Discover a selection of 1,500 vacation rentals in San Diego, 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 $125 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in San Diego. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Find fun and culture from a San Diego cabin accommodation

San Diego is one of the most popular areas for cabin rentals in California. Between the sun-drenched coast and the vibrant city brimming with culture and excellent restaurants, there’s something for everyone in San Diego. You can discover top theme parks and attractions like the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and LEGOLAND California, sightsee in the city, or spend your days lounging on the beach.

Things to do

Sightseeing near San Diego vacation rentals

You can't visit San Diego and skip Balboa Park, site of the famous San Diego Zoo. But if you're not enticed by the giraffes grazing in Safari Park, then be sure to visit this sprawling urban cultural park's numerous art galleries, museums, and theaters. After, be sure to visit the San Diego Harbor, where you can climb aboard the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum. Other local highlights include Birch Aquarium, the San Diego Botanic Garden, and the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, which is a 16-block historic district known for its nightlife and restaurant scene.


Activities near San Diego vacation homes

There's nothing more Californian than a day at the beach, practicing your surf skills in Del Mar or hiking the trails in La Jolla. Spot the seals and sea lions that have taken over some of the beaches, or hop aboard a whale-watching tour. Take a sunset hot air balloon ride, or catch one of the many local festivals that fill the city's streets throughout the year. Whatever you do, be sure to book a San Diego vacation rental with outdoor space. You won't want to spend any time indoors with weather this fine.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventure near San Diego vacation homes

The diverse landscape of San Diego is an adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Vacation homes in San Diego put you within reach of the best the area has to offer, from leisurely nature experiences to adrenaline-fueled adventures. You can hike in the foothills to find hidden waterfalls and swimming holes, sail in Mission Bay, camp under the stars in the desert, take in the coastal views with skydiving or paragliding, and much more.


Local weather for your stay in San Diego vacation rentals

The locals love bragging about the weather, with near-perfect temps lasting almost the entire year. Summers are hectic, busy, and more expensive, but the Pacific Ocean's rarely-warm temps might be enough to lure you into booking that San Diego vacation rental after all. If crowds really aren't your scene, then September and October are the ideal time to visit, when prices drop but temps barely see a dip. Winters are unsurprisingly quiet, but so are May and June, thanks to the region's bout of gray weather, known as May Gray and June Gloom.

Natural features

A city full of rolling waves and rolling hills

Situated just 20 miles north of the Mexican border, San Diego's biggest natural attraction is, undoubtedly, its 70 miles of stunning, sandy beaches. The city is surrounded by rolling hills, and includes the San Diego Bay along its coast, a natural harbor and deepwater port. But the city doesn't just offer impeccable coastlines. San Diego also features acres of densely forested hills, perfect for hiking, fertile valleys that are ideal for a budding wine region of its own, and plenty of mountains, canyons, and desert in between.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around San Diego

Fly into San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN), the closest airport, located 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 6.6 mi (10.7 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, San Diego Santa Fe Depot, Old Town Transit Center and San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around San Diego by jumping on the metro at Civic Center Station, Civic Center Station or 5th Avenue Station.

Food and drink

Ethnic cuisine in San Diego

With its ethnic and cultural blend, San Diego has a diverse range of cuisine options, including Mexican, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Greek, and German. Regional homemade specialties, border fare, and haute cuisine influenced by Mexico are common in San Diego restaurants near vacation rentals. The warm, dry climate and proximity to the ocean also lend fresh fruits and vegetables and seafood, particularly tuna, to local dishes. Locally produced wine and craft beer are popular complements in local restaurants.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near San Diego?

The heart wants what it wants, and right now it wants to go on vacation. Now's the time to pack your suitcase and escape to one of these top vacation rentals in or near San Diego:

  • Around 3 miles from the center of San Diego, it's difficult to beat "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo". It has 2 bedrooms and handy features including lowered locks and concierge services.
  • "Treat Yourself Lake Views - Serenity" is another top-notch choice, offering 2 bedrooms, a smart TV, a blender and more. It's around 35 miles from San Diego.

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

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

Punching above its weight when it comes to charm and character, a tiny house vacation rental in San Diego provides a front-row seat to big adventure. Shut off all your devices and turn your focus to outdoor fun at one of these neat little escapes:

  • Take time off and clear your mind at "Travelers Tiny Home Oasis With Private Hot Tub". Located in San Diego, a TV and a garden are a couple of amenities on offer here.
  • "Camplux Tiny Home" in West Ridge is another superb pick. Coffee and tea making facilities and a hair dryer will help make your stay here more comfortable.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near San Diego?

You can. From simple retreats to upmarket escapes, you'll find a vast range of log cabins to rent in or near San Diego. If the great outdoors is calling, here's where you can go:

  • "New Coleman Creek, Authentic Log Cabin + Spa In Forest. Thoroughly Disinfected": Enjoy a week or so relaxing and unwinding at this fantastic vacation home in nature. When you've recharged, enjoy hiking and biking or mountain biking, which are some of the fun things to do in this region.
  • "Charming Log Cabin Surrounded By The Hills Of The Cleveland National Forest": After a huge day of trying out some local activities, such as hiking and biking and cycling, return home to this unique getaway.

