pull out sofa and cooking in the stocked kitchen
the one bedroom place is sparkling clean zen great lighting outside patio for breakfast coffee
we enjoyed relaxing and watching tv on the pullout sofa
very clean and easy beach access
very clean and plenty of linens available
the place was super clean and beachy
the place was very clean and well maintained
clean comfy and charming loved it
hosts are very helpful
hosts were super great to
nicole was a wonderful host
nicole and jason were excellent hosts
nicole was a fantastic host
the location was great
really cute space in an awesome location great value for the location
the location is unbeatable :)
great little place close to beach
this place is super cute and the location is fantastic
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4. Chill and relaxing beach house (from USD 163)

Just a few minute’s walk from the beach, this one-bedroom guesthouse is an ideal location for pairs to small groups of four. The interiors of the house are simple and casual with one queen bed and one sofa bed, a fully stocked kitchen, and a spacious living area. The even cooler bit is the outdoor area which is composed of a fire pit and an outdoor kitchen with a full barbecue grill and kitchen countertop. It’s a great location to chill out, relax, and have a barbecue party after a day at the beach.

Backyard bungalow 2 blocks from the beach
Carlsbad, California, United States
82 reviews
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the couch had a queen sized pull out bed which allowed us to fit 4 guests
the kitchen amenities were top of the line and there were really nice touches throughout the bungalow
todd's place was exactly as described and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay
very clean and modern looking area
this airbnb was extremely clean and new
the living space is very clean and open
todd’s place was spacious and sparkling clean
super clean cute and great location
the host was incredibly responsive
todd was very accommodating with special request
todd was great; very responsive to any questions and hands-on
lovely home + great host + beautiful location can't get any better than that
todd has a very nice and clean place that is newly built by the owner himself
perfect location and nice space
the location was amazing; close to the beach and carlsbad village
location was great for walking to the beach
amazing place and great location
the location is pretty stellar as well
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5. Cute and quirky cottage by the beach (from USD 150)

Located a few blocks from Tamarack Beach & Agua Hedionda Lagoon, you will fall in love with this small yet charming house. Not many beach houses in the area will give you more extras than this one. The interiors are filled with extra quirky decors that will surely brighten your days such as signs, flowers, and colorful patterns. Aside from the interiors, the host also offers a lot of extra perks like complimentary use of bikes, free wine, snacks and homemade goodies, and even toys and board games for children, if you’re bringing any. The backyard is also as charming as the house itself that you won’t want to leave.

Just Blocks to BEACH! Cozy cottage-lots of extras!
Carlsbad, California, United States
385 reviews
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great amenities and super cozy
the bed was so comfortable and the couch too
the bed was comfortable but the sofa bed not so much may be better suited for children
the space including the kitchen and bathroom are updated and modern but also warm and comfortable
the space is very comfortable and thoughtfully designed
the place was very clean with very modern decor
laurie’s place is exceptionally clean and beautifully decorated
wonderful host beautiful + clean space fantastic location
it was so stylish and clean
the space is clean and comfortable with virtually everything one could want or need
laurie was a fantastic host
laurie is a fantastic host
laurie was a great host
she was an attentive and helpful host
laurie and her husband were great hosts
the location is perfect
the location was ideal for our time at legoland
we enjoyed the location very much
the location is perfect for carslbad
the location is very quiet and peaceful
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6. Modern-style apartment perfectly sitting on the beach (from USD 200)

At this property, you won’t need to walk any further than stepping outside your porch to head to the beach. It’s literally your backyard as you will be treated to the smell of the ocean breeze when you wake in the morning and sleep to the sound of crashing waves at night. The interiors of this newly renovated one-bedroom apartment are bright with accents of purple to create a relaxing atmosphere. The unit includes an outdoor patio where you can sit back, relax, and just admire the beautiful view in front of you.

Sea Breeze #1 - on the beach!
Carlsbad, California, United States
92 reviews
Entire condominium 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
you get air flow through the sliding door with one fan and that is it
even if you have ceiling fan on and sliding door wide open bring an extra fan
the bed was comfortable as well as the couch and chair in the living room
front room needs a fan
the main bed was great but i wouldn't try to sleep on the sofa bed
clean and nice decor
unit was clean and had everything we needed
place was clean and perfect for 2 people
the place is great it was so clean which is the most important thing to me
the space is modern clean and comfortable
host were very nice
nancy was a great host
another great thing is the host is very responsive
great communication from the owner as well
location was great in walking distance to downtown and beaches
this place is located in a great area
amazing location with direct beach access
walking distance to carlsbad village and many great places for shopping and eating
great location if you want to be on the beach and in the heart of this cute beach town
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7. Classy Californian-themed bungalow across the beach (from USD 201)

This bungalow is one of three units of Beach Bungalow Good Vibes and particularly has a great location because it faces the beach itself. It may not be on the beach itself, but you simply cross the street and you’re there. Its backyard has a lovely Balinese-style bed swing and a barbecue area complete with grill and dining set-up. Guests should note that this is a shared area with the other unit so you may have some company. The design of this unit is minimalist with the majority of the place covered in whites and beiges with a touch of Californian vibes to it.

