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Highlights Encinitas

  • Surfing
  • Beach holiday
  • Small town
  • Laid-back atmosphere

Best Vacation Rentals in Encinitas

Guests agree: these stays are highly rated for location, cleanliness, and more.
Encinitas, San Diego County
Vacation Rental • 893 ft² • 2 Bedrooms
(13 reviews)
Our cottage is ideally located west of Highway 101, in a quiet neighborhood with little traffic, one block away from Stone Steps Beach in Encinitas. It is walking distance to coffee shops, many local restaurants ranging from fine dining to bistros and ethnic foods. In addition to its many eateries and shopping, Encinitas is famous for its surf breaks. Beacons Beach, Swamis, and Pontos surf breaks are within a couple miles. The local Farmers Market is held only two blocks away. Our cottage is cute, clean, and comfortably sleeps 1-6 people. There are 2 bedrooms, one with a beautiful bamboo ...
from $204 / night
Encinitas, San Diego County
Vacation Rental • 0 ft² • 4 Bedrooms
(10 reviews)
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. NEWLY REMODELED. Just 20 minutes from downtown San Diego. Aprox. 100 feet from the sand of San Diego's best beach. Moonlight Beach has all the amenities. Sandy beach and ocean bottom, year round lifeguards, large tot play area, sand volleyball nets, restrooms and showers, new food concessions and beach rentals for surfboards, etc. and all right next door. Historic downtown Encinitas is just a couple of blocks away with great restaurants, shopping and even the famous La Paloma Theatre where Charlie Chaplain, Mary Pickford and the Fairbanks came to watch movies. ...
from $1,617 / night
Encinitas, San Diego County
Vacation Rental • 2594 ft² • 5 Bedrooms
(40 reviews)
This magnificent beachfront home is the UPPER LEVEL of an oceanfront DUPLEX sitting on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Coastline. From the rooftop deck, enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of the ocean to the west, and mountains to the east, as you relax in your private rooftop spa. The views are striking! You walk into a large and open kitchen, living/dining and family room. Plenty of living space! Off of this great-room there is a large oceanfront patio, with patio furniture and barbecue. Central AC is available to help cool you off after a long hot day. You will not want to leave! Beach ...
from $1,605 / night

Prices and availability

Vacation rental prices Encinitas

$377for 10 Dec - 17 Dec
$525 annual average
Average price per week

Vacation rentals availability Encinitas

38%for 10 Dec - 17 Dec
41% annual average
Percentage of available rentals

Vacation rentals in Encinitas

A laid-back surfing town

Encinitas is a laid-back town situated along the Pacific Coastline of Southern California. With its prime coastal location, Encinitas is consistently rated as one of the best surfing towns in the US and boasts the effortlessly chill atmosphere you’d expect in a surfing town. Here you’ll find a variety of top-rated restaurants with ocean views, cute boutique shops, and scenic views. It’s the perfect destination for families, couples, snowbirds, and beach lovers seeking a low-key destination.

Finding the perfect coastal rental

Vacation rentals in Encinitas are the kind that you’ll never want to leave! Since the city is built on six miles of ocean coastline, vacation rentals spectacular ocean views and beach access are abundant. Rentals are typically bright, spacious, and tastefully designed with modern amenities. Opt for a rental with a pool to splash around in during the warmer months. Pet-friendly rentals are available for travelers with pets.

Vacations in Encinitas

The area and getting around

Arriving in Encinitas

There are several airports near Encinitas for international and domestic travelers. The closest major airport is San Diego International Airport. This airport has shuttle, taxi, and train options to travel from the airport to the city. The train and shuttle each take around 1.5 hours from the airport to central Encinitas. Car rental companies are available at the airport if you’d like to rent a car during your stay.

Getting around Encinitas

Many of the main points of interest in Encinitas are spread out, making it not the most walkable city. There are buses or rail transits available for getting around, as well as taxis, Uber, and Lyft Biking and walking can be done in certain parts of the city, particularly in areas near the beach and downtown centers.

