Planning a Southern California getaway or weekend trip and looking for the coolest Glamping San Diego sites? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re looking for a luxury beach getaway or a mountain adventure, I’ve got you covered for the best glamping spots.
Who doesn’t want to vacation in a place where it almost never rains? Sunseekers, ocean lovers and avid hikers flock to San Diego to revel in the natural bounty that the city and surrounding county offers. Picture-perfect beaches, jaw-dropping coves, and spectacular cliffs are just some of the reasons you should be visiting this Southern California area. And for the city slickers, the cultural scene, music festivals, museums, and theatres are world-class.
Regardless of what has drawn you to San Diego, it will certainly be an unforgettable trip. So why not make it even more memorable by choosing glamping accommodation? From inner-city hideouts to secluded retreats, glamping in San Diego has something for everyone. And I am here to help find the perfect spot for you.
Quick Breakdown of San Diego Glamping Spots
Sometimes it’s just best to get things done quickly. Check out my top recommendations below for Glamping in San Diego spots that guaranteed to be a memorable and fun experience!
- Best Luxury Glamping In San Diego – African Safari Tent Eco Glamping
- Best Cheap Glamping In San Diego – Desert Glamping + Mountain and Meadow Views
- Best Yurt In San Diego – Cozy Yurt on Large Property in Funky Leucadia
- Best Boat Glamping In San Diego – Sailboat!! Kayaks!! And Rent My Tesla!!
- Best Unique San Diego Glamping – Secluded Hobbit House Near San Diego
Best Areas in San Diego
San Diego city and county offers some of the best holiday destinations in California. Check out a few of my favorite areas.
- Downtown San Diego: Located on San Diego Bay, this is one of the best areas to experience popular attractions and sites while soaking up the vibe of the city. It’s a top choice to experience nightlife and restaurants. While you’re here, check out North Park, one of the most vibrant downtown neighborhoods.
- La Jolla: A fantastic city in San Diego County for a beach vacation and some luxury camping in California. It’s also the best spot for a classic Californian getaway thanks to the gorgeous beaches and a laid back atmosphere to match.
- Encinitas: This relaxed beach area is famous for its surf and attracts beach bums and ocean lovers all year round. The small-town charm is irresistible and so are the stunning shores.
- Ocean Beach: An alternative area where you’ll walk past tons of taco stands and crystal shops. This is an especially awesome destination for salt-of-the-earth travelers.
The Best Destinations for Glamping in San Diego
If you’re not already buzzing to get stuck into planning a getaway of glamping in San Diego, these spots will drive it home. Let’s dive right into my top glamping picks for San Diego and nearby cities.
1) African Safari Tent Eco Glamping
Price: $175 avg. per night
Sleeps: 2 people (1 bed/1 BR/1 bath)
Drift off to sleep under the stars and wake up with the rising songs and accompanying birdsong in this luxury African safari tent located on 2.5 acres of pristine property covered in fruit trees, fragrant flora, and South African Protea flowers. Near to wineries and beaches, this accommodation is where comfort and convenience meet rustic and relaxing. From check in to check out, you’ll enjoy unplugging and re-centering yourself for a truly revitalizing retreat.
2) Travelers Tiny House Oasis w/ Hot Tub
Price: $175 avg. per night
Sleeps: 2 people (1 bed/1 BR/1 bath)
This tiny home is truly an urban oasis! You’ll have your own private entrance, hot tub, high speed WiFi, two separate lofts with queen bed and twin beds respectively, and everything you could think of from a fully equipped kitchen to a cozy backyard with a patio, pond, fire pit, chickens, and turtles! Centrally located for easy access to any number of San Diego’s most happening neighborhoods and 15 minutes from the beach, this is the ideal accommodation for those wanting a big vacation in a small package.
3) Desert Glamping + Mountain and Meadow Views
Location: Borrego Springs
Price: $75 avg. per night
Sleeps: 4 people (2 bed/1 BR/1 bath)
The owners of this property have dubbed the location “Tranquility Base Camp” and that couldn’t be a more apt description! Experience serenity, stargazing, rest, and relaxation with this modern and fully equipped RV. You can start your day by sipping a fresh coffee while watching the sunrise, spend the day hiking or exploring the shops and downtown of nearby Borrego Springs, have happy hour wine and cheese while watching the sunset from the rooftop deck, and spend the night gazing at the Milky Way. You’ll even have access to the hosts’ salt water pool!
