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San Francisco offers a slice of Mexican coastal life

Nestled on Mexico's sun-kissed central Pacific coast, less than an hour by car from the cosmopolitan resort town of Puerto Vallerta, San Francisco offers an altogether more tranquil ambience than its internationally-renowned neighbor. Also commonly known as San Pancho, this once-sleepy fishing village occupies an idyllic spot, with a stretch of beach on one side, and the lush, expansive Sierra de Vallejo Biosphere Reserve on the other. A laid-pack pace of life prevails, but dynamic dining, music and arts scenes ensure that there's never a dull moment. San Francisco vacation rentals range from cozy condos to opulent beachfront estates.

Things to do

Art and architecture around San Francisco

You'll find plenty of enthralling attractions within easy reach of your San Francisco vacation rental. The town is scattered with independent galleries and artisan stores such as Luna Layne, where you can peruse and purchase colorful folk art, ceramics and textiles inspired by local traditions and landscapes. Meanwhile, architecture and design buffs should set aside some time to explore nearby Puerto Vallarta. Here, you'll find the dazzling Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with its ornate bell tower, topped with a giant crown. Such established landmarks stand proudly alongside more recent additions to the skyline, like the futuristic Los Muertos pier, with its giant, sail-shaped centerpiece.

Activities

Sensational surfing in San Francisco

Once you've set foot on San Francisco's palm-fringed, soft white-sand beach, you might find it hard to tear yourself away. Even at its busiest, you're sure to find a peaceful spot to yourself. Its crashing waves offer prime conditions for thrill-seeking surfers, although beginners may be better off tackling the gentler waters of nearby Sayulita. The town also boasts a scenic seafront golf course. However you choose to spend your day, make sure you're back on the beach in time for sunset, when the sky often turns a breathtaking shade of deep red.

Weather

Scorching sunshine in San Francisco

San Francisco is blessed with a tropical climate, ensuring consistently warm weather all year round. San Francisco vacation rentals are in particularly high demand from December to February, when rainfall is low and vacationers flee chillier climes in the northern hemisphere for some much-needed winter sunshine. March and April are also lovely months to visit, with plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies. If you're visiting between June and September, heavy rainfall is probable, although this tends to be concentrated in dramatic downpours, so you'll also most likely enjoy plenty of dry spells.

Natural features

Jungle jaunts around San Francisco

San Francisco is sure to captivate wildlife and nature lovers of all persuasions. The crystal-clear local waters are home to thriving coral reefs, schools of tropical fish and mesmerizing marine mammals like dolphins and sea lions. Inland, the Sierra de Vallejo State Biosphere Reserve is a breathtaking tropical mountain range and the ideal spot for a jungle adventure. As you hike through its lush forests, you might catch a glimpse of some of the local residents, such as wild boars, multi-colored parrots or even elusive jaguars.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around San Francisco

The nearest airport is in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco (PVR-Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Intl.), located 18.2 mi (29.3 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around San Francisco?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 488 vacation rentals near San Francisco. From 234 Houses to 88 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near San Francisco for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to San Francisco?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Francisco:

  • Hotel Zone: 672 vacation rentals
  • Romantic Zone: 1,866 vacation rentals
  • Grand Mayan: 485 vacation rentals
  • Marina Vallarta: 418 vacation rentals
  • Flamingos: 745 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to San Francisco?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in San Francisco. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Las Huertas Golf Club: 3,291 vacation rentals
  • Nayar Vidanta Golf: 4,931 vacation rentals
  • Bay of Banderas: 5,989 vacation rentals
  • Sayulita Square: 3,474 vacation rentals
  • Playa Bucerias: 3,339 vacation rentals

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

Can I rent Houses in San Francisco?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 234 Houses in San Francisco. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Francisco include:

  • Villas: 88 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 87 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 17 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in San Francisco?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 347 vacation rentals with pool available in San Francisco. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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