San Diego County, CA, USA

San Diego County, CA, USA

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Where to stay around San Diego County, US?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 6,535 vacation rentals near San Diego County. From 2,496 houses to 1,977 condos, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near San Diego County for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Desert landscapes and Spanish style in San Diego County

From cultural San Diego with its Spanish-influenced architecture, to the relaxed Californian coastal towns of Encinitas and Oceanside, San Diego County is great for family-friendly vacations or just a short break. Choose San Diego County vacation rentals such as beachfront apartments or homes with pools, and you can enjoy relaxed days on the beach, hiking in national parks, or thrill-seeking at the many theme parks. Close to the Mexican border, sample authentic spicy dishes from hip food trucks, or enjoy the stylish dining scene in San Diego, which has an ever-changing selection of top restaurants.

Mountain hikes through San Diego County

Hiking is a popular activity in San Diego County, and dramatic desert landscapes just outside the city offer endless walking opportunities. Bear in mind that you'll need a permit to hike the best-known, the 5-mile Cedar Creek Falls trail. There are long, sandy roads that gently slope, surrounded by desert plants where you might spot a snake. At the trail's heart is a tumbling waterfall and swimming hole, where you can cool off. Palomar Mountain has shady forest paths and mountain meadows, with over 11 miles of trails, offering views across the national park and across to the ocean.

Family-friendly fun in San Diego County

San Diego County is a popular vacation spot for families, with cultural fun for all ages. San Diego Zoo is among the world's largest, with rainforest trails where monkeys swing from the trees, an interactive panda exhibit, and an Arctic-themed exhibit with polar bears and more. SeaWorld San Diego has aquariums full of exotic fish, and regular dolphin shows where you can see these fascinating creatures performing acrobatic tricks. Many San Diego County vacation rentals are located around Carlsbad, which has long sandy beaches, and is the home to Legoland California, with brick-themed rollercoasters and colorful child-friendly rides.

California sunshine in San Diego County

San Diego county has sunny days for most of the year, with June to September having warm temperatures and low rainfall. The months of December until February are the coldest, but still have long days with plenty of sunshine, and few rainy days. While the summer months are busiest for San Diego County vacation rentals, it's often worth looking outside of peak times and opting for a spring trip, where you can enjoy hiking and exploring without the strong heat.

Sandy beaches and palm trees in San Diego County

Sitting on a long stretch of the California coast, San Diego County has a wide variety of beaches. Some of these are close to the city, with lively promenades full of shops and bars, and a party atmosphere. Further north, the Torrey Pines State Reserve has a rocky coastline with small, sandy coves that are just ideal for relaxation or for finding a quiet spot in which to surf. Inland, San Diego County has vast areas of desert landscape that are studded with cacti and exotic flowers, as well as lush green mountains, with well-worn hiking trails.