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Summer in San Diego is synonymous with sun, surf, and the much-anticipated San Diego County Fair. Each year, this iconic event draws visitors from all over California and beyond, eager to indulge in a unique blend of entertainment, culinary delights, and community spirit. The 2024 edition promises to be more spectacular than ever, with a host of new attractions, beloved traditions, and surprises in store. Here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect at this year’s fair and some ideas on where to stay if you’re vacationing in the area.

A Rich Tradition of Fun and Festivity

The San Diego County Fair, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, has been a staple of summer since its inception in 1880. It offers a perfect mix of nostalgia and modern excitement, catering to all ages with its diverse array of activities. From thrilling rides and games to agricultural exhibits and live performances, the fairgrounds transform into a playground for everyone.

Theme of 2024: “Let’s Go Retro”

With a nod to nostalgia and a focus on fun, the 2024 Fair will give our yesteryears another moment in the San Diego sun. Bop your way around the happy days of the ‘50s. Twist, shout, and shake it into the bewitching ‘60s. Move and groove through the disco nights of the ‘70s. Moonwalk it back to the gnarly age of big hair, shoulder pads, and parachute pants of the ‘80s. And enjoy the era of flannel and floppy drives of the ‘90s. When we look back on today, what will stand the test of time to be considered “retro” to future San Diegans?

Must-See Attractions

1. The Grand Ferris Wheel

The iconic Ferris wheel offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the fairgrounds. Whether you’re looking to snap the perfect Instagram photo or simply enjoy a serene ride, this is a must-do.

2. Concert Series

The fair’s concert series always draws big names, and 2024 is no exception. With a lineup featuring popular artists across genres, there’s something for every music lover. Keep an eye out for announcements and be sure to grab your tickets early to see talent such as Kolohe Kai, TLC and Ludacris among others.

3. Animal Exhibits

From petting zoos to impressive livestock displays, the fair’s animal exhibits are both educational and entertaining. Young visitors will especially enjoy the interactive experiences with farm animals.

4. Food and Drink

One of the main highlights of the San Diego County Fair is the food. Let’s Go Retro! What does that mean for food? Think of those nostalgic dishes of your youth — were they made with Velveeta, Funyuns or Jell-O? Maybe they were served in a casserole dish, crock pot or Pyrex bowl. Or maybe they include a retro candy, cereal or drink; such as Pop Rocks, Lucky Charms or Tang.

5. Rides and Games

No fair experience is complete without the thrill of carnival rides and games. Whether you’re a daredevil looking for adrenaline-pumping rides or prefer the nostalgia of classic midway games, the fair has it all.

Tips for a Great Visit

Oceanfront vacation rentals – Seascape Sur and Seascape Oro with the fair in the distance.

Where To Stay

Planning a trip to the San Diego County Fair and looking for the perfect place to stay? Vacation rentals can offer a comfortable, home-like experience, often with more space and amenities than a hotel.

Haustay has a number of coastal vacation rentals to choose from that are within walking distance or a short drive to the San Diego Fair. Check out our Del Mar and Solana Beach rentals here and book soon as they’re filling up for the summer!

Embrace the Magic of the Fair

The 2024 San Diego County Fair is set to be a memorable experience, offering something magical for everyone. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor from afar, this event captures the essence of summer fun and community spirit. Mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready to create unforgettable memories at this year’s fair. See you there!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official San Diego County Fair website.


Carlsbad, nestled in North County San Diego, is the quintessential laid-back beach town, boasting 7 miles of pristine coastline. But don’t let its beachy vibe fool you—Carlsbad is a treasure trove of family-friendly activities, attractions, and culinary delights. Here are 10 fun things to do in Carlsbad with the family, ensuring a memorable vacation for everyone.

The Fun Cat rental at California Watersports

1. Carlsbad Lagoon

Located on Aqua Hedionda Lagoon, the Carlsbad Lagoon offers exciting activities on calm, uncrowded water. California Watersports offers rentals of all kinds like stand-up paddle boards, canoes, jet skis, speed boats, aquabikes, and more. They also offer summer camps and private party areas to rent. This summer be sure to check out the Row in The Dark Event! A $49 ticket grants you a three hour glow in the dark themed adventure on a paddleboard, kayak or aquacycle. This unique experience gives you the opportunity to be on the water after the sun goes down in a safe environment. Enjoy music, hot dogs, and S’mores around the campfire, beach games and memories that will last a lifetime! Designed for all ages, Row in the Dark ensures that every member of your family can partake in the wonder of an after-hours lagoon adventure. All while having some fun with glow sticks and other glowing fun. Alcohol is allowed, but cannot be in a glass container. If you prefer to stay on the sand, for $20 you get admittance to the event and can enjoy all the fun. Kids 8 and under are free.

