Top 8 Vacation Apartments In San Diego, California - Updated 2024

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A shift in the frame can bring snow-capped mountains, historic sights, gorgeous beaches, and palm-lined roads into sight and this is possible only in San Diego. While the city downtown is packed with many modern spoils, Little Italy, or Middletown, which was once a fishing neighbourhood, retains its Bohemian character and boasts several interesting little cafes and restaurants. Undoubtedly, San Diego has a wealth of things to do, an enormous number of attractions to visit, and quite simply put, a ton of fun to indulge in. So, check out these top vacation apartments in San Diego, California, that serve as a home away from home and qualify as the perfect retreats.

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 20, 2024.

1. Equipped home close to the beach (from USD 125)

An easy 1.5 km (0.9 mi) distance from the beach, this fully equipped two-bedroom home for upto four guests is a brilliant rental option. The apartment is spread across two floors, of which the first floor (part of the host’s house) is where you’ll find the kitchen, living room, and dining room (shared with other Airbnb guests and the host). Some kitchenette essentials (coffee maker, microwave oven, etc.) are provided en-suite, so you need not rely on the full kitchen for all your refreshments. You will also have access to a shared garden out front and a backyard. However, remember that the price listed on Airbnb is for two guests and will change if you add more guests. P.S. the private bathroom has a low ceiling, which may pose a problem for those taller than 5 feet 7 inches (170 centimetres).

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San Diego, California, United States
9.45 km (5.9 mi) from Balboa Park
501 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 2 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful room and view of the wonderful garden
this was a beautiful place to stay lots of amenities included in our room
having the mini- fridge microwave and coffee pot in the room was great
rooms are airy and a bit cool although there are blankets and a space heater available
however tara was great about making sure we had a heater and enough blankets
very clean and well equipped
space itself was very clean
the space is clean and accomodating in every other way
prepare yourself to be thrilled by well organized clean and delightful accommodations
tara is very organized and clean
tara is a great host
tara was a great host
she was very friendly and helped in anyway she could
she is a great host that leads you with step by step expectations
tara was a great host and the room was perfect
great location good restaurants and near the beach
great location near the beach
the location on this was great
great location and really comfy
great location having a parking spot walking distance from the beaches is a big plus
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2. Well-appointed home for three

This brilliant studio apartment for upto three guests sits in the vibrant neighbourhood of Golden Hill and enjoys easy connectivity with downtown San Diego as well as several other attractions closeby. As for the living space, it features all creature comforts along with a sauna. A portable air conditioning unit can also be made available, should you need it, so let the host know early on.

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San Diego, California, United States
2.19 km (1.4 mi) from Balboa Park
560 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 3 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment has an elevator which made it easy since the unit is on the third floor
very organized and clean
it was very clean and very nicely decorated
the space was so clean and organized
it was sparkling clean
apartment was functional clean had everything we needed
she is very responsive and accommodating
gilda was an excellent host
gilda was an amazing host very responsive and was willing to answer any questions if needed
great space super nice host and super nice people neighboring at the airbnb
gilda was a great host as she responded quickly and provided great amenities/ resources it was a perfect location
super close to gaslamp downtown
the location was great very close to many things
convenient safe and close to downtown
good location for exploring san diego
good location close to downtown and north park
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3. Stylish studio apartment with luxurious features (from USD 311)

This is a perfect repose conveniently located near San Diego’s top attractions. While the house features creature comfort, what makes it even better is the on-site hydromassage spa tub, multi-jet walk-in rain shower, and uber-luxurious linens that you can make full use of. The house was remodelled in 2012, so you’ll find it done up in an entirely sophisticated fashion, complete with hardwood flooring, aesthetic furnishings, and all essentials. Upto three guests can be easily accommodated here but is primarily a couples’ favourite.

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San Diego, California, United States
1.47 km (1.0 mi) from Balboa Park
571 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
was also a big fan of the bath robes
the patio is amazing and the room was incredible
the highlights were definitely the incredible shower and outdoor patio with the spa tub
cozy place with great amenities and perfect location
the bed was really comfortable and we loved the jacuzzi and the grill outside
absolutely clean and super relaxing
the space was sparkling clean and comfortable
the space is clean modern + relaxing
great outdoor space but very clean and comfortable
place was clean 10/10 would recommend for a couple
host was very responsive
rick was a great host
rick was a great host
rick was an awesome host
you're recommendations were really helpful
the location was perfect
perfect location as well
this place was absolutely amazing the location was great and close to everything and the neighborhood was beautiful
wonderful place to stay and very close to downtown
easy walking distance to starbucks trader joe’s and a wide assortment of restaurants and nightspots
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4. Pet-friendly loft for four (from USD 200)

An Airbnb Plus property, this one-bedroom loft house is spacious enough for upto four guests. It is aesthetically done up and enjoys stones-throw access to the historic Gaslamp District in San Diego. It is well equipped with amenities for guests to enjoy cooking and/or spend quality time with loved ones. Plus, the house is pet-friendly too. The host will be able to provide more details on the rental’s pet policy, so check in with them directly if you want to bring your pets along too.

