10 Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals In San Marcos, California - Updated 2024

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Situated near the Pacific Ocean, the coastal city of San Marcos is a popular vacation destination for tourists. Along with its mild and sunny climate all year round and abundance of nature spots like Double Peak Park and Discovery Lake, to name a few, it is no wonder many flock to this city as their choice of holiday destination. There is also a vibrant student community here, with notable schools like Palomar College and California State University San Marcos calling this city home. There is no place like San Marcos, where there is always something to see and do around town. Start your trip now by finding your perfect accommodation from the best Airbnb vacation rentals in San Marcos, Californa.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status. recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on February 06, 2024.

1. Cozy studio with a private yard for two (from USD 96)

Experience a mini getaway at this accommodation designed to make you feel right at home. The studio consists of one room and kitchen and bathroom facilities. Indulge in comfort in this property. No need to worry about privacy, too. Guests are also able to park on a separate driveway from the one that is being used by the hosts. Thereafter, guests can enter the studio through their own private yard and gate. The property is also located just around the corner from Walmart and Costco, making it quick and convenient, should you need to grab something from the supermarket.

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San Marcos, California, United States
390 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire place 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the coffee maker was appreciated as well as the air conditioner and reading chair
great shower and kitchenette so handy
there is definitely an issue with the shower i hope ann do something about it
it’s very stylish comfortable quiet and efficient with the added perk of an enclosed private yard and parking
the shower took me a day or two to appreciate
Cleanliness:
clean and perfect little space
place clean and neat just as advertised
it is very clean and well-equipped
had a great stay the room was clean and stocked
the space is clean warm and feel good place to stay
Host:
ann was a great host
ann was a great host
ann is a fantastic host
ann was an amazing host
asked if we had any questions about the area very polite and helpful
Location:
) good location close to lots
great neighborhood and location
great location for access to the area
quiet easy to find location
very happy with quiet location in safe neighborhood but still with easy freeway access
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2. Warm and lovely studio for couples (from USD 239)

With a tropical-inspired and rustic interior and exterior, the property exudes a sense of liveliness and warmth to all who step into this studio. A perfect hideout suited for couples, here, you can enjoy the privacy of having your own space with your own enclosed patio and parking. Fitted with cooling and heating systems, entertainment systems, and comfortable furniture, the studio is sure to make your stay pleasant and enjoyable. Staying here also puts you within a few minutes from popular local attractions like the local movie theatres, beach, LEGOLAND, and plenty of dining options.

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San Marcos, California, United States
64 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
her casita is cozy and has amazing natural lighting
not only is it on a beautiful piece of land incredibly stylish but also very comfortable
Cleanliness:
it was very clean and pretty
the place was super clean and neat
Host:
christine was a great host very welcoming and considerate
Location:
christine’s place is such a gem it was the perfect place to stay for my weekend get-away
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3. Spacious condo in a great location

This Airbnb rental includes the whole condo, which provides guests with a spacious living area along with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. On top of that, there is also a fully fitted kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals. There is also a community pool and spa in the compound available for use. The house is situated near the highways, making it easy to access popular destinations like Encinitas Beach, Carlsbad Beach, Oceanside Beach, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and many more.

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San Marcos, California, United States
54 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were very comfortable and a blow up mattress was provided for our family of 6
the condo was absolutely cozy warm and very inviting
very clean lots of amenities (toilet paper shampoo soap paper towels etc
Cleanliness:
very clean & convenient
the condo was very clean which is really important to us
the condo was super clean and updated
joe’s place is very clean and plenty spacious
it was clean comfortable and very well equipped
Host:
joe is a great host
overall a great place to stay and hospitable hosts
Location:
fantastic place close to local attractions
we loved staying at this condo the location was perfect
walking distance to many restaurants very welcoming and relaxing place
we would definitely stay again and recommend this location to anyone traveling in this area
joe’s place was the perfect summer condo
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4. Grand and luxurious suite for two (from USD 60)

This newly remodelled suite located on San Elijo Hills, with an elevation of 1,000 feet (304.8 metres) above sea level, promises a scenic view of the landscape below, stretching out to the Pacific Ocean. With inviting and comfortable furnishings, coupled with a beautiful French door that opens out to the patio with scenic views, there is nothing more relaxing than admiring the scenic views outside with a nice drink in hand. The suite also consists of a fully fitted bathroom, mini-refrigerator, and entertainment systems. There is also one set of dinnerware and glassware for each guest, as well as access to the kitchen.

