If you are out looking for the best beaches in California, Cardiff by the Sea is the place to go. It is located in Encinitas in San Diego County. What makes this beach town so special for tourists is that they get to enjoy the waters of the biggest ocean on the planet – the Pacific Ocean. Taking a stroll around the area will take you to some of the most visited tourist spots here. There is the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve which is a huge coastal wetland where visitors can go trekking and bird watching at the same time. Surfing enthusiasts can enroll at the Eli Howard Surfing School and learn the latest techniques about their favorite sport. If you have plans on spending your vacation in Cardiff, there are a number of cozy and budget-friendly accommodations to choose from. Please check out our top ten Airbnb vacation rentals in Cardiff by the Sea and click the one that best suits your needs.
The property is quite spacious, almost an acre to be exact. It includes a fully-landscaped garden where the guests can relax and unwind after a day of visiting the sites. The San Elijo Lagoon is within reach on foot. A short distance away is where the famous beaches are located. Restaurants, groceries, and transportation lines are within reach from this property. The rustic cottage has one bedroom with a comfortable queen-sized bed. Guests are free to use the outdoor deck, kitchen, and other common spaces. Visitors have an exclusive access to the cottage so they can go in and out anytime.
Guest House on Acre in Solana BeachSolana Beach, California, United States
The rental is located in one of the more peaceful areas in Cardiff. The shore is just a few minutes’ walk so this is best for those who plan to stay hours by the beach. The rental itself is spacious and has a no party rule. Only a maximum of two visitors are allowed and they must state their reason for visiting with an accompanying valid photo. It comes with a huge king-sized bed that speaks of comfort and relaxation. Guests are free to use the kitchen and Wi-FI. An off-street parking for one vehicle is available for those who plan to bring their car.
Cozy Cardiff by the Sea Guesthouse Studio CottageCardiff by the Sea, California, United States
This place is huge. All of its 2,200 square feet are divided into three bedrooms, two living rooms, a kitchen and one dance studio. The theme that dominates the décor is Native American. But that is just the interior. On the outside is a Jacuzzi that faces the ocean to the west. The patio is bedecked with furniture and an umbrella for protection against the sun’s rays. All windows in the rental provide panoramic views of the outdoors. The kitchen is always fully stocked with the basic needs.
Endless Ocean Air Clears 8+Encinitas, California, United States
Just a few minutes’ walk from the Pacific Ocean stands this beautifully decorated room within a home. The bedroom comes with a working table for those on a business trip. Free use of the shared spaces is allowed. This includes the living room, the kitchen where guests can find a complete stock of breakfast and coffee items, and backyard terrace with a barbecue grill. The views are what sets this rental apart. It allows the guests to take in the scenery from Dana Point to La Jolla and during clear weather, one can see some of the islands in the middle of the water.
180 Degree Ocean View in Cardiff - Room in HomeEncinitas, California, United States
This rental is ideal for travelers who are into surfing and sunbathing. Just a few minutes away on foot from sandy beaches and cool waters, this place has a lot going on for it. First of all is the space. Though it is not that big, it offers privacy since it is a studio unit with its own living, kitchen, and bathroom areas. Located nearby is the freeway which allows visitors the flexibility to travel elsewhere other than the beach. Guests can go to the brand new park which offers relaxation and respite and is just a few steps away.
Cardiff surfers retreat near SwamisEncinitas, California, United States
With 1500 square feet and a balcony with a barbecue to boot, guests have all the space they want in a rental. But the real treat comes in the view that welcomes them every morning – it’s the Pacific Ocean. The room is all about outdoor living as it imitates the colors of the waters in its décor. White and blue hues dominate the walls and ceilings giving guests a comforting ambiance. A king-sized bed awaits those who get tired from the day’s activities. Just minutes away from the front door are grocery stores and clothing shops making this an ideal place for shopping.
Bright & Beautiful Ocean ViewEncinitas, California, United States
This is a real guest house so visitors will enjoy facilities similar to what they have in their homes. Located in a quiet street near the beach, the place has a comfortable loft-style design. Unique skylights let the sunshine in to warm the living room area. Because of the high ceiling, air movement is not restricted which makes the room much cooler. The flight of stairs has an eye candy design which can easily capture the attention of every visitor to this rental. This place is perfect for tourists who love their privacy since it is located in a secluded area where people and vehicles rarely pass by.
Sunny Cardiff Guesthouse CottageEncinitas, California, United States
The ocean and the sunset, what happens when they are brought together? You get the most stunning views you will never, ever forget. This stylish house can give you that kind of experience. Sleep like a rock in one of the two bedrooms that are equipped with percale cotton sheets and Belgian linen quilts. Two modern bathrooms are available to cater to the needs of up to six guests. After the sun goes down, head to the outdoor area that comes with comfortable seating and an outdoor fireplace. Pour a glass of wine to enjoy the night.
Stylish Cardiff Park House with Ocean and Sunset ViewsEncinitas, California, United States
This rental just underwent some remodeling for an upgraded look. The result is a luxurious décor with an artistic touch and contemporary furniture all blended into one. The place can accommodate six guests which makes it good for honeymooners and families alike. Looking out the windows, one can take in the views that stretch from Dana Point to La Jolla. They might even see whales from afar. Those who want to go on a food adventure will delight in the fact that a number of restaurants and a food market are all nearby.
Cardiff Contemporary Beach Retreat with Ocean ViewEncinitas, California, United States
Guests in this rental can take in the cool gusts of wind from the ocean from the wonderful open deck. Both the living room and breakfast nook offer the best vantages to look at the waves. Guests can use the fully-equipped kitchen and cook the freshest ingredients they can get from the seaside market. Nearby, visitors can easily walk to the aforementioned market, restaurants, boutiques, the city library, and Glen Park. Four guests can easily fit in this rental with lots of room to move in. The owner is willing to lend his surfboard, a couple of beach chairs, and a boogie board for kids.
The View House in Cardiff-by-the-SeaEncinitas, California, United States
This recently remodeled marvel can fit six guests in three spacious bedrooms. The master bedroom speaks elegance from the king-sized bed to all the ornaments that adorn it. The master bath offers luxurious amenities that visitors can enjoy. There is an outdoor deck on the second floor where visitors can relax and have coffee or wine. The living, dining, and kitchen have an open area design where guests can easily mingle with each other. Once guests step out, they will find themselves minutes away from destinations like Glen Park, Cardiff Reef, and downtown Cardiff. However, parking is limited to the driveway.
Easy Cardiff LivingEncinitas, California, United States
Stunning oceanside retreat
Enjoy an unforgettable holiday in this stunning oceanside retreat. With spectacular views and a tranquil appeal, you’re bound to be entranced by this destination’s allure. Go ahead and book a vacation rental from the list above.
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