Discover a selection of 3,000 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 $126 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

Why people love visiting lively San Marcos

Enjoy the live music and other features of San Marcos. Well known for its lake, restaurants and beaches, this relaxing city won't disappoint. LEGOLAND® California and San Diego Zoo Safari Park 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.

Things to do

Sightseeing in and around San Marcos

Are you hoping to find things to do during your stay? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that San Marcos has to offer. Here are some of the major 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 (10.3 mi / 16.5 km)
  • Twin Oaks Golf Club (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Rancho Bernardo Inn Course (9.6 mi / 15.5 km)
  • Maderas Golf Club (10.9 mi / 17.6 km)
  • Del Mar Racetrack (12.9 mi / 20.7 km)

Seasonal weather averages in San Marcos

If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, August, September, July and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 75°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in San Marcos

Travelers enjoy San Marcos for its lakeside setting and beaches. Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, San Marcos is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are a few of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • San Diego Botanic Garden (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Flower Fields of Carlsbad (9.3 mi / 14.9 km)
  • South Carlsbad State Beach (9.5 mi / 15.3 km)
  • SoCal Sports Complex (10.1 mi / 16.3 km)
  • Moonlight State Beach (10.2 mi / 16.4 km)
  • Carlsbad State Beach (10.9 mi / 17.5 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around San Marcos

Fly into San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN), the closest airport, located 28.5 mi (45.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), which is 6.6 mi (10.7 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near San Marcos?

Whatever you're seeking in a vacation, you'll find a rental property in or around San Marcos that's a match made in heaven. These are some of our favorites:

  • "Treat Yourself Lake Views - Serenity" is popular with guests. Around 20 miles from San Marcos, it has 2 bedrooms and plenty of useful amenities, including a fridge and lowered locks.
  • Another great option is "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo", which is around 30 miles from San Marcos. Featuring 2 bedrooms, a dishwasher and free toiletries, it has everything you need to keep you happy and comfortable.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect San Marcos vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near San Marcos?

Punching far above its weight when it comes to character, a tiny house vacation rental in San Marcos offers a front-row seat to big adventure. Close down your gadgets and switch your focus to outdoor fun at one of these pocket-sized stays:

  • Get away from it all and get back to basics at "Camplux Tiny Home". This retreat in West Ridge packs plenty of conveniences into its small space, such as a fridge and a TV.
  • "Tiny Home In Bulldog Paradise With Free Puppy Love" in Valley Center is another good option. Air conditioning and a toaster will make your getaway here extra comfortable.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near San Marcos?

You can. From rustic hideaways to upmarket escapes, you'll find a broad range of log cabins to rent in or around San Marcos. If you're the adventurous type, check out:

  • "New Coleman Creek, Authentic Log Cabin + Spa In Forest. Thoroughly Disinfected": This fantastic vacation home is an ideal base if you're an outdoorsy type. Cycling and golf are a couple of activities you can do in the area when you're not chilling in your comfy cabin.
  • "Charming Log Cabin Surrounded By The Hills Of The Cleveland National Forest": After a huge day of trying out some local activities, such as mountain biking and hiking and biking, head back home to this top-rated getaway.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near San Marcos?

Forget about those chores, because weekends were made for having fun. Head for one of these weekend getaways in and near San Marcos and take advantage of all the wonderful things to do nearby:

  • Leave the hustle and bustle behind at "Kennebeck Ct, 30 Seconds To Sand", which is around 25 miles to the south of San Marcos. There's plenty of adventure and nature to keep you happy here. Try some sailing and golf or simply enjoy the sights of Dog Beach and Los Penasquitos Marsh Nature Preserve.
  • Alternatively, leave your cares behind at "Fort 1 Craftsman On The Woods - Quiet". Stay in with your feet up, or head out and try your hand at some kayaking and fishing. When you're ready to discover some nearby attractions, plan a visit to Free Flight and Steele Canyon Golf Club. This terrific vacation rental is around 25 miles south of San Marcos.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around San Marcos?

