Top 10 Vacation Rentals In San Diego County, California - Updated 2024

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San Diego County is home to the famed San Diego City. It boasts miles of pristine beaches, towering skyscrapers, scenic trail parks, diverse cuisine offerings, world-class shopping hubs, and vibrant nightlife. Whatever it is that you’re looking for a getaway, this beautiful county will provide it for you. Explore museums at Balboa Park and learn about the rich history of San Diego at Old Town. Head to La Jolla Cove to see the sunset or to San Diego Bay to watch the passing yachts and ships. Whether long or short, your vacation is going to be well-spent here. Read on to see our list of the top 10 vacation rentals in San Diego County, California.

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 May 21, 2024.

1. Two-bedroom vacation home with an outdoor patio (from USD 350)

This beautiful two-bedroom house is only a street away from the beach. The house has an outdoor patio with chairs and a fire pit, perfect for beer nights with friends or s'mores with the kids. The kitchen is furnished with appliances and utensils to accommodate all your cooking needs. The dining table seats six, while the airy living room directly faces a glass window allowing a perfect view of the blue sea outside. Both bedrooms are spacious with light-colored walls and en-suite bathrooms. There’s also an outdoor dining-slash-barbeque area with a mini garden beside it, a half bathroom, a laundry room, and a private parking space.

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Carlsbad, California, United States
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful home with lots of room
the house was very clean orderly and maintained
the home is very quiet clean and was exactly what we needed for the middle of winter
pam was very helpful when we had some questions
pam was very accommodating and easy to work with
the owners communicated with us and made us feel comfortable staying in their house
location is great- heart of carlsbad by ocean
the property being located directly across the street was awesome
i love this location as well because you have a large crosswalk metered by a light
very clean and laid out well located as close to the water as you really could get
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2. Homey cabin with a scenic lake view (from USD 162)

Situated right across the scenic Lake Cayumaca, this cabin features cozy interiors. Equipped with two spacious queen bedrooms, it can accommodate eight guests. Groups of friends or families are welcome to stay in this vacation home with a fully furnished kitchen that lets you cook everything that you crave for. The living room with a fireplace is perfect for lounging and playing games with the whole family. On the open deck, there’s an outdoor dining area with a grill that you can use to cook fresh fish or meat. The bathroom in the cabin is stocked with toiletries, plus a clawfoot tub where you can soak in after a long day outside.

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286 reviews   Wifi Available
cabin 8 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great place to getaway and disconnect although there is wi-fi if you absolutely need to connect
cabin is clean and comfortable
house was very clean and had all we needed
we really enjoyed our stay the house is spotless and well stocked
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3. Private beach house with fenced-in front yard (from USD 223)

Just a few steps from the beach, this private house is perfect for groups of four. It features glass windows and a white-themed interior that gives off a refreshing beachy vibe. The house has one bedroom and another small room with a twin bed. There are two sleeper sofas in the living area where other guests can sleep as well. The kitchen is cute with an eat-in bar and other appliances for cooking. You can eat your meals while watching TV in the living room or at the dining table on the deck with a beautiful ocean view. After this, you can sunbathe in the fenced-in yard or take a relaxing stroll by the shore.

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Oceanside, CA, US
4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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4. Private resort with mountain views (from USD 249)

Perfect for families and groups of friends, this private property has a pool and hot tub exclusive only to you. There are two bedrooms in the main house and one king bedroom in the separate cottage which has its own bathroom and Roku TV. The living room with a fireplace and a Roku TV is ideal for lounging after a day of swimming and sunbathing by the pool. In the fully furnished kitchen, you can cook everything that you want. There’s a full refrigerator where you can store all your food so be sure to bring a lot. There’s a barbecue area outside to grill meat, which you can eat on the covered patio. Got nothing else to do? Play a game of ping pong to keep yourself entertained.

