Discover a selection of 4,000 vacation rentals in Escondido, 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 private pools. Prices start at $95 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Escondido. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Seafront option offering unassuming rooms & studios, plus a seafood restaurant & a spa.

Apparently, Escondido means 'hidden' in Spanish, with some suggesting it refers to hidden treasure. The jury's still out on that one, but this vibrant city is a gem of a place, alright. With everything from safari parks and hiking trails to art galleries, theaters, and concert halls, your Escondido vacation rental is going to be a treasure chest of activities from start to finish. Head down to a vintage car rally, float your boat out on one of the city's lakes, or get down to the serious business of exploring the local wines and craft beers.

Things to do

Take a walk on the wild side with San Diego Zoo Safari Park

They're a wild bunch in the hidden city. Or at least they are at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido's most famous attraction. Covering 18,00 acres, there's a particular focus on African animals, and if you think you've got wingspan then you should see their California condors. But don't worry, there's plenty for the culture vultures too. Downtown Escondido alone has ten galleries, and the jewel in its crown is the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. This massive venue features a theater, a concert hall, dance studios, and a contemporary art museum.


Get the Oldsmobile fired up in Escondido

Hear that throaty thrum of antique engines? Smell that rich scent of gasoline? Find yourself in downtown Escondido on a Friday night and you'll catch the city's regular classic car rally, Cruisin' Grand, with more than 500 old beauties showing up every week from April to September. If you like your air a little fresher, an Escondido vacation rental will leave you spoiled for choice. The city's 3 lakes all allow boating and fishing, while its parks and conservation areas offer hiking and biking. And if you've worked up a thirst after all that, why not slake it at one of Escondido's many wineries or craft breweries?


How d'you like them oranges?

If you want a clue about the kind of weather you're likely to encounter on your Escondido vacation rental, consider that the area is famous for its vineyards and orange groves. Neither of which are things you'd associate with driving rain and howling arctic winds. Yes, the good news for sun-worshippers is that Escondido boasts a fantastic year-round climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters that are still incredibly mild by most people's standards. As for snow, you're more likely to see winged pigs falling from the sky.

Natural features

Brush up on your tracking skills in Escondido

The safari park is all well and good, but what if you want to track the wildlife down for yourself? Well, Escondido is stacked with parks, some of them massive. Try starting with Daley Ranch, a 3,000-acre conservation area on the outskirts of the city. Wander its hiking trails and you might be in with a chance of catching hawks, deer, coyote, and bobcat. Rumor has it there's even a cougar or two about. Escondido also has three lakes, which are full of fish (though the stocks do get a helping hand from the city authorities).

How to get there

Transportation to and around Escondido

The nearest airport is in San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN), located 27.5 mi (44.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), which is 11 mi (17.7 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Escondido?

Whether you're looking for an intimate retreat for you and your sweetheart or somewhere roomy to fit family and friends, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Escondido. Here are a couple to start you off:

  • "Treat Yourself Lake Views - Serenity" is a hit with guests. Around 17 miles from Escondido, it has 2 bedrooms and lots of handy amenities, including a lake view and a toaster.
  • Alternatively, make your home away from home at "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo". Around 25 miles from the heart of Escondido, it has 2 bedrooms and features nearby birdwatching activities and a travel crib.

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

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

You need only take a peek inside our tiny house vacation rentals in Escondido to find out that great things really do come in little packages. Expertly designed to maximize every square inch of space, these pint-sized digs promise a big vacation experience:

  • Get set for a simpler way of life at "Camplux Tiny Home". Amenities at this retreat in West Ridge include cookware, dishware and utensils and a hair dryer.
  • Alternatively, get comfy at "Tiny Home In Bulldog Paradise With Free Puppy Love". Situated in Valley Center, this wee gem comes with a smart TV and an electric car charging station.

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

Pick a stunning log cabin from the many dotted in or around Escondido and you'll soon be inside your wooden sanctuary, tasty tipple in hand, unwinding by a blazing fire. But adventure is just outside your front door too. These cabins promise the perfect blend of comfort and fun:

  • "New Coleman Creek, Authentic Log Cabin + Spa In Forest. Thoroughly Disinfected": This awesome escape is an ideal base if you're an outdoorsy type. Horse riding and kayaking are a couple of 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 get out and try some fun activities nearby, including cycling and mountain biking. Active or chill, the choice is yours.

