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Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english

Great Summer Prices for our Beachfront 2 Bedroom, The Skimmer

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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2 Bedroom 1 & 1/2 bath, Sleeps 4 maximum

The Skimmer - A Vacation By the Bay Properties

Please call or email Cynthia owner/manager first, before reserving on line for your dates. We only accept reservations after speaking with you in person first to assure this is the perfect rental for your stay.

You may then proceed with booking your reservation for The Kingfisher online via HomeAway.

A Vacation By the Bay, Vacation Beachfront Rentals

Welcome, please take a moment to read the entire description as it will provide you will most all information you will need as well as the rest of the website information.

Choosing a vacation rental or home can be a big decision. To ensure you choose the right rental for your stay is important to us as well. Our service, for you, is personal, and we do speak to each vacationer personally, before confirming a reservation to ensure you are choosing the right rental/ home and location you are looking to stay.

Our spacious 2 bedroom serene waterfront beach front bayside rental is located right on the beach, bayside.

This is the quieter side of Mission Beach, which many people seek away from excitement of the ocean front.

The Skimmer's beach front location works well for singles, couples, and small families who are looking for a quieter beach front experience away from the crowds.

Our rentals cater to that relaxed experience and type of renters. Families with small children especially love our rentals and bayfront location. You can play all day, and unwind in the evening and have the peacefulness of the bayside for sleeping. We are the owners and offer our charming and spacious 2 bedroom waterfront beach rental which is located right on the peaceful bayside beach sand.

All Mission Beach properties, are very close to each other, so its important to choose the right location for your needs.

This lovely two bedroom beach front bayside vacation rental is perfect for two people, a couple or 2 couples, or a small family with up to two children.

The Skimmer best suits vacationers who want a more low key vacation in a more mellow area of Mission Beach. Kids can play all day on the beach, then have the quieter evenings for sleeping after that long day.

We do offer monthly rentals, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan and February.

Please check our rate chart for pricing on our nighty, weekly and monthly rates and choices.

Watch the glorious sun rise from your own private patio on the beach front or walk five minutes west to catch the action of the Pacific Ocean.

This vacation rental is uniquely set in Mission Beach which is located between the mighty Pacific Ocean and quiet scenic Mission Bay. Step out your Bay Front patio door right to the sand. Put on your skates, hop on a bike or leisurely walk for miles on the boardwalk located along the water.

You can rent almost any thing you need with in a 5 minute walk. World class surfing, sailing, golfing, and fishing are all easily accessible from your beach rental.

The Skimmer is owner managed which allows us to keep it in top condition while being kept welcoming and impeccably clean.

We offer many amenities for your comfort:

Our kitchen is fully stocked for your cooking pleasure.

We even include: Dish soap, paper towels, laundry soap, plastic wrap, aluminum wrap, spices, assorted teas just name a few of the extras for your convenience and pleasure.

The vacation rental has cable television, and DVD.

All linens and bath towels are provided with 4 pillows on your comfortable King bed and two pillows for each twin bed. Beach towels and beach chairs are provided to ease your load and get you ready for your days in the sand.

• The master bedroom has a wonderfully comfortable king bed with crisp cotton sheets and linens. It also has its own powder room. with a 1/2 bath comes with a very comfortable king bed for your comfort and is decorated with colors reflecting the sand and the sea.

• Twin beds are provided for, in the second bedroom

• Bathrooms include a 3/4 bath and a 1/2 bath in the master bedroom.

The Skimmer's living room opens to your own private gated patio and the sandy beach.

Open the gate and there you are - At the beach, no better place to vacation with friends or family wanting a wonderful peaceful place to stay.


If you are looking for that beach experience, come and discover the uniqueness of Mission Beach in the heart of America's Finest City, San Diego. Swimming, sailing, surfing, skating, biking, golfing, fishing and sight seeing are just a few of the activities at your doorstep. Sea World is 5 minutes away, Mexico is 17 miles to the south, Disney Land is 2 hours to the North and the World Famous La Jolla is a 10 minute drive from your door.

You are walking distance to waterfront dining, or casual beach eateries. You can easily shop for groceries, and plan your own picnic or romantic meal while sitting at the beach and watching the sunset on the glorious Pacific Ocean.

Mornings are breath taking as you wake up to the sunrise across the water from your own patio table. Sip your coffee or tea as you watch the the first glimpse of dawn across the water and relish the quiet and peace that is all your own on the bay front.

