Destination guide

A gem of a community in San Diego County

El Cajon, or the Big Box, makes for a vibrant base when you’re visiting San Diego County. What you’ll find here are El Cajon vacation rentals to tick all possible boxes, whether you’re after a small, cozy pad to call your own, or are seeking a larger property with multiple bedrooms and a shimmering swimming pool out the back. If you like your food, you’ll be well at home in El Cajon, thanks to its banquet of restaurant options, while you can work off the calories in one of the local outdoor spaces that provide a green escape from the urban sprawl.

Things to do

The Wild West in El Cajon

Anyone with a fascination for the American West should make a beeline for the Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center while in El Cajon. It’s a celebration of the work of Olaf Wieghorst, who lived in the area and made his name for majestic portraits of pioneers, Native Americans, and the epic landscape of the United States in the 19th century. The cactus garden outside is also well worth a wander. El Cajon vacation rentals also make the perfect base for visiting San Diego itself, which is a 20-minute drive away and boasts attractions like the famed San Diego Zoo, and the inspiring San Diego Air & Space Museum.


Outdoor recreation, indoor culture in El Cajon

El Cajon vacation rentals will put you within strolling distance of a number of diverting outdoor spots. Amateur athletes will take to Albert Van Zanten Park, which has baseball fields and running tracks, while if you’re here with little ones in tow, Bill Beck Park’s playground provides a good way to let them expend excess energy. Elsewhere in the region, you’ll also find walking trails and unspoiled swathes of nature. If all of that leaves you ready to take a load off, check out the program at the East County Performing Arts Center – a favorite cultural hub which puts on cutting-edge comedy and big, crowd-pleasing musicals that’ll have you tapping right along.


Summer and fall escapes to El Cajon

Thanks to its proximity to San Diego, which is a city always worth visiting, there’s no “wrong” season for visiting El Cajon. Summers are certainly warm, with July and August particularly recommended for avoiding the overcast skies that can cause “June Gloom”. It’s worth checking if your visit coincides with major events like Comic-Con, which can cause vacation rentals to get snapped up in a hurry. The fall is a fine time to travel to El Cajon – not only are there typically fewer crowds, but you can also tuck in your napkin, grab the knife and fork, and get stuck into San Diego’s annual Restaurant Week.

Natural features

Enter the valley in El Cajon

El Cajon got its name due to its location – “boxed in” by the surrounding mountains. That’s a misleading thought, though, as you certainly won’t feel boxed in while wandering the streets and looking up at the undulating, hilly horizon. While this is very much an urban landscape, just to the west you’ll find Mission Trails Regional Park, a dramatic expanse of mountains and gorges, featuring miles of trails, a boating lake, lush flowers, and colorful birds.

How to get there

How to get to and around El Cajon

The nearest airport is in San Diego, CA (SEE-Gillespie Field), located 5 mi (8.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 14.6 mi (23.5 km) away.

It's easy to get around El Cajon by catching a ride on the metro at Arnele Avenue Station, El Cajon Transit Center Station or Gillespie Field Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around El Cajon?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,765 vacation rentals near El Cajon. From 1,327 Houses to 1,690 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near El Cajon for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to El Cajon?

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 El Cajon:

  • Mission Beach: 1,360 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla: 772 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Beach: 1,064 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Beach: 434 vacation rentals
  • Mission Bay: 1,640 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 El Cajon?

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

  • Sycuan Casino: 792 vacation rentals
  • Grossmont College: 5,245 vacation rentals
  • Boomers El Cajon: 4,960 vacation rentals
  • Parkway Plaza: 5,022 vacation rentals
  • Warbirds West Air Museum: 5,030 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around El Cajon 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 Houses in El Cajon?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,327 Houses in El Cajon. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in El Cajon include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,690 rentals available
  • Cottages: 189 rentals available
  • Villas: 36 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in El Cajon?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 644 vacation rentals with pool available in El Cajon. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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