Destination guide

Explore the picturesque setting in San Rafael

Enjoy the area's festivals, entertainment and art galleries and make a vacation rental your home during your stay in San Rafael. Renowned for its biking, shopping and restaurants, this city welcomes all visitors. Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Are you looking for specific amenities for your getaway? Many of our vacation rentals feature full kitchens and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in San Rafael

Are you searching for attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes San Rafael a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Pier 39 (13.1 mi / 21 km)
  • Aquarium of the Bay (13.1 mi / 21.1 km)
  • San Francisco Zoo (16.5 mi / 26.6 km)
  • Peacock Gap Golf Club (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Pacheco Ranch Winery (5.6 mi / 9 km)
  • Stone Tree Golf Club (9 mi / 14.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in San Rafael

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, San Rafael is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Palace of Fine Arts (12.4 mi / 20 km)
  • Twin Peaks (15.9 mi / 25.6 km)
  • Muir Woods (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Angel Island (8.8 mi / 14.2 km)
  • Japanese Tea Garden (14.4 mi / 23.1 km)
  • Golden Gate Park (14.6 mi / 23.5 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around San Rafael

Fly into Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), the closest airport, located 11.8 mi (18.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), which is 21.9 mi (35.2 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around San Rafael?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 592 house rentals around San Rafael. From 355 Houses to 50 Cottages, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around San Rafael is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to San Rafael?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Rafael:

  • Picnic Valley: 15 vacation rentals
  • West End: 26 vacation rentals
  • Fisherman's Wharf: 706 vacation rentals
  • Union Square: 555 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 628 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to San Rafael?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in San Rafael. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Peacock Gap Golf Club: 1,880 home rentals
  • Dominican University of California: 1,843 home rentals
  • Gerstle Park: 1,790 home rentals
  • Marin History Museum: 1,799 home rentals
  • Falkirk Cultural Center: 1,795 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Rafael listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in San Rafael?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 355 Houses in San Rafael. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Rafael include:

  • Cottages: 50 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 100 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 50 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in San Rafael?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 75 vacation homes with pool available in San Rafael.

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