We are a smoke free and pet free vacation home, so this would be suitable for those who have allergies for those types of allergens.

If you are interested in The Skimmer, please give us a call or email us for any questions. We like to personally speak with each vacationer, if possible, before confirming any reservations. Personal service is how we have had such a positive experience for our rental career.

Keywords: Condominium, beach front, water front, San Diego, vacation home, Mission Beach, ocean, bay, beach, vacation rental, two bedroom.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Cynthia (Property Manager)
Member since: 2003
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Cynthia

Small personalized friendly service is a our business motto at A Vacation By the Bay.

We are individuals who own and manage vacation rentals for ourselves and a few neighborhood properties.

With a long time family history in San Diego going back to the turn of the century, combined with roots from the midwest, we have both pride in San Diego, and good old fashioned values.

The rentals showcased on this site, reflect, our goal to provide you with quality accommodations, along with personal service from the start of your reservation process, to your final departure.

We like to think we attract vacationers who appreciate receiving the exact rental that is advertised on our websites and desire a well maintained vacation home or rental that much care has been taken to provide. In return, appreciate and care for the rentals during their stay.

The environment we provide and the bayside in Mission Beach is perfect for low key vacationers, who want an amazing location on the waterfront and coast.

Why Cynthia chose San Diego County

The location, the service, the quality of the rental and the personalized service are the main reasons for choosing this property. A Vacation By The Bay has been caring or vacationers for 25 years. We are small and personalized. The Bayside Waterfront has it all, great views, peaceful surroundings and watching the water is a peace of heaven. We own and or manage several properties and create a more low key rental experience. Its suits vacationers who are looking for a lovely rental in a well cared for environment. Our summer season is suited for families who want to enjoy a low key atmosphere. Summer group gatherings which are popular in some rentals, would not be suitable for this property.

What makes this condo unique

1. Caring on site or nearby owner manager to meet any needs that you have while you are staying. With you during the entire booking and reservation process as well.

2. Waterfront so you never have to leave the beach

3. Restaurants and cafes nearby

4. A well managed and cared for, vacation rental

5. Personal Service from the reservation process to greeting you upon your arrival

6. And no unpleasant surprises where by your rental is exactly the clean well maintained home you wanted.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This was sent to me today from a vacationer who just rented The Skimmer.

Hi Cyndi,

I wanted to let you know how much Denise and I enjoyed staying at The Skimmer. The rental was extremely comfortable. I enjoyed my daily morning runs around the bay and along the ocean, coffee on the porch with shade from the palm tree, our bike rides around Mission Beach and PB, reading on the beach and of course spending time with our son. We felt like we had all the comforts of home.

I really loved how comfortable the bed was. Please tell me what kind of pillow top you have on the bed and where you got it. I slept great every night.

As long as my son stays in the area I'm sure I'll be in touch again when we visit next year.

Enjoy the sunshine,

Fred and Denise
Apr 2015
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based on 8 traveler reviews

Great Summer Prices for our Beachfront 2 Bedroom, The Skimmer
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Boulder, CO

Great time!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying in this condo. The description is well detailed and described the unit perfectly. The location was awesome, the area was quiet and the unit was very clean, comfortable and had everything we could have possibly needed, including beach toys for our 2 year old. This unit is on the quiet bay side with the ocean only a 4 minute walk. It was amazing to see both the sunrise and then the sunset each day! Cynthia was very friendly and helpful in giving recommendations on activities and restaurants and greeted us upon arrival. In addition, she worked with us on our last day to accommodate a late check out. We will absolutely be back!!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How very grateful I am to have you write a review. I love getting them, but don't usually ask. You all were wonderful and such a great family to have stay at The Skimmer. The best thank you is that you had a great vacation and got to spend some quality family time together. Its great to hear you were happy and content with The Skimmer as well. Its our goal and passion to provide you with the exact home and location promised. Best to you and see you soon, we hope!
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Best Vacation Rental Ever!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved The Skimmer!

The unit was exactly as described and shown in pictures- beautifully furnished and decorated, included every appliance and amenity you could need (the kitchen is even stocked with spices, oil, tea, etc...). The beds were so, very comfortable! Cyndi provided a portable crib for our infant to sleep in and even had a safety rail to use on one of the twin beds for our 3 year old. Also provided are beach chairs, umbrella, cooler, beach towels and beach toys. An added bonus was the great water pressure in the shower! The unit was spotless and is clearly very well taken care of with every attention to detail.