2. Legoland

LEGOLAND California, located in Carlsbad is specially designed for families with children ages 12 and under, this amusement park offers mellow roller coasters, interactive rides, colorful play areas, hands-on LEGO pits, and other interactive park experiences. Join the party this Summer as they celebrate their 25th anniversary! There will be shows starring your favorite LEGO characters, extra special birthday festivities, and end the day watching the LEGO World Parade!​

Cruise the coast in style

3. Take A Ride On The Moke

Surf’s up, sun’s out, means it time for a cruise in the Moke. Whether it’s catching waves, indulging in local eats, or simply kicking back with a sunset view, catch every coastal moment in a Moke! Embarking on family adventures and coastal cruising in a Moke promises an unforgettable experience for the entire family. Kids and Dog friendly. Mention that you are a Haustay guest and receive 15% off your rental.  

Some of the amazing options at Gelatolove

4. Cool down with some gelato

Gelatolove is completely handmade and is created with organic/natural ingredients. One small cup of this amazing Italian ice cream (4 oz) contains less than 5 grams of added sugar. They also serve vegan and gluten free ice cream. Mention Haustay10 for 10% off!

The Alley Art Wall by Bryan Snyder

5. Murals in the Village

The Carlsbad Village is filled with art of all kinds scattered throughout the Village. Take a visual journey of the Village’s rich culture and artistic talent as nearly every street is adorned with art of some sort.

6. Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center

Learn about Carlsbad’s local ecology at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center. With interactive exhibits and touch tanks, kids can get up close with marine life and learn about the importance of preserving our natural environment.

The walk path along Carlsbad State Beach

7. Head to the beach

Beach activities are so diverse, and beaches aren’t just for laying out or surfing. Discover the best beaches in Carlsbad, whether you’re looking for families and off-leash dogs and the best spots for bonfires, bike rides, tide pooling and more.

Cute character buns at Harumama

8. Lunch at Harumama

Lunch at Harumama is a must for cute character buns and amazing ramen. The buns are fun for the kids and there are a number of animals to choose from.

The Carlsbad sign at Carlsbad Boulevard near Carlsbad Village Drive.

9. Walk Around Carlsbad Village

Wander through Carlsbad Village, the heart of the town, filled with charming boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. It’s a great place for a family stroll, and you might find unique souvenirs to take home.

10. Attend A Free Concert In The Park

Since 1986, the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office has been presenting free concerts in the city’s parks during the summer. Concerts take place on Friday evenings, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and begin in late June and run through the summer. Click here for locations and schedule.

Vacation Rental home in Carlsbad – Terramar

9. Where to Stay – Close to Beach

This Spanish-style home just two blocks from the beach in Carlsbad that we call “Hacienda Terramar” is a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home and will accommodate up to 6 people and is pet friendly. With sunny interior spaces, unique architectural features, cozy bedrooms and large, private backyard, you won’t want to leave! Spend your days relaxing at the beach, or by taking a quick day trip to San Diego. In the evenings, take a short walk to the beach to watch the sun set over the ocean or enjoy a backyard BBQ with a fire pit and test your skill at cornhole!

The back patio at Shore Drive with private beach access

10. Where to stay – Ocean Front

Wake up to the sounds of the surf at Shore Drive, an oceanfront getaway with a private staircase leading down to the shores of Carlsbad, CA. This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home features wall-to-wall windows on the ocean facing side of the home for an unobstructed, panoramic ocean view.

After spending the day at the beach, guests can enjoy home-cooked meals in the fully-stocked kitchen, or a sunset BBQ on the patio, and restful nights in the comfortable bedrooms. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beaches, exploring interactive museums, or enjoying thrilling attractions, Carlsbad has something for every family member. Plan your trip today and discover why this charming beach town is a favorite family destination!

In the realm of road races, few events hold the prestige, excitement, and sheer energy of the Carlsbad 5000 – a fast and fun seaside course where 16 world records have been set. Nestled in the charming coastal town of Carlsbad, California, this annual 5K race isn’t just a run; it’s a celebration of athleticism, community, and the rich tapestry of running history. We have some pointers on where to stay so let’s lace up our shoes and delve into the magic of the Carlsbad 5000.

A Legacy Of Speed

Since its inception in 1986, the Carlsbad 5000 has been synonymous with speed. Dubbed the “World’s Fastest 5K,” it has seen countless records shattered and personal bests achieved. The flat, fast course winds its way through downtown Carlsbad, offering runners a picturesque route lined with cheering spectators and scenic ocean views.

