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10 Best HomeAways & VRBO Vacation Rentals In San Diego, California

Eunice
Updated Mar 21, 2018

The sunny city of San Diego is California’s second-largest city and enjoys mild sunny weather throughout the year.

Home to lovely beaches, long stretches of pristine coastline, and a whole slew of top-notch family attractions like San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, and Legoland San Diego; San Diego is a superb destination for a chilled out beach holiday. Stay right by the beach with a whole house for your whole group to stay in with one of these vacation rentals in San Diego.

Whether it is a getaway with friends or a family trip, check out these 10 HomeAway and VRBO vacation rentals that will be the icing on the top of your San Diegan cake.

1. Waterfront San Diego condo (From 225 USD)

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Transform your San Diego aspirations into actuality, with this dream Mission Beach stay in the San Diego area! You’ll find yourself the privileged guest of constant sunshine, calm ocean breezes, and an infectiously rejuvenating oceanic vibe.

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This property is located directly on the waterfront, so you can gaze through expansive windows out at the blue water along the immediate horizon. Whenever the weather begs you to spend some quality time outdoors, enjoy the feel of the sun on your back while you take to the onsite, outdoor grill, to cook up some tasty meals without ever leaving the comfort of your San Diegan accommodation.

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This condo easily accommodates up to six individuals, allowing each lucky traveler sufficient space to spread out, and to make the stay his or her own. Once onsite, you’ll also discover a wonderful assemblage of valuable amenities, among them complimentary, high-speed Internet access, televisions equipped with both HBO and NFL viewing packages, and a record player!

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There’s the world-famous San Diego Zoo nearby, and you’re never far from some choice coastal eateries! Check out this temperature controlled, beachy atmosphere along the coast in Mission Beach, where a stocked kitchen and outdoor patio await your arrival, and fall for this uniquely lofty caliber of west coast hospitality.

Waterfront San Diego Condo

Area: Mission Beach

Price: From 225 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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2. San Diego Zen garden (From 113 USD)

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If you’re looking to experience a world-class stay in San Diego, while at the same time enjoying shockingly close proximity to virtually all of San Diego’s reputable sights and sounds, this Zen location close to San Diego’s staple landmarks is the one for you!

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Whether you’re looking to experience the wonders of the internationally renowned San Diego Zoo, or you’re just hoping to wander through downtown San Diego’s iconic Gaslamp District before tasting the region’s infectious nightlife, this VRBO stay is one of the few which offers a hospitality package to effectively rival the quality of your daytime adventures.

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A sheer block away from local landmarks like Balboa Park, the Fleet Science Center, and the San Diego Natural History Museum, this tried and tested local getaway sports all of the first-class amenities you’re looking to receive as you travel.

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Equipped with complimentary Internet access, a stocked kitchen, temperature controlled spaces, and and outdoor grill for some serious cooking, this Zen garden stay looks to leave you entirely revitalized, rejuvenated, and relaxed on a regular basis. The outdoor patio is the perfect place to wind down after a productive day in the area, and given the fact that the stay accommodates up to six travelers, you can bring your closest friends or family members along for the ride!

San Diego Zen Garden

Area: Hillcrest

Price: From 113 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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3. Luxurious resort vacation rental (From 180 USD)

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Four privileged guests are going to fall easily in love with this house that tops 1,000 square feet in total space; it’s a San Diego resort stay, without ever leaving the comfort of home!

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The private patio onsite offers simply the best breathtaking views of the sunset to be found, and your friendly hosts are always available to answer any and all questions you’ll have during your stay. Set in a serene San Diego neighborhood, and only seconds away from local hiking trails, the house is less than a half-hour drive from Sea World, The San Diego Safari Park, and the Balboa Park Gardens!

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Looking to bring your beloved family pet along for the ride? This stay allows pets! Your four-legged friend is always welcome on the premises, so long as you maintain certain established guidelines. You’ll receive complimentary Internet access, along with laundry and heating amenities, free onsite parking, a coffee maker, and specific amenities for those travelling with infants and small children.

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Relax outside and take in an ideal California evening, or take advantage of the provided satellite television, for some provided entertainment before bed! It doesn’t get much better from this hillside estate in San Diego!

