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5 Best San Diego Airbnb Homes in neighborhoods you will love

One of our favorite vacation spots, San Diego literally has it all

San Diego is one of California’s oldest cities and one of the most popular too. There are so many exciting things to explore, from pristine beaches to a vibrant downtown. Not to mention the number of family attractions, historic old towns and seaside villages. 

With so much to see and do, it may feel overwhelming for a visitor looking for the right location to book a stay, but I have got you covered. I have put together a list of five fantastic Airbnb rentals in San Diego that are spacious, loaded with amenities and have amazing locations near all the best attractions!

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Ocean View Home Sleeps 12 Rooftop Deck Parking BBQ

Mission Beach, San Diego, Ca

Superhost  –  Entire Home  –  12 Guests  –  3 Bedrooms  –  8 Beds – 2.5 Baths  –  Ocean Views  –  Patio  –  Garage  –  Laundry  –  Baby Gear  –  Wifi  –  Two Car Garage 

This two-story oceanfront San Diego Airbnb has spectacular views of Mission Beach and sleeps up to 12 people in three bedrooms with eight beds. The master suite, located on the second floor, features a king bed and en-suite bathroom with tub. The other two spacious bedrooms are located on the first floor. One bedroom has a queen bed while the third bedroom has 2 bunk beds and two double beds. The bathrooms come stocked with all the essentials .

With a warm and bright open floor plan this home allows you to spread out and take in all those amazing ocean views from the living area, kitchen and patio. The outdoor private patio overlooks the ocean, has a  BBQ and is just steps from the beach with a large green space for playing. If you are traveling with a baby, then you will appreciate all the baby gear offered at this San Diego Airbnb, including safety gates, crib, pack n’ play, monitor, changing table, high chair, dinnerware, baby bath, outlet covers, fireplace guards and toys. Plus, you are walking distance from everything in Mission Beach, very close to SeaWorld, Old Town and only seven miles from San Diego International Airport and Downtown.

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Gorgeous PB Home w/ Pool!

Pacific Beach, San Diego, Ca

Superhost  –  Entire Home  –  10 Guests  –  4 Bedrooms  –  6 Beds  –  3 Baths  – Pool  –  Backyard  –  Laundry  –  Wifi  –  Baby Gear

This beautiful single-story four bedroom home is located only three blocks from Mission Beach boardwalk and just a few minutes from all major San Diego attractions. The home sleeps up to 10 people with six beds. The master bedroom has a king bed, french doors leading to the backyard and an en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom  also has an en-suite bathroom, but a queen bed instead. The two other rooms share a bathroom and each have a queen bed and single bed. 

The home has an open floorplan with a great room with cozy living space, open fully equipped kitchen and dining space that opens up the beautiful backyard complete with a sparkling pool and spa. Outside you will also find a fire pit surrounded by a cozy sectional sofa. There are also plenty of lounging areas with a retractable sun shade and expandable teak table that can seat 12 guests. For safety, the pool and spa also have retractable cover. Plus there is a lovely front porch to enjoy as well. In addition to the backyard fun, the house has bikes, surf boards, boogie boards, beach chairs and beach towels. Families traveling with babies will appreciate that the house has a high chair and pack n’ play. 

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Newly Renovated Home w/ Stunning Outdoor Space!

Pacific Beach, San Diego, Ca

Entire Home  –  8 Guests  –  4 Bedrooms  –  5 Beds  –  2 Baths  –  Backyard  –  Hot Tub  –  Laundry  –  Wifi  –  Putting Green  –  Kids’ Activities  –  Fire Pit  –  Bikes

Located in Pacific Beach, this darling four bedroom San Diego Airbnb is only one mile from the beach and close to a ton of shops and restaurants. This beach bungalow sleeps up to eight guests with five beds. Three of the bedrooms are on the main floor one with a king bed, one with a queen bed and the third with two twin beds. The fourth bedroom is actually more of a bonus room and has a futon as well as a separate entrance off the backyard, washer and dryer, TV, and is loaded with toys and books for the kids. 

The main living space  has lots of comfy seating for relaxing with an open floor plan complete with a fully equipped kitchen. The living room also has a full size sleeper sofa for additional sleeping space. However the outside space is the real highlight of this property. First, there is a darling front porch with a fenced in front lawn. The backyard  is huge with a hot tub, a putting green, BBQ, fire pit, sandbox with sand toys for the kids, and plenty of loungers and sectional seating. On the upper deck off the bonus room is a large picnic table for dining outdoors and on the main level backyard is a kid’s size picnic table. The house also provides three bikes for a leisurely ride to the beach.

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Contemporary 4 Level Penthouse with Multiple Decks

Hillcrest, San Diego, Ca

Entire Home  –  12 Guests  –  3 Bedrooms  –  5 Beds  –  3.5 Baths  –  Laundry  –  Outdoor Decks  –  Outdoor Fireplace  –  Baby Gear  –  Garage

This cool San Diego Airbnb is a penthouse located in the trendy Hillcrest neighborhood, which is also conveniently located near all the best San Diego attractions. This penthouse has sleeping space for up to 12 guests in three bedrooms and five beds. The top floor has a master bedroom with a huge California King bed, twin mattress rollaway bed, access to a large private balcony, walk-in closet and large en-suite bathroom with dual sinks. The second bedroom has an Eastern King bed and large balcony with a full bathroom located in the hallway. The third bedroom has a queen bed, twin cot, balcony, and full bathroom. The fourth bathroom is a half bath and all bathrooms are stocked with essentials. 

In the living room you will find more sleeping space with two pullout sofa beds and an air mattress. For families traveling with babies, there is also a pack n’ play. The full kitchen is stocked with everything you need for great meals at home as well as a breakfast bar with seating and large dining table. 

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HISTORIC Craftsman Home/Sleeps 10!

South Park, San Diego, Ca

Superhost  –  Entire Home  –  10 Guests  –  3 Bedrooms  –  4 Beds  –  2 Baths  –  Laundry  –  Wifi  –  Outdoor Space  –  BBQ

This sweet Airbnb in San Diego is a darling historic 1915 craftsman home located in the trendy South Park neighborhood just a couple miles from popular San Diego attractions like the Zoo, Balboa Park, Downtown, Gaslamp and more. Plus you are walking distance from a ton of restaurants and shops. The home is a three bedroom space that sleeps up to 10 guests and four beds. The first bedroom has a king bed. The second bedroom has a queen bed. The third bedroom has a single bed and a set of bunk beds. 

The home is actually considered a historical landmark and has all the charm you would want from a historical home. The front porch is very welcoming with a red door and two red Adirondack chairs. The living room is cozy with a fireplace, TV, built-in bookcase and provides more sleeping space with a sofa bed. The living room opens up to the fully equipped kitchen, dining table and more sectional seating. The back deck has a dining table, sectional sofa and BBQ for enjoying those warm San Diego evenings when you are not out exploring the neighborhood.

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That’s a Wrap!

I hope these San Diego Airbnb rental options help you make the most out of your trip. I picked places that were not only really cool, loaded with amenities and spacious, but were also located in some of the best neighborhoods in San Diego.  

If you would like more information on visiting San Diego, please see my Guide to Old Town San Diego. I also have recommendations if you would like go glamping in San Diego, if you want to experience an outdoor adventure. For those of you that like hotels, or should I say haunted hotels, check out my post on three of my favorite haunted hotels in San Diego.  

For more Airbnb options in other nearby cities, check out my picks for the best airbnbs in Palm Springs, Newport Beach, Big Bear, Anaheim and Las Vegas.

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I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".

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