A Race For Everyone

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Carlsbad 5000 is its inclusivity. From elite athletes to weekend warriors, runners of all ages and abilities come together to participate in this iconic event. The race features multiple heats, including divisions for men, women, juniors, and masters, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience the thrill of crossing the finish line.

Elite Competition

For elite runners, the Carlsbad 5000 is a chance to test their speed against some of the best in the world. Over the years, the race has attracted an impressive roster of international talent, including Olympic medalists and world champions. The elite fields are fiercely competitive, with athletes pushing the limits of human performance in pursuit of victory.

Festival Atmosphere

But the Carlsbad 5000 is more than just a race; it’s a celebration of running culture. In addition to the main event, the weekend features a variety of festivities, including live music, food vendors, and a health and fitness expo. Celebrate after your race with two free beers at the Pizza Port Beer Garden! At high noon, witness the elite athletes vie for a lucrative prize purse and a new world record. Families gather to cheer on their loved ones, while runners swap stories and share camaraderie with fellow participants.

Ok now the fun part! Where to stay in Carlsbad! We have gathered some properties perfect for couples, families or solo travelers including descriptions of each rental, highlighting unique features, amenities, and proximity to the race.

For The Running Couple

Located one block from the beach, the Coastal Casita is a 1-bedroom condo located in the heart of Carlsbad Village. The beach, restaurants, and shopping are steps away. Throw your car keys in the corner and enjoy your stay as the race is a 5-minute walk from the condo!

For The Solo Traveler

Juniper Beach Studio includes a queen-sized bed and is a 1-bathroom, ocean view unit located in beautiful Carlsbad, California. The home does have AC which is difficult to find in Carlsbad and is perfect for cooling off after the race. This unit also has amazing ocean views and is 0.8 miles away from the race start.

For The Running Family

Carlsbad Shores Luxe Villa is a spacious 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 3-story townhome masterpiece spanning 2,200 sq. ft. This meticulously designed retreat features tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows in the entryway, oversized covered balconies, and a private 2-car garage. Located in the heart of Carlsbad Village, blocks away from the beach, popular dining options, and shopping. This property is a 5-minute walk from the race start.

Beachfront Bliss

Welcome to Beachfront Paradise! This stunning 2BR 2BA, is the perfect oceanfront getaway complete with your own private beach. Share a meal with friends or family on the outdoor dining table during sunset after the race. Beachfront Paradise has everything you need from beach gear, to a private gas grill, washer & dryer, and more to make this place a great home for your time in Carlsbad. This property is a 5-minute walk to the race start!

These ideas should provide a good starting point for showcasing the diverse range of vacation rentals available in Carlsbad from Haustay, catering to various traveler preferences and interests. Whether you’re chasing a personal best or simply soaking in the excitement, the Carlsbad 5000 is an experience like no other. So, here’s to the next 5 kilometers of history in the making. See you at the starting line!

Solana Beach, California, is a coastal gem nestled along the picturesque stretch of the Pacific Ocean. If you are in search of pristine beaches, charming shops, and a laid-back atmosphere, look no further than Seascape Sur – it is the perfect destination for a rejuvenating getaway. Perched atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean, this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom vacation home sleeps 5. Read on for our tips for a perfect stay in Solana Beach in this vacation rental spotlight on Seascape Sur.

The Setting

Upon entering the rental, you’ll find a cozy haven, meticulously designed to evoke a sense of coastal comfort. Floor-to-ceiling windows adorn the living room, allowing natural light to flood the space and providing uninterrupted views of the ocean. Relax on the couch by the fire place and enjoy the salty breeze and the soothing sound of crashing waves. With a spacious and fully equipped kitchen, roomy bedrooms, and a private patio, every detail was thoughtfully curated to ensure a seamless stay.

The Experience

Mornings are a delight for sipping coffee on the private ocean-view patio, watching surfers catch waves and dolphins frolic in the distance. The beach is just steps away, for leisurely strolls along the shore and exhilarating dips in the refreshing water. When you’re done lounging on the sand, take a dip in one of two pools on the property. There are also two hot tubs and tennis courts if you’re feeling sporty. Each moment feels like a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

When You Want To Hit The Town

When you aren’t soaking up the sun at the vacation rental, venture out to explore the charming town of Solana Beach. With its vibrant art galleries, eclectic boutiques, and farm-to-table restaurants, there is no shortage of things to see and do. Spend lazy afternoons browsing the local shops, indulging in delicious seafood, and immersing yourself in the laid-back coastal culture of Solana.


