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San Diego is the perfect winter getaway during the holiday season — and pretty much all year-round. Appropriately dubbed America’s Finest City, San Diego is known for its beautiful shores, eclectic neighborhoods and world-class dining scene. One of the best things about visiting this city is that it’s pretty compact with a variety of popular attractions. Whether you’re surfing on Coronado Beach or hiking along the cliffs of Torrey Pines, you’ll never miss a beat. Luckily, Airbnb offers some of the best stays to get to know this SoCal destination. Here are our top Airbnb rentals to really get the best of San Diego.
Value Deals (less than $200 per night)
Escape to this pondside oasis in this spacious Hillcrest studio, nestled in a residential area. This listing encompasses all elements of a peaceful, relaxing experience: Take in the eye-catching interior and a private patio that overlooks a large koi pond with waterfalls. This home fits up to two guest and attracts those looking to delve into a much quieter and serene part of the city. Enjoy the year-round sunshine and soak up some sun from the outdoor space of this private paradise. Rates from $119 per night with a two-night minimum stay required.
For those travelers more interested in the art, history and culture, this condo in Little Italy might be for you. Packed with waterfront cafes, bustling food markets and stunning views, this is the go-to place for a taste of San Diego’s Italian culture. Stay there in style at this beautiful modern and sleek condo, perfect for foodies, artists and business travelers looking to explore one of SD’s liveliest neighborhoods.The best part of this stay is that you’ll be within easy reach of everything you will need to experience the city fully. Rates from $99 per night with one-night minimum stay required.
Located in Bankers Hill, this quaint city loft offers a fully equipped kitchen, classic Mid-Century furnishing and the comfort and convenience of being in the popular downtown area. Situated just steps away from the renowned Balboa Park, solo travelers and adventures have a great spot to return to after a full day exploring the largest urban cultural park in the US. Take time to tour this fascinating part of the city firsthand from the comforting abode. Rates from $176 per night with a four-night minimum stay required.
Mid-Tier ($250-$350 per night)
Inside this two-bedroom loft, you’ll find unparalleled decor and full-service amenities and right outside, the vibrant scene of the trendy Gaslamp Quarter neighborhood. Known as the entertainment district, the Gaslamp Quarter has become popularize for hosting a variety of city-events like the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Comic-Con. This condo serves as the perfect launchpad for travelers who want to venture out in the bustling epicenter of the city’s best restaurants, cafes and galleries. Rates from $248 per night with a two-night minimum stay required.
It will be hard to resist the lure of the California coast, particularly with a views like this. Located in a luxury high-rise building, this condo boasts travertine floors, granite counter tops, mirrored walls and an open balcony. Not to mention, the boardwalk and beach is right at your doorstep, making this one-bedroom abode perfect for both leisure and business travelers. What better way to start your day than with the sounds of the ocean from the comfort of your stay? Rates from $269 per night with a three-night minimum stay required.
High Roller (350+ per night)
If you’re looking for some relaxation time in San Diego, this Marina District condo is your perfect getaway. Centrally located within walking distance to the Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy, this spacious two-bedroom home is large enough to ensure up to four guests privacy and comfort. Rates from $345 per night with a two-night minimum stay.
This Point Loma Heights retreat is described as one of Southern California best-kept secrets. The stylish five-bedroom abode overflows with all the amenities necessary for a relaxing stay; think: indoor and outdoor dining areas, a fireplace and a lush green garden. The space itself is tastefully decorated with vintage finishings and antiques, giving it a classic bohemian vibe. With five bedrooms, this listing accommodates 12 guests comfortably. When you’re ready to explore, you’ll find the best of San Diego within minutes of this retreat. Rates from $501 per night; minimum-night stay varies.
The Showstopper ($500+ per night)
This extravagant Mission Beach Retreat is refined with every imaginable luxury. From a dramatic 25-foot-high stainless fireplace to a roof top entertainment deck with Jacuzzi, this three bedroom listing embodies upscale living. Located on the boardwalk of Mission Bay, this luxury retreat accommodate up to 12 guests so you can house all your family and friends and get a taste of resort-style living. Step out onto the terrance for relaxing, dining, sunbathing and taking in the most breathtaking view of famous Sail Bay. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and idyllic location. Rates from $878 per night with a seven-night minimum stay.
Maximize Your Purchase
There are plenty of ways to maximize your stay with points and miles. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, sign up through TPG to get $40 off your first booking — and the gravy train doesn’t stop there. Book through the Delta portal and earn one SkyMile for every dollar spent on your stay, and make sure to charge the purchase to a travel rewards card to rack up extra points. Using a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred will get you 2x points on travel while the Chase Sapphire Reserve will get you 3x points on all travel purchases including Airbnb stays. When you combine the two, you’re effectively double-dipping with your points earning.
Prices are accurate as of publication date but are subject to change. Featured image by Peeter Viisimaa / Getty Images; all other images courtesy of Airbnb.
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