Destination guide

Explore the picturesque setting in San Rafael

Enjoy the area's festivals, entertainment and art galleries with a rental holiday home in San Rafael. Renowned for its cycling, shopping and restaurants, this city welcomes all visitors. Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. Are you looking for specific amenities for your getaway? Many of our holiday rentals feature full kitchens and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in San Rafael

Are you searching for attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes San Rafael a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Pier 39 (13.1 mi / 21 km)
  • Aquarium of the Bay (13.1 mi / 21.1 km)
  • San Francisco Zoo (16.5 mi / 26.6 km)
  • Peacock Gap Golf Club (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Pacheco Ranch Winery (5.6 mi / 9 km)
  • Stone Tree Golf Club (9 mi / 14.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in San Rafael

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, San Rafael is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Palace of Fine Arts (12.4 mi / 20 km)
  • Twin Peaks (15.9 mi / 25.6 km)
  • Muir Woods (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Angel Island (8.8 mi / 14.2 km)
  • Japanese Tea Garden (14.4 mi / 23.1 km)
  • Golden Gate Park (14.6 mi / 23.5 km)
How to get there

Transport 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 centre. 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 holiday rentals are available around San Rafael?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 581 holiday lettings around San Rafael. From 91 flats & apartments to 339 houses, 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 a mountain-view property in San Rafael?

We all appreciate a room with a view. But if you're craving views that'll have you feeling on top of the world, you'll need to head for the hills. HomeAway has 154 mountain rental properties available. Alternatively, you might like to try a different vibe. HomeAway has loads of options, including:

  • 117 water-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 83 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 82 city-centre holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in San Rafael?

Our house holiday rentals are real properties for real travellers. Offering plenty of space to spread out, they're perfect if you want to experience life like a local. There are 348 houses available on HomeAway. Prices start from £38 a night. Or maybe you'd prefer one of the area's other self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • Apartment: 60 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £58 per night.
  • Cottage: 43 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £91 per night.
  • Condo: 37 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £50 per night.

Can I stay in San Rafael in a large group?

Whether you're embarking on a holiday with the extended family or spending a few nights away with your old school mates, it's always heaps of fun staying in a brand new place together! And the good news is that HomeAway has places that'll suit. 74 house holiday rentals are available. At the moment, they're the preferred option here for large groups. If you are hoping to stay in a large group, the holiday rentals that are suitable for you include:

  • If yours is a group of 6, we offer 103 properties to rent ideal for that size. Spend a night for as little as £111.
  • Require a place for 8 people? We have 65 that will be perfect. The starting price is £115 a night.
  • Planning a trip away with a group of 5? We have 43 holiday rentals that will suit. Prices begin at just £76 a night.

You and the squad will be well looked after when you arrange your San Rafael escape through us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in San Rafael?

HomeAway is here to help you reunite with your nearest and dearest. Offering up a wide range of cost-efficient holiday rentals, you're sure to find a special place that fits the whole group. Country Club has bargain written all over it. And with 13 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £154 a night, it isn't difficult to see why. Another 30 HomeAway holiday rentals are on offer in or around Greenbrae. With an average price of £172 a night, you're sure to grab a deal worth bragging to your friends about.

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