Staying at an oceanfront vacation rental in Solana Beach is an experience you’ll cherish for years to come. From the breathtaking views to the tranquil atmosphere, it is the perfect retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Seascape Sur offers a slice of paradise that’s sure to leave you enchanted. So pack your bags, and escape to this coastal oasis for a truly unforgettable adventure.

On March 1st, The Flower Fields are back! Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Southern California, the flower fields of Carlsbad emerge like a vibrant tapestry, painting the landscape with an array of colors and fragrances. Spread over fifty acres, this botanical wonderland of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers is a testament to nature’s artistry and are in bloom for about six to eight weeks every year. Here is everything you need to know before your visit.

A Floral Symphony

Every spring, Carlsbad’s flower fields burst into life, transforming the rolling hills into a kaleidoscope of vibrant pink, red, orange, yellow and white. This year’s theme is “Spring into Color”. As you wander through the fields, you’re greeted by rows upon rows of meticulously planted flowers, each variety contributing to the symphony of hues that dance in the gentle breeze.

Visitors will be able to enjoy live outdoor music, local circus and theater group performances among other experiences like the American Flag of Flowers, Tractor Wagon Ride featuring brand new tractors, Artist Gardens & Aviaries, a Sweet Pea Maze and Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse. This year, the crowd favorite blueberry picking will return along with the debut of the Sea of Sunflowers in April or May.

Location and Time

The fields will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March 1 until May 12, according to its website.

The Flower Fields is located at 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA, 92008. Parking is free.

How To Buy Tickets

Single-ticket admission is $23 for adults, $21 for seniors 60+ and military, $14 for children ages 3 through 10, and free for children under three.

Season passes are available for $48 for adults, $44 for seniors and military, $28 for children and free for children under three.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Food Available For Purchase

There is a number of different options for snacks and drinks. Lemonade, coffee, Strawberry Shack, cotton candy, ice cream, and popcorn are available along with a pizza and taco trolley for lunch. Picnic tables are on site.


For the 2024 season, there will be events like Sunset Wine Tasting and Music, Flower Flow Yoga, Spring Succulent Workshop, Tea in the Garden and Meditation and Sound Healing Workshop.

For this year’s activity calendar, click here.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch one of the most unique attractions in Southern California and an annual rite of passage into spring

So, whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a curious wanderer, make your way to the flower fields of Carlsbad and experience the wonder for yourself. Amidst the blossoms and the butterflies, you may just find a piece of paradise waiting to be discovered.

Dreaming of catching the perfect wave while surrounded by the soothing sounds of the ocean? Look no further than an oceanfront vacation rental for your next surf trip. Picture yourself waking up to the gentle rhythm of the waves, stepping outside your door, taking your private staircase down to the ocean and diving into the invigorating waters for an unforgettable surfing experience. In this spotlight blog post, we’ll dive into why renting Shore Drive in Carlsbad is the ultimate choice for surf enthusiasts seeking adventure and relaxation.

A Coastal Sanctuary

Shore Drive boasts three bedrooms and three bathrooms, ensuring ample space for relaxation and rejuvenation. The ocean-facing side of the home features expansive wall-to-wall windows, providing guests with breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Forget about long commutes to the beach or hauling cumbersome gear across town. With an oceanfront vacation rental, convenience is key. Enjoy the luxury of stepping directly onto the sand from your doorstep, eliminating the hassle of transportation and allowing more time for surfing and relaxation. Plus, Shore Drive offers convenient amenities such as an outdoor shower, equipment storage in the garage, and beachfront lounging areas, ensuring a seamless surfing experience from start to finish.

Embrace the Surf Culture

Renting an oceanfront vacation rental immerses you in the heart of surf culture. From your doorstep to the shoreline, you’ll be surrounded by fellow surfers and enthusiasts who share your passion for riding the waves. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner eager to learn, the vibrant surf community offers camaraderie and support, making every moment on the water a memorable one.

If you are in need of a surf lesson, look no further than Enjoy The Ride Surf School. For a first-time beginner or a seasoned intermediate, Enjoy The Ride Surf School has the experience and skills to help anyone progress and have an amazing surfing experience. Mention that you are a Haustay guest and receive 15%.

Relish That Private Beach Entrance

There’s something truly magical about surfing against the backdrop of an endless horizon. Shore Drive allows you to immerse yourself in nature’s playground, where the ocean becomes your canvas and the waves your playground. Spend your days chasing swells, perfecting your technique, and experiencing the exhilarating thrill of riding the perfect wave. Whether you prefer sunrise sessions or sunset surfs, the oceanfront setting offers unparalleled beauty and serenity that will leave you breathless. If you are in need of surf rentals, reach out to SoCal Surf Lessons. Mention that you are a Haustay guest for 10% off.