Travelers and activities

Encinitas for history buffs

History buffs might be surprised to find plenty of interesting historical offerings in this surfer’s paradise. Visit San Dieguito Heritage Museum, which is a fantastic history museum located on a ranch. Here you’ll find a wide range of local, historical artifacts on display as well as informational plaques about life in the early days of California. The Encinitas Historical Society is another historical attraction not to be missed. It’s located in a schoolhouse from the late 1800s, and you can browse through all the old photographs, documents, and stories about Encinitas’s history. There’s also a historical cinema called La Paloma Theater. Built in the 1920s, this theater was one of the first places to screen a “talkie” (non-silent film).

Encinitas for couples

With endless spectacular ocean views and hip establishments, Encinitas is a perfectly romantic and laid-back destination for couples. When visiting Encinitas as a couple, take a walk on the Cardiff State Beach where you can enjoy the ultimate romantic beach walk and unparalleled sunset. Finish the evening off at one of the many top-rated restaurants for a memorable date night. Several restaurants in the area offer tastings for Californian and Mexican wines paired with a romantic dinner.

The name Encinitas comes from the Spanish phrase “los encinitos,” which means small oaks.

Top 5 travel tips in Encinitas

1. Go to Swami Beach

Encinitas is famous for its long stretches of idyllic beaches and perhaps the most famous of them all is Swami beach. It’s the beach of choice among local surfers, but it’s also perfect for enjoying the tide pools during low tide. You can observe a variety of sea creatures in the tide pools, go for walks on the beach, and swim in the crystal clear waters.

2. Connect with yourself at Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens

This zen-like center has many different meditation classes to choose from as well as beautiful, serene gardens. It’s open to anyone who’d like to take a stroll, meditate, or just relax by the ocean views.

3. Take a walk at the historical shopping district

Encinitas’s central historic shopping district has been around for more than a hundred years, and it’s filled with fantastic shops, restaurants, art galleries, and cafés. You can easily spend an entire day walking around, window shopping, and sipping on coffee at the cafés.

4. Visit San Diego Botanic Gardens

These remarkable, lush gardens house a vast collection of plants from many regions of the world. Visitors can discover the flora and fauna while taking a peaceful stroll around the grounds. There’s no shortage of beautiful flowers and tranquility to be found here.

5. Enjoy a beach day at Moonlight Beach

Encinitas has several different beach options for swimming, but the easiest one to get to is Moonlight Beach. You can easily walk from downtown to the beach and find many restaurants, rental shops and public restrooms nearby. It’s a great place to surf as well. The fantastic facilities offered here make Moonlight Beach a perfect family-friendly location. Don’t leave before sunset, the sunsets here are some of the best around town!

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Encinitas

How much do the vacation rentals in Encinitas cost on average?

Encinitas is one of the most expensive cities in the USA. The price for a vacation rental is about $515 per night.

What time of year offers, on average, the best vacation rental prices in Encinitas?

Travelers who want to save as much as possible travel to Encinitas in February, March, or January, which are the months that offer the most discount, with average prices of $380, $472, and $480 per night, respectively, based on the previous year.

In which months is it more expensive to rent a vacation rental in Encinitas?

Analyzing the data from last year, we found that costs per night for accommodation here are usually higher, on average, during the months of August ($605), September ($565), and October ($555).

Is Encinitas a good location for a last-minute getaway?

If you decide to put Encinitas on your bucket list, we recommend organizing your vacation ahead of time because it is usually very high in demand, with an annual average of 83% of rentals booked the previous year.

What are the best months for a spontaneous getaway?

May, June and October are, in order of highest to lowest, the months offering the largest number of accommodations free, with an average availability of 46%, 38%, and 21%. However, even during these months, when the availability is the highest, the average is only 35%. So it is still important you always book your vacation early Encinitas.

When are there fewer vacation rental options available in Encinitas?

The month with the highest average booked rental figures is March (only 6% of properties were available on average last year). Followed by April (7%), and then August (9%). During these three months, the availability is very low (7%). It is therefore preferable to reserve early.

How many rentals does Holidu have in Encinitas?

We have collected the offers from 4 different providers in Encinitas, so we can provide you with around 130 properties. You're going to have a hard time deciding which one to go with!

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