11 Best Vrbo Vacation Rentals Near The San Diego Zoo, California - Updated 2022


The great weather, sandy beaches, and major attractions make San Diego one of the best tourist destinations all-year-round. In this case, finding the best place to stay can be a bit hard due to too many available choices. On the Pacific coast of California lies a vast site of Balboa Park where you can find San Diego Zoo. That is where you should keep an eye–not only is this one of the best zoos on earth, but also home to numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums, and gardens. Keep reading for the list of best Vrbo accommodations near the San Diego Zoo, California.

1. Furnished condo in Gaslamp Quarter (from USD 209)

Live in comfort and get to the iconic San Diego Zoo in less than 10 minutes when you stay in this well-stocked condo in Gaslamp Quarter. The place offers enough space for up to six guests and features a well-equipped kitchen and two balconies with nice city views. After your adventure, cool down from the heat and take a relaxing dip in the shared pool. If you plan to explore the area, the picturesque waterfront is a five-minute walk away.

Unbeatable Location Downtown and Great Condo! You won't be disappointed!!!
20 reviews  Wifi Available
condo 6 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 4
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

2. Charming home with private pool and hot tub (from USD 129)

This one-bedroom property is for two people who crave a luxurious vacation. Situated in Mission Bay/Bay Bark, the gated house not only offers a large bedroom with a beautiful veranda but also a swimming pool area with hot tub, a nice outdoor deck, and an outdoor fireplace. Despite the proximity to Downtown, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Sea World, and San Diego Zoo, the neighbourhood is very peaceful and quiet.

Beautiful Very Large 1 Bedroom/Bath/ Balcony With Swimming Pool/Jacuzzi
92 reviews  Wifi Available
studio 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 4
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
A comfortable and inviting room large balcony with amenities and your own private pool and place to relax
We especially enjoyed the time that we spent at the very private pool
The outdoor kitchen was nice and we enjoyed sitting out on the veranda relaxing and having coffee
The guestroom was very well appointed the bed was very comfortable and the room was clean
The room is extremely comfortable and has everything you will need (no stove or oven though)
Every time we put a destination in our gps
The bedroom and bed were very comfortable and it was so quiet and peaceful
provided us with a nice bottle of champagne upon our arrival
He was available any time we needed anything
Doru was great to rent from and available to help with any of our requests
We enjoyed the pool hot tub and outdoor fire
were wonderful hosts and gave us total privacy
The house is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood but close to lots of attractions
so get ready for some exercise if you intend on walking in the neighborhood
I had breakfast there every morning and just enjoyed lounging out there
We really enjoyed our stay and found everything to be just right
Extraordinary placeGreat poolGood to start to go to beach in town or various activities in countryside
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3. Fresh and modern condo with resort-like amenities (from USD 73)

If you are travelling for a long period, consider this option to meet your needs. This newly renovated condo has a complete kitchen set and large storage for luggage, making it suitable for an extended stay. The one-bedroom property can fit up to four people with extra twin beds in the living room area. It also has a lush courtyard with a gym, pool, sauna, hot tub, gas barbecue grills, tennis courts, sand volleyball court, ping pong table, and coin-operated laundry facilities.

Condo with Resort-Like Amenities
27 reviews  Wifi Available
condo 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The condo was fully stocked with everything you need Location was excellent to down town
(rackets are provided)
Everything that you could need is available at the rental
The description of the condo is very accurate
The courtyard is a wonderful place to relax and watch the ducks swim
and it had everything I needed and then some
The condo was extremely neat and clean and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay
It was clean sunny and quiet
The condo was fully stocked" super clean and totally renovated
The condo was clean and very well stocked
And the owner is really nice and friendly person Responsive and respectful
Elizabeth was a doll to work with
Elizabeth was wonderful to work with
sauna tennis beach volleyball and
She responded to me promptly and was very kind
There are grocery stores and restaurants within a few minutes walk
We ate the best Cuban food at Embargo also within walking distance
tons of stores in walking distance in a very quiet area and complex
the buses were close by and very easy to navigate
There are many grocery stores and restaurants near by and it is very close to the BEACH
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4. Spectacular oceanfront estate with private heated pool and hot tub (from USD 1095)

For those who travel in a large group, make sure not to skip this property. The amazing upscale home has panoramic ocean views from every room! The five-bedroom estate not only offers the scenic feature but also provides top amenities including a large heated swimming pool and hot tub, a huge oceanfront front deck, an outdoor shower, plus a backyard kitchen and dining area. Designed in a modern style, it creates an airy feeling inside the home which is perfect for a group gathering.

