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15 Best Airbnbs In San Diego, USA - Updated 2020

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Not to be outdone by Los Angeles, San Diego is another major must-visit city in California. Nature lovers will adore the sprawling golden beaches and gorgeous sunsets, while Balboa Park will satisfy the cultured with its museums and live music. The world-famous San Diego Zoo is also not to be missed! Any time of the year is a good time to visit this sunny city. Be in the middle of all the action with the best Airbnbs in San Diego:

1. Aunt Chris’ San Diego Getaway (from USD 102)

As the title suggests, your Airbnb experience will feel like you’re home for the holidays. This Airbnb in San Diego, California, is a quiet, detached room includes a queen-sized bed, private bathroom and access to the backyard garden. Your friendly host is always up for a chat and will show you around the city. Moreover, this safe quintessential Californian neighbourhood has a host of shops and restaurants within walking distance from your room.

Aunt Chris' San Diego Getaway New and Improved
San Diego, California, United States
456 reviews
Entire house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cottage was small but comfortable
toiletries provided was a thoughtful touch and the bed was suuuper comfortable
very clean we had our breakfast and coffee there every morning
great place no heater but they have an amazing bed and a super clean space
the bed was super comfortable
very clean and thoughtful touches
super clean w great personal touches
the room had was clean quite
very nice and clean place
the place was clean and quiet
hosts make everything very easy
absolutely lovely place with wonderful hosts
ian was a great host and communicator
the host was incredible and was very responsive
the host was responsive and checked in to ensure needs were met
safe neighbourhood close to everything
the location is perfect and close to everything
loved the location very close to everything
awesome location and rental
great location and quiet neighborhood
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2. Detached Studio

Detached Studio
Source: Airbnb

69 USD/night for 2 guests

Beach junkies and passionate surfers listen up! This detached cosy studio three minutes away from the beach is the place to be. This Airbnb in San Diego at Pacific Beach has all the basic amenities you need and it is located in a quiet area. You’ll be far enough to escape the hustle and bustle of Pacific Beach’s nightlife, but close enough to walk to all the festivities. If you love meeting new people, your host will love to swap stories and point you to the best locations in town.

3. Lively, Private, Vintage and Central

Lively, Private, Vintage and Central
Source: Airbnb

55 USD/night for 2 guests (excludes 10 USD cleaning fee)

Situated in a lively and vibrant neighbourhood, this Old Spanish Style house offers travellers a vintage room complete with a private entrance. With a plethora of bars, restaurants and bistros to choose from, you’ll love the strategic location of this central apartment. If you’re a dog lover, you’ll be happy to know that two canines will also be living in the home.

4. Zen House

Zen House
Source: Airbnb

60 USD/night, 15 USD/night per person after one guest

Perched at the edge of a canyon, the tastefully furnished Zen House comprises of a kitchen, living room, patio, decks and bedroom. This home serves as a great base for exploring San Diego with its central location and close proximity to bars, restaurants and coffee shops. You’ll love waking up to the breathtaking view of the canyon and the sound of chirpy birds.

5. Amazing Cottage at the Beach (from USD 138)

Just a stone’s throw away from the sunny beach, this 1930s style cottage is an ideal space for beach lovers. The bright, airy, and quiet San Diego beach house Airbnb is located in Ocean Beach, featuring several independent shops and restaurants with a view. Moreover, your hospitable host pays close attention to detail and is available to help you with anything.

Amazing Cottage at the Beach!
San Diego, California, United States
511 reviews
Entire cottage 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
darling beach cottage that is very comfortable and convenient
the bed is incredibly comfortable
full kitchen with complimentary snacks is also a nice touch
very clean and comfy
the beaches were very clean
it was clean and well appointed
the inside of the house is clean and cozy
the bungalow was very clean and we had everything we needed
host was easy to communicate with and fast responses
host was responsive to inquiries
joanie is definitely a great host
joanie is a friendly and thoughtful host who responds swiftly to your questions
joanie is an excellent host
the location is amazing
great location close to the beach
great place in an amazing location
we enjoyed the location
joanie’s place is cute and is a great location
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6. Cozy Homestay in South Park

Cozy Homestay in South Park
Source: Airbnb

44 USD/night for one guest

This 1913 South Park room is a nifty homestay experience for solo travellers who want to see the best of San Diego. Just two blocks away from the nearest bus stop, the home is close to San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park museums. Your gracious host has been hosting international students for a decade, so she definitely knows how to give a warm welcome. Moreover, there are many international students who are happy to chat with you. Come as a stranger, but leave as a friend.

