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Quaint And Cozy And Close To All!

Bedrooms 1
Space 640 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Cottage duplex, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom ~ sleeps 4 & includes one-car garage!!

The perfect place for your perfect beach vacation! This Mission Beach charmer is just 3 doors down from Mission Bay and just a minute's walk to the ocean, Belmont Park and the famous Big Dipper Roller Coaster, and many restaurants/activities. The location couldn't be more central! Great for a family of 4 or 5 or two couples. The large patio allows for a great place to relax or have a BBQ! And the one-car garage is a commodity in Mission Beach. With hardwood floors, lots of light in the living room, a flat screen TV with a selection of movies, a fully stocked kitchen, free wi-fi, and all the beach equipment you will need (chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, beach towels), this is a great place to spend your next vacation. Just bring your flip flops and sunscreen! Very inexpensive beach cruiser rentals available as well! There is also a back unit to reserve if you need accommodations for another family... Each unit has exclusive use of their own side of the patio with patio table and 4 chairs.

Karin Watkins
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Karin Watkins

My husband, Mark, and I are proud to be the owners of Island Court Cozy Cottage! We purchased this property in June of 2013 and have been enjoying our role as property managers and vacation hosts! We both grew up in San Diego and went to college here so we know the area well! We have 2 kids, ages 19 and 15 and have been creating many memories with them in our cottage, when it is not already reserved!

Karin Watkins purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Karin Watkins chose Mission Beach

We chose this cottage because we love hanging out in Mission Beach! There seems to be something to do for everyone! We looked at properties for a year and half and knew this would be perfect for us the moment we saw it! We loved the front patio, just being able to relax there with a good book or BBQ with friends. We also felt the location was ideal, as it is within walking distance of everything we like to do ~ biking on the boardwalk, taking the kids to the roller coaster, swimming in the ocean or jogging along the bay... We've had a lot of fun remodeling and creating a comfortable, beachy home away from home, always looking for ways to make it even more perfect for our guests!

What makes this cottage unique

Location, location, location!!! So close to everything! Beach rental shops on the same block (or if you don't want to pay the higher prices, we have 4 beach cruisers and a kayak available for next to nothing!!) We also have baby items for your use, including a pack and play, high chair, and umbrella stroller. Washer and dryer, fully stocked kitchen, garage, wi-fi, videos, boogie boards, beach chairs all included. And I am always available if you have any questions or need anything! It is my pleasure taking good care of my guests!!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great stay in Mission Bay. Close to beach and easy access to everything you want to do in SD. We loved being able to bring our dogs and small daughter with plenty of space for everyone. Having laundry access was fantastic. I would definitely stay here again!
Jul 2013
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Mission Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 640 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • One bedroom with comfortable, queen-sized bed and one pull-out queen sized futon in living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Our house is right between two amazing bodies of water ~ Mission Bay (3 doors down) and Mission Beach (17 doors down). The peninsula on which it sits offers almost any beach activity you can think of. It is a prime location to the best of the beach and a quick drive to many of the other activities San Diego has to offer!


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average rating of 4.8450704 based on 73 reviews
Ripon, CA

Great location - cozy stay

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at this location was outstanding! The place was clean and cozy, with many nice touches to make us feel welcome. The house was in great shape, with comfortable bedding and seating. The outdoor patio was quaint with a nice mix of sun and shade making very pleasant. The proximity to the beach and several different dining options was so convenient! With three young children, we found our days packed with different activities, however had time every night to walk the couple of blocks to Mission beach for a sunset swim on the ocean! Highly recommended and will look for follow up stays when we travel back to the San Diego area!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Joe for your great review! It was our pleasure having you as a guest. Hope to have you back in the future! Take care!!
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Great location and very clean

  • 4 of 5

Great location for seeing all the sights. Short drive to zoo, USS midway museum, gas lamp district, Coronado, Point Loma and La Jolla. Many restaurants within walking distance. Rental was very clean. We appreciated having a washer/dryer on site in the garage . Glad to know ahead of time the garage space is tight to ensure we rented a compact car. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect beach house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this house with our 3 kids. We really only slept there so it worked out great. The 3 kids did have to sleep on 2 futons in the living room. But that was fine, it has a nice kitchen for breakfast so we could save money not eating out every meal. The location was very nice. Although I didn’t know my kids would have preferred to be closer to the ocean rather than the bay since they are older. If you have younger kids, the bay is great! But the nice thing is that the ocean is just a short walk away. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Beach Get Away

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for an anniversary get away in Feb. We had such a wonderful time and the accommodations were perfect. Karin is a wonderful, friendly, organized and thoughtful property owner and very easy to work with. She thought of everything to make our stay here exceptional. The location is a good as it gets in Mission Beach, as it is perfectly situated between the beach and the bay with easy access to both. Starbucks is one block away, as well as downtown Mission Bay with all of the wonderful restaurants and activities. If you are looking for a relaxing and enjoyable place to enjoy your vacation, this is the place to be. We have stayed in countless vacation rentals and this is one of the best. I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was just the perfect size and location for our too short a stay. It was well appointed and very clean and comfortable. The owner let us know that she was available and quickly answered a question we had. Great walking paths all around and restaurants within walking distance for a quick bite. We will remember this treasure whenever we return to San Diego.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location close to the beach and perfect for our family vacaction

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 days here in November for a family vacation with our 2 year old son and had a great time. The location was perfect with just a short walk to the beach and Belmont Park. We really enjoyed our time here!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Keith~ Thanks so much for your great review! It was our pleasure hosting you as guests and we hope to have you back in the future! Take care, Karin
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
6.9 Miles
San Diego Harbor Excursion
Nearest Golf
5.7 Miles
Mission Bay Golf Course
Nearest Train
3.8 Miles
Amtrak Station - Old Town
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
I-8 & I-5
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Seaforth Boat Rentals
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Mission Beach
Car: recommended

Our 'cozy Cottage' is located as close to Belmont Park and the other Mission Beach attractions as you can get. Just 3 houses up from the Bay and a block and a half down to the ocean, everything is within walking distance. Bike, kayak and paddle board rentals on our same block!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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