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Bay Haven - Fully Equipped, Renovated Beach Cottage Steps to the Sand

(18 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 BR, 1 BA Cottage 2 houses from the Bay Beach & Bayside Walk

Please note: There are some vacation rentals that are finishing being constructed across the street from this cottage! If you think that seeing houses under construction would ruin you vacation, this is probably not the best rental for you! Construction is mostly interior now & not too noisy, but there are workers there during the day and sometimes they play the radio.

Bay Haven Cottage is perfectly situated to provide you with the best of the Mission Beach lifestyle!

Watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee on your exclusive use front porch. Pop over to the Bay, just two houses away, for a quick morning jog or a dip in the water, then head inside to enjoy a family breakfast at your own pace in the fully equipped kitchen, or walk to one of the local restaurants featuring dishes like lemon french toast and pulled pork 'n eggs. Your dining table seats up to eight guests, and there is also an eat-in table in the kitchen for smaller meals.

After breakfast, its time to figure out how to spend your day. The hallway closets and walk-in outside storage room hold everything you need to enjoy a day at one of the two beaches within walking distance – towels, chairs, umbrellas, coolers, beach toys, and even body boards (enough beach supplies for up to 7 guests.) Or maybe today is a day to get out and explore San Diego – your beach house is just a 10-15 minute drive from most major attractions in San Diego, and a 5 minute drive from Sea World.

In the afternoon, after the day’s adventures, it’s a good time to relax on the large sectional on your exclusive use outdoor patio and make dinner plans. Walk to one of the several delicious restaurants & pubs in the area (offering everything from sushi to gastro-pub fare), or pick up supplies at the local grocery store to cook a feast in your kitchen or outdoor patio grilling & dining area.

An evening trip to Belmont Amusement Park, just a few blocks away, is a great way to top off the evening – ride the historic Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, try your luck at the boardwalk games, or just stroll around and treat yourself to some cotton candy or ice cream. A walk along the beach or bay at night is also always relaxing.

The patio sectional is a favorite spot for late-evening relaxation. Share a bottle of wine, whip up a pitcher of sangria, or open a few beers and just relax listening to the sound of the waves and the peace and quiet of this unusually residential and non-partying pedestrian court. Just be sure to pop over to the Bay for an unobstructed view of the Sea World Fireworks around 8:50 PM each night (weekends only during the off season.)

In the unlikely case of rain, there is of course a comfy indoor living room with a full array of cable and premium TV channels, as well as an array of board games for family fun. And when you fall asleep at night there are ceiling fans to keep you cool and the sound of the waves to lull you to sleep.

(for guests new to renting a private vacation home)

This is our own lovingly maintained beach house that we open up to others when our family is not using it. In most cases we will meet you at the property at check-in to give you the keys and go over important details about your stay. In some cases, when we need to be out of town or when you are arriving late, we will leave the property on lockbox for you. The property is cleaned thoroughly by a professional housekeeping service in between guests, but there is no daily housekeeping service. While we are very happy to assist you in your stay and in making sure you have what you need, please understand that this is not a hotel and there is not a 24-hour concierge available to deliver toothpaste at 3 AM. However, everything you need to enjoy a turnkey experience (as if this were your own 2nd home) will be in the rental - including freshly laundered linens, towels, toilet paper, etc. Please treat the place with kindness as in many cases our relatives may be staying in it after you!


Mission Beach is San Diego’s premier vacation spot and a must-see for visitors to our sunny city! Nestled on a narrow strip between the bay and the ocean, you’re never more than a few blocks from the water and only a few minutes driving distance from the city. Visitors love the long walkways along the beach and bay, the relaxed beach atmosphere and lifestyle, and the festivity of Belmont Park and the surrounding recreational areas. Bay Haven Cottage is located in the heart of all that Mission Beach has to offer, yet is on a calm residential court (pedestrian walkway) away from the bustle of tourists and distant from the 'frat party' atmosphere of some blocks in the area.


