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Large Beachfront, Waterfront 4 bedroom beach home, Bayside, Max Occ 12 total

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 - 180 nights


About the property

Gorgeous Beach and waterfront Vacation Home - Sleeps 12 - 4 bd - 3 full bathroom

The Great Blue Heron Vacation Home Rental - Beach Front

*****Please email, "Send a Message" first if you are interested. Do not "request to book" until we have spoken in person. Then you will be directed to proceed online with HA/VRBO's reservation platform.

We want to assure you are 100% satisfied with your choice.

After speaking, we can then proceed with booking online.

We take all reservation from Homeaway/VRBO via the HomeAway platform.

We own and manage several properties, and care about the personalized experience we provide for you.

Vacation Beach rental, part of the A Vacation By the Bay properties.

We are close to Sea World, The San Diego Zoo and LegoLand.

The Great Blue Heron - Lovely 4 Bedroom 3 Bath - Large, 2600 sq ft located in Mission Beach bayside. This rare find does sleep 12 in regular beds with a maximum occupancy of 12 people total.

We have a maximum of occupancy of 12 guests, including children. We do to allow daytime extra guests that are not on the contract.

Choosing a vacation rental or home can be a big decision. To ensure you choose the right rental for your stay is important to us as well. Our service, for you, is personal, and we do speak to each vacationer personally, before confirming a reservation to ensure you are choosing the right rental/ home and location you are looking to stay.

The Great Blue Heron

Come and Experience this exceptionally large waterfront 4 bedroom beautifully remodeled bay front beach rental with 2600 square feet of living space for your vacation enjoyment. The location on the quieter side, the Bayfront provides a wonderful atmosphere for vacationing in San Diego. The Great Blue Heron is the perfect choice for your large families and reunions, as it will accommodate up to a maximum of 12 people for the home.

Tastefully decorated in nautical cottage interiors with all new kitchen and granite counters along with Pottery Barn style furnishings add that extra touch for a true beach feel and experience. Renting this beach accommodation, will delight and pamper your guests after a long day playing at the beach. With San Diego's notoriously perfect weather (practically), visiting the beach can be a wonderful experience any time of the year. This vacation home occupies the 2nd and 3rd floor levels of the building. You and your guests will have years of memories and fun filled stories about your stay in Mission Beach at The Great Blue Heron.

Your vacation rental sits on the gorgeous and peaceful beach front with a delightful view of the glimmering water outside your door at the beach. Each morning the sun elevates itself above the horizon to cast it's first morning light across the shimmering waters for your pleasure. In the summer season, each night, you have front row seats to experience Sea World's nightly fireworks display. Mission Beach is unique in that it sits on a peninsula with both the bay and the ocean. The Great Blue Heron is at the narrowest part of that peninsula, which makes it the ideal location.

Imagine sitting on your balcony with a cup of coffee watching the sunrise over the water, or in a minute walk across the street to watch the waves. This is the perfect beach location for families with small children or for people who enjoy a less hectic beach experience. The bay is quieter with less foot traffic and bikes so the little ones can safely play on the sand and along the peaceful water's edge. But, when your urge for action arises to meet the mighty Pacific Ocean you are only 150 steps from the ocean side and you can tackle the waves with your boogie board or surf boards. But, you will love coming back to the calm picturesque waters of the bayside.

This beach front vacation accommodation, has 2 gorgeous master bedrooms with deliciously comfortable king beds Two additional large bedrooms have 2 equally comfortable queens each (total of 4). These unique extra large bedrooms will allow for 12 people in beds. Our 4 bedroom will accommodate a large group in comfort. Perfect for a large family vacation

We take great pride in the presentation of the rentals and they are impeccably clean and well maintained. We are personally hands on and are within reach for any emergency which may arise.

Our personal touch is what keeps people coming back each year. After 25 years in the business we are proud of our reputation.

Each of our rentals are conveniently located close to restaurants, cafes, shopping, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo/Wild Animal Park, golfing, museums, plays and an amazing number of free activities.

San Diego, America's finest city, draws the adventurous at heart from all corners of the world.

Our unique accommodations are only minutes away from several of California's historical and greatest attractions.

