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 highlights

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.

Where to stay near San Rafael?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 555 holiday rentals near San Rafael. From 353 Houses to 46 Cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near San Rafael for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to San Rafael?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in San Rafael:

  • Picnic Valley: 15 holiday homes
  • West End: 19 holiday homes
  • Country Club: 16 holiday homes
  • Gerstle Park: 1,893 holiday homes
  • Ashbury Heights: 159 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to San Rafael?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in San Rafael. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Mission San Rafael Arcangel: 1,884 holiday rentals
  • Gerstle Park: 1,893 holiday rentals
  • Marin History Museum: 1,896 holiday rentals
  • Falkirk Cultural Center: 1,889 holiday rentals
  • Marin Bocce Federation: 1,896 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Rafael listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in San Rafael?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 353 Houses in San Rafael. Our other popular types of San Rafael holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 46 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 77 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 46 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in San Rafael?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 93 holiday homes with pool available in San Rafael. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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