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Borrego Springs, California, United States
Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the ac worked great and there are extra fans in all rooms
clean private and just what we needed
would like to visit again mezmorized by the indian head mnt everyone saw it differentcool place and very clean
owner very responsive to any needs
the location is awesome as well
enjoyed our stay here amazing location and full of amenities
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5. Fabulous family home with a garden (from USD 495)

This vacation home is only a short work to the beach. Featuring three spacious bedrooms, this house accommodates up to seven guests. It has a chic ambiance with white-colored walls and furnishings. Big glass walls in the living room also allow for ample sunlight. The newly revamped kitchen has all the appliances you will need for cooking. There are two full bathrooms in the house—one has a shower and a bathtub, while the other one is located in the queen bedroom with an enclosed shower. You can plan a barbeque picnic in the large private yard complete with a dining table and barbecue grill. There’s a laundry room, a lounge area, and storage full of bicycles, surfboards, and beach toys that you can borrow and use.

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112 reviews  
House 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 7
Minimum Nights: 0
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
darling 3 bed 2 bath and large game t
room for our 6 & 9 year old grandsons to play
exceptionally clean and well furnished unit
this property is incredibly well-maintained clean and organized
the house is clean and lives very well
the home is lovely clean and has many updates
great location the house is clean and well maintained
great location by the bay
location to bay was great
location is fantastic so close to the beach
we loved this house and location for our spring break trip
perfect location just steps to the bay
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6. Hilltop cabin with a private pool (from USD 159)

This cozy cabin is perfect for couples or solo travelers seeking a quiet retreat. This cabin studio features a comfy queen-sized bed facing the glass door and windows, allowing for a stunning view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Outside, you can take a refreshing dip in the pool or read your favorite book in peace on the deck. There’s also an outdoor sitting area with a fire bowl at the center, ideal for lounging at night after spending a day hiking or fishing at the nearby lake. Outdoor barbecue grill and kitchenette are also available for cooking meals and grilling your fresh catch. Lastly, you can enjoy dining alfresco at a shaded arbor near the pool.

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Escondido, California, United States
639 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the views were breathtaking and the place was very comfortable
wifi is great when you need to connect
loved the outdoor shower with the spectacular views as you lather up
spectacular view and cozy space 100% recommend
we absolutely loved staying at nicholas and mara’s cabin the views are stunning and the cabin is cozy
) tons of greenery - my fav the pool is super clean and comfortable as well
everything else was clean and cozy and the value and location are unbeatable
host were very easy going and responded quick
nicholas was a great host
mara and nicholas are very friendly and helpful they answer all our questions and help with our needs
nicholas and mara have created such a gorgeous spot and are wonderful hosts
this couple is so responsive
great location right next to lake
and there are also some great trails walking distance from the house
wonderful location and super hosts
definitely a place to get a away definitely an escondido gem
nice getaway with wonderful hiking trails within walking distance
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7. Newly remodeled retreat for couples (from USD 264)

A perfect retreat for couples, this newly remodeled studio features a comfy king-sized bedroom with sliding glass doors that lead directly to the huge deck with mountain and city views. The house is complete with a fully equipped kitchen equipped, a nice bathroom with an enclosed shower, a work desk, and a smart TV. A bonus during your stay is an outdoor hot tub where you can relax after a long day outside. Pop a bottle of champagne then soak in the warm water. Look up the sky and watch the twinkling stars, feel the night breeze on your cheeks, and marvel at the beautiful city lights afar.

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San Diego, California, United States
353 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
thoughtful amenities and comfortable space
the place is cozy relaxing and the amenities were better than expected
the view was incredible the bed was super comfortable and there were lots of little nice touches
view was amazing bed was super comfortable and all around great experience
the view was fantastic and the room was absolutely spotless
very clean and ordered
very clean and well decorated
it was super clean and comfortable in every way
the place is super nice and clean
to our pleasant surprise there were freshly cleaned robes available for use
host was friendly and very responsive
brook and jason where great hosts
our hosts were very kind and communicated effectively and promptly
brooks & jason are such great hosts
we love this place brooks and jason were amazing hosts and their place was just fantastic
the location is also perfect
amazing place and location not downtown but away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy some quiet tranquility
beautiful great location and kind hosts
this is the perfect location and couples getaway home
brooks and jason's place was great quiet and secluded and yet 15-20 mins from everywhere
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8. Private beach house with an outdoor hot tub (from USD 335)

This private vacation home is close to shops and restaurants. Featuring a king-sized bedroom and a sleeping porch with a single bed, this house is perfect for couples and friends. The entire property is secured with a fence and has an expansive front yard and backyard. There’s a fully furnished kitchen where you can cook with a round dining table by the glass window. The spacious living room leads to the sleeping porch that connects to the patio and outdoor barbecue area in the backyard. Right next to the patio is a hot tub where you can soak in after a day of surfing. There’s also an outdoor shower to wash off sand before stepping into the house.

