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Beach Front 3 bedroom, Mission Beach Vacation Home, Gorgeous Luxury Home with AC

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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3 Bedroom - 2 Bath, maximum of up to (6 guests plus a infant as a 7th except.)

The Royal Tern - A Vacation By The Bay

Please call us for a chat before selecting a reservation, as we like to speak to all our potential vacationers before reserving. Then you can easily make your reservation via Homeway/VRBO's online reservation system.

Welcome, 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.

After reserving online, you will be in our very capable hands for the reminder of the reservation process, arrival, stay and departure.

We own and manage several properties, and care about the personalized experience we provide for you.

The Royal Tern Vacation Home part of the A Vacation By the Bay properties.

San Diego Beach Front and Waterfront Vacation Rental in Mission Beach California.

Maximum of 6 guests (including children).

An (infant) would be an acceptable 7th person exception, using a port-a-crib.

Welcome, 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.

The Royal Tern is a gorgeous well cared for ground floor vacation home on the beach front bayside. if you are looking for a beautiful, vacation home for your vacation in San Diego, at Mission Beach, The Royal Tern is a perfect choice. Its a touch above the rest, as its a second home and is maintained to a higher level and cleanliness than average beach rental in Mission Beach.

Note: Due to the well cared for quality of this home, this home would not be suitable for parties or gatherings. A maximum of 6 occupants including children per reservation accepted. An infant would be an exception for a 7th person.

Location is the key, The Royal Tern sits on the beach front bayside. Management and pride of ownership, are what make this rental a touch above the rest.

We carefully prepare the vacation home for each arrival and present a lovely home, that reflects our adverting and photos.

We can accommodate up to 6 or less and limit the totals to 6 people maximum occupancy. We do not permit any 'extra guests overnight' for this rental. If you are looking to bring in more than 6 guests, one of our larger vacation homes would be a better choice.

The Royal Tern is a lovely designer vacation home furnished with tasteful lovely furnishings that will please any vacationer and make you feel pampered.

This vacation home's location is one of the more desired areas of Mission Beach and it is perfect for families or couples wanting to have a fabulous stay on the beachfront. Located in a quieter, low key, family friendly neighborhood and provides a lovely vacation home for our guests. The Royal Tern and its 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 experience and type of renters. Families with small children especially love our rentals and location as the bayfront is calmer for children to play.

You can play all day, and unwind in the evening and have the peacefulness of the bayside for sleeping.

We also offer months rates for Oct, Nov, Dec, January and February. Rates vary according to holiday months.

Check our rate charts for pricing and availability.

Step outside your vacation rental and you are on the beach with your toes in the sand. You are in the perfect location with the picturesque lovely bay out your front door and the mighty Pacific Ocean just steps to the west. Mission Beach is a narrow peninsula, which has both the gorgeous quiet bayside on one side and the exciting ocean on the other.

The first statement by vacationers just arriving is how gorgeous, clean and what a wonderful location, this home is for a vacation rental. The second statement is, 'this is exactly like the photos.' The Royal Tern, a vacation home, has been furnished with your comfort in mind. It has deliciously comfortable beds with fresh crisp cotton linens for your best sleep away. Nice fluffy towels after your bath, to comfort you after a long day at the beach or touring around our beautiful city.

We have provided furnishings that will create a light and beach style experience.

Our kitchen is fully furnished wonderful amenities and full appliances for your needs and has everything you would want in a beach vacation kitchen in addition to, the indoor dining area, there is a also an outdoor eating area where you can relax and watch the water lap along the shoreline.

A built-in gas bbq is located on the patio, where you can cook and watch the lovely water at the same time. Its just wonderful.

We even provide a outside shower for rinsing the sand off after playing on the beach.

We pay special attention to detail, so that your vacation rental is well maintained and impeccably clean for your arrival.

There are 2 large flat screen TV's for your viewing pleasure.

Perfect for a family of 6 or couples wishing to get way and enjoy the peace and quiet of the bayside. The neighborhood is very friendly with both long-term owners and vacationers alike.

Our Rentals are smoke free and pet free and in order to keep this rental in top condition, we do not allow it to be used for parties or gatherings. If you have a question about this policy, do not hesitate to ask.