SPECTACULAR OCEANFRONT ESTATE--Private Heated Pool and Jacuzzi, Sweeping View
36 reviews  Wifi Available
villa 10 Guests 5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10
Minimum Nights: 4
Refund Policy :

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
Gorgeous views from front windows
The kitchen is open with stainless appliances and living area
All amenities were avaialble as described
it worked great for our crawler
The pool is perfect size and the safety gate
the place was clean and
(Another must try)
All the 4 bathrooms are lovely
we loved the outdoor "kitchen" and pool
I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental
Joseph responded very quickly to emails texts and phone calls
Mission Beach was fun and the pool/tub was a big hit
Josh was extremely helpful and came by several times to make sure we were well taken care of
We thought they were great to work with
We where a big group and
Riding a bird was easy from that location
All is updated and minimalistic but still cozy with soft rugs
This house is a true luxury beach house
The amount of space plus the pool/spa and bbq area were so convenient for the days we stayed at the property just relaxing
You are within mere minutes of San Diego's best attractions like Sea World
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5. Fun and cosy family house (from USD 321)

If you’re looking for a place that feels like home, then this is the one. The private family house has three large bedrooms and a game room from a converted garage. It has five large-screen TVs, a pool table, a hot tub, and a tabletop firepit to entertain everyone! Located right up on the hill from Fashion Valley Mall and Highway 163, it is close to the beaches, SeaWorld, and San Diego Zoo, making it perfect for a family vacation.

Great location with comfort and fun included!
24 reviews  Wifi Available
House 12 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 12
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
We have stayed at homes in the past that lacked the basic tools to prepare a meal
My family of 5 had plenty of room we enjoyed the game room
The kitchen is tight for more than 1 person but it was stocked with some of the basic needs which was
No doubt everything was perfect
Quiet neighborhood which was great because we have small kids that go to bed early
clean linens were included as well
She responded promptly to every request
great Owner was quick to communicate
It was very clean stylishly and comfortably decorated as well as very well stocked
Will definitely book again when in San Diego
We had a good time and it was so nice to have the family together in one place
this house does not have that issue
The hot tub was a BIG plus House was close to freeway and minutes from beaches
We had a great time location is convenient to everything
but it looked to be in great shape
We were very impressed with the condition of this lovely home in a safe quiet neighborhood
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6. Spacious treetop suite (from USD 193)

Pamper yourself in the lush of Tropical Gardens by staying in this walled estate that offers two apartments with its private garden and terrace. The spacious rooms are each comfortably furnished and equipped with complete facilities. The property is showcased by San Diego’s Save Our Heritage Organization’s Tour for its historic feature and the mature tropical gardens that surround it. Enjoy this exceptional choice of a private resort-like accommodation right across San Diego Zoo!

Spacious Luxury Apartment at Tropical Resort-like Oasis by Balboa Park
105 reviews  Wifi Available
estate 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 4
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
spacious and comfortable and most important to my wife - plenty of hot water in the shower
a great kitchen spacious living area and terrific master suite
stay VERY comfortable bed and living area
The Tree Top Suite is private and has all of the amenities you will need for either a long or short stay
The place is as large as it looks
Everything was very clean and
The house was clean and spacious and relaxing Kent was very accommodating
The property is very centrally located close to everything
the neighborhood and the 'compound" is as beautiful and private as you will find anywhere
Just can't say enough about this fantastic house and location Thanks Kent for opening your wonderland to us and others
He has all the qualities of a superb proprietor and ambassador
he had one for us
the host is generous and the wifi solid
well furnished and well taken care of
gave us a great tour of the property is extremely responsive and made some great suggestions for activities We will return
A quiet oasis not far from the Park
It's located in a quiet neighborhood and parking
the Zoo and within walking distance to quite a few places to eat and get a drink
Two markets nearby beautiful gardens surrounding the house and a few blocks from Balboa Park
great restaurants shopping and beautiful beaches
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7. Beautiful cottage with relaxing outdoor living space

The charming one-bedroom property is located in San Diego’s most vibrant neighbourhood of Morley Field. Within two blocks away, you can reach Balboa Park and find San Diego Zoo, Smart & Final Market, and North Park Theatre. The cottage features an original fireplace, gumwood built-ins, a private yard with flagstone patio, and a barbecue area where you can have a relaxing evening with your loved one. With the spacious bedroom, bathroom, and an enclosed sun porch, it is a perfect accommodation for couples.

1928 Craftsman Cottage in North Park w relaxing outdoor living space
104 reviews
cottage 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it had enough separated space to not feel confining -
It was very comfortable and was well equipped
My favorite part of the house of the outdoor space
There was attractive comfortable and private outdoor space which we were able to use (even in January)
That was fun as we live in the country and never have trick-er-treaters
The house was clean and comfortable and it had everything we needed
Rick's home was clean and beautiful and the decor and furnishings
comfy Rick was very responsive to any questions that arose
he beach Gaslamp Seaport
Further Rick was responsive and accommodating and allowed us to drop off our bags prior to check-in time I would absolutely recommend Rick's place to friends and family
The host Rick Spear was very helpful and gave us lots of local restaurant suggestions
so we bought some candy and greeter
She found this nice little house within walking distance of Balboa Park and just a short walk from the restaurants and breweries along 30th Street
the North Park location was a great jumping off
This is a great location as it is close to Balboa Park and allof the shops and restaurants on and near University Ave
Great house in a very fun neighborhood
On Thursday there is a farmers market in North Park that we enjoyed walking through
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8. One-bedroom unit with stunning scenery

In this 16th-floor condo, you will be amazed by the beautiful scenery from the full-length windows at the end of the room. The value-priced property is a rare find in the Little Italy area of San Diego where the Convention Centre, Gaslamp District, and Petco Park are only minutes away. Let the natural light shower you during the day, then chill and enjoy the beautiful city lights after dark with a crackling sound of a corner fireplace. Or, you can also go outside to the balcony and admire the views from there!

