San Diego: A guide to vacation rentals

San Diego is known for its temperate climate and beautiful beaches, but it’s also a cultural gem with a trendy dining scene. A vacation rental is the best way to explore all that the city has to offer.

Kasa's vacation rentals in San Diego

With vacation rentals in the city’s most exciting neighborhoods, Kasa offers comfortable and convenient accommodations no matter what brings you to San Diego or where you need to go.

Discover San Diego

After booking your vacation rental in San Diego, here's everything you need to know for your trip.

San Diego is the eighth largest city in the U.S. and the second largest in California after Los Angeles. It’s located on the Pacific Ocean at the Mexican border. (Tijuana is just to the south.) Famed for its temperate climate and gorgeous beaches, San Diego came to be thanks to its geography: the city is built around a deep protected bay.

Between 1,000 CE and the arrival of European explorers, the Kumeyaay people inhabited the region that now includes San Diego. The present-day’s city’s Old Town is built on the site of the Kumeyaay village of Cosoy. The first European colonists were Spanish, and the city is named for the Spanish saint Diego de San Nicolás. San Diego became part of the Mexican territory of Alta California in 1821 when Mexico won its independence from Spain, and Mexican settlers and the Kumeyaay were in frequent conflict. In 1848, the United States conquered Alta California, and San Diego became part of the United States. Unti 1878, the town was small and sleepy. Then a railroad station arrived, making it more accessible.

The Navy has a significant presence in San Diego, dating back to the early 1900s, when naval facilities began to crop up throughout the area. Around World War I, San Diego also became a hub for aircraft development and manufacturing. San Diego’s military identity was sealed during World War II, when it became a major center of wartime operations, and the city’s population surged during and after the war.

After the Cold War, the city’s military economy pared back, and technology and science became new sources of dynamism. So did tourism, with loads of visitors descending on the city because of its natural beauty and its increasing number of attractions. The city’s downtown has been revitalized with exceptional shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment, and there are great short-term rental options near it all.