4) Secluded Hobbit House Near San Diego
Location: Ramona, California
Price: $204 + USD per night
If you’re a J.R.R Tolkien fan, get ready to squeal in delight. This unique Airbnb San Diego is an unprecedented experience, inspired by the mystical dwellings in ‘The Hobbit’. Everything is designed to enchant you, from the round door made of solid wood to the stained glass windows and the wood-burning fire which illuminates the granite building.
There is no Wifi or cellular signal and no electricity. It’s the perfect opportunity to enter into a magical world and completely unplug. This is a wonderful space for creatives, fantasy seekers, and people looking for a unique experience.
5) Tipi Glamping With Beautiful Views of San Diego
Location: Alpine, California
Price: $69+ USD per night
Why stay in central San Diego when you can bunker down in a desert-inspired glampsite atop a mountain with panoramic views of the city and ocean?
The colorful site is extremely inviting and playful, with quirky touches peppered throughout. The tipi itself is very cozy, with intertwined branches as the structure, creating a mystical feeling.
Right outside, you’ll find a character-filled dining room and lounge set, minus the walls. A comfy couch next to the campfire awaits – the perfect spot to take in the spectacular views.
6) Lions Den | Mt. Laguna Glamping, San Diego
Location: Mount Laguna
Price: $140+ USD per night
This is far from a rickety tent set up in the woods. It is a fully equipped glampsite made up of tree tents, bell tents, and hammocks. Tucked away in a secluded campsite in the Cleveland National Forest.
Fall asleep suspended between trees or choose a therapeutic mattress in one of the bell tents. Relax in your tented lounge or around the campfire.
It’s the ultimate glamping spot for families, as you have every amenity you could want while still offering a ‘roughing-it’ experience.
This site is all of the fun with zero hassle. The only thing you need to bring is your food and a sense of adventure.
7) San Diego Bohemian Poolside Yome @ Eden East
Location: El Cajon
Price: $87+ USD per night
Is it a yurt? Is it a dome? No – it’s a yome! A fun and creative mash-up of two popular camping structures. This is an awesome place to have a glamping SoCal experience, just 20 miles from downtown San Diego.
The warm and welcoming yome is kitted with a queen-sized bed for a great night’s sleep. You can soak in the hot tub after a long day or cook up a storm on the pool-side barbecue.
It’s a great place to have a completely chilled getaway under a canopy of Chinese Elm trees. And the ideal place to explore Ramona’s wineries or Lake Jennings.
8) Art Studio Retreat/Rustic Cabin
Location: San Diego
Price: $74+ USD per night
Are you looking for an artistic and calming oasis in a quaint San Diego neighborhood? Look no further. This rustic cabin is a retreat for eco-friendly travelers and keen campers who love a touch of comfort.
Packed into a handmade creative dwelling is all your creature comforts with magical touches like fairy lights and a fireplace. Cool down in the outdoor shower or the swimming pool, or find a quiet place to reflect on the canyon property.
It’s a fantastic hideout to relax and recharge while still enjoying the city’s vibey nightlife, microbreweries, and art scene.
Guest Review: “Chris and Jean have created something really special with this space! We felt right at home, both in the peaceful oasis they have created, as well as through our host and host pup interactions! The location cannot be beat, nor can the value! We cannot wait until we are able to come back!”
9) Glamping Tent on 170 Acre Ranch
Price: $39+ USD per night
To fall asleep under a blanket of stars is a truly incredible experience. This eco ranch is camping in all it’s pure simplicity with the added bonus of a comfy queen-sized bed.
Only 40 minutes from San Diego, you’ll find a serene spot to hike, relax and stargaze. There are also a ton of activities if you’re up for something a little more fast-paced. Race around the ranch on ATVs or try your hand at Native American Arrowhead Hunting.
After a day of fun, admire the burning sunsets while you grill some dinner on the open fire pit. Then collapse into your homey open-spaced tent. Don’t forget your passport because in just 7 minutes you can be in Tecate, Mexico!
