Discover a selection of 2,000 vacation rentals in San Marcos 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?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 2,124 vacation rentals around San Marcos. From 1,012 house rentals to 109 townhouse rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.