Find The Perfect San Diego Vacation Rental for Every Budget

If you have never been to San Diego, California, now is the time to plan your trip and find the perfect San Diego vacation rental! San Diego offers sunny weather, miles and miles of sandy beaches, and major family attractions. San Diego is one of the top destination cities in the United States! Whether you are looking for museums, the zoo, beaches, or parks, San Diego has it with year-round beautiful weather!

Many San Diego vacation rentals are in close proximity to the sandy beaches, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and even the downtown area. Mission Beach and the North Park neighborhoods are well known for their walkability. Mission Beach is a boardwalk beach town with numerous cafes, shops, boardwalk amusement park, and bars. There is also a host of other family friendly activities including biking, beach volleyball, surfing, whale watching, and much more. The North Park area is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city. It is close to downtown and the zoo. It offers access to restaurants, bars, and music venues.

I have been to San Diego a few times before marrying Larry and having kids. I had visiting when I was young and also visited several times as an adult. When I visited to San Diego as a child, we visited Mission Beach and Sea World. It was one of my most memorable vacations as a child. As an adult, I have visited San Diego several times. My most recent and exciting visit was with my friend Leslie. We stayed near the Gaslamp District and saw a Snow Patrol concert at the SDSU Open Air Theatre located on the San Diego State University campus. It was a trip I will never forget.

In this article, we will be sharing a list of San Diego vacation rentals that are highly rated and reviewed. I researched numerous vacation rentals and have chosen the best 11 spread among several great neighborhoods. These homes will all be convenient for family fun, entertainment and memories!

San Diego CityPASS

815 Island Ct

Check out this cozy and adorable bungalow! It is literally steps away from the bay, the oceanfront, and tons of other activities! This vacation rental has 2 bedrooms and will sleep up to six. There is also a super cute fenced in outdoor area with plenty of seating and a gas grill.

This home is perfect for families or a couples getaway. Walk to the boardwalk, the amusement park, bars, restaurants, and more. For the coffee lovers, Starbucks is literally outside their back gate. We highly recommend this home for your San Diego adventure!

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Surf Style 2

When we found this San Diego vacation rental, we were almost tempted to book this home immediately! It is that cool! This is a two bedroom home that will sleep up to six guests. The home features an open concept and fitted with modern and high end furnishings and appliances.

So why were we so quick to want to book? Look at those views! The home sits right on the boardwalk, giving you direct access to the beach. Mission Blvd is just steps away, with endless dining and shopping options. A full day of family activities at Belmont Park is a short 5 minute bike ride away. Sea World is a 5 minute drive and San Diego Zoo is a 15 minute drive. Such a great location!!

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32 Steps

This Mission Beach home is aptly called 32 Steps…since that is how many steps it takes to get to the beautiful beach! The home features 3 bedrooms and will sleep up to eight guests. The first floor has the guest bedroom, living areas, kitchen, and private patio. Upstairs has two master bedrooms and share a balcony with amazing ocean views.

In addition to the close proximity to the beach, this home is close to all of the other attractions and hot spots that make Mission Beach such a popular San Diego area to visit. This vacation rental is perfect for families or couples looking for an amazing beach vacation!

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Mission Beach Cottage

This cozy 3 bedroom cottage is located just one block from the beach. You get beach views from the kitchen and patio! With its location in Mission Beach, there is no shortage of things to do! Many of the activities are within walking distance!

This home went through a top to bottom renovation in 2016. It looks amazing. We love the outdoor dining area with views of the ocean. So perfect! In the evening, the patio is nicely lit up. Imagine dining with the family with sounds of the ocean in background. Amazing! As a bonus, there is garage parking for two cars.

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San Diego CityPASS

Tommy Bahama

If you plan to vacation with younger kids (or even babies!) then Tommy Bahama may be the vacation rental for you! This home stocks many of the necessities when traveling with young ones. They provide a pack-n-play, a crib, high chair, baby bath, changing pad, baby monitor, baby bath, bath toys, and baby/kid toys! What a nice touch!