10) Houseboat on Beautiful San Diego Bay
Location: San Diego
Price: $189+ USD per night
Imagine eating breakfast on the top deck of a houseboat, morning sun illuminating San Diego bay. Sounds like bliss, right?
Parked in a bustling marina close to downtown San Diego is this awesome villa on the water. There is plenty of space to make yourself at home and fully equipped with everything you need to do so.
This is a truly great option for people wanting a unique accommodation experience whilst still being close to the buzz of the city.
Rent paddleboards and jet skis to explore the marina or hop on a rented bicycle and head into the city. You can also cook up a storm in the kitchen, or visit one of the numerous restaurants nearby.
11) Escape the Heat! Retro RV 3 Blocks to the Beach!
Location: San Diego
Price: $85+ USD per night
Meet Miss Bettie Blue, a deluxe vintage trailer only 3 blocks from the beach that serves as the perfect getaway destination. It’s ideal for two people but a third can squeeze in on the dining room table that converts into another bed.
There is no stovetop in the RV but who needs that when there are a bunch of fantastic restaurants on your retro doorstep? Hang out by the beach, explore the buzzing area or chill in your cozy bed watching Netflix.
You can’t help but feel that you’re in a movie when hanging out in the turquoise 1930s style camper.
12) Tipi Glamping on a Scenic Ranch
Price: $64+ USD per night
A tipi, on a ranch, in San Diego is the trifecta. And this particular tipi is so quirky and inviting that you’ll be hard-pressed to find one better.
When you step out of your beautiful tent in the morning, you’ll be greeted by the friendly faces of alpacas, ponies, and goats. Don’t forget to pack some celery if you hope to win the animals over.
The eclectic accommodation, with the comfort of colorful cushions scattered in the tipi and thoughtful touches such as a coffee maker, is a wonderful place to unplug.
After a day of hiking or biking around the 4-acre ranch, relax in the unique metal tub in the detached bathroom.
13) Out of Africa Glamping
Price: $99+ USD per night
This glamping experience is a touch of African luxury combined with American boho chic. The bell tent is perched on a deck amid towering trees creating a safari-like atmosphere.
You can enjoy a romantic dinner on the deck under the softly glowing lights of a chandelier. And then flop into your plush bed, surrounded by luxurious furnishings in typical African style.
Of course, no camping experience would be complete without the option of barbecuing your own dinner. And for post-dinner freshening up, expect a stylish outdoor bathhouse complete with yet another solar-powered chandelier.
14) Sailboat!! Kayaks!! And Rent My Tesla!!
Location: San Diego
Price: $185+ USD per night
How about a nautical themed glamping trip? With all of the adventure and none of the risk of man overboard. This 34-foot sailboat with two bedrooms plus a full kitchen and bathroom will have you feeling like royalty on the water.
If you can bear to leave the stylish boat, you can have a dip in the marina pool or soak in the hot tub. For a fun activity, jump on the inclusive two-person kayak and mosey around the marina.
A sunset drink on the circular deck is an amazing place to admire the views of downtown San Diego.
15) Rustic Farmstay w/swimming Hole & Vintage Garden
Price: $159+ USD per night
Escape to the countryside and bunk down in a remodeled barn intended to make your stay as comfortable as possible. This farm stay aims for an immersive experience and you can pick vegetables to add to your meals and feast at the outside farm table.
There are plenty of awesome touches such as a grill on the back porch and a fireplace to cozy around under a starlit sky.
In the summer, you’ll love cooling off in the swimming holes or playing games in the yard.
16) Glamping in the Orange Grove Tipi/Teepee-Kids Free
Price: $49+ USD per night
Nestled among orange groves is a Native American style tipi that is a great place to reconnect with nature. You will spot rabbits and squirrels scampering around the glampsite and go to sleep with the sound of coyotes howling.
Gorge on oranges and avocados from the orchards for breakfast before you head off on a hiking trail or to the Safari Park.
In the evening, read a book in the hammock after you’ve enjoyed a grilled dinner on the outdoor patio.
This is a lovely natural retreat and the best part? Kids 10 and under stay for free, so you can save some money and have an awesome family vacation.
17) Cozy Yurt on Large Property in Funky Leucadia
Price: $100+ USD per night
Only a 10-minute walk from the beach is this San Diego oasis, tucked away between impressive cacti and blossoming fruit trees. If you’re looking for a beach getaway to enjoy the surf and nature – look no further.