Luxurious San Diego home - Resort Amenities

Area: Scripps Ranch

Price: From 180 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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4. Brand new waterfront vacation rental (From 382 USD)

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Handicapped accessible, capable of sleeping four guests, and entirely world-class in both design an in location, this waterfront condo in San Diego comes complete with free parking on the premises, air conditioning, and more sun than you can handle!

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Sweeping views of the Mission Bay area are viewable from virtually every window in the house, given the sheer proximity of the property to the gently lapping waters outside. The north side of the property is characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows, and the entirety of the site itself is graced with mild climatic conditions, set inside a friendly, coastal neighborhood.

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This house comes equipped with a customized, gasoline fire pit, located directly outside of the estate itself, where you can warm yourself on a particularly chilly San Diego night, catch some choice views of the bay, or roast marshmallows with the rest of the family!

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Wireless Internet is provided onsite, as is a wonderful assemblage of laundry amenities, contemporary furnishings, well-lit spaces, and luxurious finishes, all of which accurately classify this stay as entirely first-class. You’ll enjoy a wonderful proximity to local eateries, miniature golf, and shopping venues, and there’s cable television at the house for even more entertainment!

High-End Modern Ground Floor Waterfront Condo w/ AC + 2 Parking

Area: Mission Beach

Price: From 382 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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5. Pacific Ocean court (From 200 USD)

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What better way to experience a uniquely upscale flavor of San Diegan hospitality, than with this getaway situated insanely close to the water?

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Your friendly host has designed a stay that will easily provide you with peace of mind, a combination of well-lit open spaces and contemporary furnishings and finishes, which together with a oceanic ambiance holistically succeed in upgrading your understanding of coastal accommodations! Enjoy a beach view, mild climatic conditions, and a space deliberately constructed for the enjoyment of two lucky travelers!

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When you make your home in this house close to the ocean, you’re also enjoying a wonderful proximity to an unrivaled bevy of restaurants, theme parks, gardens, shopping opportunities, and unique sights and sounds, a portfolio of exciting venues found exclusively in the San Diego area.

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The bedroom onsite sleeps two, and the luxurious bathroom is already stocked upon your arrival. The stay is set in a private neighborhood, and was recently renovated for guest convenience. There’s also an ocean view deck on the premises, so you can take in uninterrupted, sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, from the comfort of your own home!

Pacific Ocean Breeze Court

Area: Mission Beach

Price: From 200 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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6. San Diego Central and chic: New Charming Hillcrest 2 Bedroom (From 221 USD)

Located near the trendy Hillcrest neighbourhood, this 2-bedroomed apartment boasts an impeccable location, within walking distance of many fantastic restaurants and shops and just mere minutes away by car from attractions like San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and SeaWorld.

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The whole apartment has a contemporary look, and the cool-toned palette evokes images of a breezy afternoon by the seaside lying in the cool shade of a beach umbrella, with champagne walls standing in place of sand.

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A comfy sofa bed sits in the spacious living room, perfect for a bout of daydreaming. When sweet dreams beckon, it can be converted to a queen-sized bed at night.

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According to reviews, the host often leaves a bottle of wine and chocolate for guests to enjoy. The dining room provides a lovely setting to tuck into your meals over the clinking of wine glasses.

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There are two bedrooms, one with a king-sized bed and the other with a queen-sized bed. Previous guests have described the beds as heavenly and extremely comfortable; try them for yourself if you book a stay here!

New charming Hillcrest 2-br, close to everything!

Neighbourhood: Hillcrest / University Heights

Price: From 221 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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7. Life's a beach: Mission Beach Townhome (From 350 USD)

Surf’s up! Grab your beach gear, open the door, and you’re just steps away from the oceanfront boardwalk and the crashing waves at Mission Beach.

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You’ll be staying on the ground floor unit of this duplex, giving you easy access to the outdoor patio equipped with a barbeque grill and a picnic table.

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There’s nothing like the smell of sausages sizzling on the grill and the familiar sound of the hiss and the pop of a beer bottle being opened to signify the start of a perfect summer vacation.

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Turquoise accents against sandy browns and driftwood-coloured furniture create a relaxed seaside resort atmosphere.

