Discover a selection of 3,000 vacation rentals in Carlsbad, CA that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and air conditioning. Prices start at $149 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Carlsbad. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Make like the great and the good with a Carlsbad vacation

If you're the sort that loves to live the high life, Carlsbad might just be the vacation spot for you. Just 35 miles from downtown San Diego, this smart beachfront city is one of the wealthiest spots in the state, and a glam Carlsbad vacation rental is an opportunity to see how the other half lives without breaking the bank. You'll come for the gorgeous beaches, surf spots, and family-friendly attractions, but once you're there you'll get to enjoy brewery tours, flower meadows, and fine dining. And with a year-round program of events, there's never a dull day in Carlsbad.

Things to do

Carlsbad is the coolest kid on the (Lego) block

What's that you can hear? High-pitched voices? The rapid pattering of little feet? A palpable sense of excitement? It can only be Legoland California. This family-friendly theme park is one of Carlsbad's most popular attractions, featuring entertainment, rides, and even its own water park and aquarium. If you're around between March and May, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are a particularly lovely part of the Carlsbad vacation rental experience, with multi colored fields, rose gardens, and special seasonal events. There are museums too, including the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum and the Carlsbad Barrio and Museum.


Activities near Carlsbad vacation homes

With a Carlsbad vacation rental, it's only a matter of time before you find yourself down on the beach. Surfers and sun seekers alike love it round here, and it's a pretty sure bet that you will, too. And if you're not content with seeing the spectacular California coastline from ground level, then of course Carlsbad has a more decadent way to do it, with various companies offering plane and helicopter tours. Another quirk of the area is that it's got a disproportionate number of breweries—so hire yourself a designated driver and get some of the good stuff down you.


Climate for your stay in Carlsbad vacation homes

As weather goes, it doesn't come much better than the climate in this part of California. Summers round here are hot and dry, so you can be fairly certain your Legoland trip isn't going to be a washout. It rarely gets too hot, thanks to those cool breezes blowing in off the Pacific, but if it does, the ocean's right there, after all. Winter is also a decent option for a Carlsbad vacation rental. The weather's still pretty mild, without too much rain, though you might get a bit of fog coming in from time to time.

Natural features

When a vacationer is tired of beaches, they're tired of life

If the attractions and the upscale vibe make Carlsbad a winner in the vacation destination stakes, then the setting isn't bad either. The city is full of open spaces, including lakes, parks, ranches, and hills. The standout feature of the area, though, is its spectacular Pacific coast. With 7 miles of rocky coastline and sandy beaches, there's something for everyone, whether you're looking for a secluded spot to laze in the sun or some serious waves to test your mettle against. Many of the beaches in this part of San Diego County are protected, making them havens for wildlife.

How to get there

How to get to and around Carlsbad

The nearest airport is in San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN), located 30.7 mi (49.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), which is 4.9 mi (7.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Carlsbad Village Station or Carlsbad Poinsettia Station to see more of the city.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly activities near Carlsbad vacation homes

Carlsbad is one of the best destinations for a family trip. Vacation homes are available near places like Miniland USA, an amusement park with thrill rides, kiddie rides, and games, and Batiquitos Lagoon, an ecological reserve with a nature center and hiking trails. Kids will also like SEA LIFE Aquarium, a family-friendly marine facility with thousands of sea creatures and interactive exhibits.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in Carlsbad

Carlsbad boasts numerous romantic locations for a couple’s retreat. Vacation homes can be found near places like San Elijo Lagoon, a nature reserve with miles of trails through a lagoon teeming with wildlife, and the Flower Fields, a seasonal park with acres of colorful flowers and walking paths. You could also visit Leo Carrillo Ranch History Park, a historic park in a canyon with peacocks, birds of paradise, and other unique flora and fauna.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Carlsbad?

The heart wants what the heart wants, and right now it wants to take a vacation. Now's the time to pack your suitcase and retreat to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Carlsbad:

  • Around 30 miles from the center of Carlsbad, you'll want to keep coming back to "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo". It has 2 bedrooms and handy features including a microwave oven and nearby museums.
  • "Treat Yourself Lake Views - Serenity" is another top pick, offering 2 bedrooms, children's games, a fridge and more. It's around 30 miles from Carlsbad.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Carlsbad vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Carlsbad?

Punching way above its weight when it comes to character and charm, a tiny house vacation rental in Carlsbad opens the door to big adventure. Shut off all your tech and turn your focus to Mother Nature at one of these pint-sized escapes:

  • Unwind and recharge at "Camplux Tiny Home". Located in West Ridge, WiFi and pet-friendly services are a couple of amenities offered here.
  • "Tiny Home In Bulldog Paradise With Free Puppy Love" in Valley Center is another popular choice. WiFi and a TV will make your getaway here even more comfortable.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Carlsbad?

