Donna's Carlsbad Beach Cottage

Stunning winter sunset from Donna's beach houseview of the breaking waves from the living roomliving room with fireplace, new tv, and ocean viewbedroom 1bathroombedroom 2Cutest beach cottage in Carlsbad!Enjoy dining outside in the ocean breezea great, safe place for kids!
“ Excellent ”
14 Reviews
4092 Garfield St, Carlsbad, CA 92008


Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 5
Type: Home
Per night: $200 - $225
Per week: $1,300 - $2,300
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Carlsbad vacation home rental
Donna's Carlsbad Beach House offers fabulous panoramic ocean views, an enclosed yard, and a short walk to the sandy beach in Carlsbad.

It has two bedrooms, one full bath, a small but complete kitchen, laundry facilities, and off-street parking. Wireless internet access is included.

The kitchen, dining area, and living room look out to the ocean, and you can also see a bit of the ocean from one of the bedrooms.

The house is fully equipped in every respect, and features a large flat panel TV, an electric fireplace, and comfortable beds. There is a fenced front yard with magnificent ocean views, and a private enclosed back patio area.

It is located in a safe neighborhood, on a cul-de-sac. The beach is one block away, with a beautiful lagoon inlet in between. To get to the beach you can walk along an easy scenic trail bordering the lagoon. The walk is about 1 1/2 blocks.
Area Information
Donna's Carlsbad Beach House is nestled in a small residential enclave of private homes, so you can enjoy greater privacy, safety and a more relaxing atmosphere, yet be close to everything!

... but it is just 1 mile from the center of Carlsbad's "Village" area which bustles with visitors to the many restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and small shops located there. Also in the Village is the Coaster Train. Taking the Coaster to San Diego is relaxing and fun.

The beach is a short walk away -- about 1 1/2 blocks. It is a sandy beach, with lifeguards (summer only) restrooms, and showers.

Waterskiing, jetskiing, kayaking, sailing, and fishing are all available at the nearby lagoon. Whale watching, and deepsea fishing excursion depart from Oceanside Harbor, six miles away.

Carlsbad Premium Outlets shopping center and Legoland theme park are both about 5 minutes away.

SeaWorld and the San Diego airport are about 35 minutes by car, and all the sights of San Diego and the Zoo are about 45 minutes. Disneyland is about 45 minutes to the north.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Feb 28 2015 May 22 2015 $200 $225 $1,400 - 3 Nights
May 23 2015 Jun 12 2015 - - $1,900 - 1 Week
Jun 13 2015 Aug 21 2015 - - $2,300 - 1 Week
Aug 22 2015 Aug 29 2015 - - $2,000 - 1 Week
Aug 29 2015 Sep 26 2015 - - $1,900 - 1 Week
Sep 26 2015 Oct 31 2015 - - $1,600 $3,600 1 Week
Oct 31 2015 Feb 27 2016 $200 $225 $1,300 $3,400 1 Week
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Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Mastercard, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: Cleaning/restocking/damage waiver fee: $150 Pet fee: $100


  • Beds

  • 2 Queen Beds
  • Features

  • Beach Chairs
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • View (Ocean)
  • Beach Towels
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • View (Water)
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Pet Friendly
  • Waterfront
  • Full Kitchen
  • Oceanfront
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • CD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Beach
    (<1 mile)
  • Boating
    (1 mile)
  • Park
    (4 miles)
  • Golf
    (7 miles)
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Canoeing
    (1 mile)
  • Playground
    (4 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (7 miles)
  • Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (1 mile)
  • Amusement Park
    (5 miles)
  • Whale Watching
    (7 miles)
  • Hiking
    (<1 mile)
  • Jet Skiing
    (1 mile)
  • Basketball Court
    (5 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (8 miles)
  • Ocean
    (<1 mile)
  • Kayaking
    (1 mile)
  • Bowling
    (5 miles)
  • Miniature Golf
    (10 miles)
  • Parasailing
    (<1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (1 mile)
  • Horseback Riding
    (5 miles)
  • Water Park
    (10 miles)
  • Scuba Diving
    (<1 mile)
  • Sailing
    (1 mile)
  • Tennis
    (5 miles)
  • Aquarium
    (15 miles)
  • Snorkeling
    (<1 mile)
  • Shopping Area
    (1 mile)
  • Theme Park
    (5 miles)
  • Live Entertainment
    (25 miles)
  • Surfing
    (<1 mile)
  • Water Skiing
    (1 mile)
  • Casino
    (6 miles)
  • Winery
    (25 miles)
  • Windsurfing
    (<1 mile)
  • Pool
    (3 miles)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (7 miles)
  • Zoo
    (25 miles)
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
The beautiful lagoon is a Carlsbad favorite spot for fishing, especially as the sun is setting, so be sure and bring your fishing license. The sun setting is a "CELEBRATION" in Carlsbad Village.