Best Price in Little Italy...Book Now!!!
49 reviews
condo 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
Beautiful view comfortable beds and all amenities
Yes everything you have read in these reviews is true
but the view from the balcony is breath taking
The condo was nicely appointed with everything a traveler would need and the location cannot be beat
and the view is spectacular
It was nicely decorated and very clean
so kitchen and washer and dryer in unit were very much appreciated
If you like San Diego (and who doesn't)
Most importantly the Ad in VRBO depicts everything as it is
And lastly you can't beat the location
the city and even the airport
Tovik was the most attentive and nice owner we have ever met
Tovik and Colleen are wonderful agents and will meet all your needs
all the San Diego area has to offer Great place
Tovik the rental agent is fabulous to work with
Downtown is only 15 mins walk away and
It is walking distance from dozens of restaurants and downtown
my wife walks downtown to Seaport Village or just around the neighborhood
Ralph's Market and Horton Plaza
and it was very easy to just walk to the market or restaurants
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9. Elegant condo in a community resort

elegant condo in a community resort
Source: www.vrbo.com

Furnished in soft-tone colours, this condo gives a calming vibe to match the vibrant city. It is located in a community resort with a swimming pool, hot tub, gym, and direct access to walking or jogging trails around the San Diego River. It may look like a retreat, but everything is within easy reach from the complex. You can reach Mission Valley Mall in a 15-minute walk and other attractions such as SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park are less than a 15-minute drive.

Rio Valley Condo - Resort Community, Close to Everything
San Diego, CA, US
17 reviews
condo 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the king bed is very comfortable
the price was very reasonable compared to the surrounding houses
the couch and bed were very comfortable
the direct tv/wifi, set up was super
excellent tv and internet service
the place was clean and safe
the condo was beautiful, clean, and had a great set up
it was clean, spacious and supplied with everything you could need
we fully enjoyed the condo in the rio valley complex! it is clean well kept and furnished brightly
) it was super clean and cool with wonderful central ac
bonnie, the owner, was very accommodating and easy to work with
i forgot my stroller at home but bonnie was so nice to let us borrow hers, she was always available to help us with any questions we may have had from the best places to eat to must sees in san diego
she was so easy to work with
the owner was very helpful and conscientious of any needs
very nice stsy all around
many places are within walking distance
the location is ideal
the location was excellent!the mission valley mall is in walking distance
the condo complex itself is very conveniently located to the freeway, about 15 minutes from the beaches
there is also a nice pool area and a great exercise room
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10. Lovely one-bedroom condo in Gaslamp City Square

Located in the famous Gaslamp Quarter, this spacious condo offers flexibility and comfort in one go. The room is beautifully decorated and equipped with complete facilities. It takes only two minutes to reach the Ballpark, Horton Plaza, Trolley, Convention Centre, bars, and fine restaurants. Enjoy the bustling city life in a building with a private swimming pool and hot tub!

Condo In Gaslamp Quarter, SD
445 Island Ave #402
39 reviews
condo 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

11. Penthouse studio with amazing views in the heart of the Gaslamp

The recently renovated one-bedroom penthouse is a perfect catch for couples. With a modern and cosy decoration, the top-floor property not only offers a comfortable stay but also spectacular day and night views to the west. With many attractions such as the San Diego Convention Centre, Petco Park, the Trolly, fine dining, and shops within the walking distance, it guarantees you a pleasant stay. The building is also secure, with gated parking space and respectful neighbours.

Penthouse Studio with Amazing Views in the Heart of the Gaslamp
20 reviews
studio 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
It is fully equipped and comfortable
The owners are wonderful and have outfitted the condo thoughtfully:
Huge bonus was the underground parking spot
The condo was comfortable cozy and all that we hoped it to be for a romantic getaway
The kitchen has all the utensils and pans for basic cooking
the picture does not do it
You can see the ocean from your terrace and look out over the bustling gaslamp
everything in Gaslamp is within walking distance and public transportation is readily available
Also the owner was readily available (gave me a key to the mailbox the same day I asked about it)
The owner was very responsive to any concerns that I had and took care of anything I needed very quickly
so the neighbors are friendly
helping people in the same situation
I rented this condo for 14 days and could not be happier
Great location with great restaurants within walking distance
It is mere minutes from Petco Park
There are many restaurants and bars within walking distance and Coronado is a short drive away
it is laid out in a very efficient way
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Keep these properties in mind when visiting San Diego

As one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, it can be challenging to find the best accommodation. People come and go every day, putting excellent hotels and resorts out your reach. That’s why we created a list of other spectacular options for you to choose. These private Vrbo accommodations will give you hotel luxury with lower price! Some of them are even located inside a community resort with easy reach to the city centre. Forget about five-star hotels and keep a target on these ones instead. You will not regret the choice!

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