Relax & Unwind

After a day of surfing and exploration, retreat to your oceanfront patio for some well-deserved relaxation. Indulge in panoramic ocean views, soothing sea breezes, and the comforting sound of crashing waves as you unwind from the day’s adventures. Whether you’re lounging on the balcony by the fire pit with a cold drink in hand or sinking into plush furnishings with loved ones by your side, the oceanfront rental provides the perfect backdrop for rest and rejuvenation.

If You Want To Hit The Town

If you’re looking to hit the town in Carlsbad Village, there are plenty of things you can do! Read on for some suggestions that are close to Shore Drive.


Renting an oceanfront vacation rental like Shore Drive for your surf trip offers an unbeatable combination of adventure, convenience, and relaxation. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping waves or tranquil moments by the sea, the oceanfront setting promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you longing to return. So pack your board, grab your sunscreen, and embark on the ultimate surf adventure of a lifetime. The waves are calling—are you ready to answer?



Are you ready for an unforgettable getaway? Look no further than Aqua Vibes—a vibrant oasis where relaxation meets adventure! In this spotlight blog post, we’ll dive into Aqua Vibes – a vacation rental home nestled in a serene Carlsbad neighborhood promising an exhilarating escape for families and friends seeking the ultimate vacation experience.

Step into the five-star backyard and prepare to be amazed. Whether you’re craving a refreshing dip in the pool, a soothing soak in the hot tub, or a lively game of cornhole on the lush grass, we’ve got you covered. The outdoor amenities are tailor-made for creating cherished memories and enjoying quality time with loved ones.

But that’s just the beginning! As the aroma of sizzling barbecue fills the air, head over to our outdoor dining area and indulge in mouthwatering meals prepared on the grill. With Aqua Vibes, every meal becomes a culinary celebration under the open sky.

Inside, discover a world of luxury and comfort awaiting you. Aqua Vibes boasts three spacious bedrooms and three pristine bathrooms, ensuring ample space for everyone to unwind and rejuvenate. And let’s not forget about the heart of the home—the kitchen. Prepare to be dazzled by our high-end culinary haven featuring top-of-the-line appliances, including a Wolf range and Sub Zero fridge. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a culinary enthusiast, our kitchen is sure to ignite your passion for cooking.

A fun feature of the home is the garage game room with a ping pong table, video game system and a wall-mounted TV.

Welcome to Carlsbad

Nestled along the stunning coastline of Southern California lies the enchanting city of Carlsbad. Renowned for its pristine beaches, charming Village atmosphere, and an array of attractions, Carlsbad is a dream destination for travelers seeking relaxation and adventure alike. Carlsbad Village, is a vibrant downtown area brimming with eclectic shops, delightful eateries, and captivating art galleries. The laid-back ambiance and friendly locals will instantly make  you feel at home as you wander through the bustling streets, soaking in the sights and sounds of this charming community.

Time For Beer and Tacos

Local beer is big here. Be sure to make a stop for a taste of some locally made ales. Located in the heart of Carlsbad Village on bustling State Street, Pure Project has it all. Specifically designed to make you feel like you are sitting on a large porch whether sitting inside or out, the 5 roll-up doors open the space to invite the bustling activity in. They offer some murky IPAs, traditional ales, West coast IPAs, barrel aged beers, fruit forward beers, smoothie style beers, and even a collaboration with Handel’s next door. Weekly new beer releases keep things fresh.

Don’t forget to eat! Head across the way to Puretaco. Their mission is to deliver a twist to the standardized taco and globalize their hand-pressed tortillas with influence from cultures around the world like their Green Curry Shrimp and Pho Beef tacos. The atmosphere is super fun and upbeat. Try the Paloma, TJ Ceasar, and green curry shrimp burrito.

Check Out The Breathtaking Beaches

No trip to Carlsbad would be complete without a visit to its world-class beaches. From the serene shores of Tamarack Beach to the iconic Carlsbad State Beach, each stretch of coastline offers its own unique allure. Spend blissful days basking in the warm California sun, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, and building sandcastles with loved ones. The breathtaking sunsets painting the sky in hues of orange and pink area sight to behold.

Family Friendly Fun

Carlsbad is a paradise for families, offering a plethora of activities sure to delight visitors of all ages. Only 4 miles away from Aqua Vibes is LEGOLAND California Resort, where imagination comes to life in the form of colorful LEGO bricks. From thrilling rides and interactive exhibits to enchanting shows and elaborate LEGO sculptures, the park ignites the childlike wonder within all of us and creates memories that will last a lifetime.

