Destination guide

A gem of a community in San Diego County

El Cajon, or the Big Box, makes for a vibrant base when you’re visiting San Diego County. What you’ll find here are El Cajon vacation rentals to tick all possible boxes, whether you’re after a small, cozy pad to call your own, or are seeking a larger property with multiple bedrooms and a shimmering swimming pool out the back. If you like your food, you’ll be well at home in El Cajon, thanks to its banquet of restaurant options, while you can work off the calories in one of the local outdoor spaces that provide a green escape from the urban sprawl.

Things to do

The Wild West in El Cajon

Anyone with a fascination for the American West should make a beeline for the Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center while in El Cajon. It’s a celebration of the work of Olaf Wieghorst, who lived in the area and made his name for majestic portraits of pioneers, Native Americans, and the epic landscape of the United States in the 19th century. The cactus garden outside is also well worth a wander. El Cajon vacation rentals also make the perfect base for visiting San Diego itself, which is a 20-minute drive away and boasts attractions like the famed San Diego Zoo, and the inspiring San Diego Air & Space Museum.


Outdoor recreation, indoor culture in El Cajon

El Cajon vacation rentals will put you within strolling distance of a number of diverting outdoor spots. Amateur athletes will take to Albert Van Zanten Park, which has baseball fields and running tracks, while if you’re here with little ones in tow, Bill Beck Park’s playground provides a good way to let them expend excess energy. Elsewhere in the region, you’ll also find walking trails and unspoiled swathes of nature. If all of that leaves you ready to take a load off, check out the program at the East County Performing Arts Center – a favorite cultural hub which puts on cutting-edge comedy and big, crowd-pleasing musicals that’ll have you tapping right along.


Summer and fall escapes to El Cajon

Thanks to its proximity to San Diego, which is a city always worth visiting, there’s no “wrong” season for visiting El Cajon. Summers are certainly warm, with July and August particularly recommended for avoiding the overcast skies that can cause “June Gloom”. It’s worth checking if your visit coincides with major events like Comic-Con, which can cause vacation rentals to get snapped up in a hurry. The fall is a fine time to travel to El Cajon – not only are there typically fewer crowds, but you can also tuck in your napkin, grab the knife and fork, and get stuck into San Diego’s annual Restaurant Week.

Natural features

Enter the valley in El Cajon

El Cajon got its name due to its location – “boxed in” by the surrounding mountains. That’s a misleading thought, though, as you certainly won’t feel boxed in while wandering the streets and looking up at the undulating, hilly horizon. While this is very much an urban landscape, just to the west you’ll find Mission Trails Regional Park, a dramatic expanse of mountains and gorges, featuring miles of trails, a boating lake, lush flowers, and colorful birds.

How to get there

How to get to and around El Cajon

The nearest airport is in San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field), located 5 mi (8.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 14.6 mi (23.5 km) away.

It's easy to get around El Cajon by catching a ride on the metro at Arnele Avenue Station, El Cajon Transit Center Station or Gillespie Field Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around El Cajon?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 3,854 vacation rentals around El Cajon. From 1,822 condo and apartment rentals to 1,293 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a seaside property in El Cajon?

Rising every morning to ocean views and the sound of waves lapping at the sandy shore. This is the stuff vacation dreams are made of! There are 1,243 beachside vacation homes to pick from. Open to more suggestions? Vrbo has tons more rental options to investigate, including:

  • 836 ocean-view vacation rentals.
  • 818 beach-view vacation rentals.
  • 776 beach vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in El Cajon?

If you want to have an authentic local experience and love having lots of space to spread out, renting a whole house is the way to go. There are 1,352 houses currently available on Vrbo. Prices begin at $39 per night. If that doesn't agree with your group's style, we've got a range of other rental options to select from, such as:

  • Condo: 952 vacation homes. Prices start from $12 per night.
  • Apartment: 864 vacation homes. Prices start from $60 per night.
  • Townhome: 232 vacation homes. Prices start from $100 per night.

Can I stay in El Cajon in a large group?

The recipe for a perfect vacation is spending time with your friends and loved ones in an amazing new place. If you'll be visiting with a big group, Vrbo has options. House vacation homes are the preferred choice for large groups of visitors, with 287 featured here. The vacation properties that can cater to large numbers around here include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we offer 1,778 vacation homes perfectly suited for that size. Book a night for as little as $83.
  • Need somewhere for 8 guests? We have 1,001 that will work well. Prices start from $140 a night.
  • Traveling with a group of 10? We offer 460 vacation homes that will be perfect. Prices start from $130 a night.

You and all your besties will be well catered to when you organize your El Cajon vacation with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in El Cajon?

Friends become our chosen family. Reunite with your nearest and dearest and book a reasonably priced escape with Vrbo. When it comes to seeking out a terrific deal, your first port of call should be Hillcrest. Here, Vrbo has 228 rentals at an average price of $187 per night. Gaslamp Quarter is another good option. Vrbo has 359 rentals here, and the average price is around $209 per night.

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