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

Forget about those chores, because weekends were made for fun. Take time out at one of these weekend getaways in and near Escondido and enjoy all the wonderful things to do nearby:

  • Spend a few days at "Kennebeck Ct, 30 Seconds To Sand", which is around 25 miles to the south of Escondido. There's lots of adventure and nature to uncover here. Do some cycling and parasailing or just enjoy the sights of Gator Beach and Mount Helix Park.
  • Alternatively, enjoy a short and sweet break at "You've Just Found San Diego's Most Unique Family Gathering Place". Stay in and put your feet up, or get active and try fishing and cycling. When you're ready to discover some nearby attractions, plan a visit to Lake Jennings and Ocean Beach Park. This charming vacation rental is around 30 miles south of Escondido.

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

Appreciate the culture of Escondido from the comfort of a studio apartment. Whether you plan to escape on your own or paint the town red with pals, you'll find the perfect studio apartment for rent in or near Escondido:

  • Make "Beautiful Private Get - Away, Casita" your home for a week or more. This great vacation rental comes with amenities including a free nearby fitness center and a theme park.
  • Alternatively, switch to vacation mode at "Treetop Luxury Suite At Tropical Resort", which offers conveniences including a restaurant dining guide and an oven.

There are many sights around Escondido to put on your to-do list. Feed your inner culture vulture and visit Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and NTC Promenade.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Escondido?

Short-term rentals are plentiful in and around Escondido. Stay for a night or two in a condo, a studio apartment or a large home. No matter what type of property you're searching for, you'll find what you need with Vrbo. These are a few of our favorites:

  • If you'd love to be near the action, "Fort 1 Craftsman On The Woods - Quiet" has your name on it. It's within easy reach of the heart of Escondido and a convenient base to explore attractions like San Diego Zoo and San Diego Convention Center.
  • "Right On The Beach Exquisitely Remodeled 3br" is another wonderful option. Remember to add Balboa Park and University of San Diego to your travel itinerary when it's time to sightsee.

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

Whether spent in a rustic cabin or a luxury condo, a romantic weekend getaway is a wonderful way to say "I love you." Whisk your partner away for a couple of relaxing days at one of these top escapes in or near Escondido:

  • Located around 17 miles from Escondido, "Treat Yourself Lake Views - Serenity" is a perfect place for starry-eyed couples. Winery tours and air conditioning are among the many amenities here.
  • Alternatively, spend your break sipping wine and canoodling at "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo", around 25 miles from Escondido. A fireplace and daily housekeeping services will help set the mood.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Escondido?

If you're in search of somewhere to reconnect with your nearest and dearest this vacation, why not make it memorable? These mansions for rent in or around Escondido will easily accommodate the entire gang while doing it in serious style:

  • Situated about 16 miles to the west of Escondido, "Newly Renovated Gorgeous Beachfront Mansion On The Sand P1733" is the ideal place for a luxurious getaway. Amenities on offer here include a fireplace and a beach view.
  • Alternatively, step your vacation up a notch and spend a week or two at "Hilltop Mansion Perfect For Families". It's around 19 miles to the north of Escondido and offers amenities like a fireplace, beauty services and more.

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

Big groups mean big fun. They also mean finding someplace that'll easily fit your whole gang. Check out our large group vacation rentals in or around Escondido and get your loved ones together under the same roof:

  • A wide array of amenities including a kitchen and a swimming pool make "You've Just Found San Diego's Most Unique Family Gathering Place" a standout. This spacious retreat has 5 bedrooms and accommodates up to 14 people. From the heart of Escondido, it's around 30 miles away to the south.
  • "Perfect For 2 Or 3 Families. Unobstructed Park And Ocean Views. Steps To Sand" is another option that'll fit the whole crew. It's around 20 miles to the southwest of Escondido, has 5 bedrooms and welcomes up to 15 guests. A nearby waterfront and a water park are among the things designed to make your stay even more memorable.

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

A pool is often an all-important amenity when choosing where to spend your vacation, particularly if you've got kids in tow. Check out these houses with a pool in or near Escondido and spend your days splashing about:

  • Get into vacay mode at "Come Stay At Your Coastal Dream House", where your main priority will be relaxing by the pool. Amenities such as childrens activities and cable/satellite TV services help make this getaway a guest favorite.
  • Spend leisurely days splashing about or catching a few peaceful moments by the water at "Read Our Reviews Guests This Family Friendly House". This property is another guest favorite and offers childrens activities, a porch and more.

Not sure what the weather's like in Escondido? It has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging from 65 ºF to 80 ºF. If you're after a little more inspiration on places to stay in this epic destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to check out our entire selection of Escondido vacation rentals.