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Santee Lakes: Staycation sensation

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SANTEE (CBS 8) - Ah, scenic Santee, destined to be a summer vacation hot spot.

"It's fun, it's quiet, peaceful. It's very affordable," El Cajon resident Terri Hughes said.

The kids love it.

"We like to ride bikes and sometimes we'll go down to the pool and just swim and sometimes we go to the park," a visitor said.

The 10 new cabins at Santee Lakes have turned the area into a local tourist attraction.

"Actually seven of them are lakefront, and three of them are actually floating on the lake," communication coordinator Melissa McChesney said.

The lakefront cabins start at $100 a night on weekdays, $125 on the weekends, and sleep up to six and come with a barbeque.

"We live in Lakeside, so we're about two miles away… we could afford the gas to get here," a visitor said.

"We have the paddleboats, we have canoes, we have things to do with the dogs. Lots of fun," another visitor said.

"The kids are off, we took a couple of days off work and here we are, so close to home. You really can't beat it," a visitor said.

The three floating cabins moored right into the lake sleep four and start at $120 a night and come with the use of a paddleboat.

"We slept last night like babies. You kind of rock gently to sleep. It's just beautiful," a visitor said.

If you said, "Oh yeah, this summer let's make it to Santee," you may have already missed the boat. The cabins are already booked up every weekend for the next six months and are filling up quickly for the weekdays.

"We're very excited about families locally coming out, having a nice staycation for the summer," McChesney said.

No gas fill-ups, no airport delays, no border waits, no hotel taxes and no resort fees. Just a world of amenities right in your own backyard.

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