Campfire in Carlsbad Village

Indulge In The Culinary Scene

No vacation would be complete without indulging in the local culinary scene, and Carlsbad certainly does not disappoint. From fresh seafood and farm-to-table fare to international cuisine from around the globe, the city’s diverse dining options cater to every palate and preference. Whether savoring a gourmet meal overlooking the ocean or enjoying a casual picnic in the park, each culinary experience is a delicious celebration of the region’s culinary heritage.

Campfire opened in 2016 and changed Carlsbad’s dining scene. Local ingredients are the feature of this unique restaurant in the heart of downtown Carlsbad Village. Serving American fare and cocktails amid camping décor, Campfire earned Bib Gourmand status from the Michelin Guide in 2019. We love the cozy vibe of the rustic camp-fire themed décor with picnic table seating, lanterns, baskets, fishing gear, and even a teepee tent set up outdoors.

Be sure to try the Almost Home cocktail, the broccoli and of course the s’mores.

S’mores dessert at Campfire is a must!

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So why wait? Pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and embark on a journey to Aqua Vibes—a haven where laughter echoes, memories are made, and fun knows no bounds. Experience the magic of Aqua Vibes and make your vacation dreams a reality!

Book your stay today and prepare to dive into the adventure of a lifetime at Aqua Vibes Vacation Rental!

Escape to the sun-soaked shores of Encinitas, where the salty breeze meets the golden sands, and the vibrant coastal town invites you to experience the ultimate getaway. In this spotlight blog post, we’ll explore the allure of Grandview Getaway – a vacation rental in Encinitas, offering an insider’s guide to the perfect beachy retreat.

Unveiling Encinitas

Upon your arrival into the City, you’ll find why this is a popular vacation designation. Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Southern California, Encinitas is a hidden gem known for its laid-back atmosphere, eclectic neighborhoods, and stunning beaches. Whether you’re a surfing enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone seeking a peaceful escape, Encinitas has something for everyone.

Choosing The Right Vacation Rental

Selecting the ideal vacation rental sets the tone for an unforgettable stay. If you booked your stay at Grandview Getaway, be prepared to be thoroughly impressed. This stunning 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, named after the nearby Grandview Surf Beach, is a truly opulent getaway. Enjoy conversations with friends and family at the outdoor firepit. Share a meal on the outdoor dining table during sunset, or just get cozy indoors by the fireplace. Grandview Getaway has everything you need and the interior was immaculately designed by San Diego luxury homes interior designer Lori Gentile.  This truly is the perfect location for a family vacation or a larger group of adults. If you are arriving by electric vehicle, there is an EV charger in the garage for guest use.

Time To Live Like A Local

One of the unique aspects of choosing a vacation rental in Encinitas is the opportunity to live like a local. Explore the town’s distinct neighborhoods, each with its own personality and charm. Encinitas is renowned for its thriving arts scene, boutique shops, and diverse dining options. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture as you stroll through the historic downtown area or attend a local event.

Time For Dinner

Less than two miles away, and a favorite among locals, is Buona Forcetta. This quaint Italian restaurant blends award winning Neapolitan-style pizzas and Northern Italian upscale entrees in a family-friendly, approachable atmosphere. The Encinitas location boasts a indoor seating as well as an outside patio and a small room for private events. Inside, a gilded oven churns out classic creations, while the main kitchen serves up chef-driven pastas and entrée dishes. And for any vegan folks, vegan pizza is hard to get right, but they have it figured out. Be sure to make a reservation as it can get very crowded especially on the weekends.

Beachside Bliss

Encinitas is synonymous with beautiful beaches, and Grandview Getaway provides a front-row seat to the mesmerizing Pacific Ocean. Spend your days sunbathing on the sandy shores of Grandview Surf Beach, catching the perfect wave, or simply enjoying a leisurely beachfront stroll. As the sun sets over the horizon, retreat to your vacation rental, where you can continue to savor the coastal views and ocean breeze.

If You Seek Outdoor Adventures

Beyond the beaches, Encinitas offers a plethora of outdoor activities for the adventurous traveler. Hike along the scenic trails of the nearby San Elijo Lagoon, explore the vibrant gardens at the Self-Realization Fellowship Fellowship, or embark on a kayaking adventure in the Pacific. Your vacation rental serves as the perfect home base for these exciting excursions.

Relaxation and Rejuvenation

Vacations are meant for relaxation, and Grandview Getaway ensures a stress-free escape. Unwind by the fire pit, lounge in a cozy reading nook, or savor a glass of wine on your ocean-view balcony. Embrace the laid-back lifestyle of Encinitas as you recharge and rejuvenate in the comfort of your home away from home.