The Bedrooms:

~Master Bedroom #1: Delicious king bed with a full bath and a large flat screen TV

~Bedroom #2: An equally comfortable queen bed with always fresh clean cotton linens

~Bedroom #3: A perfect room with a set of twins for extra sleeping room. Both twins have a memory foam great night time comfort.

The Bathrooms:

This 3 bedroom has 2 full bathrooms


We have two reserved tandem parking spaces dedicated to this rental that will accommodate 2 small sized vehicles or one mid-sized vehicle only. Please inquire about our parking requirements when you email or call for your reservation. Parking nearby for larger vehicles is required.

The Royal Tern is located in a very nice neighborhood with both long term owner and vacationers. Our goal of renting to families and low key mindful vacationers, is in keeping with the bayside environment, which is the quieter side of the beach. We want to respect the local residents at all times when visiting.

Location, Location, Location: Beach location is everything when vacationing in San Diego.

When you rent the Royal Tern, you are within 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 glimpses of dawn across the water and relish the quiet and peace that is all your own on the bayfront.

The Royal Tern, is only a 5 minute drive from Sea World, 15 minutes from the Zoo and the San Diego Airport.

Your vacation rental sit also alongside a beautiful walkway all along this penninsula which is perfect for a run or a stroll to your new favorite restaurant.

An Outdoors Enthusiasts Dream Location: Mission Beach and San Diego provide literally any activity or event you would want to do and attend in a large coastal area.

Choose the activity and San Diego can provide it.

San Diego has world class golf - Torrey Pines or local golfing greens to keep up those skills.

Our surfing is world renowned and there is always a break to be found.

San Diego hosts several marathons, mini tri-athlalons, and small races all year round.

Del Mar is the place to be for horse racing, or for equestrian events.

Our open sea fishing is one of the bests and is our whale watching tours.

Birding along our shorelines is amazing with many species to add to your life list of birds.

We are also home to America's Cup racing adventures.

So, whether you are just here to relax, or catch a wave in the mighty Pacific Ocean, San Diego can fulfill any of your desires.

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

About Cynthia

We are individuals who own and manage vacation rentals for ourselves and a few neighborhood properties. Live in the neighborhood. We are hands on from the start of your reservation till your departure to assure you have a wonderful experience with your beach rental.

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.

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. We never allow parties or group gatherings at our properties, to maintain the quality of the property and the respect towards our community and neighbors.

Why Cynthia chose San Diego County

Location and quality of the home were the most important factors of, 'why this property.' The Royal Tern is located in a very nice peaceful area of Mission Beach on the bayside.

The vacation home, is a second home, for a family and is kept to a higher level of care and cleanliness than your average vacation rental. Therefore, our goal is to rent to guests who will respect and care for this home.

What makes this condo unique


First and foremost is our great location on the beach bayside, which is perfect for couples, and families wanting a lovely home to stay while visiting San Diego.

Much pride and care has been taken in providing a wonderful vacation home that looks and fits the description on the website.

We like to think we attract a more mindful vacationer who appreciates a very well cared for vacation home, that is a notch above the rest and in return takes care of the home while they are visiting.

The quiet nature of the bayside, and the location, tend to lend themselves to a more low key beach experience.

The area is also more mellow and quiet than most locations.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Helen D – Auckland NZ (The Royal Tern)

We stayed at the Royal Tern for two weeks and what a fantastic holiday we had! The Royal Tern is fitted out beautifully – everything is top of the range – the linen, the towels, the kitchen, furnishings, TVs – it was such a pleasure to stay there. Cyndi was wonderful – so helpful and made sure everything was in order – she made it so easy! We loved the location of the Royal Tern – stepping out onto the boardwalk for lovely walks, strolling a couple of minutes across to the ocean beach and to the many restaurants close by. I especially liked that the bay had a lovely peaceful feel and the outlook from the Royal Tern is fabulous. We will be back! Thanks again Cyndi.
Sep 2012
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based on 9 traveler reviews

Beach Front 3 bedroom, Mission Beach Vacation Home, Gorgeous Luxury Home with AC
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Longmont, CO

