Destination guide

Bytes meet brilliant vistas in Mountain View

Mountain View does exactly what it says on the tin – the verdant peaks and troughs of the Santa Cruz Mountains bubble up on the horizon here. But there's more. On the north side of town, it's the deep blue waters of the San Francisco Bay that spread out, while the town itself is a medley of hi-tech industries, pedestrian-friendly paths, cutting-edge research centers, and enticing family attractions like the Shoreline Aquatic Center. What's more, Mountain View vacation rentals are primed for all sorts, ranging from cozy cottages to stylish condos in wholesome Sunnyvale.

Things to do

Mountain View offers digital attractions

Mountain View sits at the gateway to Silicon Valley, a part of the San Francisco Bay Area that's known for its innovative tech industries. Google is up there with the biggest who have their headquarters in the town, and it's worth spying out the sprawling Googleplex buildings before heading off to NASA Ames Research Center for self-guided tours about America's next projects in the cosmos. The Shoreline Aquatic Center, meanwhile, is the perfect place to visit for families who've rented Mountain View vacation rentals, what with its boating lake, duck ponds, and kayaking facilities.


Mountain View is for market lovers and techies

Start by taking in the laid-back vibes of Castro Street, where San Francisco hipsters mingle with tech heads in the cool cafés, gaming halls, and Mexican eateries. From there, it's possible to hop into performing arts centers, or make a beeline out to the sprawling headquarters of Google. Sunday mornings herald in the local farmers' markets here, where the stalls are packed with intriguing Asian veg and juicy Californian fruits alike. And then there are the green spaces of the bayside parks, which have golfing, kitesurfing, and kayaking aplenty.


Get ready for summer in the Bay Area

There's really no better time of year to settle in Mountain View vacation rentals close to the San Francisco Bay Area waters than the height of summer. It's then that parks like the Shoreline Aquatic Center will be buzzing with life and bobbing with boaters, while days are relatively cool and breezy all the way from June to early September. That said, spring in Mountain View also promises warm temperatures for breaking out into the Santa Cruz Mountains, along with some more wallet-friendly prices when it comes to places to stay.

Natural features

Between the mountains and the Bay Area

The rising peaks of the Santa Cruz Mountains are what gave Mountain View its name, and these can be seen peaking above the horizon on the south side of the city. They host verdant meadows and rock-peppered plateaus, where the panoramic driveways of the Skyline Boulevard mean scenic drives and access to some excellent trailheads. Immediately next to that are the grass-clad ridges of the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, home to bobcats and wild deer. Meanwhile, the other side of town has birding areas, and the sloshing waters of the Pacific for boating over.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Mountain View

Fly into Palo Alto, CA (PAO-Santa Clara County), the closest airport, located 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), which is 8.4 mi (13.5 km) away.

You can get around Mountain View by catching a ride on the metro at Mountain View Station, Evelyn Station or Whisman Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Mountain View, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 712 vacation rentals around Mountain View. From 299 house rentals to 24 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a city-center property in Mountain View?

If you're a fan of staying smack bang in the action, you may want to consider basing yourself somewhere central. Vrbo has 85 centrally located getaway rentals available. On the hunt for a different vacation style? See if any of our other properties tick your boxes. Our range here includes:

  • 23 mountain-view vacation rentals.
  • 12 beach vacation rentals.
  • 11 town vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Mountain View?

Bid farewell to standard, cookie-cutter chain-hotel rooms. Our house vacation rentals have an unique, personal touch — as well as all the space you could ask for! There are 339 options listed on Vrbo. Prices begin at $78 a night. If that doesn't fit with your posse's style, we have a range of different rental options available, such as:

  • Apartment: 256 vacation homes. Prices start from $64 per night.
  • Hotel: 152 vacation homes. Prices start from $58 per night.
  • Condo: 64 vacation homes. Prices start from $80 per night.

Can I stay in Mountain View in a large group?

There's nothing quite like staying somewhere entirely new with close friends and family. The great news is Vrbo has some places to suit big groups. Apartment vacation homes are the favorite option for larger sized groups, with 72 listed here. Around this area, the rental properties that can house large groups include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we've got 336 vacation homes perfectly suited for that size. Stay a night for as little as $119.
  • If you've got 5 in your family, you'll be delighted to find out that there are 156 vacation homes that are perfect. You can get one for as little as $100 per night.
  • Hunting down rental properties catering to 8 people? You'll be happy to discover we have 142 that'll be ideal. You can grab one from just $129 a night.

You and the squad will be well catered to when you book your Mountain View adventure with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Mountain View?

Say goodbye to samey hotel chains! Delight in the flexibility of staying like a local in a great value rental instead. Have a look at the great options that can be snapped up now on Vrbo. Cambrian is a good area to investigate if you want to keep a handle on your budget. Vrbo has 7 rentals, and the average price is an agreeable $168 per night. Another 5 Vrbo rentals are on offer in or around Cuernavaca. With an average price of $179 per night, you're sure to get a deal worth boasting to your friends about.

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