Destination guide

The beauty and bluffs of comfy-cozy Solana Beach

Solana Beach is known for its picturesque bluffs overlooking the ocean, and since the 1920s, when a few entrepreneurial souls cut a gap through the rock to give residents access to the water, it’s been known for its family-friendly beaches as well. Travelers love the cozy atmosphere of this close-knit coastal town. Get your relaxing stay in the sun off to the perfect start by booking a centrally located Solana Beach vacation rental near key locales like the shopping and art galleries of the Cedros Avenue Design District or the beach and park at Fletcher Cove.

Things to do

History preserved and performed at Solana Beach

Solana Beach traces its history through the arrival of American Indians, Spanish explorers, Mexican ranch owners and silver miners, and American farmers. You can explore its transformation from sleepy farming community to bustling seaside resort at the Solana Beach Heritage Museum, set in the first home built in town. Check out the antique furniture and appliances in its authentic turn-of-the-century kitchen and parlor, while the kids will love the living history programs put on by members of the Civic and Historical Society.


Sweeping Solana Beach vistas are a backdrop to family fun

Looking for some sun and surf? Done. No matter where your Solana Beach vacation rental sits, you’ll be at most a few minutes from the waves. The city has 3 beaches, but Fletcher Cove is a family favorite and just a short walk from Solana Beach train station. It’s the perfect spot for surfing, swimming, and picnicking, and with walking trails, a basketball court, and a deck with enviable ocean views, there’s enough to occupy grown-ups and kids from morning to night. Just a half-mile south is Seascape Surf beach, where surfing, surf fishing, and body-boarding are popular.


Solana Beach wins you over with its mild mannered ways

Solana Beach has a dry, mild climate, with lots of sun and little rainfall. Fog and low clouds hug the coastline during the wee hours of the summer mornings, but they burn off by midday. High temps hang around the 80°F mark. The winter months are only a few degrees cooler, but Solana Beach is much quieter between Labor Day and Memorial Day. If you're watching your budget while booking a Solana Beach vacation rental, the offseason might be your best bet. Plan on a little less beach time and a little more shopping at the Cedros Avenue Design District.

Natural features

Find a wetland wonderland in Solana Beach

The area surrounding Solana Beach has grown more arid over the last few centuries, and San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, on the city’s northern border, is one of the last remaining coastal wetlands in San Diego County. The reserve has 1000 acres to explore, complete with easy walking trails and diverse populations of plants and animals. Bird watchers can look out for California pelicans, red-tailed hawks, and egrets. The reserve’s website has all the info about sunset tours and family fun days, and provides updates on a variety of outdoor activities.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Solana Beach

The nearest airport is in Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), located 9.1 mi (14.7 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 14.4 mi (23.2 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Solana Beach Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Solana Beach?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,524 vacation rentals near Solana Beach. From 515 Condos/Apartments to 663 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Solana Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Solana Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Solana Beach:

  • Olde Solana Beach: 187 vacation rentals
  • Lomas Santa Fe Country Club Villas: 21 vacation rentals
  • Mission Beach: 1,380 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla: 775 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Beach: 1,068 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Solana Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Solana Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Solana Beach Station: 5,953 vacation rentals
  • Trios Gallery: 5,876 vacation rentals
  • Antique Warehouse: 6,017 vacation rentals
  • A Balloon or Biplane Adventure by California Dreamin': 6,021 vacation rentals
  • Belly Up: 6,027 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Solana Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Solana Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 515 Condos/Apartments in Solana Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Solana Beach include:

  • Houses: 663 rentals available
  • Cottages: 48 rentals available
  • Villas: 40 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Solana Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 678 vacation rentals with pool available in Solana Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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