Destination guide

Due South, that's the way I'm goin'...

Let's get this straight right from the start. South San Francisco isn't the southern part of San Francisco. In fact, they're not even connected together. South San Francisco is a distinct city all of its own, and what's more, a South San Francisco vacation rental is the best discovery you're going to make this year. You're 15 minutes from Downtown San Francisco, yet the vibe is gentle and suburban, and those hard-earned bucks go a whole lot further. Not only that, but you're ideally located for the airport, the state reservations, and the beaches too. What's not to love?

Things to do

Are you Eastwood, Connery or Jackman?

Any South San Francisco vacation rental is going to be focused around excursions. And right at the top of that list is going to be... wait, which one to pick? The Golden Gate Bridge and Park are totally iconic, but so is Alcatraz, and which movie you try and reenact when you get there will probably be a pretty good indicator of what generation you belong to. After that, you've got any number of museums, theaters, and galleries, with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) being among the most popular.


Time to get industrious about that San Francisco vacation

There's one way above all others that you know you're in "South City," as the locals call it. It's the massive white hillside sign proclaiming "South San Francisco the industrial city." These days South City is all about good food (especially Mexican and Italian), shopping, and being in the best-connected city in the area. Many vacationers will focus on San Francisco to the north, but head west and you'll find yourself among sprawling recreation areas and awesome beaches, with whale watching at Gray Whale Cove. Just keep those binoculars trained out to sea and not on the unofficial "clothing optional" beach.


That mischievous old Pacific Ocean

The Bay Area is a sweet place to be at any time of year, and a South San Francisco vacation rental is no exception. It'll set you up with the warm, dry summers of California dreams, and while the winters can be a bit cooler and wetter, it's all relative if you've come from pretty much anywhere else. One thing to remember is you're down by the Pacific, which likes to mess with the weather just a little. You can thank it for the breeze that keeps you cool in the summers, but also for that unwelcome summer fog that sometimes creeps in.

Natural features

It's a whale of a vacation in South San Francisco

South San Francisco is on the San Francisco Peninsula, in the San Francisco Bay Area. To the east is the bay itself, while over to the west is the long, thin city of Pacifica, and the Pacific coast, beloved of surfers, sun-worshippers, and whale-watchers. A lot of the west part of the peninsula is covered with state recreation areas in the hilly country. Birdlife and marine life abound round here. There are seals, porpoises, and dolphins about, but of course the biggest hitters are the whales. The humpbacks are the stars of the show, and sometimes they even find their way into the bay.

How to get there

How to get to and around South San Francisco

The nearest airport is in San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), located 3.1 mi (5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), which is 11.9 mi (19.1 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is South San Francisco Station. Catch a ride on the metro at South San Francisco Metro Station to easily navigate the city.

How many vacation rentals are available around South San Francisco, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,132 vacation rentals around South San Francisco. From 341 house rentals to 644 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 water-view property in South San Francisco?

There's something incredibly soothing about being next to a body of water. If that sounds like your perfect vacation, you're in luck! Vrbo has 126 vacation rentals with waterfront views in this destination. Alternatively, you might like to try another type of setting. Vrbo has plenty of rental properties to choose from, including:

  • 125 city-center vacation rentals.
  • 102 seaside vacation rentals.
  • 91 ocean-view vacation rentals.

Can I rent an apartment in South San Francisco?

Unpack your suitcase, soak up the view and turn the kettle on. If you want a place with all the conveniences of home, an apartment rental is an awesome way to go. Vrbo has 526 for you to browse through here. If you get in early, you could be spending as little as $55 per night. If that doesn't agree with your crew's taste, we've got a range of different rental options to pick from, such as:

  • House: 337 vacation homes. Prices start from $55 per night.
  • Condo: 148 vacation homes. Prices start from $64 per night.
  • Hotel: 144 vacation homes. Prices start from $31 per night.

Can I stay in South San Francisco in a large group?

Whether you're embarking on a getaway with the whole family or spending a week away with your old school friends, it's always heaps of fun being in a new place together! The good news is that Vrbo has places to suit. 84 house vacation homes are ready to be booked. Presently, they're the most popular option here for sizeable groups. Properties for rent in this area that can house large groups include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we offer 177 vacation homes perfect for that size. Spend a night from just $55.
  • If you have 5 in your party, you'll be pleased to learn that there are 72 vacation homes that are suitable. You can book one for as little as $110 per night.
  • Searching for properties for rent to suit 8 guests? You'll be pleased to find out we have 72 that will fit the bill. You can bag one for as little as $172 per night.

So never fear! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your uncle, your grandpa and all your besties to South San Francisco.

Where are the cheapest rentals in South San Francisco?

Show the door to soulless chain-hotel rooms! Enjoy the charm of living like a local in a great value rental instead. Get a load of the fabulous options that can be booked now on Vrbo. When it comes to seeking out a fantastic deal, your first stop should be The East Side. Here, Vrbo has 14 rentals at an average price of $194 a night. Another 22 Vrbo rentals are on offer in or around Downtown. With an average price of $203 per night, you're sure to grab a deal worth boasting to your friends about.

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