Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in San Marcos 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 private pools. Prices start at $150 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in San Marcos. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Life is "Marvelous" in San Marcos (especially for mermaids)

Perched on the banks of the San Marcos River, the charming small city of San Marcos has the moniker San Marvelous, and for good reason. Just 30 miles south of hip Austin, a San Marcos vacation rental makes a perfect base for exploring Central Texas. Many folk come for its outdoor activities and designer outlet malls, or to peek into Dick's Classic Garage, a cool car museum. And, of course, it's a marvelous place to party. It's host to the annual Hill Country Jazz Festival, Foodstock food festival, and the colorful Mermaid Aqua Faire and parade.

Things to do

Hot rods meet hot rock in San Marcos

From hot rods to muscle cars, San Marcos is a car lover's dream. Visit Dick's Classic Garage Car Museum, a subsidiary of the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History. It's the private collection of Dick Burdick and features 80 classic automobiles, all shiny chrome and pastel paintwork. Home to 1 of the largest shopping malls in the US, the San Marcos Premium Outlets is an attraction in itself. Book a San Marcos vacation rental within easy reach of the mall and you'll never have to struggle far with all those bags. After dark, catch a live music show at the historic Cheatham Street Warehouse.


Shop till you drop in San Marcos

Maybe it's the city's relaxed vibe or just the great year-round weather, but life in San Marcos revolves around the scenic San Marcos River. Book a San Marcos vacation rental close to Rio Vista Park and you'll have all the best outdoor activities right on your doorstep. Play tennis, go kayaking, and have a picnic, or just come for a swim in its cool, clear waters. If you're more into retail therapy than river jumping, then San Marcos is the place for you. It has an abundance of great shopping, from designer malls to outlet stores, so credit cards beware!


Hello sunshine! Welcome to San Marcos

Is there such a thing as too much sun? Not in Texas. Famed for its glorious sunshine, almost all year round, San Marcos makes a great vacation destination. The busiest time of year is during the summer months, from June to August, when the city sees the wealth of visitors. It's hot and humid, but San Marcos vacation rentals have got that covered and come equipped with air-conditioning. The temperature drops a little come fall, along with the humidity, which brings welcome relief. In winter, it's cooler still and the mercury drops to 40-50 degrees, so pack a jacket.

Natural features

Beep beep! Roadrunners run wild in San Marcos

San Marcos is a small city on the banks of the San Marcos River, a 30-mile drive south of Austin. North of Downtown is Spring Lake Preserve, part of 5 natural areas in San Marcos, each with their own personality. Perched above the headwaters of the river, Spring Lake Preserve is a woodland area studded with oak trees and Mountain Laurel. There are various trails suitable for both hikers and more leisurely walkers, where you can spot roadrunners, grey foxes, and porcupines. It's also a popular spot for fans of our feathered friends, who might get to see the protected golden-cheeked warbler.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around San Marcos

The nearest airport is in Austin, TX (AUS-Austin-Bergstrom Intl.), located 27.5 mi (44.3 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, you can make your way to San Marcos Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around San Marcos?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 640 vacation rentals around San Marcos. From 415 house rentals to 72 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.