Discover a selection of 2,500 vacation rentals in Oakland, 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 WiFi. Prices start at $75 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Oakland. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Top rated rentals — Oakland
Destination guide

It’s all happening in old Oakland

A magnet for bohemians, beatniks, and young entrepreneurs, Oakland is the happy little brother of San Francisco. Travelers often miss out on its charms thanks to the famous draws of the West Bay Area, but that's a huge shame. You can wallow here between Pacific brew pubs and independent coffee roasters, explore an ethnically diverse Chinatown, or unravel fascinating stories in the African American museum. Science centers, quirky art galleries, and access to the famous Napa Valley all add to the draws, while Oakland vacation rentals are affordable and stylish to boot.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in Oakland

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do while you're in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Oakland a fun place to get away. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Children's Fairyland (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Golden Gate Fields (5.9 mi / 9.5 km)
  • Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
  • Aquarium of the Bay (7.5 mi / 12.1 km)
  • Oakland Zoo (7.9 mi / 12.6 km)
  • Steinhart Aquarium (10.9 mi / 17.6 km)

Oakland offers laid-back Bay Area life

Without the stresses of big San Francisco, Oakland manages to create a more chilled and accessible vibe. Regular walking tours of districts like Old Oakland and the 1920s grandeur of Uptown take place most days of the week, and they are neatly balanced out by beer tasting sessions or opportunities to craft your own ales in the town's wealth of cool breweries. Cycling and hiking in the surrounding Oakland Hills is also a great way to survey the beautiful Californian backcountry, while regular farmers' markets and local craft fares are on the calendar all throughout the summer.


Dodge the Pacific rains and winter in Oakland

The months between May and August are virtually without rain in this part of the Bay Area, which makes the summer the perfect time to search for Oakland vacation rentals, especially if you're planning on hiking the Oakland Hills and enjoying the town's top al fresco bars. There's also usually an Indian Summer in these parts, with September and October not only having high temperatures but also some cheaper places to stay. And coming then will mean you dodge the regular downpours of the winter between December and March.

Natural features

Surrounded by the Oakland Hills

Oakland sits sandwiched between the scrub-dressed hills and the coastal flats of the San Francisco Bay Area. The swaying trees of the Redwood Regional Park ensconce the city to the east, offering a glimpse at northern Cali's ancient forestry. That soon gives way to the secluded Siesta Valley, which has undulating hills of meadow and scrub, and the De Laveaga Trail that weaves past curious rock formations. Topping off the lot is the lofty Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, where the foxglove fields peak and trough over scrubland that's peppered with snakes and horned owls.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Oakland

Fly into Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK), the closest airport, located 7.1 mi (11.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO), which is 14.5 mi (23.3 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Oakland-Jack London Square Station or Coliseum Station to see more of the city. You can get around Oakland by jumping on the metro at 12th Street/Oakland City Center Station, 19th St Station or Lake Merritt Station.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Oakland?

Whether you're searching for a cozy retreat for you and your boo or a sprawling house to fit friends and family, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Oakland. Here are a couple to get you started:

  • "Panoramic Views, Tempur - Pedic King Beds" is a hit with guests. Around 4 miles from Oakland, it has 2 bedrooms and lots of handy amenities, including a nearby hospital and a beach view.
  • Another top choice is "Beautiful And Lush Hidden Wisteria Getaway", which is around 3 miles from Oakland. Offering 1 bedroom, high-speed internet services and a DVD player, it has everything you need to keep you content and comfortable.

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

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

Get far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at one of our weekend getaways in or near Oakland. Whether you want to hang out with buddies or spend quality time with the family, there'll be something to suit your needs. Here are a few places we think you'll love:

  • "Lovely, Brand New, Fully Equipped Studio In North Berkeley" is ideal for a couple of days of fun and relaxation. It features a host of amenities, such as golf and a TV, and is located around 6 miles to the north of Oakland.
  • Otherwise, create memories with your favorite people at "Luxurious Berkeley Home", which is around 6 miles to the north of Oakland. You'll have use of heating, a boat and more here.

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

Studio apartments are a simple yet stylish choice, perfectly suited for couples or solo adventurers. Spend your days getting acquainted with your new surroundings and your nights resting up in your cozy hideaway. These getaways in or near Oakland will tick all the boxes:

  • After a big day of outdoor exploration, relax in total comfort at "Beautiful And Lush Hidden Wisteria Getaway". Nearby museums and a washing machine are among the handy amenities on offer here.
  • Alternatively, use "Lovely, Brand New, Fully Equipped Studio In North Berkeley" as a base to explore the best sights around you. This cozy home away from home offers spa and beauty services, a kitchen and more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Oakland?

