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Redefining small town perfection in sandy Cardiff

Resting comfortably along the Pacific Ocean, laid-back Cardiff is known for its wide sandy beaches and some of the most renowned surfing in the world. Part of the city of Encinitas, the seaside community reportedly got its unexpected name from the founder's Welsh wife (homesick, perhaps?). That famous San Diego vibe meets small town life in this picturesque seaside community on historic Highway 101, where the surf culture hasn't changed since the 1950s. With a Cardiff vacation rental, the Pacific is your playground. Life doesn't get much better than this.

Things to do

Get a taste of classic California on historic Highway 101

A Cardiff vacation rental is the perfect place for soaking up the local culture. Swing by the Cardiff Kook bronze surfer statue and see how the locals have dressed him up today. The San Dieguito Heritage Museum serves up local history, and the Lux Art Institute offers plenty of visual stimulation. For some fresh air, head to the San Diego Botanic Garden or the Sal Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Find your Zen in the meditation gardens at the Self-Realization Fellowship Encinitas Temple, or catch a flick at the 1920s La Paloma Theatre. Midnight picnics and bonfires at Moonlight Beach are a must.


It may not be Wales, but there are whales

The town is also called Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and you'll quickly see why. Life undeniably revolves around the ocean. Catch a wave with some of surfing's best in the world, particularly at The Reef, Pipes, and Swami's (good enough to merit mention in the Beach Boys Classic "Surfin' USA"). Try your hand at paddleboarding, snorkeling, or spearfishing, or just work on that tan, whale watch, and catch an amazing sunset. When the tide goes out, join the locals in exploring the fascinating tidal pools. Cardiff is also a prime spot for oceanfront camping, local festivals, and farmer's markets.


Discover that endless summer the Beach Boys loved so much

Leave the winter blues behind. Highs will be in the 60s and 70s all year long at your Cardiff vacation rental. The moderate temps are perfect for experiencing those famous ocean waves (water temps range from 60 to 70 degrees, too). In the coldest months of January and February, you might see overnight lows in the mid-40s, but you don't need to worry about seeing any snow. Ocean storms can bring rains from December to April. The rest of the year is generally dry, though May and June can see those famous Pacific fogs.

Natural features

Pondering the pounding surf of the Pacific

Maybe it's the cliffs that inspired the name. While they might not be as big as the ones in Wales, they still make for a great place to look out over the broad sandy beach, crashing waves, and spectacular sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. The consistent shape of the waves is what makes the area so popular with surfers. You have to pass a handful of lagoons before you can get inland from the beaches. Low tide exposes a flat, rocky reef and fascinating tidal pools.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Encinitas

The nearest airport is in San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN), located 21.8 mi (35 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), which is 6.2 mi (10 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Encinitas?

Whether you're looking for a cozy escape for you and your love or someplace roomy to fit all your friends, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Encinitas. Here are a couple to get you thinking:

  • Around 25 miles from the center of Encinitas, it's difficult to beat "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo". It has 2 bedrooms and handy features including an iron and ironing board and free toiletries.
  • Alternatively, make yourself comfy at "Treat Yourself Lake Views - Serenity". Located around 25 miles from the heart of Encinitas, it has 2 bedrooms and comes with lowered locks and a washing machine.

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

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

You need only set foot into one of our tiny house vacation rentals in Encinitas to recognize that amazing things really do come in small packages. Smartly designed to maximize every square inch of space, these fun-sized digs promise a big vacation experience:

  • Experience a simpler way of living at "Camplux Tiny Home". Amenities at this gem in West Ridge include a fridge, cable/satellite TV services and more.
  • Alternatively, base yourself at "Tiny Home In Bulldog Paradise With Free Puppy Love". Situated in Valley Center, this wee gem comes with coffee and tea making facilities and a smart TV.

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

Select a charming log cabin from the many in or around Encinitas and you'll soon be inside your wooden hideaway, wine in hand, lounging in front of a glowing fire. But adventure is right outside your door too. These cabins promise the perfect blend of comfort and fun:

  • "New Coleman Creek, Authentic Log Cabin + Spa In Forest. Thoroughly Disinfected": Enjoy a week relaxing and resting at this fantastic cabin in nature. Once you've recharged, enjoy fishing or horse riding, which are among the best activities in this area.
  • "Charming Log Cabin Surrounded By The Hills Of The Cleveland National Forest": After a fun day of trying out some popular local pastimes, such as cycling and hiking and biking, wind down at this charming getaway.