Granite countertops, subway tile backsplash, stainless appliances (microwave, stove, dishwasher & refrigerator). Equipment includes cooking utensils, pots, dishes & glasses & silverware, serving dishes, mixing bowls, assorted pans & cookie sheets for the oven, knives, cutting boards, small appliances (mixer, toaster, coffeemaker, food processor, blender), and spices. This house is used by family when not rented out and the kitchen is equipped to make large and complicated family meals. Includes a 42” eat-in table with four chairs.

Round pedestal table is set up for 4 guests but can accommodate up to 8 (take chairs from kitchen table.) Original built-in glassfront cabinets are great for storing pantry items, and the window seat is a favorite hideaway for many of the children who stay here.

Features a sofa and two armchairs, plus a large coffee table and three side tables. For added lounge seating, two folding butterfly chairs are stored in the closet in the 2nd bedroom. The TV has premium cable channels and also an Apple TV to play your own videos via Airplay. A ceiling fan provides comforting breezes on hot days. A whole-house furnace provides heat on the chilliest days of the year (of which there are very few!)

Has a queen bed and an electric fireplace for chilly nights. There is a closet and a small dresser unit inside the closet. Luggage may be stored under the bed or in the armoire in the hallway. The mattress is a good quality and on the firm side to accommodate guests with back problems.

Features a full size bed and a lofted twin bunk bed accessed via a cool ‘pipe ladder’. The bunk bed is really best for a child – it’s a bit of a tight fit for an adult or teen! This bedroom features a TV for keeping the kiddos occupied. There is a large closet that includes a small dresser unit.

Slate floor, tiled tub/shower combo, spacious. There are caddies under the sink for storing makeup and toiletries. Counter space is at a premium in the bathroom when there are multiple guests, so we suggest storing toiletries in the caddies to make extra space! The shower also has a toiletries caddy.

There is an exclusive use front porch with two Adirondack chairs and a side table. There is also an exclusive use patio running the entire width of the property, it includes a large lounging sectional, dining table, and grill. This area is not private, however – it is separated from the residential court by a low wall, so folks passing by may engage you in conversation (it is a friendly neighborhood and everyone seems to really like the new look of the place!)

There are several additional beds available. We have two folding memory foam twin beds that can be placed in the living room (or one would fit in the 2nd bedroom). There is also a pack n’ play for younger guests and a youth-sized airbed mattress. Extra pillows, sheets, and blankets are located in the closets in the cottage.

There is one off-street garage parking space for this cottage. It fits everything up to a pickup truck or mid-sized SUV, though the larger the car is the more difficult/annoying it is to park in the spot. However, we have parked our long bed pickup truck in the spot several times so it can be done – but smaller cars are better. (Since we have all beach equipment here, there shouldn’t be a need for all that packing!) Backing in is by far the easiest way to park in the garage due to the small turning radius of the alley that the garage is located on.

There is a washer-dryer on the property. It is shared with two other vacation rental units but there have not been any issues with clothes disappearing or the machines not being available when guests need them. At worst guests have just needed to move someone’s wash to the dryer in order to start their first load.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/28/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double, 1 twin/ single


  • Living Room: 2 twin/ single, 1 child bed, 1 baby crib

    Two twin folding beds, child size air bed, pack'n'play....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower



  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Seating for 4 people


from 18 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer 2017
Jun 1 - Jun 21, 2017
3 night min stay
June Fill-in Dates
Jun 22 - Jun 24, 2017
2 night min stay
High Season
Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Late Summer
Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 11.05%


Refundable Security Deposit is returned within 48 hours of check-out.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/28/2017
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3 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Diego International Airport
350 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Coaster Saloon
3 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak - Old Town Station
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Starkey's BBQ
30 Metres
Nearest Beach
Mission Bay Beach

Car: Recommended


Owner info

About the owner: We are a husband-and-wife team who have been running vacation rentals in the San Diego area since 2007. We love meeting all the different people who come through and helping them get the most out of their stay in our beautiful city!

Why the Owner Chose Mission Beach, San Diego, CA, USA:
We fell in love with its cute 1920's exterior and how well preserved the interior was. The location could not be better, so close to the bay and to Belmont Park but still not in a loud or 'party' oriented neighborhood. We just finished up a major renovation of the property and are excited to have people enjoy the great new space!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/28/2017

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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