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San Diego, California, United States
2.53 km (1.6 mi) from Balboa Park
377 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire serviced apartment 3 Beds 6 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the couch was super comfortable though if you have extra people staying with you
the apartment is classy and fully equipped for traveling families
also the café 21 just across the street was perfect for having breakfast and i highly recommend it
the apartment was spacious comfortable and provided all the amenities of home
loads of stylish space comfortable furniture and fantastic location
it was clean spacious well decorated smelled lovely and much more
we loved everything it was clean and a beautiful place
loved the apartment it was very comfortable and clean
the place is clean safe and comfortable especially if there are 4 or fewer guests
the appartment was spacious clean and had everything needed and more
she was very accommodating and helpful
mayra was a great host
mayra was an excellent host who responded quickly and helped with all of our questions
located near the nightlife and a fantastically attentive host thanks so much
mayra’s place was great and she was very helpful
great location for gaslamp district
awesome location in the middle of all the downtown sd activity
amazing place right in downtown
amazing location in the heart of the gaslamp district
beautiful apartment in a great location
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5. Conveniently located spacious home (from USD 175)

Spread across two bedrooms where upto six guests can be comfortably accommodated, this brilliant apartment is walking distance away from Old Town and several of San Diego’s attractions. While the bedrooms and common areas in the house are great, the courtyard/balcony outside, offering beautiful views of the neighbourhood are extraordinary. The house is equipped with all standard essentials, but the host is readily available to make further arrangements if necessary.

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San Diego, California, United States
3.78 km (2.4 mi) from Balboa Park
397 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
having coffee and creamer available in the kitchen was a great touch
kitchen had everything you would need to cook a meal and coffee was great
stylish modern design the height of rooms is great
loved the natural light coming through the ceiling and the comfortable beds
the apartment is modern with a very nice kitchen two bedrooms two bathrooms and one shower
very clean and modern space
very clean and modern airbnb
really clean and beautiful place
very clean and well kept
very clean modern & comfortable
evan was such a great host and accommodated our questions quickly
thank you evan for hosting us
this place was great and the host was quick to respond and had such great recommendations
evan is a great host who was very responsive and gave a lot of helpful tips
host was very helpful in providing all instructions far in advance
great location that is close to everything
great location at around safe region
such a great location for sd everything was close by
great location near everywhere we wanted to go
it’s very close to all the attractions
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6. Beachfront condo for six (from USD 499)

Located right across the street from the famous Mission and Pacific beaches, this superb two-bedroom condo is a great option to consider if you’re travelling as a group of six. The house has been done up in a totally modern fashion, complete with all standard amenities, a full kitchen, laundry, top-notch facilities, and ample balcony seating. Guests are also permitted access to a (shared) patio, equipped with sun loungers, a dining table, and a barbecue grill, overlooking the Mission Beach.

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San Diego, CA, US
10.75 km (6.7 mi) from Balboa Park
85 reviews  
Apartment 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we loved sitting on the deck or at the breakfast bar for great people watching
there were plenty of towels and the condo was very clean
the condo was clean and well stocked except for condiments
the owners were very responsive to any and every inquiry
owner was very responsive to the couple of questions that came up during our stay
we will definitely look into booking this location again
we especially loved the location
great location and everything that we needed
best if two couples are family or very close friends
this apartment complex was very secure and located in an ideal location with a full ocean view
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7. Family home in the historic district (from USD 190)

Nestled in Little Italy’s scenic neighbourhood, this two-bedroom home is the perfect option for family-travellers looking to absorb the best of San Diego’s historic appeal. The apartment sits on the first floor of its complex and enjoys complete privacy. While here, you can make use of the full kitchen and pool table. Do remember that you’ll need to climb a short flight of stairs to access the space. Rest assured, you’ll spend a thoroughly fabulous time while staying here.

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2.43 km (1.6 mi) from Balboa Park
205 reviews   Wifi Available
Apartment 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
the accommodations and hosts were great
anthony is a perfect host
anthony was so attentive to us; he checked in and made sure we had everything we needed
anthony was a very gracious and responsive host
anthony was a great host and recommended several restaurants and sights to visit
close to all the great features of downtown gaslamp district and petco park
the location itself is amazing right in little italy and walking distance to downtown
recommend staying on a saturday so you can partake in the farmers' market taking place that morning
the location was wonderful and is as described
anthony has a great place in a great location
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8. Comfortable home with easy beach access (from USD 329)

A short walking distance from the beach here’s another great vacation rental that can accommodate upto four guests, but one more can be accommodated (on request) in the pull-out bed in the living room. The apartment sits on the second floor of its building (access via stairs only) and is furnished with all essentials and amenities. While the house has a gas grill, full kitchen, great courtyard seating (for exclusive use), and generally enough space for all occupants to spend a fun time, there are also plenty of shops, restaurants, and other attractions within a close distance if you feel like stepping out.

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17.03 km (10.6 mi) from Balboa Park
98 reviews   Wifi Available
Apartment 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
highly recommend shoreview for breakfast galaxy tacos for lunch and scoops ice cream for dessert
we were glad to have the a/c in august
nice clean and updated apartment
the condo was clean
the house was clean and ready for us when we arrived
clean and convenient to shops and restaurants and the beach would definitely stay here again
john the owner was very responsive to handling any issues
john was very responsive and helpful with great recommendations
the owner (john) was a good host and relied to my emails promptly
check in was simple and communications with owner were excellent
john was extremely thoughtful and communicative
the location is the best part
great location to explore la jolla area
location was perfect - close to beach and restaurants
property has a great location
this apartment is within very easy walking distance to family-friendly la jolla shores beach
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Experience San Diego to the fullest

While exploring the many well-known attractions in San Diego might take up most of your to-do list, don’t forget to indulge in a few offbeat experiences too – paragliding at Torrey Pines, hot-air ballooning, diving at Wreck Alley, steam train rides, are biplane flying are only a few of the many you can try here. Get in touch with your travel planner to help you enjoy the best of these, but before that don’t forget to make your reservations – these top vacation apartments in San Diego, California, are just the best!

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