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San Diego is a gem of a city situated on California’s Pacific coast. Known for its year-round balmy temperatures, expansive beaches and parks, and the renowned San Diego Zoo, America’s Finest City caters to both children and adults alike. Families will discover a range of enjoyable activities and attractions, from botanical gardens and scenic hikes to amusement parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
The coastal city’s laidback pace enables visitors to slow down and enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle. Named the “safest big city in the U.S.” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2018, parents can also feel confident in their choice of travel destination.
One of the most important decisions you will need to make when planning your trip is deciding where to stay. Many hotels lack things to do for smaller children, and holiday resorts can be quite pricey. Airbnb’s are an excellent choice for parents that want kid-friendly accommodations that won’t break the bank. Take a look at some of San Diego’s most outstanding Airbnbs that the whole family will love.
1. Beach Front Home Near Downtown
Offering beautiful ocean views, this spacious condominium is the perfect option for beach-loving families. The modern Airbnb has three bedrooms, three baths, and ample space for up to nine guests. Kids will delight in the sandy shoreline just a few steps away and parents can appreciate the high-speed wifi and nearby pier lined with bars, restaurants, and craft breweries.
The beach front rental is a mere 20 minutes from downtown San Diego and famous attractions like Sea World. The convenient keypad entry and gated private parking provides peace of mind for families and the fully-furnished interior ensures everyone is comfortable and well-rested throughout their stay. Enjoy meals cooked in the stocked kitchen or reminisce about the day’s ongoings while lounging on the patio.
2. Fully-Stocked Townhouse in Central Location
This newly furnished and decorated beach townhouse is the ultimate family rental. The four-bedroom, two bath private apartment is located just one block from the bay and six blocks from the ocean. Guests can also enjoy restaurants and shopping within walking distance.
Families will find everything they need for the perfect vacation. Inside, you’ll find a DVD player, DVD movies, TVs, internet, and a Wii gaming system. For outside adventuring, the rental is equipped with strollers, wagon, sand toys, boogie boards, surf boards, bikes, and beach toys. Fanuel Park is just a one-minute walk and offers a playground and BBQ grills.
3. Comfy Beach House with Private Patio
Clean, comfortable, and bright, this fully-remodeled beach house is a charming retreat for families with little ones in tow. The two-bedroom, one bath home is within close proximity to the beach and other sightseeing attractions in San Diego. The private patio with outdoor seating is a great place to enjoy breakfast before setting off to explore. You’ll also find a range of amenities, including cable TV, dishwasher, and a travel crib.
One reviewer said: “This is the second year that my parents, myself and my 2 children (aged 2 and 4) stayed here and it was a great experience. The house is absolutely adorable, extremely clean and has all the amenities that you can ask for. The location was also exceptional.” – Ourania.
4. Redwood Cottage Near the Beach
This lovely quarter acre property provides a quiet setting for families to enjoy fresh air and sunny skies. It’s just a three block walking distance to La Jolla Shores Beach which offers swimming, snorkeling, and surfing.
The one bedroom, one bath cottage is an exceptional option for parents with a baby or young child. Green shrubbery surrounds the home and the large backyard is equipped with a patio, hot tub, and outdoor shower.
5. The Rockaway House with Garage Parking
The Rockaway House in San Diego offers a quiet getaway for families looking for some rest and relaxation. The one bedroom, one bath guesthouse consists of a remodeled upstairs apartment with a sunny kitchen, cozy living room, and spa-like bathroom where guests can wash away stress in the walk-in shower with luxurious rain shower head.
Parents can gain peace of mind due to the private gated entry. The garage parking ensures that your vehicle will also remain safe. The Rockaway House is just a short walk from the boardwalk and local restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
6. South Mission Oceanfront Home on the Boardwalk
This recently constructed gem provides incredible views of the beach directly from the cabana-style windows, which also open up to a large patio. The fully-furnished oceanfront home has three bedrooms, two baths, and private parking. Beach chairs and beach toys for the kids are provided, as well as a Pack n’ Play and highchair upon request.
One reviewer said: “We stayed with our 2.5-year-old and the location was perfect. Walking distance to the main attractions at Mission Beach. The view was breathtaking and the windows made the stay! Beach toys and chair were super helpful with a toddler! Would recommend this rental to anyone!!” – Jennifer
7. Detached Coastal Craftsman with Outdoor Living Space
This detached coastal craftsman sits on 7,000 square feet of oceanside property and is centrally located in Ocean Beach. The neighborhood offers plenty in the form of entertainment, from music and shops to parks and farmer’s markets.
The street is fairly quiet, perfect for families with little ones. It is also within close proximity to many key attractions, including The San Diego Zoo and Old Town. With two bedrooms and a bath, the home comfortably sleeps up to six guests.
8. Three-Story Condo on Pacific Beach DriveCHeck Availability
If it’s a fully-equipped family-friendly Airbnb you’re looking for, then you’ve found it in this three-story condo. The garage is on the ground floor, the living room, dining room, chefs kitchen, and half bathroom are on the first floor, and the bedroom and bathrooms are on the second.
There’s plenty of toys for the kids to enjoy, including bikes with helmets, boogie boards, surf boards, kayaks, and a beach wagon. Families also have access to a Pack n’ Play crib, high chair, and stroller. The condo is near a variety of attractions, including the beach, Sea World, and Mission Bay Park.
9. Spanish Bungalow with Garden Patio
Bring the whole family for a stay at this beautiful vintage bungalow. The 1924 Spanish Revival home is a symbol of San Diego’s rich history yet has been updated to provide guests with all the luxuries of modern day. Whether you’re lounging on the plush sofa or dining on the shaded patio, the family-friend rental is sure to satisfy.
One reviewer said: “Great value! We are a family of 4 with 2 young boys ages 5 and 8 and we stayed 3 nights. Our kids absolutely loved this place and we saved money staying here vs. getting a hotel room further away! The place was super clean and well put together with historical art showcased around the space – we enjoyed that and even learned some history, too!” – Patrick
10. Historic Home with Mountain Views
Conveniently situated in North Park, this stunning two-bedroom home is just a five-minute walk from the area’s best coffee shops, boutiques, and restaurants. The 6,000 square feet lot includes a wide range of amenities to accommodate families, including cozy living spaces, remodeled bathroom with rain shower, hotel comfort beds, and a large patio with palm trees and views of the mountains.
The 1920’s Spanish revival is nearby Balboa Park and Downtown Waterfront Park and just two miles from the San Diego Air & Space Museum. It’s also just a 10-minute drive from the airport. Kids can enjoy the comforts of home while watching their favorite TV shows or movies after a long day of exploring San Diego.
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