This yurt in San Diego is spacious and open with a massive comfy bed. It has roll-up/removable windows for if you want to get even closer to the wilderness.
There is no promise of luxury here, but rather a rustic and homey feel that free-spirited travelers and adventure seekers will love. The knick-knacks leading up the yurt and the bohemian furnishings are extremely charming.
After a surf, rinsing off in the outdoor shower is complete bliss.
18) Bluebird Tiny House
Location: Chihuahua Valley
Price: $195+ USD per night
Tiny houses are all the rage at the moment. But not many are a converted vintage horse trailer. This glamping accommodation at Bird Song Back Country Retreat has been lovingly turned into a magical spot to rest your head and unwind.
The natural materials and features such as handwoven bamboo and hand-carved sinks make this a truly special place. This is the place to pamper yourself, to soak in massive tubs, and laze in luxurious beds.
There are so many spots to hang out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Eat breakfast on the patio table or read a book on the outside loungers. Move to seats by the fire pit when the stars come out so you can enjoy a peaceful evening.
19) Safari Glamping Tent
Location: Chula Vista
Price: $177+ USD per night
These Australian inspired safari tents in the San Diego KOA campgrounds are awesome for families. With two bedrooms sleeping up to 6 people, it’s the perfect opportunity to get in some quality family time and comfortable glamping experience.
The kids will be kept busy with all the exciting activities that the campground offers. From splashing around in the swimming pool to a game of basketball and trying out the climbing wall, there is no end to the fun that can be had.
After a day of non-stop games, relax around the campfire and enjoy being with the people you love.
Cool San Diego Airbnb Experiences
Run by expert locals who love their city of San Diego, these San Diego Airbnb Experiences will take your time in the SoCal city to another level.
Kayak in La Jolla (Sea Caves and Marine Reserve)
“La Jolla Bay is a Marine Protected Area that is home to a thriving ecosystem that boasts a high concentration of sea life, has a natural boat launch, which allows safe ocean entry year round, and is famous for it’s Sea Caves and Marine Reserve.”
Price: From $35 USD per person (90 mins)
Review: “Soooooooooo much fun!!! A must do if you come to San Diego. The water was so clear (and we went on a day it was raining!) Really unique experience going through the caves.” – Talaya
Sunset Sailing Aboard A Classic Yacht
“We offer a premium sailing experience aboard the vintage sailing yacht “Liberty”. Our vessel is a work of art unlike any boat on the bay. She is flawlessly maintained with high standards of pride and craftsmanship. You will fall in love with her mirror-finish wood accents, beautiful cozy cabin and clean facilities. This is an all-inclusive 2 ½ hour experience with beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. Play some music and relax on cushioned seats as we sail the scenic waters of San Diego Bay. Feel free to steer the boat and feel the power of the wind in the sails. Our sailing experience is limited only to 6 guests. You can sail with other travelers or select a private cruise for just you and your friends and family.”
Price: From $100 USD per person (2.5 hours)
Review: “Amazing experience from start to finish. We were a couple, and hit it off with the other guests on the boat. Captain Phillip was a great host. The sunset was gorgeous and we were even able to see dolphins and have them interact closely with us! This is a unique experience that I would recommend to anyone considering!” – Chellina
San Diego Tequila Tour
“Meet your illustrious host, Nate, who has been in San Diego for nearly 20 years, has vast knowledge of the area, and the ever evolving world of Tequila. I am also involved with the Hospitality/Tourism industry for the beach communities.”
Price: From $100 USD per person (2.5 hours)
Review: “Nate was a wonderful host and very knowledgeable about the history of Old Town and of course, tequila! Our group had a great time and loved that our tequila stops were off the beaten path and places that we would have never otherwise found! We now have a new found love and understanding for tequila! Cheers!” – Andrea
Am I Missing Any Glamping San Diego Spots?
Let me know if you’ve visited any other amazing glampsites in San Diego and I’ll do my best to add them here!
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Final Thoughts on Best Glamping in Southern California, San Diego
Have you decided to take the leap from basic accommodation to a full-on glamping experience? Hopefully, this post has inspired you to venture out in search of a totally unique and unparalleled experience of glamping in California, San Diego.