Destination guide

Artsy San Diego County will entice you

Take a vacation to San Diego County and enjoy the area's museums, theater scene and art galleries. This city's beaches, zoo and seaside draw many visitors. Local cultural sights include USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in and around San Diego County

Are you hoping to find things to do in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes San Diego County a fun place to get away. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • San Diego Zoo (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • SeaWorld (5.1 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Legoland California (29.7 mi / 47.8 km)
  • Club Campestre Golf Course (16.8 mi / 27.1 km)
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park (27.8 mi / 44.8 km)
  • Balboa Park Golf Course (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)

Seasonal weather averages in San Diego County

If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, September, August, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 76°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in San Diego County

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, San Diego County is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Balboa Park (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • La Jolla Cove (11.4 mi / 18.3 km)
  • Coronado Beach (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Old Town San Diego State Park (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Ocean Beach Park (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Mission Beach (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around San Diego County

The nearest airport is in San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.), located 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 6.7 mi (10.8 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, San Diego Santa Fe Depot, San Diego-Old Town Transit Center and San Diego Coaster Sorrento Valley Station are the main stations in the area. You can see more of San Diego County by catching a ride on the metro at Civic Center Station, 5th Avenue Station or Convention Center Station.

Where to stay near San Diego County?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 8,306 house rentals near San Diego County. From 3,285 Houses to 131 Villas, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near San Diego County is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in San Diego County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Diego County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • San Diego: 6,011 vacation rentals
  • Oceanside: 1,954 vacation rentals
  • Mission Beach: 1,381 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla: 777 vacation rentals
  • Carlsbad: 2,518 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in San Diego County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in San Diego County?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Diego County:

  • San Diego: 6,011 rentals
  • Oceanside: 1,954 rentals
  • Carlsbad: 2,518 rentals
  • Coronado: 4,992 rentals
  • Solana Beach: 1,490 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to San Diego County?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in San Diego County are:

  • San Diego International Airport (SAN): 5,340 home rentals
  • McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD): 3,422 home rentals
  • Oceanside, CA (OCN): 2,496 home rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in San Diego County?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in San Diego County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Legoland California: 1,665 vacation homes
  • Pacific Beach Park: 5,659 vacation homes
  • San Diego Zoo: 4,466 vacation homes
  • Bird Rock: 1,126 vacation homes
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: 5,773 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around San Diego County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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