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Take a break from the beach and come back to a cool respite with sunlight gently streaming in through the pastel-blue curtains in the living room. Kick back and flick through some channels; this listing comes with a Netflix subscription and cable television.

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At the end of a tired but fulfilling day, enter one of the 2 airy bedrooms and sink into the comfortable embrace of turquoise-coloured duvets.

Mission Beach Townhouse

Area: Mission Beach Boulevard

Price: From 350 USD

Number of Guests: 5

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8. A treat for the eyes: Stunning Villa With Panoramic Views Of Bay (From 695 USD)

Tucked away in the quiet neighbourhood of Point Loma but still within close reach of downtown San Diego, this villa provides the best of both worlds with the added bonus of breathtaking panoramic views from the house.

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Just look at that view! This is what you’ll be greeted with every morning when you wake up, and perhaps the last thing before you go to sleep. It certainly is hard to tear your eyes away from this splendid vista.

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If your group is small, you can enjoy breakfast by the full-length glass window looking out over the bay.

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The master bedroom is connected to the outdoor deck, and the first thing you should do in the morning is step outside, let the sun’s rays warm your face, and just drink up the views. It might wake you up faster than coffee!

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When the city lights blink into existence as the sky grows dark, snuggle up on the outdoor bed and be intoxicated by the sights and sounds of the city. If the weather is fair, you might find yourself nodding off as the city sings its own unique lullaby to you.

Stunning Villa With Panoramic Views Of Bay/shelter Island & Skyline!

Area: Point Loma

Price: From 695 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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9. A Natural retreat: Del Mar Luxury Modern Home With Pool & Spa (From 700 USD)

Surrounded by the lush hills of Del Mar, live the high life in this exclusive modern home with views over the Torrey Pines State Park. (Del Mar is a beach city within San Diego county, about 30 minutes’ drive from San Diego downtown.)

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If salty waves and beach crowds are not your cup of tea, you can still get your dose of water fun in your private pool and spa.

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Soak in the sun, fresh air, and splendid views of the park with towering pines extending their gentle shadows over you.

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In the warm glow of the setting sun, watch as the last of the sun’s rays recede and the stars come twinkling to life.

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Exposed wooden beams, wooden flooring, and warm colours create a cosy and intimate ambiance. The common space is large enough to host a lively party for friends and cosy enough for a simple meal with loved ones. You’ll be warm even on a cold winter’s day with the multiple fireplaces in the house.

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Del Mar Luxury Modern Home | Walk to Beach | Pool & Spa

Area: Del Mar

Price: From 700 USD

Number of Guests: 7

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10. A royal holiday: Oceanfront Villa for 8 Guests With Heated Pool (1,210 USD)

Feel like European royalty in this Italian-style villa blessed with ample sunlight throughout. Private, yet only a short walk from the beach, this vacation rental is awash with idyllic charm.

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Why have lunch indoors when you can have it outside with a pool view to boot? When the ocean breeze takes a break, take a dip in the pool in between leisurely bites of your lunch. The concept of time will fade out of existence when you’re enjoying yourself in this blissful place.

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The pool is heated so you can go for a swim no matter the weather.

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Cooking won’t feel like a chore when you’re in such a beautiful kitchen with the soundtrack of the ocean accompanying you as you whisk, mince, and chop away.

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Step out of the floor-to-ceiling glass doors and take in the breathtaking sight of the deep blue ocean in the distance. As evening settles in, lounge on the outdoor sofa with a glass of wine and admire the candy colours of the evening sky.

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If it’s too cold to be outdoors, you can still appreciate the ocean view from the cosy living space with a toasty fire crackling merrily away in the fireplace.

Oceanfront Villa for 8 Guests, Heated Pool, Hot Tub, BBQ + Housekeeping

Area: Del Mar

Price: From 1,210 USD

Number of Guests: 8

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Enjoy la dolce vita in San Diego

It is the sweet life indeed, to be able to spend a few days in San Diego. Many people gush about San Diego and it’s not hard to see why. The weather is always lovely, the beaches are as pristine as can be, the food is delicious! What more could you ask for? These gorgeous HomeAway and VRBO rentals will give you a taste of life in paradise!

This article was updated by John Gallagher. Check out the rest of his works here.

This article was originally published on Sep 14, 2016
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