Discover a selection of 2,000 vacation rentals in Berkeley, 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 WiFi and swimming pools. Prices start at $100 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Berkeley. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Enjoy a vibrant and offbeat vibe in Berkeley

A quintessential college town on San Francisco Bay, Berkeley has long been celebrated as the birthplace of free speech. The modern Berkeley is perhaps better associated with artistic flair and culinary bounty, although there’s still a whiff of hippie idealism in the air. Stay close to the action with a Berkeley vacation rental near the park-like campus of the University of California, Berkeley or enjoy the seclusion of a home in the forested foothill range, many of which combine classic craftsman design with modern comforts and sumptuous views of the bay.

Things to do

Sightseeing in and around Berkeley

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that Berkeley has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Golden Gate Fields (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Children's Fairyland (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Plank (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Aquarium of the Bay (8.6 mi / 13.9 km)
  • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze (8.7 mi / 13.9 km)
  • Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center (9.3 mi / 15 km)
Activities

Live the good life in Berkeley

The foodie scene in Berkeley rivals any found in the Bay Area, although you’ll likely find the prices a little lower and a greater focus on ethnic cuisine, particularly in the tantalizing Telegraph Avenue area. As you might expect, student hangouts and hip coffee shops offering relaxed dining are prevalent here, but if you want an authentic Bay Area dining experience, farm-to-table restaurants are also on the menu. If retail therapy is on your agenda, you can combine shopping with sightseeing as you search for flash new wardrobe additions at the local favorite, College Avenue, and the more upscale Fourth Street.

Natural features

Discover Berkeley’s ancient volcano

While Golden Gate Park may be synonymous with the Bay Area, Berkeley is by no means a runner-up when it comes to lush green spaces. Tilden Regional Park, stretching along the city’s northeast border, offers the chance to hike, swim, or simply relax and admire the sunset over San Francisco Bay. You can also get back to nature at the nearby Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, where places to wander include the 31-mile East Bay Skyline Recreation Trail. If that sounds too strenuous, a much shorter volcanic trail that leads gently to the top of Round Top, one of the area’s highest peaks, is a less challenging alternative.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Berkeley

The nearest airport is in Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK), located 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO), which is 18.8 mi (30.2 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Berkeley Station. You can see more of Berkeley by catching a ride on the metro at Downtown Berkeley Station, North Berkeley Station or Ashby Station.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Berkeley?

Whether you're looking for an intimate escape for you and your boo or a sprawling house to fit friends and family, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Berkeley. Here are a couple to get you inspired:

  • "Panoramic Views, Tempur - Pedic King Beds" is a favorite with guests. Around 7 miles from Berkeley, it has 2 bedrooms and lots of amenities to help you feel at home, including a stovetop and a microwave oven.
  • Alternatively, make yourself comfortable at "Beautiful And Lush Hidden Wisteria Getaway". Around 7 miles from the heart of Berkeley, it has 1 bedroom and features a dryer and a toaster.

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

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

There's nothing better than a quick trip to clear away the cobwebs. Pack your carry-on bag and settle into one of these weekend getaways in and near Berkeley:

  • Get away from it all at "Lovely, Brand New, Fully Equipped Studio In North Berkeley", which is around 1 mile to the north of Berkeley. There's lots of nature and adventure to keep you busy here. Try some golf and basketball or just enjoy the sights of San Bruno Mountain and Museum of Children's Art.
  • Alternatively, enjoy a short and sweet break at "Luxurious Berkeley Home". Use it as a base to unwind, or be adventurous and try mountain biking and ice skating. When you're ready to discover some nearby attractions, check out Bayfront Park and Oakland Zoo. This fantastic vacation rental is around 1 mile northwest of Berkeley.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Berkeley?

Studio apartments are tough to beat when it comes to location, convenience and character. Check out these studio apartments for rent in or near Berkeley and experience a slice of the buzzing local vibe:

  • Unpack your suitcase at "Beautiful And Lush Hidden Wisteria Getaway". Amenities including air conditioning and heating will make you feel right at home here.
  • Alternatively, slip into vacation mode at "Lovely, Brand New, Fully Equipped Studio In North Berkeley", which offers conveniences such as heating and a kitchen.

With the cash you save on your studio apartment, you can afford to discover even more of Berkeley. Cultural sights like Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts and Robert Lowie Museum of Anthropology will help you get a better feel for the character of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Berkeley?