7. Beautiful Studio (from USD 92)

With Balboa Park, La Jolla and Pacific Beach just a short drive away, this modern studio is located in a great part of town. You’ll find that the host has paid lots of attention to detail here, from the fully stocked and equipped kitchen to the pastel hues of the bedroom. Your welcoming host is extremely responsive to questions, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

BEAUTIFUL Private Studio
San Diego, California, United States
419 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed was like sleeping on a cloud and the ceiling fan made things nice and cool
beautiful modern studio with modern kitchen bath and modern amenities
the laundry closet has good detergent and dryer sheets
we loved having a full kitchen and washer and dryer available
super plus plus big fan of these folks and it’s affordable; hard to beat thanks again
very clean and stylish studio
sparkling clean and very private
the place was very clean
amazing place super clean with all the right touches
it was very clean and a perfect size for us
marilee is a wonderful host
winston & stephanie thank you for being great hosts
the host is wonderful and very responsive
nice hosts who are super responsive
winston and steph were amazing hosts
the location was perfect
very cute studio space in north park
location was pretty central to most of san diego’s major attractions
the neighborhood is cute with plenty of options for restaurants and shopping within walking distance
the location is awesome because it’s a short drive to downtown balboa park etc
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8. Normal Heights Pool House (from USD 110)

Beat the Californian summer heat by going for a swim in your very own pool, lazing around in a shady hammock or taking a dip in the hot tub. Either way, you’ll love this clean and beautiful pool house. The interior, comprising of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette, is tastefully furnished to give a vintage feel. Additionally, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park are all a short drive away.

Poolhouse Oasis - Walkable, Quaint & Relaxing
San Diego, California, United States
337 reviews
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable bed and furniture
awesome place with nice heated pool and jacuzzi
the pool house was in great condition and had all the amenities we needed
virginia’s place was great we absolutely loved the hot tub and heated pool
we enjoy cooling off in the pool after a daynof visiting the zoo
everything was clean and comfortable
the space was clean and nicely decorated
the place was so nice and clean and its private
very clean pleasant neighborhood house was as advertised
amazing place pool house amazing clean house
lovely home and wonderful host
the host were super responsive and they were very thorough instructions
great area and outstanding hosts
the host was quick and proactive about communicating and check-in/out was a breeze
virginia is an excellent host very good communication instant responses
good location close to everything we wanted to do
place is in a great location
located in a nice quiet neighbourhood close to amenities
we really enjoyed the neighbourhood and chose restaurants close by each night
great location and very comfortable stay
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9. Mike’s Place (from USD 131)

Resembling a tropical resort, Mike’s Place is a charming retreat in Hillcrest situated among coffee shops, restaurants, theaters and gyms. With its wooden furnishings and artistic décor, the home gives off a very warm and inviting vibe. You’ll love the small kitchenette and Japanese garden. Moreover, San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park can be reached on foot. Your thoughtful and responsive host will make this an experience to remember.

