As a local in San Diego—and worldwide traveler—I’ve vacationed myself in La Jolla, less than 30 minutes from my home. San Diego makes a great staycation…La Jolla in particular. And here’s why: It’s gorgeous! So I’ve curated this list of the very best La Jolla Airbnb for you, whether you’re looking for a luxury oceanfront stay or a hidden gem on a budget.
La Jolla Vacation Rentals
The best thing about La Jolla—if you’re in or near the village— is that this pretty little peninsula pretty much ensures that you’re either staying oceanfront or within an easy walk of the beach.
Whether you’re hitting the beach, combing the tide pools or snorkeling La Jolla Cove, everything is an easy walk away.
1. Oceanfront Luxury Beach Cottage
Looking for La Jolla beach house rentals? If you’re traveling with a group, you can’t beat this oceanfront cottage or the sunset views over the ocean from the Adirondack chairs on your front porch.
This is a bucket list property. It’s flooded with natural light and conveniently located right in the village.
This three-bedroom place sleeps eight with three bedrooms and two baths. It features a fully equipped kitchen and luxury jacuzzi with lounge seating.
“This home is beautiful and offers amazing views and sounds of the ocean. It has every amenity you could ask for.”
2. Colorful Cloud 9 Hideaway near Bird Rock
You’ll love the cheery colors here and colorful moasic rock pathway. The pool comes with a curtained cave (!) as well as a jacuzzi.
Best of all, the Cloud 9 suite is minutes from world class surfing and the best of downtown La Jolla.
“Would highly recommend. Great location. Pool and hot tub were nice too. Wonderful neighborhood and walking distance to many beaches and restaurants. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.”
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3. Airy Oceanview Cottage
What could be better than throwing open the french doors and breathing in the sea breeze from your bed?
This beautiful modern beach cottage features a king-sized bed, kitchenette with granite counters, cute patio, back yard, and private patio with hardwood floors throughout the cottage.
Plus, those hardwood floors come with radiant heat. The full bath includes beautiful custom tile, too. In short, this little cottage has absolutely everything you need for the perfect luxe accommodation in the heart of La Jolla.
“I am an Airbnb host and was so inspired by my three days at their cottage. The space is very private, super clean, and incredibly comfortable. I spent my mornings sipping coffee on the secluded deck off the room. WOW!”
4. Modern Surf Shack + Sun Soaked Patio
This adorable little surf shack and private studio is located in a lovely, quiet residential neighborhood.
It’s just steps from Windandsea Beach and an easy walk into the village. (Use the private outdoor shower to rinse off.) Little Point Beach Pools is also very close by.
You’ll love having not one, but two private patios for sunning in the day and cozy nighttime gathering (complete with mood lighting).
The cottage can accommodate up to three guests as it includes both a queen bed and sofa bed. Cozy kitchenette and full-sized refrigerator are included as well.
“The location of the cottage is lovely, just a walk to the water which we enjoyed several times a day. There’s a variety of yummy restaurants and coffee shops close by.”
5. Ultra Luxe Oceanfront Oasis
This beautiful beachy oasis in La Jolla makes an incredible retreat for two couples with two king beds and two baths. Enjoy technicolor sunsets from your large and private oceanfront patio.
The views on Windansea Beach are epic. In fact, the beach is essentially your back yard here.
Inside, you’ll enjoy sunset views from every room. Top-of-the-line Viking appliances in this chef’s kitchen making cooking a breeze. Expect luxury furnishings and bedding.
Parking in La Jolla can be challenging, so you’ll be happy to know that you’ll enjoy access to two underground parking spaces at this property, as well as an an easy walk into the village to bypass all that.
Included: Beach chairs, umbrellas, and beach toys galore.
“An outstanding location. Amazing views. Sleeping with the windows open and the sound of the ocean waves was so beautiful. Very stylish decor and everything you need. I will most definitely be coming back.“
6. Budget Studio near the Beach
If you’d love to stay in swank La Jolla and enjoy an ocean view but are on a tight budget, look no further than this studio apartment that is just 500 feet to the beach!
At under $100 per night, it’s a great find. It includes a queen-sized bed, full kitchen and bath, with a separate entrance on the second floor of this apartment building.
While there’s no laundry in the apartment, you are free to use the building facilities. A reserved parking spot is included.
The location is great, too. In addition to easy beach access, it’s just a half mile to Vons grocery store and five minutes to some of La Jolla’s best restaurants and taco stands.
“This place is cozy with a great view of the ocean! It’s a short walk to the beach and many restaurants, great if you don’t want to drive. Safe and quiet area.”
7. Modern Villa with Zen Vibe
This beautiful second floor two bedroom villa offers panoramic ocean views…and it’s just steps from La Jolla Beach.
Imagine sipping coffee in a rocking chair from the beautiful deck or sipping sunset cocktails here as you listen to the waves crash just below.
The villa is flooded with natural light and decorated with warm hues, clean lines, and elegant furniture. A cozy sleigh bed in the master bedroom and second queen in the other bedroom both include plush linens.
The streamlined kitchen includes granite counter tops. One reserved parking space is also included.
“Amazing property! We watched the sun set into the ocean every night from the large patio. It was a 5 minute walk to the beach and 5 minute drive to shops and restaurants.”
8. Oceanfront Oasis for a Group Getaway
Looking for the perfect spot for a girls getaway? Meet-up for couples? Family vacation? This incredible three-bedroom home in the heart of the village couldn’t be more perfect.
With the waves crashing just outside your front door, you’re also within easy walking distance to La Jolla’s tony galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.
You’ll find two guest bedrooms downstairs—one with a double bed and one with a murphy bed—plus a king bed in the master bedroom upstairs. Plus, there’s a sofa bed to sleep an additional guest.
Al fresco dining on the private patio? Soaking in the spa after a day at the beach? Cozying up by a fire near the wet bar? Yes please.
“Just WOW!!!!! Pictures don’t do the location of this property justice. Right across from the water – and best part of town. Everything is in easy walking distance and we felt spoiled sitting out on our patio watching the tourists go by.”
9. Bauhaus Bungalow Escape
This cute two-bedroom bungalow is just a five-minute walk (across one road) to the beach. Inspired by the Bauhaus design movement, each room is spare, functional modernism at its best.
Light and airy with playful color everywhere, you may never want to leave.
The Bauhaus bungalow includes queen beds in both bedrooms as well as a pull out sofa in the living room, for up to five guests. It’s filled with light and ocean breezes…as well as unusual art objects from the owners’s travels.
“Patrick and Lani have done an incredible job creating a space with a modernist influence and W. Coast feel reminiscent of mid-century modern meets laid back vibes. Every corner has balance, great lighting, and pops of color.”
10. Rooftop Views Galore for a Gathering
Looking for the perfect retreat for a large group? Head to this spectacular four-bedroom, three-bath home. With six bedrooms, it can accommodate ten.
From the sauna and rainfall shower to the luxe linens and private balconies, this is a very special property. It’s one of my top picks for vacation rentals in La Jolla.
Watch the sunset from your private rooftop deck…from the hot tub…or while preparing a feast in the outdoor kitchen.
Then dine al fresco on the private shaded patio. Landscaping is top-notch here. And best of all, the villa is just a six-minute walk from the beach.
“The house is beautiful and has everything you need. We spent most of our time on the roof-top deck or at the beach, a quick 7 min walk away. Close to everything!”
Airbnb La Jolla
As you can see, the sky’s the limit when it comes to where to stay in La Jolla. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway for two or beach family fun, this list has you covered for the perfect vacation.
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