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The place was as charming as described and demonstrated in the pictures posted. Amber was there to welcome us and orient us. It was a fantastic vacation locale and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
My boyfriend & I spent a week here in June and enjoyed our stay. A few details about the rental, from our perspective:
- Wonderful oceanfront view!
- Great location - walking distance to shops & restaurants, and you're right on the beach.
- Thoughtful details in apartment: beach towels, binoculars, cooler, dishes, extra blankets, etc.
- Reasonable nightly rate
- Comfy bed
- Steep path to the beach - might be rough for some people
- Awkward shower - bit of a quirky complaint, but the shower head is in the far corner of two walls & doesn't move much, and there's NO water pressure, so unless you're a contortionist, you'll have a little trouble getting clean.
- During our visit, there was construction next door (immediately outside "our" front door), so the atmosphere indoors was extremely noisy and less than relaxing. Also, the workers put some tools/etc. on our steps, so we had to maneuver around them to get to the beach.
- No designated parking, & parking is very limited since it is/was the beach in the summertime.
- Hosts were mostly unresponsive - didn't respond to question about parking before arrival, inquiry about a possible early check-in, etc. I was asked to notify them when I arrived, and did so, but never heard anything back. It was just a show yourself in/show yourself out situation. I'm mostly okay with being left alone, but if you're looking for an engaging/responsive host, or have multiple questions about the rental, this isn't the rental for you.
It might look like the cons outweighed the pros in this case, but overall, we enjoyed our stay and recommend it if you're looking for something oceanfront in the area. The beach was always full of people to watch and things to do, so if you're looking for a lazy/relaxing beach vibe, either look elsewhere or come during the off-season - if there is such a thing in California. :)
This was our first Airbnb experience and it turned out to be an amazing weekend! Check in & out was very easy. Drew met us when we arrived to show us around and he was very friendly! The location of the Beach Box is excellent. It's right on the beach with an amazing ocean view. You can actually see the waves crashing as you are lying in bed. The kitchen has everything you need and I was able to bake my husband a birthday cake with ingredients that I brought from home. Having coffee and breakfast on the balcony each morning was so calm and relaxing. We didn't want to leave!
Thank you very much Drew & Amber. This was the perfect spot to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday. We will be looking forward to our next stay at the Beach Box!
We loved our stay in the beach house! We came to town from Wisconsin to photograph a clients wedding and we were able to relax and truly unwind and enjoy the rest of our time there because of this adorable little house. Everything was as described. It was and incredible location, we LOVE Carlsbad, especially Carlsbad Village, so it was just perfect. We saw tons of dolphins every day, which shocked us! We had a couple of bonfires on the porch while watching the sunsets and gazing up at the stars. We went to the local farmers market, which is highly recommended!
We were also able to meet Drew and chat with him for a while upon our arrival. He's a great guy and we really enjoyed getting to know him briefly and chat about each others' travels. The only minor complaint we had was a slight lack of communication, but beyond that, everything was wonderful! We strongly recommend staying here to anyone and everyone!
We really hope to be back one day! We wish we could just live there!
Amber and Drew's home is the perfect little hideaway! We enjoyed a week at the house which is in the perfect location to enjoy beachfront views and within walking distance to many restaurants and shops. The house was exceptionally clean and in a quiet location. We are new to Airbnb and the hosts were very accommodating to requests and questions about checking in.
Everything was great!
It was our first Airbnb experience and turned out to be an amazing stay.
The communication with Drew&Amber was very smooth, and they were always quick to respond to my questions. Check in&out was very easy, and the information provided on booklet and instruction in the house were simple yet very helpful.
The location of their cute beach house was superb. Being just right on the beach, we had entire ocean view to ourselves, just a few steps to be on the sandy beach while very close to the center of the town where you can find many nice shops and restaurants.
They have full kitchen and complementary coffee (organic, whole bean) . We were able to watch dolphins with a cup of coffee in the morning from the balcony...and of course didn't want to leave.
Thank you very much Drew & Amber.
We would definitely want to stay at your place when we visit Carlsbad next time.
Drew and Amber are the greatest!! The description of the condo and cleanliness was on point! Felt like our home away from home. The view I'd breathtaking!! Wildlife close enough to see and enjoy but far enough away that it won't bother you if you decide to get in the water. Local restaurants, pubs and shops are all within walking distance. we will be returning before too long! Thank you again!!
Place was amazing, beach, Dolphins, whales, ideally located for food, shopping, night life. Drew and Amber were so nice to meet and were helpful and responsive to all our questions. We are already booked for a return!
We were familiar with the area and the house was amazing and as described. Quiet and on a very relaxed beach. A perfect choice for R & R. The sunsets were amazing.
Drew and Amber were great guests, full of interesting stories about their farm and live back in California. They had a great hike with Reinaldo our guide and saw two species of monkeys, The Howler and Spider Monkey. We hope to see them again in the future.
Amber and Drew will become your new best friends! They are the epitome of a friendly, kind, considerate, engaging, warm and beautiful couple. They left my Airbnb studio immaculately clean. It was a joy to meet them, and I look forward to many return visits from them in the future.