Destination guide

Take in the lakeside beauty of San Marcos

Enjoy the live music and other features of San Marcos. Travellers to this relaxing city praise the lake, restaurants and beaches. Legoland California and Carlsbad Premium Outlets are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.


Activities and attractions in and around San Marcos

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes San Marcos a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Legoland California (8.7 mi / 13.9 km)
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park (9.9 mi / 15.9 km)
  • Ferrara Winery (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • The Crossings at Carlsbad (8.3 mi / 13.4 km)
  • Orfila Vineyard and Winery (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Sealife Aquarium (8.8 mi / 14.1 km)

Seasonal weather in San Marcos

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, August, September, July and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 31°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in San Marcos

Travellers love San Marcos for its panoramic lake views and pristine beaches. Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, San Marcos is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center (8.7 mi / 13.9 km)
  • San Diego Botanic Garden (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Flower Fields of Carlsbad (9.3 mi / 14.9 km)
  • Carlsbad Lagoon (9.8 mi / 15.7 km)
  • Encinitas Community Park (10.2 mi / 16.4 km)
  • Moonlight State Beach (10.3 mi / 16.6 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around San Marcos

Fly into Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), the closest airport, located 6.6 mi (10.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 23 mi (37 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around San Marcos?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,178 holiday lettings around San Marcos. From 950 flats & apartments to 66 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent an ocean-view property in San Marcos?

If you're all about ocean views and the sound of lapping waves, you're in luck! HomeAway has 883 holiday homes by the beach. Alternatively, you might be interested in trying a different sort of holiday setting. HomeAway has no lack of properties to pick from, including:

  • 827 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 674 beach-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 563 beachfront holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a condo in San Marcos?

If the thought of bunking up with eight strangers in a room with a shared bathroom doesn't excite you, you'll have plenty of space to spread out and do your thing in a condo. In this destination, HomeAway has 868 of these properties. Book right now and you could part with as little as £41 per night. Or maybe you'd prefer one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • House: 833 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £32 per night.
  • Townhome: 125 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £60 per night.
  • Apartment: 116 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £50 per night.

Can I stay in San Marcos in a large group?

There's nothing better than being somewhere entirely new with friends and family. And the good news is HomeAway has places to suit large groups. The most popular option for larger groups here are condo holiday rentals, and there are 281 available. In this area, the rental properties that are suitable for large groups of people include:

  • Are you looking for places that can fit 6 of you? We have 573 that will be ideal. Prices begin from just £59 per night.
  • Need a holiday property for 5 guests? We have 246 that will serve you well. Prices start from £60 a night.
  • Going away with 8 guests? We've got 224 rental properties that will be perfect. Prices start from £90 a night.

You and your crew will be well catered to when you book your San Marcos travels with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in San Marcos?

Pint-sized hotel rooms are no place to spend your precious holiday moments! Uncover our budget-friendly holiday rentals now and make sure everybody in your group has enough room to move. When it comes to looking for a fantastic deal, your first port of call should be Townsite. Here, HomeAway has 709 holiday rentals at an average price of £202 a night. There are another 232 HomeAway holiday rentals waiting to be booked in or around Windansea Community. The average price here is £257 a night.

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