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

At Vrbo, we think weekends were made for having fun. Get cozy at one of these weekend getaways in and around Encinitas and enjoy all the wonderful things to do close by:

  • Located 20 miles to the south of the center of Encinitas, "Kennebeck Ct, 30 Seconds To Sand" is a great fit for adventurous types and nature buffs. Stay busy by exploring nearby outdoor attractions, such as Steele Canyon Golf Club and Bahia Point Beach. Then, take the opportunity to try snorkeling or windsurfing.
  • "Fort 1 Craftsman On The Woods - Quiet" is another dream escape to consider. Around 20 miles south of Encinitas, use it as a base to enjoy some sailing or fishing. Presidio Park and Border Field State Park Beach also have to be on your itinerary while you're here.

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

Studio apartments are difficult to beat when it comes to location, convenience and affordability. Check out these studio apartments for rent in or near Encinitas and immerse yourself in the local vibe and culture:

  • Make "Beautiful Private Get - Away, Casita" your home for a few days or more. This appealing property comes with amenities including nearby museums and cable/satellite TV services.
  • Another awesome option is "Treetop Luxury Suite At Tropical Resort". Make use of beach towels, free toiletries and other conveniences during your vacation.

When you're ready to step outside your studio apartment and do some sightseeing, there's loads to entertain you around Encinitas. Enjoy cultural attractions? Don't miss San Diego Museum of Art and Diversionary Theatre.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Encinitas?

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

  • "Fort 1 Craftsman On The Woods - Quiet" is near the heart of Encinitas, which means you'll have plenty of things to see and do. Check out notable sights like San Diego Zoo and San Diego Convention Center when you're not hanging out in your cozy rental.
  • Sleep, eat and explore from "Right On The Beach Exquisitely Remodeled 3br", another enticing option. Balboa Park and University of San Diego should be on your itinerary when it's time to see the sights.

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

Forget roses and chocolates. Sometimes all you need is to get away for the weekend, just you and your sweetie. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around Encinitas that would make Cupid swoon. Here are some we think you'll love:

  • Located around 25 miles from Encinitas, "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo" is a perfect place for starry-eyed couples. A fireplace and a dining table are some of the amenities here.
  • Alternatively, spend a few days enjoying each other's company at "Treat Yourself Lake Views - Serenity", around 25 miles from Encinitas. Winery tours and air conditioning will help set the mood for romance.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Encinitas?

Nothing screams "best vacation evvv-er" like staying in a mansion. Treat the family to a truly unforgettable getaway at one of these mansions for rent in or near Encinitas:

  • Situated 10 miles to the northwest of Encinitas, "Newly Renovated Gorgeous Beachfront Mansion On The Sand P1733" is the perfect place to relax in the lap of luxury. Amenities here include a fireplace and a beach view.
  • Alternatively, step your vacation up a notch and spend a week at "Hilltop Mansion Perfect For Families". It's located around 25 miles to the north of Encinitas and offers amenities like a swimming pool, a sauna and more.

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

Check out these large group vacation rentals in or near Encinitas and don't worry about leaving anyone off your guest list:

  • You'll have loads of room to spread out at "Perfect For 2 Or 3 Families. Unobstructed Park And Ocean Views. Steps To Sand". Around 14 miles south of Encinitas, this grand property has 5 bedrooms and sleeps up to 15 guests. Top amenities include an ocean view and a water view.
  • "Wow Home San Diego Vacation, Sunset Ocean View Pool Hot Tub" is another fantastic option. It's around 25 miles to the southeast of Encinitas, has 7 bedrooms and accommodates up to 22 guests. A swimming pool and an ocean view are among the things designed to make your group vacation even more comfortable.

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

Nothing spells fun like a pool. Pull out your inflatable swan and browse these rental houses in or near Encinitas that come with this vacation essential:

  • Round up your gang and enjoy a memorable stay at "Come Stay At Your Coastal Dream House". There's plenty to love about this getaway apart from its pool, such as a kitchen and childrens activities.
  • "Read Our Reviews Guests This Family Friendly House" is the sort of place you go to get away from everything and make the most of your surroundings, starting with its glorious pool. A microwave oven and a barbecue grill are also on hand to make your stay nice and comfortable.

Not sure what the weather is like in Encinitas? It has a mediterranean climate, with average temperatures in summer ranging from 65 ºF to 75 ºF. If you're seeking more inspiration on where to stay in this popular destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to look through our entire range of Encinitas vacation rentals.