7 Best HomeAways & Vrbo Vacation Rentals In San Diego, California

7 Best HomeAways & Vrbo Vacation Rentals In San Diego, California
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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.

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 March 13, 2023.

1. Waterfront San Diego condo (from USD 500)

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. 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. 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! 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.

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50 reviews   Wifi Available
condo 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great appliances coffee pot etc in kitchen games music wifi and tv
very clean and comfy
clean and well appointed
the condo was clean and well stocked with everything you could need
the owner was great and easy to work with
the host was thoughtful in checking in on us and making sure we had everything we needed
the owner was honest about local construction during the week but the weekend was so peaceful
the location is amazing
great place in the beach perfect location
what a wonderful place and great location
we would gladly stay at this location again
it was the perfect location to bike and enjoy the bayside
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2. San Diego Zen garden (from USD 200)

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! 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. 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. 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!

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95 reviews  
House 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
the condo is very clean and it contains everything that you need
the house is clean and updated and in a great location
exterior of the house was not the most impressive but the inside was well maintained and kept clean
landlord is very responsive
the owner was great and responded in a very timely manner
efrain outstanding caring respectful kind host
great host and location
owner was great very friendly and hope to come back soon
loved the close proximity to everything
the location cannot be beaten for the price
it’s also in a cute quiet neighborhood that was really conveniently located near balboa park and hillcrest
you can almost walk to the zoo getting downtown is quick and easy
we really enjoyed our stay here minutes away from everthing beautiful quiet back yard
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3. Pacific Ocean court (From 200 USD)

What better way to experience a uniquely upscale flavor of San Diegan hospitality, than with this getaway situated insanely close to the water? 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! 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. 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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4. 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.) 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. Soak in the sun, fresh air, and splendid views of the park with towering pines extending their gentle shadows over you. 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. 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.

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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5. San Diego Central and chic: New Charming Hillcrest 2 Bedroom (from USD 233)

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. 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. 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. 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. 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!

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11 reviews   Wifi Available
Apartment 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the only thing i suggest is to bring a fan or sound machine if you're a light sleeper
the bed and bedding were super comfortable and the place was immaculate
comfortable space and beds
the good: plenty of space with two bedrooms a living/dining room and kitchen
what a beautiful clean modern cozy place to vacation
can't say enough about how awesome this home is and what an incredibly amazing host that jeff is
the owner has designed this beautifully while given it a very cozy homey feel
jeff was quick to respond our emails and was very kind answering our phone calls
great location and very comfortable
the location is perfect
loved staying here so close to shops restaurants and balboa park
overall great space and great location
overall a reasonably priced apartment and good location for our needs
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6. Luxurious resort vacation rental (from USD 605)

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! 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! 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. 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!

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66 reviews   Wifi Available
House 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we used the pool and jacuzzi and loved it sunset views are simply the best
it is a beautiful home with a gorgeous yard/pool/play area
the backyard with the pool and jacuzzi is a like your own private sanctuary
the beds are so comfortable
the inside and outside areas are very comfortable
the house itself was modern clean and comfortable
the bathrooms are so big and super clean the water pressure was amazing
the property is situated in a very safe clean neighborhood
this was an incredible trip from our host carrie to the beautiful and super clean house
the guest house is very roomy comfortable and clean
the host is amazing and super friendly very helpful
and everyone enjoyed the warm and friendly hospitality
she was very helpful on things to do and she was not overbearing
carrie was a great host
our host carrie was amazing and was always there with whatever we needed
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7. Brand new waterfront vacation rental

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! 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. 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! 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!

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67 reviews  
condo 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 0
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
large rooms great location and view even a washer & dryer
beautiful decor and comfortable
the condo is well-appointed and comfortable
owner is around but very nice
staff was beyond helpful and very quick to respond throughout our stay if we had any questions
ron along with 710 beach rentals are super helpful and responsive
the house was beautiful and the location was perfect
the location was perfect as it was more removed from the hustle/bustle of mission beach
this is an excellent place right on the bay in san diego
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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.

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