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San Marcos, California, United States
40 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
PRIVATE ROOM IN HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great view and one can watch the beautiful sunrise from the kitchen
the kitchen is equipped with free drinking water and free coffee in the morning
i had an excellent 8 week stay and the room was just as described
the kitchen has all the amenities super clean and spacious
comfortable bed with private bathroom
Cleanliness:
very clean and cozy room with a great bed
the room was super clean (with a private bathroom) and cozy
the house is cheerful quiet and super clean
i would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a beautiful clean house in san marcos
very clean and nice house the house is in a safe and quiet area with nice view
Host:
very gracious hosts very forgiving
sheila$al are super hospitable and friendly hosts
sheila and albert are excellent hosts
the hosts are super friendly and always available
i highly recommend this house and hosts
Location:
the neighborhood is also super nice and quiet to take a walk around
it is very close to double peak trail which is amazing
their house is stunning the location is magnificent and the surroundings beautiful
the location is great with a nice few and in a quite and nice are
quiet respectful and excellent location had a wonderful stay and recommend this place for other quests
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5. RV glamping experience with swimming pool

For something different this holiday, try out RV glamping. This 32.5 feet (10 metres) lRV has spacious interiors that fit up to four guests. The sleeping arrangement consists of a master bedroom fitted with a king-sized bed, an overhead bunk bed, a couch that can be folded into a bed, and dining table that can be converted into a twin bed. There is also a bathroom and walk-in shower and a kitchen area with a stove, microwave, and crockery. There are also entertainment systems and games provided, as well as a barbecue grill included on board the RV. On top of this, guests will have access to the swimming pool on the property where the RV is parked.

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San Marcos, California, United States
105 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Camper/RV 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
any issues quickly addressed and couldn’t be more comfortable
the pool and the outdoor space is lovely
the all in one laundry and dryer is amazing
had an issue with the toilet but al was able to fix it easily
Cleanliness:
everything was clean and nicely placed
the rv was spotless and we appreciate the cleaning efforts
everything was really clean and very relaxing
the place was clean and modern
very spacious clean and modern rv
Host:
the host was very kind and attentive
the host was awesome and took great care of us
the host is amazing and so is their hospitality
what a great host and his wife also is amazing
the host was very kind made our stay very relax
Location:
location is nice close to shopping centers the beach and legoland
a unique stay at a great location
the value and location were great you should definitely stay here
this is honestly a place to stay if you want to get away for a weekend
the rv was more than i expected and a great place to stay
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6. Quaint bedroom for two (from USD 65)

This private room is located on the second floor of the property and is fitted with a queen-sized bed and a private bathroom. Amenities like WiFi, cable TV, a refrigerator, and a microwave are provided in the room. Guests will have access to their own rooms, along with the shared living room, dining area, and front yard. The property is located near plenty of shopping and dining options, as well as to universities such as Palomar College, California State San Marcos, and to local attractions like LEGOLAND and Carlsbad Flower Fields.