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A vacation rental in Encinitas is not just accommodation; it’s an invitation to experience the true essence of coastal living. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, Encinitas welcomes you with open arms. Book your getaway, and let the sun, sea, and serenity of Encinitas create memories that last a lifetime. Don’t forget to book direct with Haustay and save up to 17% on your stay.

Whether you’re coming for the day, weekend or longer, Catalina Island is a great place to escape for the day or the weekend. Getting there is an adventure all its own with a ferry or helicopter ride across beautiful southern California waters.

From shopping to thrilling adventures on a zip line or paddle board, Catalina Island is brimming with activities and things to do. Unwind at the end of the day with a meal at one of the many restaurants. We have gathered all of the info you need on the Island and activities to try on your visit.

Catalina Island was purchased in 1887 by George Shatto, a real estate developer. He was the first to ambitiously pursue the task of turning Catalina Island into a resort destination and he was right! He developed Avalon as a resort island destination.

The island also served as a location for the early days of Hollywood movies. One of the movies filmed in the 1920’s (The Vanishing American) brought 14 bison to the island and left them there. Today there are about 150 bison in the island’s interior which is one of the many attractions.

It takes only one hour via a high-speed ferry to get you to the Island and two companies offer boat transportation from the Southern California cities of Long Beach, San Pedro, Dana Point, and Newport Beach to both Avalon and Two Harbors.

There is also an option to take a helicopter from Long Beach to Catalina with a 15 minute flight time.

Avalon is located around the stunning Avalon Bay on the southeast end of the island. 

A popular, charming, and historic destination for over a century, Avalon offers numerous hotels, restaurants, beaches, spa experiences, land & ocean adventures, a golf course, and a host of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy.

One of the first things you can do when you arrive is a walk through the scenic walkway on Crescent Ave, the main street or Front Street as locals call it, that holds these architectural elements like the Serpentine Wall and Wrigley Fountain adorned with authentic Catalina tile that you can’t miss.

You will also find many of the town’s beaches, shops, and restaurants along the Ave.

Two Harbors is Catalina’s other side, located at the west end and around 22 miles from the Southern California mainland.

To visit from the mainland, guests arrive via high-speed ferry from San Pedro, although many come on private boats.

Two harbors offers numerous annual and super fun events, almost every month of the year.

Zip Line Eco tour

Land Tours

There are plenty of options if this is what you are looking for. There is a Zip Line Eco tour around Catalina Island, Ridgetop Eco Adventure Tour, Discover Avalon, Journey to the sky, Bison Expedition, Catalina Aerial Adventure, Catalina Falconry Experience, and many hiking and walking trail options.

Ocean Tours

If you are looking to connect with the ocean and want to do participate in water activities, you should check out Two Harbors Undersea Sub Expedition, the Glass Bottom Boat, the Flying Fish Voyage, fishing, and scuba.

Exclusive Tours

There are also guided private tour experiences if you prefer some family private time or with friends.

Descanso Beach Club

Descanso Beach Club is one of the last private beaches in California open to the public, and home to Catalina’s only beachside restaurant and bar.  It’s also one of the few places where you can legally have a drink in your hand and your feet in the sand at the same time!

There are options to rent a chaise or a cabana to kick back and enjoy the sun. They open at 11am and close at around 4pm. Live DJs play at Descanso Beach Club every Saturday during the summer.

Island Spa Catalina

Located inside Avalon’s historic El Encanto building, spa amenities include seven treatment rooms plus a couple’s suite, luxurious lounges, Jacuzzi, a soaking pool, a dry sauna, a eucalyptus steam room, and expansive relaxation deck with amazing ocean views. Day passes are available on a first come, first served basis. 


Catalina Island is an outdoor lover’s paradise and there’s no better way to experience this beautiful island than to be at one with the natural surroundings on a camping getaway. Camping is only permitted in five designated campgrounds along the Trans-Catalina Trail: Hermit Gulch, Black Jack, Little Harbor, Two Harbors, and Parson’s Landing. All campgrounds have potable water, except for Parson’s Landing.

Catalina Casino Tours

Step back in time on this 45-minute narrated walking tour of Catalina’s most well-known landmark. 

Above the theatre, the Casino’s world-famous ballroom once hosted thousands of dancers grooving to the sounds of big band music. Be sure to step out on the Romance Promenade that encircles the ballroom for some of the most spectacular views of Avalon.


A great example of Catalina’s charm and history can be found at Catalina Island Country Club and Golf Course, the oldest operating course west of the Mississippi and the former home of the Bobby Jones Invitational Tournament. 

