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Airbnb: San Diego was 2nd most popular summer destination in California

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Posted at 2:32 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 17:32:48-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Notice a lot of people around town this summer? That might be because San Diego was the second most popular California destination for Airbnb hosts.

Airbnb said Monday that San Diego County hosts earned a combined $112 million in supplemental income, welcoming about 482,400 guests from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. In the City of San Diego alone, hosts earned about $75 million and saw 345,000 guests.

Once in town, the most popular neighborhoods Airbnb guests visited were Pacific Beach (first), Mission Beach (second), East Village (third), North Park (fourth), and Ocean Beach (fifth), Airbnb says.

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"San Diego continues to be one of the most popular destinations for travelers to California. Throughout the summer of 2019, we have continued to see the significant, positive impact of our short-term rental community across the county,” said Laura Spanjian, Airbnb Senior Policy Director. “We look forward to continuing to work with cities across the county to ensure short-term rentals can continue to play a strong role in the San Diego economy.”

So where were these visitors coming from? Many didn't travel too far from home, the rental service says. The top origin cities for local Airbnb guests this summer were Los Angeles (first), San Diego (second), Phoenix (third), San Francisco (fourth), and New York City (fifth).

Airbnb breaks down the local stays across the county this summer as follows:

  • San Diego: 345,000 guests; Hosts made a combined $79,000,000
  • Oceanside: 27,100 guests; Hosts made a combined $6,000,000
  • Encinitas: 15,200 guests; Hosts made a combined $5,200,000
  • Chula Vista: 12,000 guests; Hosts made a combined $1,700,000
  • Carlsbad: 10,600 guests; Hosts made a combined $3,300,000
  • La Mesa: 8,000 guests; Hosts made a combined $1,600,000
  • Vista: 5,800 guests; Hosts made a combined $1,000,000
  • Escondido: 5,800 guests; Hosts made a combined $1,200,000
  • Solana Beach: 4,100 guests; Hosts made a combined $2,145,000
  • El Cajon: 3,900 guests; Hosts made a combined $580,000
  • National City: 3,700 guests; Hosts made a combined $400,000
  • Imperial Beach: 3,700 guests; Hosts made a combined $960,000
  • Del Mar: 3,200 guests; Hosts made a combined $1,400,000
  • San Marcos: 2,400 guests; Hosts made a combined $380,000
  • Lemon Grove: 2,000 guests; Hosts made a combined $249,000
  • Coronado: 1,500 guests; Hosts made a combined $802,000
  • Poway: 1,400 guests; Hosts made a combined $230,000