All our our Rentals are smoke free and pet free and in order to keep this rental in top condition, we do not allow it to be used for parties or gatherings. If you have a question about this policy, do not hesitate to ask.

****Parking - We have two reserved parking spaces dedicated to this rental that will accommodate your 2 mid-sized or smaller sized vehicles. Please inquire about our parking requirements when you email or call for your reservation.

This rental allows a maximum of 12 people. There is no smoking or pets on the premises or property at any time by renters or guests.

We strongly advice you look into Travelers insurance incase of a personal health emergency.

Summer check in: 4:00 p.m. and check out is 9:00 a.m.

We cannot accommodate early check-ins or late check-outs in our summer season.

Our home is best suited for mindful, respectful guests who want to share an amazing vacation together. It would not suit anyone wanting a more party experience.

Keywords: Condominium,Upper Scale, luxury, beach front vacation rental, waterfront, bayside, villa, beach vacation rental, condo, family friendly, Mission Beach vacation rental, San Diego vacation rental, vacation home, four bedroom, 4 bedroom, San Diego, places to stay.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017

About Cynthia

Your Hosts:

Small personalized friendly hands on service is our business model. We have owned and managed vacation rental homes for 27 years. We provide hands on service, speak with each potential vacationer before reserving your dates and personally greet each vacationer upon arrival.

We believe that selecting the right rental for your vacation stay is important and want to ensure that you are selecting the best rental for you needs.

With a long time family history in San Diego going back to the turn of the century, combined with roots from the midwest, we have both pride in San Diego, and good old fashioned values.

The rentals showcased on this site, reflect, our goal to provide you with quality accommodations, along with personal service from the start of your reservation process, to your final departure.

We like to think we attract vacationers who appreciate receiving the exact rental that is advertised on our websites and desire a well maintained vacation home or rental that much care is taken to provide. In return, appreciate and care for the rentals during their stay and respect the quiet surroundings of the bayside.

The environment we provide and the bayside in Mission Beach is a more low key area with an amazing location on the waterfront.

Why Cynthia chose San Diego County

1. Its beach front property for #1.

2. Its gorgeous, well cared for and maintained to a higher level.

3. Its extra large by Mission Beach standards.

4. It actually has enough room for 12 people in normal beds, no hidden beds for you to have to use.

There are very few homes in Mission Beach who truly have a large enough home to accommodate 10 to 12 people.

What's not to love?

What makes this condo unique

Large Spacious Bedrooms, and home, are the key for this vacation home.

Most rentals in the beach area, are a tight squeeze at best. The Great Blue Heron is a lovely vacation home, where you can have up top 12 people together, with out feeling on top of each other.

One of the better choices for large groups who want to come together and spend time.


Mission Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Admiral's Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private bathroom in the Admiral's suite
    Captain's Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath that can be utilized for the crew as well
    The Crews bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large bathroom for cleaning up the crew
  • 3 full baths, easily accommodates larger groups.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • The Admiral's Master Bedroom - 1 king , Large Master bedroom suite/private balcony/ 2nd floor
    The Main Deck - Bedroom #2 - 2 queen , Two queen beds and a private deck are provided/2nd floor
    The Captain's Master - 1 king , This master has a gorgious view of the water/3rd floor
    The Stern Bedroom #4 - 2 queen , This extra large bedroom also has 2 queen beds/ 3rd floor
  • The Great Blue Heron is a unique rental as it has approximately 2600 living space and half of that are for the 4 very large bedrooms. These are exceptionally large bedrooms that will accommodate up to a maximum of 12 people comfortably in beds. (A small baby in a port a crib would be acceptable as a 13th person) Each bed has been selected with comfort in mind and all of our linens are 100 percent cotton. Each bed is completely prepared fresh each time for your peace of mind. The bedrooms capture the fresh ocean breezes that make for a wonderful night's rest after your day at the beach. We have 3 full bathrooms for you to use which never gives you that busy or crowded feeling. We prepare our rentals each and every time to meet your high expectations.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This is truly a lovely rental in every way. Everything you would need to have a wonderful holiday has been provided. When you choose The Great Blue Heron, part of the A Vacation By the Bay family owned vacation rental business, your experience is important to us from the start to the departure. With its large bedrooms and ample number of beds, you can really sleep 12 in beds as advertised. Great customer service is provided and personalized greeting upon your arrival is the norm.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Large Beachfront, Waterfront 4 bedroom beach home, Bayside, Max Occ 12 total
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family is scattered throughout the U.S.---Hawaii, Washington, California and Virginia, so we all look forward to getting together at least once a year. This place and location exceeded our expectations for our reunion. The little ones (four children under 4 years) loved the calm bay side and sand right outside the condo and everyone enjoyed the change of scenery on the ocean side....just a short walk.