Whether you want to spend your vacation adventuring outdoors or chilling with your loved ones, Vrbo has wonderful log cabins where you can do both. Check out these top picks in and around Carlsbad:

  • "New Coleman Creek, Authentic Log Cabin + Spa In Forest. Thoroughly Disinfected": This fabulous escape is an ideal base if you're an outdoorsy type. Mountain biking and kayaking are several activities you can do in the area when you're not unwinding in your comfy cabin.
  • "Charming Log Cabin Surrounded By The Hills Of The Cleveland National Forest": Stay in and enjoy the quiet atmosphere or experience some of the thrilling activities nearby, such as mountain biking and cycling. Idle or active, the choice is yours.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Carlsbad?

Clock out on Friday and then forget the real world. If you're craving some relaxation and fun, these rentals in and near Carlsbad are the perfect weekend getaway:

  • Spend your whirlwind escape at "Kennebeck Ct, 30 Seconds To Sand", which is around 25 miles to the south of central Carlsbad. There's lots of adventure and nature on your doorstep here. Go parasailing and golf or simply take in the sights of La Costa Golf Courses - North and South and Coronado Municipal Beach.
  • "Fort 1 Craftsman On The Woods - Quiet" is another great setting for a weekend getaway. Around 25 miles south of Carlsbad, use it as a base to do a little fishing or water skiing. Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course - Mountain and Heritage Park should also be on your to-do list if you stay here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Carlsbad?

Studio apartments are a tough act to follow when it comes to location, convenience and affordability. Browse these studio apartments for rent in or near Carlsbad and enjoy a taste of the local culture:

  • Make "Beautiful Private Get - Away, Casita" your home for a couple of days or more. This quality property features amenities including a fridge and nearby birdwatching activities.
  • "Treetop Luxury Suite At Tropical Resort" is another appealing option. Make yourself at home and enjoy the use of a porch, coffee and tea making facilities and more.

With the moolah you save on your studio apartment, you'll be able to discover more of Carlsbad. Cultural sights like North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre and San Diego Museum of Art will help you get a better feel for the character of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Carlsbad?

Just because you only have a few short days free doesn't mean you need to spend it in a boring hotel. Go on vacation but still have the comforts of home at one of these short-term rentals in or around Carlsbad:

  • Close to the center of Carlsbad, "Fort 1 Craftsman On The Woods - Quiet" is great for a quick break. While you're about, take a look at top sights like San Diego Zoo and San Diego Convention Center.
  • Hop out of bed, pour yourself a coffee and then start planning what to see around "Right On The Beach Exquisitely Remodeled 3br". Balboa Park and University of San Diego should be on your radar if you choose to stay at this appealing vacation rental.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Carlsbad?

Whether spent in a cabin, a cottage or a treehouse, a romantic weekend getaway is a wonderful way to add some zing to your relationship. Whisk your honey off for a couple of days at one of these sought-after escapes in or near Carlsbad:

  • Around 30 miles from Carlsbad, "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo" is the ideal place for doting couples. A fireplace and a restaurant dining guide are some of the many amenities here.
  • "Treat Yourself Lake Views - Serenity" is another option that's sure to impress. It's about 30 miles from Carlsbad and has winery tours and a firepit.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Carlsbad?

If you're in search of somewhere to reconnect with your nearest and dearest this vacation, you're going to need plenty of room. These mansions for rent in or near Carlsbad will easily fit the entire crew while doing it in serious style:

  • Located around 6 miles to the northwest of Carlsbad, "Newly Renovated Gorgeous Beachfront Mansion On The Sand P1733" is the ideal place for a luxurious getaway. Amenities here include a fireplace and a beach view.
  • Alternatively, catapult your vacation to a new level and stay a week or two at "Hilltop Mansion Perfect For Families". It's around 19 miles to the north of Carlsbad and comes with a swimming pool, a fireplace and more.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Carlsbad?

Big groups mean massive fun. They also mean finding a place that'll comfortably fit your whole squad. Check out our large group vacation rentals in or around Carlsbad and get your loved ones together under one roof:

  • Providing space, comfort and privacy, you'll get everyone's tick of approval at "Perfect For 2 Or 3 Families. Unobstructed Park And Ocean Views. Steps To Sand". Up to 15 people can be accommodated at this property which has 5 bedrooms, a firepit and a beach view. This group favorite is around 19 miles to the south of Carlsbad.
  • Nothing's more important than spending time with the people you love, and "Wow Home San Diego Vacation, Sunset Ocean View Pool Hot Tub" makes it easy to do that. Located around 30 miles to the southeast of Carlsbad, as many as 22 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 7 bedrooms. A garden and an electric car charging station are among the many amenities here.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Carlsbad?

A pool is often a must-have amenity when deciding where to stay on vacation, especially if you're traveling with kids who are full of beans. Browse these houses with a pool in or near Carlsbad and fill your days with frolicking good fun:

  • Pack your swim gear and book a few days at "Come Stay At Your Coastal Dream House". There are plenty of other appealing amenities here, including a living room and a microwave oven.
  • "Read Our Reviews Guests This Family Friendly House" is the kind of place you go to leave the everyday behind and enjoy your surroundings, starting with its inviting pool. A barbecue grill and free toiletries are also on hand to make your stay nice and comfortable.

Carlsbad has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging between 65 ºF and 75 ºF. But there's no need to wait until summertime to visit. Check out the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the ideal Carlsbad vacation rental and organize your getaway for whatever season you like.

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