Discover a selection of 1,500 vacation rentals in San Carlos, 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 $133 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in San Carlos. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Find the perfect vacation rental for your San Carlos getaway

Enjoy the museums and other features of San Carlos. This city's restaurants, shopping and bars draw many visitors. If you're looking for accommodations with space to entertain friends and family, HomeAway has plenty of options to choose from. Many rental homes offer full kitchens and laundry facilities, perfect for big groups.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in San Carlos

Are you hoping to discover things to do during your stay? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes San Carlos a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Crystal Springs Golf Course (7.5 mi / 12.1 km)
  • GoKart Racer (8.6 mi / 13.8 km)
  • Half Moon Bay Golf Links (11 mi / 17.7 km)
  • NASA Ames Research (12.7 mi / 20.5 km)
  • Twin Creeks Sports Complex (15.6 mi / 25.1 km)
  • CuriOdyssey (6.6 mi / 10.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of San Carlos

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, San Carlos is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • San Francisco Bay (13.8 mi / 22.2 km)
  • Horse Park at Woodside (6.4 mi / 10.3 km)
  • Coyote Point Park (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)
  • Stanford University Arboretum (7.1 mi / 11.4 km)
  • Baylands Nature Preserve (9.1 mi / 14.7 km)
  • Venice Beach in Half Moon Bay (10.6 mi / 17 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around San Carlos

The nearest airport is in San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO), located 10.3 mi (16.5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK), which is 14.4 mi (23.2 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is San Carlos Station.

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

Whether you're seeking a cozy escape for you and your honey or someplace spacious to fit the family, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around San Carlos. Here are a couple to get you thinking:

  • Make the most of conveniences like a nearby coin laundry and a garage at "Golden Gate Park And Museums 1 Block Away". Situated around 20 miles from San Carlos, this vacation rental has 2 bedrooms and good guest reviews.
  • Another appealing choice is "Luxurious Top - Rated Nopa Home + Garage + Free Cleaning", which is around 20 miles from San Carlos. Offering 1 bedroom, a living room and free WiFi, it has everything you need to make your stay comfortable.

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

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

Clock out on Friday and then pack your overnight bag. If you're ready for some fun and relaxation, these properties in and around San Carlos promise the ideal weekend getaway:

  • "Waterfront Marina - One Of Kind Garden Unit" is a comfortable option around 25 miles northwest of the center of San Carlos. You don't need to go far to find an unforgettable experience around this property. Get outdoors and discover Vallejo Convention and Visitor's Bureau and Sutro Heights Park. Activities like hiking and biking and windsurfing will nicely round off your short break.
  • Alternatively, enjoy a slower pace of life at "West Portal Studio, Ocean View And Convenient". Approximately 20 miles northwest of San Carlos, fun activities around here include cycling and hiking and biking. Prefer sightseeing? Make a detour to Woodward Valley Trail and Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden.

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

Studio apartments are a hard act to follow when it comes to location, convenience and character. Browse these studio apartments for rent in or near San Carlos and experience a taste of the local vibe and energy:

  • Make "Luxurious Top - Rated Nopa Home + Garage + Free Cleaning" your home away from home. This sought-after property features amenities including a phone and heating.
  • Another inviting option is "West Portal Studio, Ocean View And Convenient". Make use of internet services, a garden and other handy amenities during your stay.

There are loads of highlights around San Carlos to put on your to-do list. Nourish the culture buff in you with a visit to Great American Music Hall and Victoria Theatre.

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

Just because you only have a handful of days to spare doesn't mean you have to spend it in a boring hotel. Head off on vacation but still have the home comforts you need at one of these short-term rentals in or around San Carlos:

  • "Beautiful Renovated Flat Near Golden Gate Park" is close to the heart of San Carlos, which means there are loads of things to keep you occupied. Visit cool attractions like Pier 39 and Golden Gate Bridge when you're not relaxing in your cozy pad.
  • Sleep, eat and explore your surroundings from "Luxury Oasis With Hot Tub And Gorgeous Garden", another good option. Alcatraz Island and Lombard Street should be on your itinerary when it's time to sightsee.