We had a great time riding bikes, paddle boarding and going to Sea many activities that all ages can enjoy together.

With 8 adults and 4 children the extra large bedrooms made our stay very restful and relaxing, plus the beach toys, beach chairs and lovely big barbecue were an added bonus.

Cynthia took care of our every need and helped to make it a very special family reunion. We would love to do it again another time!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello there Susan, it was wonderful to have you and your family. I know I complimented you already, but your family was truly a treasure to have stay and to meet. Its always so wonderful to see families come together to celebrate each other and catch up on their lives. The Great Blue Heron, does fit the bill for large families with lots of room for everyone with out feeling on top of each other. I am more than pleased that you all had such a great time staying at the home. Yes the location on the bayfront is perfect for little ones and grown ups alike. With the choice of the bayfront beach in front and the ocean front beach just a few steps across the street, its hard not to have all that you want. But, most of all, its having families like yours, that make all the effort for me, a blessing and gift. Thank you, please come back anytime. Cyndi
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Great Place for large families

  • 5 of 5

This property is exceptional place to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary with our family. With 11 people, 7 adults, 3 teens, 1 child, it fit us great on everything from size to location with bedrooms being especially spacious. Our extended family enjoyed mornings and evenings riding bikes or walking along the boardwalk, and just a short walk to the beach, Belmont Park and restaurants. Every evening you can view the beautiful fireworks display over Mission Bay right from the comfort of your living room. The Condo was clean, well equipped, comfortable and beautifully decorate. The Manager Cynthia is great and was there to greet us on our arrival and give us a short tour to get our week started and answered our questions. The location was just a described and looks like the photos provided on the VRBO website. We highly recommend this rental for anyone wanting more room than most rentals and looking for a rental in great condition.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stockton, CA

Great Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This property is outstanding! The view as you walk in is beautiful; it starts your Beach Vacation out right! The condo is clean and spacious. Plenty of room for everyone. Perfect location, easy access to Bay, Beach, Belmont Park, Sea World..... Our family had some very “spirited” games of beach volleyball every evening, and those that chose to not participate, could watch from the balcony. Watching fireworks each night from our balcony was wonderful! Cyndi was great to work with, from start to finish! This condo was perfect for our Family Reunion. Thanks Cyndi!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Kelly for your kind and great review of The Great Blue Heron. Yes, its a great rental for large groups and your family seem to be having the best time and were so very happy all the time. Its a pleasure to have been of service to you and your family. We would love any future visits to grace our rental. This rental is one of the larger ones, that actually does fit large groups with out feeling squeezed in. Best to you
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Laguna Beach,CA

Mom "G"

  • 5 of 5

This property is exceptional! It hit the mark on everything from size to location. The bedrooms are especially spacious. Our extended family enjoyed mornings of riding bikes or walking along the boardwalk and afternoons playing on the bay. Every evening we viewed the beautiful firework display over Mission Bay right from the comfort of our living room. All in all this was a "10" in the way of a vacation for our family!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the glowing review of The Great Blue Heron. Yes, this vacation rental is exceptional for large family gatherings with its spacious rooms and ability to sleep 12 in beds comfortably. Our beach front location makes it a hit with vacationers and we love accommodating families with this wonderful, well maintained fully furnished rental. You were a great family group and we are so pleased you had so much fun with all the kids and grandkids. Come again anytime. Best you all!
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Sammamish WA


  • 5 of 5

This vacation sight is superior, you won't find any better. The condo is clean, well equipped, comfortable

and beautifully decorated. The view from the living room and kitchen could be a picture on your wall.