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

Nothing tops squeezing in a short break to reenergize your batteries. Pack your overnight bag and get cozy in one of these weekend getaways in and around San Diego:

  • Enjoy a change of scenery at "You've Just Found San Diego's Most Unique Family Gathering Place", which is around 16 miles to the east of central San Diego. There's lots of nature and adventure to keep you on the go here. Try hiking and biking and horse riding or simply enjoy the sights of Maderas Golf Club and Coronado Tidelands Park.
  • Alternatively, enjoy a short and sweet break at "Fort 1 Craftsman On The Woods - Quiet". Use it as a base to relax, or get active and try kayaking and surfing and boogie boarding. When you're ready to discover some nearby attractions, visit Oaks North Golf Club and Border Field State Park. This charming vacation rental is around 2 miles north of San Diego.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around San Diego?

Usually small in size, reasonably priced and well located, it's not hard to be charmed by a studio apartment. Get cozy in one of these options and get acquainted with San Diego up close:

  • Explore the world around you from "Treetop Luxury Suite At Tropical Resort". This vacation rental is a great base for sightseeing and comes with amenities including internet services and a balcony.
  • "50' From Ocean - Amazing View - Private Cottage" is another great option. Get comfy and take advantage of a hair dryer, a TV and more.

When you're ready to leave your studio apartment and do some sightseeing, there's lots to keep you busy around San Diego. Into art and culture? Organize a visit to Art World Western Heritage Gallery and Starlight Bowl.

Can I find short term rentals in or near San Diego?

Short-term rentals are in good supply in and around San Diego. Chill out for the weekend in a luxury bed & breakfast, a studio apartment or a house that fits the whole family. Whatever type of vacation rental you're chasing, you'll have plenty to select from with Vrbo. These are a few top picks:

  • "Fort 1 Craftsman On The Woods - Quiet" is near the center of San Diego, so you'll have tons of things to see and do. Make your way to notable attractions like San Diego Zoo and San Diego Convention Center when you're not enjoying the comforts of your cozy pad.
  • Wake up, whip up some breakfast and then plan what to explore around "Right On The Beach Exquisitely Remodeled 3br". Balboa Park and University of San Diego should be on your itinerary if you choose to stay at this vacation rental.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near San Diego?

Whether spent in a cabin, a cottage or a condo, a romantic weekend getaway is one of the best ways to spice up your relationship. Whisk your honey off for a couple of days at one of these top escapes in or near San Diego:

  • Put on some relaxing tunes and kick back together at "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo". Around 3 miles from San Diego, this property has everything you could want for a romantic weekend away, including a fireplace and a nearby marina.
  • Alternatively, spend your break drinking wine and canoodling at "Kennebeck Ct, 30 Seconds To Sand", around 7 miles from San Diego. Winery tours and a nearby bay will help set the mood.

Are there mansions for rent in or near San Diego?

You'll find some magnificent mansions for rent in and around San Diego. If you're after somewhere with ample space as well as a large dollop of wow factor, these architectural stunners will tick all your boxes:

  • Approximately 2 miles to the north of San Diego is "New Stunning Mansion Amazing Location". As well as its striking design, you'll also love its top-notch amenities, such as golf and beauty services.
  • With golf, beauty services and a host of other high-end amenities, "San Diego's Tuscan Villa Mansion On The Beach" will get your guests' nod of approval. This sleek retreat is around 7 miles to the northwest of San Diego.

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

Big groups mean a whole lot of fun. They also mean finding a place that'll effortlessly fit your whole gang. Browse our large group vacation rentals in or around San Diego and get everyone together under the same roof:

  • A wide array of amenities including a fireplace and a garden make "You've Just Found San Diego's Most Unique Family Gathering Place" a favorite. This spacious retreat has 5 bedrooms and accommodates up to 14 people. From the heart of San Diego, it's around 16 miles away to the east.
  • "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 11 miles to the northwest of San Diego, has 5 bedrooms and sleeps as many as 15 guests. A firepit and an ocean view are just a couple of things designed to make your group vacation more comfortable.

Are there large vacation rentals that sleep 30 or more in or near San Diego?

If you're organizing a celebration and your guest list is a few pages long, there's no need to stress about finding someplace big enough for all those people. We've got large vacation rentals in and around San Diego ideal for family reunions, anniversary parties and more. These are just for starters:

  • "Family / Work Ocean Oasis": The more people you bring along the merrier to this popular vacation rental. It has 12 bedrooms, accommodates up to 40 people and features a host of amenities, such as a nearby waterfront and a fireplace.
  • "Luxury And Value 10 Bedrooms": Get the entire gang's tick of approval at this property which comes with a kitchen and a garden. With 10 bedrooms, up to 35 guests can play and stay here.

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