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

Nothing says "I love you" like planning a romantic weekend together. If you're longing to spend a couple of nights away with your sweetheart, we've got some romantic getaways in and around San Carlos that will get your heart racing:

  • Located around 20 miles from San Carlos, "Golden Gate Park And Museums 1 Block Away" is a perfect place for starry-eyed couples. A nearby bay and winery tours are some of the many amenities you'll find here.
  • Another place where you can enjoy a few dreamy days together is "Luxurious Top - Rated Nopa Home + Garage + Free Cleaning". Located 20 miles from San Carlos, a nearby bay and beauty services add to the ambiance here.

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

Big groups mean gigantic fun. They also mean finding someplace that'll effortlessly fit your whole crew. Check out our large group vacation rentals in or around San Carlos and get your loved ones together under the same roof:

  • A range of amenities including a kitchen and a nearby casino make "Comfortable Vacation Home Near" a favorite with groups. This expansive retreat has 5 bedrooms and accommodates up to 12 guests. From central San Carlos, it's around 11 miles away to the northwest.
  • "Spacious Comfy Renovated 4 Bedroom 3 Bath" is another terrific option. It's around 2 miles to the northwest of San Carlos, has 4 bedrooms and sleeps as many as 12 guests. An electric car charging station and a kitchen are among the things designed to make your group vacation even more memorable.

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

Of all the conveniences a vacation rental can have, a pool is without a doubt the most fun. Browse these houses for rent with a pool in or near San Carlos and spend your time splashing about. Just don't forget to bring your flamingo floatie:

  • Pack your swim gear and get away with your gang to "3 Bed 1. 5 Bath House In The Belmont Hills". There are also lots of other convenient amenities here, including a dishwasher and a dining table.
  • Alternatively, enjoy a more leisurely pace of life at "Marbella Lane - 3bedroom Belmont Cozy House". Along with a refreshing pool, you'll also have use of a dishwasher and free toiletries.

San Carlos has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging between 55 ºF and 75 ºF. But you don't have 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 Carlos vacation rental and plan your escape for whatever season you like.

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

You'll always have more fun sharing wonderful times with the ones that are closest to your heart. Whether you're planning a family get-together or taking time out with friends, we'll have a large vacation rental to suit your style. These are two of our best in and around San Carlos:

  • Sleeping up to 8 guests in 4 bedrooms, "Short Term Or Long Term Furnished Or Unfurnished Available Now" is the ideal place to spend quality time with the family. This retreat is 25 miles to the northwest of San Carlos and has amenities that include a garden and a DVD player.
  • "Comfortable Vacation Home Near" also offers the space you need to connect with loved ones. This rental is around 11 miles to the northwest of San Carlos, and accommodates as many as 12 guests in its 5 bedrooms. A microwave oven and free toiletries will help keep everyone content and comfortable.

If you're after family-friendly attractions in the area, you're spoiled for choice. Pier 39, Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street offer fun for young and old.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near San Carlos?

Often located in sought-after positions due to their smaller size, a one-bedroom rental is a great choice if you're traveling solo or with one other person. Here's a taste of our range in or near San Carlos:

  • Good things come in little packages, and "Creekside Casita Walking Distance To Downtown San Carlos" is a fantastic example of this. This one-bedroom vacation rental is in a handy central location and features amenities like a firepit and a water view.
  • Or perhaps "Luxury Suite With Amazing View" is more your style. Another conveniently located one-bedroom option, this place has a kitchen, a TV and more.

Can I find two-bedroom vacation rentals in or near San Carlos?

It's easy to arrange a wonderful vacation with Vrbo. Whether you want a comfy cottage or a chic apartment, we've got lots of two-bedroom options in or near San Carlos: Here are just a couple of our top choices:

  • With amenities like a kitchen and off-street parking options, "New Charming San Carlos 2bedroom Remodeled" has everything you need for a pleasant stay. Settle in and then head out and explore your surrounds.
  • "New Remodel In A Fantastic Neighborhood" is another popular two-bedroom property in the San Carlos area. It features convenient amenities like a kitchen and a garden.