Destination guide

Travel to arty San Mateo

The area's festivals and art galleries are just some of the reasons to come on holiday to San Mateo. Renowned for its restaurants, sporting events and shopping, this city welcomes all visitors. Mavericks and Computer History Museum are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or trip with friends, holiday rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.


Activities and attractions in San Mateo

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes San Mateo a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Pier 39 (18.7 mi / 30 km)
  • San Francisco Zoo (16.7 mi / 26.8 km)
  • Aquarium of the Bay (18.6 mi / 30 km)
  • Mariners Point Golf Center (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Poplar Creek Golf Course (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Crystal Springs Golf Course (4.1 mi / 6.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in San Mateo

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in San Mateo. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mavericks (11 mi / 17.7 km)
  • Twin Peaks (15.8 mi / 25.5 km)
  • Shoreline Park (14.6 mi / 23.5 km)
  • Golden Gate Park (17.5 mi / 28.2 km)
  • Japanese Tea Garden (17.6 mi / 28.2 km)
  • Fiesta Meadows Park (0.6 mi / 1 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around San Mateo

The nearest airport is in San Carlos, CA (SQL), located 4 mi (6.4 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), which is 6.3 mi (10.1 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, San Mateo Hayward Park Station, San Mateo Hillsdale Station and San Mateo Station are the main stations in the city.

How many holiday rentals are available around San Mateo?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,699 holiday lettings around San Mateo. From 561 houses to 778 flats & apartments, 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 city-centre property in San Mateo?

Small and soulless hotel rooms are easily forgettable. Living like a local in the central streets of an exciting new city is not. HomeAway has 161 city centre rental properties available. Open to more ideas? HomeAway is brimming with other rental options to investigate, including:

  • 128 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 119 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 108 water-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in San Mateo?

Forget about impersonal hotel rooms. Explore this destination from the comfort and convenience of your very own apartment. You can take your pick from 662 different options on HomeAway. How does £42 a night sound? That's what you could be spending if you don't put it off for too long! Or perhaps you'd rather choose one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • House: 606 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £38 per night.
  • Hotel: 279 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £21 per night.
  • Condo: 166 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £70 per night.

Can I stay in San Mateo in a large group?

It can be tricky finding the time to unwind with your relatives and friends. A holiday is the perfect way to reunite and unwind. If you were hoping to kick back under the same roof, HomeAway has places to suit. Why not check out the 141 house holiday rentals featured here? They're the top choice for large groups of guests. Properties for rent around here that are suitable for large groups include:

  • Searching for rentals that can house 6 guests? We have 538 that will be suitable. Prices start from £42 per night.
  • Keen to find somewhere for 8 people? We have 238 that will be perfect. Prices start from £115 per night.
  • Planning a trip away with 5 guests? We have 196 holiday rentals that fit the bill. Prices start from £99 a night.

You and your crew will be well catered to when you organise your San Mateo getaway with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in San Mateo?

HomeAway is here to help you catch up with your closest friends and family. Offering up a great range of reasonably priced holiday rentals, you're sure to discover a special place that fits the whole group. Beresford Park has bargain written all over it. And with 22 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £192 a night, it's not difficult to see why. Central San Mateo is another place to consider. HomeAway has holiday rentals here, and the average price is around £195 a night.

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