Great place and super clean

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and well kept unit on Bay side of Mission Beach. Bay side sand is only steps away for kids to play in or go to the West side for the Ocean - still very close. Close drive to Ralphs Grocery store and Better Buzz Coffee a walk away. Close drive to Seaworld, and not that far to the Zoo/Downtown. We were 4 adults and 1 child and had plenty of room for all of us.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and it was our pleasure to have your family come stay at the beach house. We are glad you had a a great time, and that our home was in top shape for your stay. We would welcome you anytime. Best Regards Cyndi
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Very nice VRBO that is well managed by Cynthia F.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property. Online photos are accurate. Located on bay side so very quite and relaxing. Easy walk to the ocean side for a beautiful beach with lots of waves and surfers. We much appreciated the beach towels. umbrella and beach chairs that were provided. short drive to grocery store and restaurants. This was my first experience with VRBO and Cynthia F. the property manager was polite and helpful through the process. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very nice review of The Royal Tern. We loved having you and your family come stay at this beach front bayside vacation home. I would never have known this was your first experience with the HomeAway/VRBO site. I am honored and pleased that your experience was positive. Please come again anytime. Best Regards Cyndi
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Unforgettable stay at Mission Beach!

  • 5 of 5

Me and my husband plus 2 other couples stayed at the Royal Tern for 4 nights in December and every aspect was fantastic! Cynthia was beyond accommodating and friendly. The rooms were spacious with extremely comfortable beds (I found myself checking the brand of sheets and pillows I loved them so much!). Being right on the beach was the best way to wake up in the morning and I liked that we were on the quiet side of Mission beach rather than the busy boardwalk. Pacific Beach is about a 25 minute leisurely walk and riding beach cruisers to La Jolla was definitely one of the highlights for us! The only semi-negative thing I can say is that it was tedious to cover up the white couch (for protection against spills) when we wanted to hang out in the living room. I probably wouldn't have chosen a white couch for a vacation rental but it does look really nice within the beach setting :) Thank you Royal Tern! This will definitely be our rental of choice when we're back in San Diego.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great and thoughtful review. I loved having you all and you took such great care of The Royal Tern. Your group was delightful and such nice people. Its our pleasure having you and would welcome you back at anytime in the future. Thank you for your care and concern about the couch, and I do provide throws for the couch, if needed. Mostly people with children use them, but it shows just how consciously considerate that your group would use them as well. Our entire goal is to provide you with the type of rental presented on the website and see that your arrival and stay are memorable. I look forward to hearing back from you next time you are coming to San Diego. Best Regards Cyndi
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penfield, ny

A very enjoyable vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our "mature adult" group of 6 enjoyed our stay. The condo was very clean and nicely furnished; the neighborhood was comparatively quiet in spite of spring break (when compared with the ocean side of Mission Beach). The location is good for family and adult activities; we had some nice walks along the boardwalk and found most everyone to be quite friendly. It was great having morning coffee on the patio and being able to cook in the well-equipped kitchen, and we also enjoyed several of the neighborhood restaurants. We were able to see the Sea World fireworks every night from the patio. It turned out to be a very good value for our little reunion. The tandem parking was challenging but do-able - we got used to it by the end of the week! Thanks, Cyndi.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lisa for such a glowing review of The Royal Tern. Everything you mentioned in your review is what we hope to achieve for your stay. It was wonderful to have your group stay with us and hope you will come again for a visit next time you come over to the west coast. I loved hearing the ukelele and songs and felt that you were really enjoying your stay. Also thank you for mentioning the parking, as its a factor for renters to consider when they are bringing a larger vehicle. Best to you all Cyndi
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Lovely condo - just as described and very clean!

  • 5 of 5

This was a lovely property and just as described... perhaps even nicer! Cyndi was very engaging and met us on arrival, she was helpful in getting us settled.

The condo is right on the bay side, so very calm for our preschool and kindergartener to play with the provided sand toys while we sat on the chairs and towels. And also just a short five-minute walk across the street, and you're at the ocean!

I found Mission Beach itself to be a bit run down, but we were there in low season. There are a number of restaurants and markets within easy walking distance of five blocks or less, but I would have preferred some more upscale establishments. On the positive side, they are cheaper! So it just depends what you are looking for.