San Diego, California, United States
566 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the amenities were perfect lush towels in the gorgeous bathroom with incredible touches everywhere
it’s the one the most comfortable house we lived in
the cottage is super cozy and clean
comfortable bed beautiful bathroom and lovely gardens
the place was kept sparkling clean and had all the amenities of a hotel room
everything looks so clean and so modern
clean as a whistle too
beautiful space clean and comfortable and quiet
spotless clean great neighbourhood cozy cottage lovely host
another perfect stay at mike's exceptionally beautiful clean quiet and comfortable once again
mike is a jolly and attentive host
mike was a gracious host and we enjoyed his little cottage
mike welcomed us and gave helpful advice
larry is a responsible host
your a great host greeting us at the back door
the location was great
the location is truly ideal
great location and beautiful place
location is good for north park area
great location walking distance from hillcrest with shops and restaurants
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10. Art Studio Retreat (from USD 74)

Ever heard of “glamping”? Glamping is an amalgamation of “ glam camping”, and this Art Studio Retreat offers a great glamping experience. The rustic cabin, comprising of a bedroom, outdoor shower, kitchen, pool, yard and heating system, offers you a truly unique outdoor experience yet providing you with the modern comforts of home. Your wonderful neighbourhood is full of canyons and wildlife for you to explore.

Art Studio Retreat/Rustic Cabin
San Diego, California, United States
400 reviews
Tiny house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it did get a little chilly at night but the space heater was an excellent touch
a warm inviting oasis in a beautiful established garden with a pool
the bed was extremely comfortable
the studio was comfortable and had everything we needed
too comfortable in fact
the pool was sparkling clean and perfect
very clean and quiet neighborhood is quiet and safe
the room was clean and we had all we needed
the place is a good size for 1 or 2 people clean and had nice amenities
they were very responsive and helpful with any questions we had
they were welcoming and friendly
the hosts are very warm and welcoming
the art studio is great and the hosts are warm and welcoming
it’s the little touches that make it perfect and the hosts are outstanding
perfect location and great neighborhood
such a peaceful location close to everything
the location was excellent - just minutes to many different sd locations
what a wonderful retreat tucked away in a great location
fabulous location within walking distance to great restaurants and a quick uber ride to balboa park
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11. Treehouse overlooking downtown skyline (from USD 64)

With views to cherish and glorious amenities, this wonderful San Diego treehouse Airbnb is a place most people would love to stay at. Featuring an outdoor living room with a barbecue grill, a scenic upper deck with a fireplace, and a well-equipped kitchen for all the masterful cooking techniques. This treehouse is just five blocks away from the bay, two blocks away from Little Italy, eight from Downtown Gaslamp district, and six from Balboa Park. So whether it is shopping, sightseeing or an overall wonderful stay, this treehouse has you covered.

San Diego, California, United States
719 reviews
Private room in treehouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the fan didn’t work
the views from the patio and outdoor shower are amazing
it was great to have kitchen access and make coffee in the mornings
nice to relax on the small balcony in the garden area before bed too
the shower is the best feature and the only thing "tree house" about it
very clean fast communication good and walkable location
the place was great and very clean
the space was simple and clean
the unique space was clean comfortable and relaxing
bed and pillows were clean and comfortable
everyone was super friendly
the host was very responsive and the young lady who was there to help was kind and helpful
easy to check in and staff ashley were very friendly and helpful
wonderful place hosts are extremely kind and quick to respond
what a cool place and great host loved it
the location was ideal-- walking distance to little italy and central for driving to nearby points of interest
cool treehouse and great location
it’s located in a safe neighborhood and only a short walk from little italy
super close to gaslamp district
fun experience really cute and a great location
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12. Personal five-star haven (from USD 335)

With absolute privacy and a personal spa, this Airbnb accommodation in San Diego is a traveler’s dream. Not only that, but this luxury vacation rental also has a stellar heated pool to swim and play in. The interiors are to die for, with a TV, firepit, sound system, washer and dryer, excellent furniture, and a fully equipped kitchen. Two guests can live in the lap of luxury while enjoying their holiday in San Diego.