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Carlsbad, California

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Deirdre Floyd

Deirdre Floyd

Palm Desert, CA

Our recent stajy at Donna's cottage

August 18, 2014

This is a lovely cottage which provides a beautiful view of the lagoon and the ocean. We enjoyed sitting in the front yard & watching the beautiful sunsets. The inclusion of the parking pass for Tamarack Beach was a bonus. My husband & I really enjoyed our stay and found the cottage perfect for the two of us. Donna and Joe were wonderful gracious hosts who made sure we felt welcome and comfortable.

Donna Osterkamp

Owner's reply:

ALOHA where do we find such lovely five star guests ? Many thanks to our delightful desert friends for leaving the cottage with some personal touches that didn't go un noticed and going the extra mile . MAHALO , Donna

Sally Grigo

Sally Grigo

Phoenix, AZ

We loved Donna's Beach Cottage!

July 23, 2014

We loved our stay at Donna's Beach cottage--it was so comfortable, relaxing and YOU CAN"T BEAT THE VIEW!! Every morning, we sat on the front room couch or in the front lawn, enjoying the view of the ocean and our morning coffee. We didn't need to bring anything from home except our suits when going to the beach (it was just a short walk over) as everything else was supplied (fresh towels, beach chairs, boogie boards). We also enjoyed the lovely landscape and soft green grass in the yard! We would love to come back and strongly recommend staying here!

Donna Osterkamp

Owner's reply:

The Grigo family were five star guests . What a great pleasure it was to meet them . We couldn't help but notice gracious & charming little touches that graces our cottage by the sea after they left . We rated them FIVE STARS and we cannot wait for them to return . MAHALO

Valerie Koukal

Valerie Koukal

Chino Hills, CA

Pure Relaxation

June 25, 2014

Staying at Donna's Carlsbad beach cottage is like going back in time to the simplicity of the 50's. It's like going to 'Grandma's house' at the beach. Sweet, charming, comfortable, bright and sunny, and surprisingly private since it's on a corner lot. You can lounge on the couch and read a book or just sit and stare out the huge picture window at the ocean as the refreshing breeze wafts in. We enjoyed playing with our dog in the front yard that's enclosed by a picket fence, we never had to worry about her out there. The house is fully stocked with almost everything you could need, there was even a wagon we could take into town with us to put our little, old weeniedog in when she pooped out from too much walking! My favorite aspects of the place are the amazing views of the ocean, the charm and character of a true beach 'cottage', the pre-1990's-water-rationing showerhead which is oh so wonderful (haven't felt water pressure like that in years!), the proximity to any and every place you'd want to go, the amazing fresh air breezes that sweep through the entire cottage when the windows are opened, the safe feeling of the neighborhood and the friendly neighbors, and all the modern conveniences thrown in like wifi, cable tv, flat screen tv, microwave, firepit, etc. The down sides were that the queen bed in one room is a little uncomfortable and the canopy bed frame squeaks every time you move, the living room furniture could be updated for a little more comfort, people park across the street in front of the house to fish at the lagoon and can sometimes be noisy but usually only for a few minutes if at all. But those things are minor compared to the annoyances at most hotels we've stayed at in the past year. We have already booked our next stay at Donna's cottage and can't wait for it.

Tori Lindman

Tori Lindman

Carlsbad, Ca


April 7, 2014

First off, Donna and Jim are the BEST!!! They go out of their way to make everything perfect for you. Now for the view! NOTHING BEATS IT! We sold our house and could not get into our next house until a week later. We stayed here and never wanted to leave. Talk about relaxing, geez! We even had a couple of Spring storms and didn't even mind. Very open feeling with all the front facing VIEW windows of the ocean. LOVE IT!!!

Donna Osterkamp

Owner's reply:

Thanks for the review , Tori . First off ,... we must say you were five star guests . You left everything amazingly spotless ! It was our great pleasure to meet you and grace our little cottage by the sea . We hope you love your new Carlsbad neighborhood and please don't be strangers . Drop by often when you can . Mahalo , J & D

Seanna Connor Gendreau

Seanna Connor Gendreau

Connecticut USA

CHARMING cottage! BEST sunsets! GREAT owners!