Studio apartments are a hard act to follow when it comes to location, character and convenience. Get comfy in one of these studio apartments for rent in or near San Marcos and experience a taste of the local culture:

  • Put your suitcase down and your feet up at "Beautiful Private Get - Away, Casita". Amenities including a hair dryer and beach sun loungers will make you feel right at home here.
  • Alternatively, escape to "Treetop Luxury Suite At Tropical Resort", which comes with conveniences including a hair dryer and off-street parking options.

With the cash you save on your studio apartment, you'll be able to explore more of San Marcos. Cultural attractions like Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company and Lamb's Players Theatre will help you get a better feel for the character of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near San Marcos?

Just because you only have a handful of days up your sleeve doesn't mean you need to spend it in a characterless hotel room. Go on vacation but still have the home comforts you love at one of these short-term rentals in or around San Marcos:

  • "Fort 1 Craftsman On The Woods - Quiet" is close to the heart of San Marcos, which means there are tons of things to do and see. Make your way to cool attractions like San Diego Zoo and San Diego Convention Center when you're not enjoying your cozy property.
  • "Right On The Beach Exquisitely Remodeled 3br" is another enticing option. Don't forget to add Balboa Park and University of San Diego to your list when you're ready to sightsee.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near San Marcos?

Whether spent in a cabin, a cottage or a treehouse, a romantic weekend getaway is a fantastic way to say "I love you." Whisk your partner off for a couple of leisurely days at one of these escapes in or near San Marcos:

  • Put on some relaxing tunes and slow dance the nights away at "Treat Yourself Lake Views - Serenity". Around 20 miles from San Marcos, this property has all you need for a romantic getaway, including winery tours and a firepit.
  • "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo" is another top option guaranteed to woo you. It's around 30 miles from San Marcos and comes with a fireplace and housekeeping services.

Are there mansions for rent in or near San Marcos?

You'll find some lavish mansions for rent in and near San Marcos. If you're chasing somewhere spacious with a large dose of wow factor, these stunners will tick all your boxes:

  • Located approximately 12 miles to the west of San Marcos, "Newly Renovated Gorgeous Beachfront Mansion On The Sand P1733" is the ideal place to relax in the lap of luxury. Amenities offered here include a fireplace and a beach view.
  • With a fireplace, a swimming pool and lots of other awesome amenities, "Hilltop Mansion Perfect For Families" will get your squad's stamp of approval. This plush retreat is around 17 miles to the north of San Marcos.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near San Marcos?

Share your trip and multiply the fun. Whether you're organizing an action-packed getaway with buddies or a family reunion, you'll have your pick of large group vacation rentals in and around San Marcos:

  • A great range of amenities including a garden and a nearby waterfront make "Perfect For 2 Or 3 Families. Unobstructed Park And Ocean Views. Steps To Sand" a standout. This property has 5 bedrooms and accommodates up to 15 people. From the center of San Marcos, it's around 20 miles away to the south.
  • Invite as many as 22 of your closest friends to "Wow Home San Diego Vacation, Sunset Ocean View Pool Hot Tub" and fill the place with laughter and love. This option has 7 bedrooms and is around 30 miles to the south of San Marcos. It's crammed with features to keep your large group occupied, such as an electric car charging station and a garden.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near San Marcos?

A pool is often a must-have when deciding where to stay on vacation, especially if you've got kids in tow. Check out these houses with a pool in or near San Marcos and spend your days splashing about:

  • Round up your crew and enjoy a memorable stay at "Come Stay At Your Coastal Dream House". There's plenty to love about this getaway besides its pool, such as a barbecue grill and a dining table.
  • "Read Our Reviews Guests This Family Friendly House" is the type of place you go to get away from the everyday and enjoy your surroundings, starting with its awesome pool. Beach sun loungers and a TV are also on hand to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

San Marcos has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures fluctuating between 65 ºF and 80 ºF. But there's no need to wait until summer to visit. Check out the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the perfect San Marcos vacation rental and plan your escape for whenever you like.