Unit C - Beach Bungalow Good Vibes
Carlsbad, California, United States
149 reviews
Entire bungalow 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi was great it wasn’t slow at all and it was super clean
the place is stylish decorated impeccably clean and has all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay
the place had a wonderful set of kitchen utilities
clean and quiet
such a lovely spot so clean to the ocean
perfectly clean and comfy
very clean with comfy furniture
the bungalow was super clean and the decor was awesome
the hosts were attentive and easily available
nicole is a fantastic host
very peaceful apartment with great hosts
nicole is the perfect host and provides practically all you need
also nicole is a super host quick to respond to your questions
very cute place and perfect location
wonderful location with good parking
good location nice enough place
great place close to the beach
location couldn’t be better
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8. Southern-style suite with amenities nearby (from USD 91)

Guests are in for a treat with this lovely guesthouse in southern Carlsbad. If you’re not so much fond of the beach and prefer a truer Californian style of living, this place is for you. Though part of a main house, the guesthouse can be privately accessed by its visitors without disturbing the main house. Take note that there is no kitchen but the host provides a fridge, coffee maker, toaster, kettle, and microwave for your convenience. They also provide coffee or tea for their guests daily. For recreation, you may take a mile’s walk down to the community pool area with a place for workout and a duck pond complete with some lovely waterfalls.

La Costa Private Suite in Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad, California, United States
57 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
room was as described and the bed was very comfortable
very comfortable room and private bath with separate entrance
super tidy clean room with a comfortable bed and nice amenities like apple tv a fridge a microwave etc
the room was great nice tv and comfortable bed
the place was clean and well kept
accommodations very new clean and comfortable
shannon's place is very nice clean and quite place
the room was clean very comfortable and smelled really fresh neighbourhood was nice and safe
great location very clean and good communication
shannon was a great host informative and communicative
the hosts were easily accessible for directions or recommendations
shannon was awesome and very helpful
shannon was very responsive accommodating and helpful
shannon is a great host very friendly and helpful
lovely setting ideal location
we loved it great location beautiful place
the location is very quiet tucked back in a neighborhood which also made for easy parking
this was the perfect place to have a central home
great private room with own entrance residential neighborhood close to supermarket and hotels
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9. Lovely room with a view (from USD 57)

This one-bedroom unit is located on the second floor of a separate building of the host’s property. It boasts a great view of the ocean and downtown Carlsbad. There is a yard before ascending the flights of steps to the room but guests must remember the pool and separate yard in the main house are not open to guests. The interiors of the room are snug and cozy, perfect for couples or pairs.

Coastal Carlsbad Flat
Carlsbad, California, United States
42 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nigel was very responsive when i couldn't figure out the tv
very clean and comfortable private space to stay all the little details (coffee snacks
nice clean space in a nice neighborhood
very clean well decorated and relaxing
great clean place for my son and me to go
it was very clean and spacious we would definitely stay there again
great place nice clean exactly what we needed
the host is very friendly and professional
nigel was very responsive and we appreciated his quick responses
loved that there were games to play very accommodating hosts
thanks again nigel for hosting us
great location super easy check in
amazing little spot close to carlsbad village
fantastic location for legoland and the beach
beautiful place in a great neighborhood
the place is absolutely beautiful and literally near everything 10min to legoland
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10. Beach-themed cottage for couples

Nothing screams beach-themed interiors like this cute cottage in Carlsbad. The newly renovated property is filled with cool blue and white accents and sea-themed decors from frames to pillowcases. There is only one bedroom and one bathroom on the property so this is ideal for solo travellers or pairs. It’s located a few minutes away from the beach and from the Village of Carlsbad so the fun won’t be too far away. You can also have fun in the backyard but the host requests minimal noise as a sign of respect to the neighbors. The host also provides books, magazines, and DVDs for your entertainment and there is also a tennis court just down the street.

Seaside Sanctuary, Near Beach, Laundry, WIFI
Carlsbad, California, United States
63 reviews
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the main bed was comfortable and the pull-out-bed was sufficient as well
bed was comfortable and kitchen had everything we needed to start our day with breakfast
very clean and comfortable
very cozy and clean place
very quiet and clean
a clean and quiet spot with everything you need for your trip
this is the cutest place very clean and everything as described
she was very responsive to my parent's needs
sandra is a great host
sandra and james were charming hosts and very available whenever needed
sandra is a kind host and quick to accommodate anything you may need
sandra and james are wonderful hosts very friendly and easy to deal with
great location safe and close to town
sandra's place is very cute and decorated well
as described adorable and close to some major shopping/attraction areas
the location was beautiful and a perfect distance from the beach and anything else we needed
the location is great for getting to shopping carlsbad multiple beaches and the main highway
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Spend your beach holiday at Carlsbad, California

There’s no doubt that your main itinerary when coming to Carlsbad will be to head to the beach. There are also other main attractions in the city that are accessible from many of the beach houses in the area. Soak up the sun, sand, and sea in style by staying at an Airbnb instead of a hotel to get a real taste of coastal Californian living.

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