September 3, 2013

We stayed here for a girls' trip. Me, my teenage daughter and her BFF. My husband wasn't with us, and I couldn't have picked a nicer area. Very safe-we could walk everywhere. It's right off the historic coastal Highway 101. Very well appointed area with some of the greatest food. The owners were so sweet and offered so many hints about the happenings of Carlsbad-which was so helpful as we are from the east coast. The interior reminded my daughter of a greek coastal cottage. A lot of white and blue. It was perfect for us, and should the gals need to venture to the west coast again...we will contact Donna and rent her lovely cottage. There certainly is something to be said about waking up and not having to run to a coffee shop in the am. You just walk a few steps into the kitchen. :)

Donna Osterkamp

Owner's reply:

Seanna and girls were five star guests . They left our sea shore cottage feeling delightful and left behind a few little surprises that enhanced the kitchen , as well as some great suggestions for eateries and shopping . Looking forward to their next visit . Thanks so much , Seannna .

Mary H.

Mary H.

Phx, AZ

Wonderful vacation spot!

June 27, 2012

We had a wonderful time at Donna's cottage. Everything we needed was there. It is a very nice location, in a very safe and quiet neighborhood. It is close to everything. Legoland is 5 minutes away. The kids had a great time and enjoyed playing in the gated front yard or relaxing in the hammock. We will definitely be back! Thank you Donna and Joe for making our vacation so pleasant!

Peter Bedard

Peter Bedard

St Johnsbury, VT

Great stay at "Donna's Beach Cottage"

March 18, 2012

We had a wonderful stay, accommodations are delightful, the owners very gracious. We were told over and over by people passing by that we had the best view and we agree. Our son and daughter in law got to spend a couple of night's with us and their adorable Bernese Mt dog loved the great front yard. All in all a wonderful vacation!

Donna Osterkamp

Owner's reply:

Thank you for your review . We feels so blessed to have such amazing guests grace our little cottage by the sea . We hope you know how much we appreciate you . You are the best ! Five star guests ! ...Thank you , DOnna and Joe

Eric Van den Bemden

Eric Van den Bemden

Antwerp, Belgium, Europe


August 9, 2011

Very nice cottage. We stayed with family of 5. Beautiful views on the ocean. It is not downtown, so quiet and nice, yet only minutes away from all you need ...walking to the beach and minutes drive to the shops. And having a little piece of lawn after having spent the day at the beach is just great. By the way, the outside shower is also proving to be very useful with kids coming from the beach! It is a "charming" cottage and it is well equipped. Last but not least, not only the cottage is charming ...the owners Donna & Joe are as well!

Jim Larwood

Jim Larwood

Oceanside, CA

Marvelous, Simply Marvelous

June 30, 2011

Photos don't give this cottage justice. You have to be here to experience the beautiful views. We live nearby and found this to be a great place to stay, play and work if you must. Dog friendly, great walks and good fishing. You'll love it.



Lindon Utah

the greatest time ever

August 27, 2010

My wife and I loved every min we spent at the beach cottage. It is a wonderful location. Access to the beach couldn't be any better. You can sit in the living room and watch the sun go down and watch the waves come in, you feel like your right on the beach. And its secluded enough you don't have to listen to traffic all night, or noisy neighbors. We loved it!! And the owners are the greatest. We will be back for sure.

Jan Hurl

Jan Hurl

Shandon, California


August 5, 2010

Want your own private get-a-way for the icying on your wedding cake? Donna's is IT!!!!!!! My new husband and I enjoyed our privacy and the beauty of mother nature in this sweet cottage......I am spoild NOW! Give it a try and you will NEVER go back to hotels......Worth every penny....and looking forward to our next visit with the wonderful hospitality of Donna.

The Dow Porter Family

The Dow Porter Family

Lewiston , Idaho


July 12, 2010

We love the feeling of waking up and being by the ocean , but not feeling like a tourist. We fished in the lagoon at night and walked to village each day after playing at the beach .We love Carlsbad and we love this little cottage . It is so charming and we will be returning often . The view from our windows are unbelievable and so are the sunsets.



Klamath Falls, Or

Great Place

March 31, 2010

This was a great place to stay. The house is very nice and very clean. It had a beautiful view of the ocean and the beach was a short walk away. We would not hesitate to stay there again.