Whether you're looking for a cozy cabin or a large vacation home, you'll find the ideal place on Vrbo. Sneak in a mini break at one of these retreats in or near Oakland:

  • If you can only spare a few nights, "Lagoon House" is a good choice. It's not too far from the center of Oakland, so you'll be near all the best attractions.
  • "Private Retreat In The Heart Of Rockridge. Go To Everything" is also ideally located. Settle in here and find out why lots of guests rate this property as one of their favorites.

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

Forget chocolates and roses. Sometimes all you need is to escape for the weekend, just the two of you. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around Oakland that would make Cupid green with envy. Here are some we think you'll be enamored with:

  • Sneak away on Friday afternoon for a couple of passionate nights at "Panoramic Views, Tempur - Pedic King Beds". Roughly 4 miles from Oakland, this property comes with plenty of nice touches, including beauty services and a fireplace.
  • Alternatively, spend your mini break sipping wine and canoodling at "Beautiful And Lush Hidden Wisteria Getaway", around 3 miles from Oakland. A nearby bay and winery tours will help set the scene for romance.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Oakland?

If you're searching for somewhere to reconnect with your nearest and dearest this vacation, why not a place with a little glitz and glamour? These mansions for rent in or near Oakland will easily fit your entire crew while doing it in style:

  • Character, charm and style — "Epic, Gorgeous, Huge Historic, Victorian Mansion" has it all with some to spare. Approximately 2 miles southeast of Oakland and offering beauty services and a restaurant dining guide, this showstopper is hard to beat.
  • With beauty services, a garden and loads of other first-class amenities, "Epic Mansion" will get your guests' nod of approval. This opulent stay is roughly 2 miles to the southeast of Oakland.

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

Big groups mean gigantic fun. They also mean finding a place that'll easily fit your entire squad. Check out our large group vacation rentals in or around Oakland and get your favorite people together under the same roof:

  • You'll have plenty of space to move around at "The White Rose Ranch + Annex In Fremont". Around 25 miles southeast of Oakland, this sizable property has 4 bedrooms sleeping up to 19 guests. It comes with a host of amenities, including a garden and a kitchen.
  • Nothing takes priority over hanging out with loved ones, and "Sunny Home By The Berkeley Rose Garden" is the ideal place to do that. Located around 6 miles to the north of Oakland, as many as 13 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 5 bedrooms. A garden and a kitchen are among the various amenities you'll have at hand.

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

Of all the amenities a vacation rental can offer, a pool is one of the most desired. Take a peek at these houses for rent with a pool in or near Oakland and spend your time splashing around. Just don't forget to bring your inflatable flamingo:

  • Treat your loved ones to a memorable stay at "Lagoon House". There's plenty to love about this escape apart from its pool, such as a fridge and a dishwasher.
  • Spend lazy days splashing about or catching a few peaceful moments beside the water at "New Rockridge House". This vacation rental is another sought-after option and comes with cable/satellite TV services, a barbecue grill and more.

Not sure what the weather is like in Oakland? It has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging from 55 ºF to 75 ºF. If you're chasing a little more inspiration on places to stay in this exciting destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to scroll through our entire range of Oakland vacation rentals.

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

No matter if your idea of the perfect escape is up in the mountains or down by the sea, you'll have a lot more fun if you share it with family and friends. Consider one of these large family vacation rentals in or near Oakland and bring the entire crew along:

  • Get your nearest and dearest together at "Lagoon House", which has 4 bedrooms that sleep up to 8 guests. This retreat is around 2 miles to the south of Oakland and comes with amenities such as a toaster and a dishwasher.
  • "Beautiful Historic Family - Friendly Home" also has the space you need to reconnect with loved ones. This property is around 2 miles to the east of Oakland, and accommodates as many as 7 guests in its 3 bedrooms. Nearby whale-watching activities and a travel crib will help keep everyone comfortable and happy.

When you're ready to explore your surroundings, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions in the area to keep everyone entertained and happy. Chabot Space and Science Center, Paramount Theatre and Alameda County Fairgrounds should be at the top of your list.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Oakland?

Get away from the hustle and bustle and treat the people you love to a vacation of a different sort. Stay in one of these family cabins in or near Oakland and get the camping experience — but with all the creature comforts you're used to!

  • "Cabin - Tiny Treehouse" - Approximately 5 miles northeast of central Oakland, this family-friendly escape offers amenities like internet access and clothes washing facilities.
  • "Cabin - Tiny House Getaway" - Round up the troops and spend a few nights or longer at this appealing stay, which is around 11 miles to the southeast of Oakland. You'll have access to a toaster, a dining table and more.

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

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