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Destination guide

Majestic Marin County

From the salt-washed marina towns that dot the San Fran Bay Area in the east to the redwood-ribbed hills of its western mountains, Marin County is a treasure trove of treats on the edge of the big city. It starts as soon as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge but doesn't finish until you reach the whale-filled fringes of Bodega Bay. Between the two, you can discover colossal sequoias in the Muir Woods National Monument, walk windblown beaches on the Point Reyes National Seashore, or settle in Marin County vacation rentals in quaint mill towns shrouded by woods.

Things to do

Redwoods and coastal treats in Marin County

Share that vacation time between the backcountry attractions and coastal attractions of Marin County and you're sure to get a great feel for this beautiful cut out of California. The Muir Woods National Monument is the perfect place to start, offering old-growth redwood groves that soar to the sky. Then comes Mount Tamalpais, which has breathtaking vistas across the Pacific Ocean. And then there are the pretty Marin Headlands, which cast their gaze out across San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge – don't forget the camera there.

Activities

Adventure awaits in Marin County

Ask any locals of Marin County and they'll tell you just how much they love the backcountry delights of their little corner of the Bay Area. With hulking redwoods shouldering above the pathways here, and wild beaches washed over by surf there, it's easy to see why. You can hike, bike, and drive your way through a lot of it, too, so it's really accessible from the doorstep of many Marin County vacation rentals. Then there are the guided tours of San Francisco city to get involved with, and the whale-watching jaunts along Point Reyes.

Weather

Indian summers in Marin County

Marin County, like the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area, typically gets lovely Indian summers extending well past September and into October. Many locals will champion this period as the single best time of year, touting beautiful scenery, warm days, and slightly lower rates in Marin County vacation rentals. That said, the spring is also wonderful, while the wallet-friendly stays of winter – with their regular rains from December to March – could just free up the dollars you need to enjoy the so-called Paris of the West to its fullest.

Natural features

From summits to the sea in Marin County

Marin County has just about every beautiful section of backcountry you could expect of California. There are mountains, soaring up to the top of the Mount Tamalpais State Park before cascading almost vertically back down again into the roaring Pacific Ocean. There are primeval forests, reaching their heights with the massive redwood groves of the Muir Woods National Monument. And there are long, sandy beaches, running beneath the cliffs of the Point Reyes National Seashore, where whales sometimes splash in the swells.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Marin County

Fly into Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), the closest airport, located 13 mi (21 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), which is 29.4 mi (47.3 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Marin County, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,869 vacation rentals around Marin County. From 821 house rentals to 117 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Marin County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Marin County. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dillon Beach: 205 vacation rentals
  • Stinson Beach: 380 vacation rentals
  • Mill Valley: 895 vacation rentals
  • San Rafael: 583 vacation rentals
  • Inverness: 242 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Marin County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Marin County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Marin County:

  • Dillon Beach: 205 rentals
  • Stinson Beach: 380 rentals
  • Mill Valley: 895 rentals
  • San Rafael: 583 rentals
  • Inverness: 242 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Marin County?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Marin County are:

  • Sausalito, CA (JMC-Commodore Center Heliport): 2,060 vacation rentals
  • San Rafael, CA (SRF): 1,719 vacation rentals
  • Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field): 1,143 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Marin County?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Marin County. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Point Reyes Lighthouse: 189 rentals
  • Bolinas Museum: 1,434 rentals
  • Robson-Harrington House: 1,692 rentals
  • Angel Island: 2,116 rentals
  • Rodeo Beach: 2,059 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Marin County listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Marin County

Dillon Beach
205 vacation rentals
Stinson Beach
380 vacation rentals
Mill Valley
895 vacation rentals
San Rafael
583 vacation rentals
Inverness
242 vacation rentals
Point Reyes Station
219 vacation rentals
Bolinas
415 vacation rentals
Sausalito
1,260 vacation rentals
Tiburon
867 vacation rentals
Marshall
221 vacation rentals
Novato
1,138 vacation rentals
Fairfax
248 vacation rentals
San Anselmo
285 vacation rentals
Larkspur
232 vacation rentals
Nicasio
430 vacation rentals
Corte Madera
294 vacation rentals
Ross
273 vacation rentals
Tomales
497 vacation rentals
Lagunitas
270 vacation rentals
Country Club
421 vacation rentals