Andy Ross

Andy Ross

New York, NY

Paradise in Carlsbad

September 12, 2009

If you want fancy features, this divine house is not for you. If you want a charming, comfortable rental that feels as if it is a true home: you've found a winner. Donna's cottage has spectacular ocean views from large picture windows in kitchen, dining, and living areas. Outdoors, you can sit on the edge of the sea and not even bother to walk across the sand. The beds are comfortable, spotlessly clean, and the furnishing is very comfortable. I hate to share my enthusiasm: we want this home to be available when we come to San Diego again.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Why would anyone want to stay in a hotel when they could stay in a dreamy little cottage by the seashore ? It is my idea of heaven on earth....makes life worth living and renews my energy just being around all the Village people who are so upbeat !

Donnas little beach cottage was more than we expected. Donna and her husband Joe treated us like family and made us feel like we were part of the neighborhood , locals , not tourists. The decor was fresh and beachy and fun ! They supplied us with everything we needed for a getaway , including a free parking pass for the Tamarak State Beach , also good for all the state parks and beaches. The best part was that we were able to bring along an important part of our family , Muffin . Each night we celebrated the sunsets and will treasure those memories forever. The day after arriving home , my husband left for Afganistan.

We spent some winter months in Donnas Beach Cottage and found the ambiance of the cottage delightful. I was able to bring my work with me and sit by the big window and watch the waves while I worked . The cottage was supplied with a nice flat screened TV , cable & wireless internet connection.
My huband golfed nearby and after we watched the sunset we would dine in the nearby resturants and walk around the village feeling very safe . I was facinated by the shops in the Village , so unique. Later I discovered the OUTLETS Mall just south of the cottage . We can't wait to returned and have already reserved for next year.

This was our 2nd stay in Donna's Beach Cottage and it was fun to see the excitment as our two little boys bailed out of the car and ran for the hammock and said they remember this little cottage from the summer before . It has become our home away from home . Many of our Arizona friends book during the same two weeks so we can all hang out at the beach together . It is soooo worth the long drive to the little cottage we call home !

We did something fun this summer for a family reunion . We discovered two other beach cottages almost next door and combined them with Donna's cottage and then Donna said she would rent out her maid's quarter located in the back of her property for our grandmother so she could have a quiet getaway of her own. We gathered often at the beach and yet everyone had their own private cottage while we had our family reunion. It worked great and hope it can happen again in two years.

We recently stayed in Donna's Beach cottage and loved every thing about it . It is a very happy little cottage . After visiting with the longtime members of the neighborhood, we learned a little bit of history about this little house. Years ago a local music man named Arno Kimsey recorded Jewel in this little cottage , long before she became famous. As you enter the blue bedroom with the canopy , you will see the big lights , left there as a reminder of those days the room was used as a recording studio. Then we learned that ,Sean Watkins of the emmy award winning group NICKEL CREEK , livedin the cottage for five years while he wrote music and recorded. His favorite bedroom was the one with the bay window that looks out to the ocean . What once was his recording studio is now the maid's quarters out in the back and Donna let us rent it for a few days while my Dad came to visit us so he could have his privacy. Since we are fans of both NICKEL CREEK and JEWEL , we were glad they shared this with us . I am a writer and I can see why this little cottage can inspire a person . Loved my stay and hope to return often !

We wish to express our graditude to all of you who have been so kind and gracious to us during your stays in our cottage during our first year of experiencing vacation home rentals . It has been both a pleasant and exciting adventure getting to meet all of you . We are amazed at the great people you are and how you have enriched our lives and blessed our cottage. Some of you have even been so kind to leave little additions that we find after you have left for home . What is even more amazing is that you have always left our little cottage so clean thoughtful of you ! We wish to express a huge thank you to our dear friend and neighbor , Barbara Ryan who inspired us to take this leap , as she is the owner of THE BEST SPOT IN CARLSBAD and we work together to help make your stay be the best possible . Many sincere thanks to all of you , from the owners of Donna's Carlsbad Beach Cottage , Joe and Donna


We will be back to celebrate our anniversary. It is so romantic , especially if the moon is full and bright. Thanks !

It's great!

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Donna Osterkamp

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    Our quaint cottage is located is the small coastal village of Carlsbad . The very first thing we do is open the front door and welcome in the gentle sea breeze . We have the the most awesome view of the water without leaving our sofa. Summer or winter , the feeling is the same .Our family has...
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