The home itself is a 2 bedroom home that will sleep up to five guests. The home is fully equipped with high end furnishings and appliances to help ensure your stay is comfortable. The patio is furnished and perfect for having meals outside in that perfect San Diego weather. When you’re ready for the beach, it is only a 3 minute walk down the path that takes all the neighborhood homes to the beach. The home also provides beach chair, beach towels, sand toys, and boogie boards!

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Victorian Cottage

This cozy two bedroom cottage has been nicely restored and updated. They maintained many original features such as exposed brick in some rooms that add historic charm. The home has a shaded backyard and a private patio area with fire pit, bar, and string lights.

This is a cool, classic home located where new and modern San Diego meet. You get amazing views of the San Diego skyline and easy access to all of the activities in that area!

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10th Avenue Home

Take a look at San Diego’s most reviewed vacation rental!! This was a complete renovation. The owner completely gutted the home and took a year to renovate and spared no expense during the process. All of the furnishings and appliances are high end, including the bedding. There is a massive 75″ Roku Smart TV in the 2nd floor living room!

The home is located in the East Village area. This location makes it convenient to the convention center, Petco Park, and other downtown area attractions. There are floor to ceiling windows throughout the home, allowing guests to admire the downtown views. This vacation rental would be a very cool choice for your San Diego vacation.

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San Diego CityPASS

North Park Craftsmen

We love the look of this home! This 3 bedroom home will sleep up to 8 guests. The home has been recently renovated and features open and contemporary design elements. Bedrooms are spacious with plenty of closet space for your belongings. The backyard is perfect for lounging and relaxing after a day of exploring. There is a gas grill, plenty of seating, and some yard games for some healthy competition. They even have a flower wall for all your Instagram posts!

The North Park neighborhood is an excellent choice for finding your San Diego vacation rental. Balboa Park is within walking distance. The entire neighborhood is great for walking with tons of mom and pop dining and shopping options. All other area attractions are about a ten minute drive. So convenient!

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North Park Spanish Revival

This cozy two bedroom home in North Park home will sleep up to 4 guests. The home is recently renovated. We love the landscaping in the front and backyards! The backyard patio is awesome. There is tons of shade and seating areas. Perfect for lounging, relaxing, or dining after your day of exploration! Inside, the home is decorated in the Spanish Revival style with lots of color that pops!

Centrally located in the North Park neighborhood, this vacation rental is within walking distance of many restaurants, shops, bus lines, and more. If you do have a car, this home provides off-street parking in the driveway.

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Tropical Hideaway

This home is simply stunning inside and out. The home owner personally refurbished the entire home to give it the soothing tropical theme is have now. Everything is high end to ensure guests have complete comfort. The backyard is like an oasis. Tons of windows and French doors allow in tons of light and fresh San Diego air. If you are going to take a vacation, your lodging can make or break your trip. This is the kind of vacation home that would help ensure a great time.

This home is located in North Park and very close to Balboa Park. Balboa Park is renowned for its museums and open spaces. North Park is also a great jumping point for the rest of your San Diego adventures with most other attractions only 10-15 minutes away.

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Bungalow Bliss

We like this cozy bungalow duplex as it is an outstanding value option when looking for a vacation rental in San Diego. The home has two bedrooms and will sleep up to four guests. The home is very highly rated with 64 five star guest reviews.

Despite the value price, the home has an amazing location. It is located in the popular North Park neighborhood, giving you all the benefits of a highly walkable neighborhood for dining and shopping. The rest of San Diego’s attractions will be a short drive.

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As you can see, there are plenty of highly desirable vacation rentals in the San Diego area. With as many activities and sights to see around the city, it would be perfect to come back to a comfortable home after your day of exploring!

San Diego is also a CityPASS city! We have used CityPASS in other cities and love its cost saving and added convenience. You can choose to most popular activities and bundle them in one MUCH lower price than paying for them separately. You can choose SeaWorld plus 3 more attractions, LEGOLAND plus three attractions, or both SeaWorld AND LEGOLAND plus three attractions. You only have to pick the primary attraction at the time of purchase…the “plus 3” attractions can be chosen at any time! Check it out HERE!

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