I don't have a single complaint about the condo. It was in perfect condition.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review and it was so fun having you and your family stay at The Royal Tern. It was great to see the kids play out front all day and enjoy the location. You took such great care of the vacation home, and we so appreciate you for that. Its a great location on the waterfront and you are right, is perfect for really young children to feel safe. Having families like yours come and enjoy themselves is a privilege to me. Yes, Mission Beach is an funky eclectic California beach town. There are some very nice waterfront restaurants just north in Pacific Beach, so when you come back, I hope you can explore them as well. Come again anytime, and would love to see you again at The Royal Tern. Best Cyndi
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Wonderful bay side condo

  • 5 of 5

This condo is wonderful from top to bottom. The three bedrooms were great for our family of 6. The upgrades in the bathrooms and kitchen were well done. Many extras in the kitchen to make the stay more comfortable. Beds were comfortable with lots of extra pillows. TV in the family room and bedroom.

Cyndi was great to work with from our first email exchange to our departure. She emailed very quickly and answered all our questions.

The location was great... Loved that this unit was on the bayside. Small mini van was a tight fit in the parking spot, but definitely doable.

Cyndi provided us with a pack n play, chair for our daughter to eat and many beach toys. The little things this condo and Cyndi offered really made the trip.

Would definitely recommend anyone to stay here. Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for this great review of The Royal Tern. The most important consideration was that you and your family had a wonderful visit and that the vacation home was all that you had hoped it would be. It was a pleasure to have you all, I welcome you back anytime. Having families like you, makes it all worth it for me as I take great care and providing all that you are promised in the HomeAway website. Best Regards Cyndi
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
San Diego International Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Torrey Pines
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
Many to choose from
Nearest Beach
Mission Beach
Car: not necessary

San Diego and Mission Beach provide fun water activities of all sorts, cultural events and great history of our explorers.

You will never run out of things to do or see, only your imagination will limit you.


Rates & Availability

Mission Beach Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
August 20- August 27, 2016
Aug 20 2016 - Aug 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
August 27 - September 2
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
September 10 - September 24, 2
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 23 2016
4 night minimum stay
September 24 - October 29, 201
Sep 24 2016 - Oct 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
October 29 - November 19, 2016
Oct 29 2016 - Nov 18 2016
4 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 11.19 - 11.26
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
4 night minimum stay
Nov 26 - December 17
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
Holiday 12.17 - 1.2.17
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning charge $250
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.05%

Before accepting any reservation, we want to speak to all vacationers to assure the right rental for your needs and to add that personal experience for each of us.

*There is a new Service Fee Charged from HomeAway/VRBO/Expedia family of companies, 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, should you have any questions.

The summer season, Memorial Day to Labor Day, are 7 night minimum stays with Sat to Sat reservation dates only.
The cuff and fall, winter and Spring seasons, are a 4 night minimum stay.
We accept personal Checks & CC (with a convenience fee added).
Cleaning fee for weekly $250.00 Res of 2 weeks or longer - $275.00 and monthly reservations require 2x cleanings.
Cancelation Policy: 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
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Royal Tern Master Bath - toilet , shower , Large Luxurious Shower
  • These bathrooms are gorgeous with imported tiles that really give you the feeling that you are being pampered.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Royal Tern Master - 1 king , A lovely master suite with private bath
    Royal Tern Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 100% fresh cotton linens, await your perfect night's rest
    Royal Tern Twin Room - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds for that extra sleeping arrangement needed
  • All of the bedrooms are designed to create beauty and comfort. Our linens are always fresh from top to bottom. Your master suite has a king bed with its own private bath Bedroom #2 has a queen bed Bedroom #3 has twins for that extra room, sometimes needed. *note, if you have a small baby, in a port-a-crib, that would an acceptable 7th person. Please ask when calling.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
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
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Royal Tern, has everything you will need for a great stay at the beach. We provide, all the necessities so you won't have to load up the car too full or if you are flying in, you will just need to bring the minimum for a wonderful and memorable vacation at the beach. Remember beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrella and a small cooler are provided. We provide an informational binder that will answer many of your questions about the rental and more. After 22 years of professional service, our goals are to make your stay a wonderful memory. Please Note: Due to the fact that this is a second home, it would not be suitable for parties Parking information: Narrow, tandem parking is located behind this rental unit and will only accommodate 1 mid-sized or 2 small sized vehicles only. Larger vehicles, such as SUVs, trucks, vans, suburban’s, Escalades, and other large vehicles, etc., must be parked, nearby, at a public parking lot, at El Carmel Place or street parking located near

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