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 WiFi. Prices start at $105 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.
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.


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?


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 528 vacation rentals around San Rafael. From 360 house rentals to 85 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to San Rafael?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Rafael:

  • West End: 27 vacation rentals
  • Picnic Valley: 17 vacation rentals
  • Tenderloin: 192 vacation rentals
  • Financial District: 386 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 318 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to San Rafael?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in San Rafael. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Marin County Civic Center Farmers' Market: 1,562 vacation rentals
  • Dominican University of California: 1,619 vacation rentals
  • Mission San Rafael Arcangel: 1,602 vacation rentals
  • Peacock Gap Golf Club: 1,682 vacation rentals
  • San Rafael Pacifics Albert Park: 1,609 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Rafael listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in San Rafael?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 360 Houses in San Rafael. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Rafael include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 85 rentals available
  • Studios: 88 rentals available
  • Cottages: 45 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in San Rafael?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 70 vacation rentals with pool available in San Rafael. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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