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

Small town charm close to San Fran

From its 19th century Spanish Catholic mission to the legendary Skywalker Ranch, San Rafael is full of contrasts. It's the oldest settlement in California's Marin County which means there's plenty of history to discover. Whether you want to people watch in breezy City Plaza, hit the beach at China Camp State Park, or eat your way through one of California's best farmers' markets, San Rafael is an enticing slice of the Golden State. San Francisco sits just 20 miles to the south means you can tick off iconic attractions like Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Bridge, and more.

Things to do

George Lucas meets the Golden State

Founded in 1817, the Mission San Rafael Arcangel once served as an infirmary for Native Americans. Today you can stroll around the reconstructed chapel, visit the pint-sized gift store, or enjoy a spell under the shade of a palm tree. For Star Wars fans, Skywalker Ranch is a no brainer. While it doesn't offer public tours, you can always stop to snap a selfie at the entrance gate. Just don't forget your lightsaber. You might not be able to stay on Skywalker Ranch, but with San Rafael vacation rentals you can unlock access to a host of rural properties.

Activities

Eat your way through San Rafael_s Sunday market

Lined with quirky cafes, cozy sangria bars, and colorful taco joints, 4th Street is San Rafael's main thoroughfare. Every Sunday, the Civic Center hosts the Marin Farmers' Market, which attracts vendors from across California. It goes ahead rain or shine and is one of the state's best places to pick up luscious fruit, local honey, fresh baked breads, handmade cheeses, and everything in-between. You'll probably leave with a bounty, so why not take advantage of self-contained San Rafael vacation rentals and cook up your very own farm-to-table feast?

Weather

Bayside summers in San Rafael

San Rafael swelters during the summer, when temperatures creep well into the 80s. It's a great time to visit the Bay Area, with vacationers flocking to enjoy the sunshine. The town gets particularly busy from Labor Day to Memorial Day and is eternally popular with travelers in search of an alternative to pricey San Francisco. Fall and winter can bring heavy rain and occasional frosts which means crowds taper off. If you're not planning on hiking or swimming, October to March can be a great time to enjoy a relaxed vacation in the Golden State.

Natural features

Discover state parks in San Rafael

From its lush rolling farmlands to its coastal marshes, San Rafael is a picturesque slice of the San Francisco Bay Area. If you're dreaming of rest and relaxation why not escape to the Californian countryside with San Rafael vacation rentals? While the sprawling Golden Gate National Recreation Area is just 10 miles to the south, most locals prefer China Camp State Park. It was once home to a Chinese shrimp fishing village, though today you'll find grassy picnic spots, family-friendly hiking trails, and sandy beaches that are perfect for swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

How to get there

Transportation to and around San Rafael

Fly into Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), the closest airport, located 11.8 mi (18.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), which is 21.9 mi (35.2 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around San Rafael, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 564 vacation rentals around San Rafael. From 328 house rentals to 92 condo and apartment 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 mountain-view property in San Rafael?

Nestle yourself and your loved ones high in the hills and prepare for breathtaking sunrises, celestial stargazing and loads of fresh air. Vrbo has 154 mountain vacation rentals available. Alternatively, you may like to try another type of setting. Vrbo has countless rental options to choose from, including:

  • 117 water-view vacation rentals.
  • 83 seaside vacation rentals.
  • 82 city-center vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in San Rafael?

If you want to have an authentic local experience and don't feel like sharing space with strangers this time round, renting an entire house is the way to go. There are 348 houses currently available on Vrbo. Prices start at $49 per night. Or perhaps you'd rather one of the area's other sought-after property types, like:

  • Apartment: 60 vacation homes. Prices start from $75 per night.
  • Cottage: 43 vacation homes. Prices start from $118 per night.
  • Condo: 37 vacation homes. Prices start from $65 per night.

Can I stay in San Rafael in a large group?

Vacations with your friends and loved ones can be oodles of fun, especially when you're staying under the same roof in an amazing new place! If you're visiting with a large group, Vrbo can help. The most popular choice for larger groups here are house vacation homes, and you'll find 74 available. Rental properties around this area that are just right for bigger groups include:

  • Searching for vacation homes that can sleep 6 people? We have 103 that will be ideal. The prices start from $145 per night.
  • Require a place for 8 people? We have 65 that will suit. You can book one for as little as $150 per night.
  • Searching for places for rent suitable for 5 guests? You'll be thrilled to hear we have 43 that will fit the bill. You can get one for as little as $99 a night.

You and all your buddies will be in good hands when you arrange your San Rafael adventure through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in San Rafael?

Vrbo has a variety of excellent budget-friendly rentals. Treat your loved ones to an extravagant night out or extend your vacation with the money leftover. Country Club is a bargain-hunter's dream. And with 13 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $201 a night, you can see why. There are another 30 Vrbo rentals waiting to be booked in or around Greenbrae. The average price here is $224 a night.

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