Discover a selection of 2,000 vacation rentals in San Marcos, CA that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $88 per night, and houses and townhouses are popular options for a stay in San Marcos. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Take in the lakeside beauty of San Marcos

Enjoy the live music and other features of San Marcos. Travelers to this relaxing city praise the lake, restaurants and beaches. Legoland California and Carlsbad Premium Outlets are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around San Marcos

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes San Marcos a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Legoland California (8.7 mi / 13.9 km)
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park (9.9 mi / 15.9 km)
  • Ferrara Winery (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • The Crossings at Carlsbad (8.3 mi / 13.4 km)
  • Orfila Vineyard and Winery (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Sealife Aquarium (8.8 mi / 14.1 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in San Marcos

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, August, September, July and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 88°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in San Marcos

Travelers love San Marcos for its panoramic lake views and pristine beaches. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, San Marcos is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center (8.7 mi / 13.9 km)
  • San Diego Botanic Garden (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Flower Fields of Carlsbad (9.3 mi / 14.9 km)
  • Carlsbad Lagoon (9.8 mi / 15.7 km)
  • Encinitas Community Park (10.2 mi / 16.4 km)
  • Moonlight State Beach (10.3 mi / 16.6 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around San Marcos

Fly into Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), the closest airport, located 6.6 mi (10.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 23 mi (37 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around San Marcos, CA?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 2,207 vacation rentals around San Marcos. From 1,042 house rentals to 112 townhouse rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to San Marcos?

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

  • California State University San Marcos: 2,570 vacation rentals
  • Lake San Marcos Executive Course: 2,709 vacation rentals
  • Twin Oaks Golf Club: 2,529 vacation rentals
  • St. Mark Golf Club: 2,660 vacation rentals
  • Palomar College: 2,529 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Marcos listed on Vrbo 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 Marcos?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 1,042 Houses in San Marcos. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Marcos include:

  • Townhouses: 112 rentals available
  • Cottages: 66 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 985 rentals available

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

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

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,060 vacation rentals with pool available in San Marcos. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.