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San Diego, California, United States
192 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the outdoor shower was the best with warmwater we would love to come back
the jacuzzi and outdoor shower was a very nice touch
nice and clean with lots of character
the place was very spacious and clean
everything was very clean and the cottage was amazing
very clean and lot's of natural light
the yard the hot tub the thoughtful clean touches throughout
perfect location - walking distance to restaurants/beaches
great location a d an awesome experience
beautiful cottage located close to restaurants and the shore
charming great location mature trees in the backyard
there are great restaurants which you can also walk to within minutes
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9. Tiny home in Mount Laguna

A cozy trailer house located in a friendly community in Mount Laguna. It can accommodate four guests and features a loft-type sleeping quarter with a queen-size bed, plus a sofa bed in the living area. A perfect retreat for nature lovers, this cute home has a kitchen equipped with appliances to accommodate your cooking needs. There’s a toilet and an enclosed bath with a shelf full of toiletries, a washer, a dryer, and a sink where you can wash up. The interior has a homey feel with potted plants adorning the whole place. Outside, there’s a patio where you can have your morning coffee and eat meals.

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Mount Laguna, California, United States
34 reviews  
Tiny house 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we cooked dinner and breakfast and loved the efficiency and amenities of the kitchen
adored this tiny house felt so clean and cozy
it was cozy clean and the perfect get away
this was a wonderful stay everything was clean and exactly as pictured
this tiny house was super clean cute comfortable and relaxing
her space is clean cozy and the perfect place for some stillness grounding and beauty
jacqueline was a wonderful host
jacqueline was the perfect host
many thanks to jacqui a wonderful host
she is quick to respond very helpful and has an adorable space
jacqueline was very helpful and provided thoughtful touches for our stay
this was a relaxing stay up in the mountains with trail access close by
this tiny house is a heart place to relax and recharge
so many greens and thoughtful touches everywhere :) i definitely want to come back to this place
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10. Posh one-bedroom apartment

A relaxing getaway is waiting for you in this private one-bedroom apartment that’s ideal for a group of four. With white-colored walls and chic decorations, the property features a spacious living room with a queen-sized sofa bed and Roku TV. There’s a fridge where you can stock food, a microwave, a toaster, and a coffeemaker. The bedroom is neat with ample space for your belongings. It also has a cable TV and blackout curtains for your uninterrupted beauty sleep. The dual sink bathroom has plenty of drawers and has a separate toilet and shower room, so three people can use it simultaneously. In the private backyard, you will see a bean-shaped pool and tub. The private patio is ideal for morning coffee and alfresco dining.

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Bonsall, California, United States
209 reviews  
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space was like a small cottage - one bedroom living room w sofa bed and bath
the private pool and spa was dope everything was just beautiful and exceeded our expectations
beautiful patio pool area and rental thank you
it was a lovely stay the pool and jacuzzi were perfect with lots of fun floaties to use
there were fans so we had both of them in the room blowing on us to cool down
sparkling clean and welcoming
super clean and very nice
very clean and lovely place to stay
extremely clean and well appointed with extras everywhere
the space was super clean and beautiful
our hosts were gracious and accommodating
my favorite part would be the privacy granted by the hosts
marcia is a fantastic host she was very friendly and attentive to our comfort
the place was great the host is very friendly and beautiful person
ned & marcia were amazing hosts their place was peaceful and relaxing
the location is perfect especially for anyone needing to be close to camp pendleton
amazing place to get away
we loved this location and can’t wait to be back
beautiful place easy access to the freeway
super cute place perfect space for me
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Fun-filled getaway awaits in San Diego

When it comes to beaches, shopping, and scenic attractions, there’s really no place like San Diego. Whether it’s the adventure or the hidden sanctuaries you’re after, beautiful San Diego is here to spoil you. Hurry up and pack your bags now.

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Claudine is a freelance writer and perpetually seeks novel experiences. She is also a food enthusiast, an adventure aficionado, and has an undying love for books.

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