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Lovely Unique Retro house with beautiful yard
Are you looking for a unique house for your special day? It's rare to find a place that's both historic and one-of-a-kind with a fantastic view. Retro house with modern technologies, and you can enjoy both brand new stuffs and antique stuffs . A nice and beautiful yard with a deck and firepit. A real wood firepit is also ready. A/C, Alexa speaker, 65" TV, Laundry & Dryer. You can enjoy modern feeling in a historical house with an amazing view. You must like this house ! Private driveway
$109 per night
Guest suite in El Cajon
NEW! Valley View Garden Suite
Kick back, relax, and enjoy the view in this delightful, 1 bedroom w/ livingroom suite. 20 mins from beaches, downtown, Sea World, Zoo. 2 mi to Grossmont Hosp, 8 mi to SDSU, 3 mi to Gillespie Field The patio & breezeway are all yours to view the sunrise over the valley. The work space in the bedroom lets fellow guests enjoy the living room and access the bathroom without disturbing you. Free, reserved, off-street parking. Free Boat & RV parking available, just let us know ahead of time.
$107 per night
Guest suite in El Cajon
Cozy Studio in El Cajon
The room is about 450 sq. ft. studio with a living room, bedroom and bathroom. There are 2 TVs one in the living room and the other in the bedroom. The living room has a futon which folds out into a bed and as you enter the studio you will find a coffee maker, microwave, mini fridge, and a shelf with cups and mugs for the coffee, along with ground coffee. The bathroom has a shower, a toilet and sink with a dispenser of shampoo, conditioner and soap in the shower.
$85 per night

Stay near El Cajon's top sights

In-N-Out Burger3 locals recommend
Trader Joe's52 locals recommend
Parkway Plaza Mall26 locals recommend
Sharp Grossmont Hospital7 locals recommend
Boardwalk4 locals recommend
Casa De Pico32 locals recommend

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Your guide to El Cajon

All About El Cajon

A pocket of urban activity with El Monte County Park to the east and Cowles Mountain to the west, the city of El Cajon (The Box) is located in a fertile box-shaped valley known for its robust yields of grapes, citrus, and tomatoes. Succulents dot the mountainous landscape, which coexists with the growing city less than a half-hour east of San Diego. A great way to experience the area’s rugged terrain is to hike or bike the popular El Cajon Mountain Trail, whose 11 miles of dips and climbs are blanketed by wildflowers in spring. The city is home to several museums, including a natural history museum and an aerospace museum that showcases reproductions of famous planes such as the 1901 Wright Glider. Take the downtown trolley to explore El Cajon attractions like the local brewery, sprawling golf course, and community theater.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in El Cajon

The best time to book El Cajon vacation rentals is April through May and October through December, to make the most of mild temperatures and drier weather reminiscent of the Mediterranean. The summer months tend to be marked by searing heat — pack a hat, and bring water for hikes in the sun — while January through March can be wet, so you’ll need a waterproof jacket.

Some big events to watch out for during these times include America on Main Street, held in May, which features rides, food, and arts and crafts. The all-ages Mother Goose Parade, held the Sunday before Thanksgiving, includes floats, marching bands, and giant helium balloons.

Top things to do in El Cajon

San Diego Air & Space Museum & Annex

In the southwestern corner of San Diego’s Balboa Park, you’ll find artifacts of aerospace history, like a replica of the Montgolfier brothers’ hot-air balloon of 1783, the first manned air vehicle, and famous military planes such as the Spitfire, Hellcat, and Skyhawk. The museum also hosts a rich space section, focusing on humanity’s continuing quest for the stars. El Cajon is home to the museum’s Gillespie Field Annex, where you can see historic aircraft being restored to their former glory and precise replicas being crafted.

The Water Conservation Garden

Water conservation is an important topic in Southern California. You can take self-guided or docent-led tours of this five-acre garden to learn about native vegetation and sustainable home gardening practices, including encouraging pollinators and harvesting rainwater. Explore a variety of vegetation across the garden, including succulents and cacti.

Mt. Helix Park

Dotted with California sagebrush and desert mallow, Mt. Helix Park is just 10 minutes south of El Cajon by car. At more than 1,300 feet above sea level, the views of the surrounding area are spectacular, especially at sunrise and sunset. Local events are held at the site’s open-air amphitheater, and the quarter-mile Yawkey Trail features signs listing the mountains and hills you can see from this commanding vantage point.

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