Cyndi was so thoughtful and our family loved her. She was easy to reach and communicate with both before and during our trip. Very knowledgeable on the area and willing to help out with recommendations on anything we asked about!

This was our first trip to San Diego and we went back and forth about staying ocean side or bay side. So glad we picked bay side- much quieter and low key for our young family and we felt very comfortable with our 3 and 1 year olds on the beach. Very easy walking access to a variety of delicious, local restaurants and stores and a literal walk across the street to check out the ocean.

I have already recommended The Skimmer (or any of Cyndi's properties) to friends planning trips to San Diego and we wouldn't even consider staying anywhere else next time we go back.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello and thank you for your glowing review of The Skimmer. We loved meeting you guys and your family was wonderful. I am happy that you had such a great time at The Skimmer and it was everything you would have wanted for your stay. That is always our goal with The Skimmer and our other few rentals at the beach. Please do consider coming back and staying with us again when you are ready for a beach vacation. Also, thank you for taking the time and sharing your thoughts on HomeAway so that other's may be able to make a good decision for their stay as well. Best Regards and hope to see you again. Cyndi
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A great find

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. Cyndi had thought of everything including volleyballs, cupboards filled with the necessities, really comfortable beds, and a clean, well kept condo. Ocean views and just a hop across the road to watch the surfers. This was a great find and we'll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great view and rating. Its lovely of you to take the time to let me and others know how much you enjoyed your stay at The Skimmer. We loved having your family come and play outside and have fun time together. Its great to have a beach front location whereby you can just walk right out and hang together. We love our families and seeing good quality time with each other with out the distractions of the normal day to day life. Come back soon. Thanks again.
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful vacation while staying at the Skimmer. Proximity to the bay and beach was a highlight not to mention Sea World and Zoo. The owner, Cyndi, was pleasant to deal with and we wouldn't hesitate to contact her again.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Thank you for the positive review of The Skimmer and we pleased you had such a good time. Watching your family playing on the beach with the other families and children was just what we like to see you experience. The laughter and giggles bring the beach to life. Do come again, anytime, and thank you for taking such great care of our rental The Skimmer. Best Regards Cyndi
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Spokane, WA

Perfect Family Spot

  • 5 of 5

I poured over all kinds of listings to find the perfect place for our Family trip to San Diego and Sea World - When I found this place I knew I hit the jackpot. The owner was a pleasure to work with and made making all of the arrangements very easy. We wanted something on the beach and close to Sea World and it was perfect. We enjoyed being on the bay side as it was much quieter than the beach and the kiddos (5 and 7) could play out on the beach comfortably - the only thing we missed were the sunsets - but just a short walk across the main road and we were at the ocean side where we were able to catch the beautiful sunsets. The bay side is much more private, quiet and less windy. The interior was just as described and pictured - very clean and modern, we didn't feel we were missing anything. We were thankful we minded the small parking spot warning when we chose our rental car! We would most definitely stay here again. - Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Thank you for such a wonderful review. A great smile came across my face, as what you have written, is the exact experience that I strive to create for each vacationer. I am so blessed and grateful, to have so many wonderful vacationers who choose our rentals and your family was one of the best. Please come again to our vacation rentals and it would be an honor to have your family stay with us again. Best Regards Cyndi
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Best Family Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome family vacation at The Skimmer at A Vacation by the Bay. Cyndi, the owner and longtime resident of Mission Bay, was great. She greeted us upon arrival and gave us a tour of the unit and answered any questions we had. The property was impeccably clean and ready for us upon check in. Everything we could have needed for the week was there provided for us, including an information booklet about the area with things to do. The location was perfect for a family with children. We could easily watch our kids play on the beach from the patio safely. The view was spectacular, including an amazing display of the fireworks from Sea World every night. I would highly recommend this property or any of the ones offered by A Vacation by the Bay. We hope to return again next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Angela for the great review and that you were very happy with your vacation accommodations. Yes, it was fun to have your family as well at The Skimmer. We are so pleased you had a great visit in Mission Beach and choose to stay with us. We are very blessed to have a great location on the beach where you can let the kids just run around and play for hours. We do feel very fortunate that we have great vacationers such as you and your family that choose our rentals. We welcome you back anytime. We hope to see you again next summer. Best Cyndi
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
San Diego Lindberg Field
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Amtrack Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 5 & Highway 8
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Cafes, Waterfront dining, beach Culture abounds
Nearest Beach
Out the front door - Couldn't be closer than that!
Car: not necessary