The Most Amazing Completely Private Pool House!
San Diego, California, United States
342 reviews
Entire guesthouse 0 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice big screen tv in the bedroom
really fabulous little pool house with outdoor amenities and large bedroom that opens to the outside
heater was not working due to previous rainfall knocking power out came to rescue to fix it
the heated wading pool was a perfect way to relax after exploring the area
bedroom is spacious with great lighting enough closet space large bed with great bedding
it was very clean and tidy
it was very clean and well laid out
most importantly it was spotless and well maintained
very clean accommodation imaginative use of space
very nice and super clean
host was super responsive
host was very responsive to any questions we had
host is very helpful and informative
host was really responsive when it came to needing help
great spot easy and convenient host were very good
away; which makes this location very beneficial
great location with a short driving distance to anywhere in san diego
great location with the best pool
great location in sd close to old town little italy downtown & hillcrest
it was the perfect location
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13. Studio located in College Area (from USD 76)

For a fully furnished studio in a great location, book this vacation rental at College Area, San Diego. Just a small drive from various beaches and downtown, this studio comprises Wi-Fi, a queen bed, dinner table, refrigerator, closet, a quaint kitchen and a bathroom. Guests can also head to the courtyard for a relaxing ambience featuring a cup of tea or coffee. The same courtyard is the private entryway used to get to your accommodation.

Beautiful Studio in the Heart of San Diego!
San Diego, California, United States
315 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we felt comfortable immediately with the thoughtful touches like water in the fridge and coffee and tea
we had an issue with our tv but they were super nice and quick and fixed it
the space was so wonderful comfortable and thoughtful
we had a very comfortable stay here
very clean awesome spot
place was sparkling clean and smelled amazing
the place was clean and comfy
beautiful studio clean & quiet
great place very clean and cozy
amazing and cozy little spot with a great host 10/10
they were friendly and let us know to contact them for any concerns or questions
alejandro is a great host very communicative and always available
we were so happy with this cozy place alejandro was so accommodating and kind
it was a beautiful place with outstanding hosts
easy location to find
great location and very cute space
great location very close to many stores and about 7 miles to the airport
really great place close to the airport
this place was so cute
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14. Old-school hilltop cabin (from USD 65)

With the glorious Lake Hodges flowing across the surrounding mountains, the view from this rustic hilltop cabin is something to behold. This cabin comes with a stunning pool, a bowl to create fire, shaded arbour, inside cabin, loft, a front and side deck, and a cosy queen bed. From here, you have direct access to various hiking and bike trails. The safari park, various small breweries and beaches are all within a small distance from this cabin.

Hilltop cabin retreat with lake & mountain views
Escondido, California, United States
118 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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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15. Modern condo at Gaslamp Quarter (from USD 89)

If you are planning to stay in San Diego for at least 30 days, this all-inclusive condo is for you. Located just a walking distance from the Convention Center and Petco Park, this condo features stellar windows, lovely 180-degree views from the quaint patio, and a terrace that only you can use during your stay. Excellent for a couple or a pair of friends, this condo also provides free parking space, access to the pool and gym, as well as permit to access the community room. Some of the in-house amenities provided here are washer and dryer, microwave, kitchenware, coffee maker, TV, dishwasher, walk-in closet, sofa and dining area.

Modern Gaslamp Condo - w/parking and amenities
San Diego, California, United States
9 reviews
Entire condominium 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
also the host jennifer is the best i really recommend it to anyone
jennifer is a wonderful host very reactif and helpful if necessary
a fabulous location with easy access to the downtown area
great location within walking distance of most of the gaslamp district
awesome place in a great location in the heart of the gaslamp
we walked to the baseball game all the tourist sites and attractions
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Visit sunny San Diego

Known for stunning beaches, breathtaking parks, and a sunny climate, San Diego is one of the best cities to visit for a holiday with friends or family. Head to some of the best parks and have a nice picnic or visit its waterfront for the best surf spots. For a memorable trip, you need a memorable and convenient place to stay. So, book either of the best Airbnbs in San Diego for the most wholesome experience.

Let's go to San Diego!

With such a wide range of Airbnb accommodations to choose from, you can select the Airbnb that is best suited to you! Do keep in mind that during peak seasons (eg. during the San Diego Comic Con) it can get rather packed, so book early to avoid disappointment. Put the GO in San Diego and get ready to have the time of your life.

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