Just because you only have a day or two up your sleeve doesn't mean you need to spend it in a soulless hotel. Go on vacation but still have the home comforts you need at one of these short-term rentals in or around Berkeley:

  • "Lagoon House" is near the heart of Berkeley, which means you'll have tons of things to keep you entertained. Tick off leading attractions like University of California, Berkeley and Oracle Arena when you're not making the most of your cozy property.
  • Jump out of bed, whip up some breakfast and then begin planning what to see around "Private Retreat In The Heart Of Rockridge. Go To Everything". RingCentral Coliseum and Greek Theater should be on your list if you stay at this quality rental.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Berkeley?

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a romantic weekend together. If you'd like to spend a couple of relaxing evenings away with your other half, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Berkeley that will sweep you off your feet:

  • Sneak off on Friday afternoon for a couple of passionate nights at "Panoramic Views, Tempur - Pedic King Beds". Located roughly 7 miles from Berkeley, this place comes with plenty of nice touches, like a nearby bay and winery tours.
  • "Beautiful And Lush Hidden Wisteria Getaway" is another wonderful option that'll woo you. It's around 7 miles from Berkeley and has a fireplace and a nearby bay.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Berkeley?

If you're after somewhere to reconnect with the family this vacation, why not make it memorable? These mansions for rent in or around Berkeley will fit your entire gang while doing it in serious style:

  • Approximately 6 miles to the south of Berkeley is "Epic, Gorgeous, Huge Historic, Victorian Mansion". Along with its grand design and posh interiors, you'll also love its top-notch amenities, such as beauty services and a restaurant dining guide.
  • Alternatively, score major Brownie points and stay a week or two at "Epic Mansion". It's located about 6 miles to the south of Berkeley and offers amenities like beauty services, winery tours and more.

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

Sneak a peek at these large group vacation rentals in or near Berkeley where you won't have to leave anyone off your guest list:

  • Providing space, comfort and privacy, you'll get everyone's tick of approval at "Sunny Home By The Berkeley Rose Garden". Up to 13 people can be accommodated at this retreat which has 5 bedrooms, a kitchen and a fireplace. This group getaway is around 1 mile to the north of Berkeley.
  • Invite as many as 50 of your dearest friends to "Epic, Gorgeous, Huge Historic, Victorian Mansion" and fill the place with laughter and love. This popular option has 19 bedrooms and is around 6 miles to the south of central Berkeley. It's packed with features to keep large groups comfortable, such as a garden and a kitchen.

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

Nothing screams good times like a pool does. Dig out your unicorn floatie and check out these rental houses in or near Berkeley that feature this vacation essential:

  • Switch to vacay mode at "Lagoon House", where your biggest priority will be enjoying the pool. Amenities such as a dishwasher and towels help make this retreat a guest favorite.
  • Spend leisurely days splashing around or just kicking back by the water at "Central Berkeley Modern House". This vacation rental is another favorite and comes with a dishwasher, a smart TV and more.

Unsure how to pack your suitcase for your Berkeley break? This leading destination has a mediterranean climate. During the summer months, expect average temperatures ranging from 55 ºF to 75 ºF. Scroll through our range of Berkeley vacation rentals by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to get more great ideas about where to stay.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Berkeley?

You'll always have more fun sharing precious moments with the people you love the most. Whether you're organizing a family reunion or getting away with friends, Vrbo has a large vacation rental to suit your needs. Here are two of our best in and around Berkeley:

  • Sleeping up to 8 guests in 4 bedrooms, "Lagoon House" is the perfect place to spend quality time with the family. This top-rated retreat is 7 miles to the south of Berkeley and has creature comforts such as a nearby laundromat and a TV.
  • "4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom Berkeley Family Home" also has the space you need to connect with the ones you love. This rental is around 1 mile to the west of central Berkeley and accommodates 7 guests in its 4 bedrooms. Childrens activities and outdoor furniture will help keep everyone comfortable and content.

If you'd love to do some sightseeing, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions nearby to put on your itinerary. Chabot Space and Science Center, Paramount Theatre and Oakland Zoo are excellent places to start.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Berkeley?

Escape the hustle and bustle and treat the ones you love to a vacation of a different sort. Stay in one of these family cabins in or near Berkeley and get the camping experience — but with all the comforts of home!

  • "Cabin - Tiny Treehouse" - Enjoy fun and laughs with your nearest and dearest at this escape, which is around 5 miles southeast of the center of Berkeley. Internet access and clothes washing facilities are among its family-friendly amenities.
  • "Cabin - Tiny House Getaway" - This stay has also been designed with families in mind and is around 15 miles southeast of Berkeley. Offering a fridge, a dining table and more, it'll get everyone's tick of approval.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Berkeley vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.