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San Marcos, California, United States
142 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
PRIVATE ROOM IN HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good wifi comfortable bed & nice shower
nice comfortable room with a lovely view of the hills and city lights
our room and the amenities were everything you would expect from an excellent host
the bed was comfortable and the furniture was in very good condition
great view and breeze into the window of the room
Cleanliness:
clean beautiful bedroom and bathroom
it was very clean and very comfortable
room was very clean and organized
it was extremely clean and comfortable
great spacious room clean & quiet
Host:
rachel was a great host
rachel was a great host
rachel was a very enjoyable host
lovely people rachel is a wonderful host
polite and friendly hosts
Location:
great location in san marcos
the location is perfect; close to everything you need
very easy freeway access and very close to shopping
close to school very safe and quiet location and close to restaurants and markets
beautiful comfortable great location for me
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7. Luxurious and sleek apartment for up to six

Furnished with a modern and contemporary look, this apartment consists of two bedrooms–each with one queen-sized bed–a fully fitted kitchen, and a bathroom. Complimentary bath amenities like soap, shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel are provided. Guests can enjoy access to two luxurious pools, cabanas, and fitness areas, which are shared areas located within the property. There are also plenty of street-level shops that offer various services and goods for the convenience of the residents here. This is the perfect place to simply let loose and soak up some golden Californian sunshine.

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San Marcos, California, United States
44 reviews  
Entire apartment 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
clean place great hosts fast communication
clean modern and easily accessible to shopping and restaurants
Host:
host was fast and responsive
Location:
definitely would recommend booking this place for your private romantic getaway
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8. Spacious, family-friendly home

Consisting of two stories, this large-sized property can fit up to 10 people, making it perfect for as a family vacation home. The space consists of four bedrooms–one on the main level while the other three are located upstairs along with a total of three bathrooms. Experience a fun-filled stay in this house that also includes a pool, a hot tub, and a ping pong table in the garage. Amongst the fun, be sure to be considerate about the noise level as the property is located in a residential neighbourhood.

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San Marcos, California, United States
38 reviews  
Entire house 5 Beds 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the pool and jacuzzi were perfect
lovely house great outdoor area with pool/jacuzzi/fireplace/grill
the rooms are spacious and well appointed and the decor is soothing and comfortable
we played lots of ping pong and spent many hours in the pool and hot tub
sweet ping pong table in the garage
Cleanliness:
really clean and nice house
great place—immaculately clean and very well furnished
the house was super clean and so thankful for the extra towels that were available
wonderful clean and very comfortable place
super clean had everything you would ever need
Host:
cameron was a great host we loved his house
we appreciate the stay so much and greatly appreciate the host
he was very friendly
zeina was a great host highly recommend this place
communication with our host was excellent and check-in was easy
Location:
great location close to everything
the location was perfect near shops and restaurants
i liked the location too
easily accessible to shopping entertainment and sightseeing
great location with a lot of hiking and biking trails nearby
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9. Simple and practical apartment for two

With one bedroom and one bathroom, the space is just right for two people. Do note that pets are allowed on the property so feel free to bring your beloved pets along after having informed the hosts. The property is also located not far away from Lake San Marcos, which makes for a great place for exploring, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

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San Marcos, California, United States
5 reviews  
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Host:
beautiful home and view the host is very welcoming and and nice made me feel right at home
he was very accommodating if needed and we definitely would love to come back
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10. Simple and chic room for two

Located on the second floor of a family home, this private room consists of a queen-sized bed, cable TV, a small refrigerator, and an ensuite bathroom. The house is located near local wineries, shopping centers, and restaurants and is 14 miles (22 kilometres) to the Pacific Ocean. Do note that guests will not be able to have access to kitchen facilities and will be living alongside other guests.

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San Marcos, California, United States
15 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Private room in residential home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
hydeh's rooms are comfortable nicely equipped and she keeps her house very clean
hydeh’s place is wonderful it’s very clean and comfortable
her home is lovely and is as clean as it gets
Host:
hydeh made sure we enjoyed our stay and she was always kind
hydeh is kind and sincere
she communicates promptly over the phone and is a kind host
Location:
good price and good location
there’s a nice trail right across the street
a good place to stay
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Fun in the sun

Turn the vacation you have always dreamt about into reality here in San Marcos. After planning your itinerary, arranging transportation, and booking your accommodation of choice, it’s time to head out and enjoy what you have been waiting for!

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