Originally built in 1892 as a three-hole course, this scenic, 2,100-yard course now offers nine challenging holes, with two sets of tees for 18-hole play. The full Pro Shop rents clubs, and electric and pull carts.

The course was expanded to 9 holes in the early 1900s, and to an 18-hole tournament-level course in 1929. After World War II in 1945, the course was brought back to its current 9-hole layout, featuring five Par 4s and four Par 3s.  

Catalina Island Conservancy Trailhead

The Conservancy is a leader in conservation programs that protect and restore endangered species and threatened habitats. It protects 88 percent of Catalina Island, including more than 62 miles of unspoiled beaches and secluded coves.

Here you will learn about the history of the island and of course, and see the Bison.

With Catalina Island Conservancy Trailhead, you can access places that aren’t accessible on other tours.

Catalina Island is such a gem and a great option for an easily accessible mini getaway if you’re visiting San Diego. Be sure to check out all of Haustay’s vacation rentals within close proximity to the ferries to Catalina!


To maximize your revenue as a vacation rental owner, you need to offer amenities that are in high demand for guests. There are certain amenities you should always provide and some that are nice, but not necessary. And of course, everyone is different, and some guests want amenities that others don’t necessarily care about.

Location also comes into play as a mountain cabin requires different amenities than a beach house.

To help guide you in your decision making, we’ve put together an amenities list of seven top suggestions for vacation rentals.



1. Pool

Pools are a guest favorite in choosing a vacation rental, of course, that is not always the case for a beach or lake house. Whether it is a private pool in a house or shared pool access in a condo community, offering a pool can increase the bookings significantly.



2. Pet-friendly Properties

These days more and more people own dogs, and they are not just pets, they are part of the family so travelers want to bring their pets along for the adventure as well.

Unfortunately, there not a big percentage of properties that allow pets, for example, if you book through Airbnb, only three percent of the properties are pet-friendly so if you are looking to increase your bookings, this is a good opportunity to add this amenity and for owners to open their homes to pets.

On average, vacation rentals that allow dogs have:

And if you want to make the home even more special here are some extras that can help to go the extra mile with your guests: dog water bowls, a dog bed, waste bags, and chew toys.



3. Hot Tub

Hot tubs are always in high demand. While they don’t take up as much room as a pool or require as big of an investment, they can pay off the moment you decide to add this amenity. It will raise the search results in your property and your annual revenue since guests are willing to pay more for a listing that has a hot tub

A hot tub can add an average of $39 per night or more, depending on the property, to your listing price.



4. Good Internet/WiFi Speed

WIFI is considered one of the top amenities that guests search for.

A vacation rental without high-speed internet is disappointing for any guest.

WIFI is probably the biggest essential in any vacation rental unless guests are specifically seeking to be offline and to disconnect from emails, social media, etc. in a kind of electronics detox mission, otherwise, they’ll be expecting fast and free WIFI right on arrival.


5. Central A/C

Another must-have that guests look for is air conditioning. Staying cool and comfortable during the high temperature months is what everybody wants in the summertime, and this can be a deal breaker the moment to decide to book your place or not.

With summer being the peak season in most destinations, guests will want some assurance they will be able to escape the heat outside.

While many rentals offer many different cooling methods, like powerful ceiling fans, window air conditioning units, or portable AC units, most guests prefer central A/C.



6. Washer & Dryer

Some of the items that differentiate a vacation rental from a hotel are having a washer and dryer onsite and having the luxury to use them at any time during their stay is in high demand.  The same needs or accidents we have at home can also happen on vacation like red wine or sauce spills on your clothes, beach towels getting covered in sand, etc.

The longer the stay, the likelier it is that guests will want to wash clothes, especially if they have kids. A washer and dryer are key for guests who want to avoid dragging around dirty laundry. Not to mention, it’s a bonus for housekeepers to simply toss in linens and towels while they clean the rest of the house.



7. Cozy Fireplace

Fireplaces are in high demand especially in mountain destinations with colder climates. A ski vacation wouldn’t be the same without a cozy fireplace to keep you nice and warm after spending all day in the snow, however, you would be surprised at how many people look for fireplaces in beach houses as well during the winter.

Many guests consider just sitting by the fireplace an essential and relaxing experience during their vacation. Depending on your destination, installing a fireplace can be a worthwhile investment.

If a new wood-burning fireplace isn’t in the budget, consider a lower-cost electric fireplace, which can still provide a warm and cozy vibe.

Below, is a small and practical list of the amenities that a beach house needs:

Other amenities that are not completely necessary but make a big difference are:

We hope this article gives you a good assessment of what kind of amenities guests search for before making a reservation. Anything we missed? Leave us a comment below!