My family say it is the best vacation they ever had. You are just steps from the sand, bay and surf. The owners are wonderful to work with. They are on sight to help and answer any questions. You

will never regret making this choice.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Sun Seekers, from Washington State! We loved having you and your family stay at The Great Blue Heron. Everyone was so gracious and it looked like you all were having so much fun. This rental allows for large groups of family or friends to gather and have a wonderful time with lots of room so not to feel crowded. We want you to keep us in mind for another family reunion, when you come back to San Diego. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
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Kona Hawaii

Great Family Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

Our large extended family takes a vacation each year to a beach location for some family beach time, and we need accommodations for 12 people.

The location was just as described and looks like the photos provided on the VRBO website.

The Great Blue Heron was just right for our needs. We had beds for all 12 of us in this extra large rental and 3 full bathrooms which helped with our large family.

The place was just as promised with everything we needed for a week at the beach. The view is great on the bayside and we sat on our balcony every meal and watched the water and activities.

The rental itself was very nice with great beds and very clean and maintained just as promised.

The manager Cyndi is great and was there to greet us on our arrival and give us a short tour to get our week started and answered our questions.

We walked to restaurants a couple of times which was short and easy. Sea World was only a few minutes away and we took advantage of the info provided by Cyndi for free things to do with this large crew. When you rent, its a must to see The San Diego Zoo and the tide pools at either La Jolla or Point Loma at low tide time. With our large family we always plan games on the sand and tend to be very competitive. It was great to have a hose to wash off before entering the rental.

We highly recommend this rental for any one wanting more room than most rentals and looking for a rental in great condition.

We will be back to this rental, the next time we vacation in San Diego.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, waterdog, so much for your great review. We try to provide a great rental for your stay in Mission Beach for your vacation. We are blessed to have had many many fine, wonderful and lovely guests over our 20 year career of being in the vacation rental business. The Great Blue Heron, is a unique property which provides 2600 sq ft of space which easily provides ample space for large families wanting to vacation together. Our location is amazing right on the bayside of Mission Beach with lots of activities to do each and every day. We welcome you back and thank you for the care and respect you showed our rentals when you left. Come again soon!!!!!!!
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Coronado Ferry
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 5 & 8
Car: not necessary

The Great Blue Heron Vacation Home, is located in the heart of Mission Beach on the bayfront. We have an excellent location over looking the beach bayside. Its a great fit for large families and provides great space for staying comfortably.

Other Activities: Rowing, Stand up paddling just to add to your adventures while you vacation.


Rates & Availability

Mission Beach Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
August 5 - August 19
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
August 19 - August 26
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
June 2 - June 9, 2018
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 8 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
June 9 - June 16, 2018
Jun 9 2018 - Jun 15 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
June 16 - June 23, 2018
Jun 16 2018 - Jun 22 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
June 23 - June 30, 2018
Jun 23 2018 - Jun 29 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
June 29 - August 4, 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 3 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 4 - August 18, 2018
Aug 4 2018 - Aug 17 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
August 18 - August 25, 2018
Aug 18 2018 - Aug 24 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
8.28 - 5.28 (sleeps 7)
Aug 29 2018 - May 28 2019
180 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $275
Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.5%

Please call first before requesting to reserve to assure that this will be the right home for your families vacation.
We only accept a reservation, after speaking with you personally.

To reserve on line with HA/VRBO we accept checks and CC via PayPal only. (there is a convenience fee for using CC payments).

Reservation and Payment information: (Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed)

Before accepting any reservation, we want to speak to all vacationers to assure the right rental for your needs and to add that personal experience for each of us.

• For CC payments, Please Select on the HA/Payment Page, “Other Payment choices” and select PayPal to use a CC. (Convenience fee is added for all CC payments)
• You may also select “check” under the “Other payment choices.”
(We ask the you use PayPal for processing.
(CC processing rates: Via HA/VRBO 3.5 domestic 4.9 international.)

• Cancelation Policy: Refunds for 90 days in advance of arrival date cancellations.

• We do send a contract upon speaking with you personally.

We greet each vacationer upon arrival to assure your smooth arrive to The Great Blue Heron.
Arrival time is 4 to 6 on Saturday in the summer
Departure time is 9:00 a.m. We are unable to accommodate any later departures due to our thorough cleaning of the rentals. Please make your departure flights with this knowledge in mind.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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