San Diego beaches and weather are some of the best in the world. Our unit are located right on the sand and waterfront. Mission Beach, in itself, is unique as it is surrounded by water on the both sides. One side is the quiet and serene Mission Bay and 50 yards west is the roaring Pacific Ocean. You can just relax at the beach or participate in numerous water activities. Sightseeing is abundant from visiting La Jolla, the pearl of San Diego, to Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Mexico, the floating Naval museum - The Midway. The opportunities are endless for everyone with every kind of taste. We are conveniently located to all these activities.

Other Activities: San Diego, is a diverse environment from the Sea to the Mountains and in between. What ever you would like to do, San Diego or its surrounding neighborhood areas can provide.

Just ask!

Golf: World Famous Torrey Pines Golf course is just minute from your rental. Nothing compares to the view at the top of La Jolla on the green over looking the Pacific Ocean

Ski: In the winter season, there is Skiing just 3 hours north in the mountains of San Bernadino, just east of LA.

Many locals, will take a day trip, for a quick drive, to the slopes.


Rates & Availability

Mission Beach Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 21 - June 4, 2016
May 21 2016 - Jun 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
June 4 - June 11, 2016
Jun 4 2016 - Jun 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
June 11 - June 18, 2016
Jun 11 2016 - Jun 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
June 18 - June 25, 2016
Jun 18 2016 - Jun 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
June 25 - July 2, 2016
Jun 25 2016 - Jul 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
July 2 - August 13, 2016
Jul 2 2016 - Aug 12 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
August 13 - 20, 2016
Aug 13 2016 - Aug 19 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 20 - Aug 27, 2016
Aug 20 2016 - Aug 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Aug 27 - Sept 3, 2016
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sept 3 - Sept 17, 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
September 17 - October 1, 2016
Sep 17 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
October 1 - November 19, 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 18 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning 7 nights $155
Tax Rate 11.05%

We take all reservations personally over the phone for that more personal experience and to assure the right rental for your needs.
Please call before making any reservations on line. We accept a reservation only after speaking with you, so please call in advance.

*There is a new Service Fee Charged from HomeAway/VRBO/Expedia Family, to you, when you book online with them. This fee has nothing to do with our rentals, service, anything related to our business. We have no authority to act in your behalf to waive the fees. You can call them personally to discuss the Service fees directly.

We accept personal Checks or Credit Card payments (with a convenience fee of 3% +.30 for US Bank Cards and 4% plus .30 for Non US Bank Cards added) When you book direct with HomeAway/VRBO or through us personally, there will be a convenience fee added for using the CC option.

Summer June - Sept. Reservation Balances are due 90 days in advance
Oct to May 7 night reservations are due 60 days in advance of the reserved dates. Longer than 7 nights are due 90 days in advance.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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San Diego County Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , 3/4 bath
    Half Bathroom - toilet , 1/2 bath
  • The Skimmer has a 3/4 bath and a 1/2 bath in the master bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Captain's Master - 1 king , Eastern King for your great nights sleep
    Shipmates Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Set of Twin beds with memory foam toppers
  • We have a deliciously comfortable king bed with crisp cotton sheets and linens for your sleeping pleasure. The Master bedroom has a 1/2 bath for your personal use. The Second beach bedroom has twin beds with the fresh cotton linens for the great sleep after a long day at the beach. We have a maximum number of guests of 4 but a small baby is always an exception, in a port a crib or sleeping with the parents if you like.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We are the owners and care about your experience and present you with the exact rental you have chosen. Our location is peaceful, but fun, and you can walk out your front door and do any activity you desire from mellow to robust. Come give us a try, you will be happy you did. All of our rentals are impeccably clean and well maintained for your arrival. We offer personalized service and like to speak to all vacationers before accepting a reservation to see if its the right location for you. We also greet all vacationers upon arrival in order to make for a smooth start to your vacation. Come stay at the mellow bayside beach, but when you are ready for lots of action, you need only walk 150 steps to the ocean front side. Our rentals are also pet and smoke free for people with allergies to those factors. All Reservations are taken in person over the phone. We feel that speaking to each other in person will assure that you have found the best rental for your needs.

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