Destination guide

Go completely off the grid in bohemian Bolinas

Perched on Bolinas Bay north of San Francisco, Bolinas defies expectations in notoriously posh Marin County. Famously hard to find thanks to a lack of signage, the town has a reclusive air by choice. It's no surprise that it's long been home to artistic types and counter-culture figures. The drive into town past organic farm stands and eucalyptus groves dotting picturesque Bolinas Lagoon brings you to quaint streets of laid-back cafes, eateries, and surf shops. Formerly a quail refuge, you'll still find the birds roaming among the flowers as surfers head to the shore to catch the perfect wave.

Things to do

From small-town charm to big-city hustle

There's plenty to do without leaving town. Stop and smell the flowers at the Marin-Bolinas Botanical Gardens, or take in some fine art at the Bolinas Museum. Architecture buffs will want to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center. Head south from your Bolinas vacation rental and you'll eventually hit the Golden Gate Bridge and all the sights of San Francisco beyond. Driving northeast for just over an hour will take you past the towering redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument to the world-renowned wine country of Sonoma County and Napa Valley.


You shoul definitely go chasing waterfalls

Picture-perfect cascades are within reach at a Bolinas vacation rental. Hike through the woods to find Cataract Falls, or walk the beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore to get to stunning Alamere Falls, one of two waterfalls in the country that cascade directly onto the beach and into the Pacific Ocean. Plenty of other beaches are also nearby for those who want to hang ten or work on their tans. You can also swim in the tidal pools of Agate Beach, which are chock-full of marine life. Bolinas Lagoon is great for kayaking and canoeing.


Where the weather's as relaxed as the vibe

The mild year-round temperatures might explain the laid-back attitude of Bolinas. With fluctuations of only 20 to 30 degrees year round, you'll never have to worry about extremes. Summers are pleasant, with high temps usually in the 70s and low 80s from June to September, though nights can get chilly, so be sure to pack a light sweater when you're heading to your Bolinas vacation rental. Winter highs are only slightly lower, dropping down to the 50s in the coldest months of December to February. And like any good Northern California coastal town, you'll occasionally see those famous Pacific fogs.

Natural features

Leave the American continent without leaving the country

Very few towns exist west of the infamous San Andreas Fault, but Bolinas is one of them, making it technically part of the Pacific plate. Once a quail refuge, you'll still see plenty of the birds around today. Enveloped on three sides by water thanks to the Pacific Ocean, Bolinas Bay, and Bolinas Lagoon, you'll be surrounded by ample marine life and fragrant eucalyptus groves in the many conservation areas. Marin County is home to everything from waterfalls, to redwood forests, to vineyards, plus the sandy beaches and surf waves California is famous for.

How to get there

How to get to and around Bolinas

The nearest airport is in Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), located 16.7 mi (26.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), which is 27.6 mi (44.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Bolinas?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 438 vacation rentals near Bolinas. From 298 Houses to 51 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bolinas for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bolinas?

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 Bolinas:

  • Fisherman's Wharf: 752 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 647 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 383 vacation rentals
  • Mission District: 602 vacation rentals
  • Union Square: 574 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 Bolinas?

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

  • Bolinas Museum: 1,522 vacation rentals
  • Martin Griffin Preserve: 1,444 vacation rentals
  • Bolinas Beach: 1,525 vacation rentals
  • Moscone Convention Center: 2,249 vacation rentals
  • Ghirardelli Square: 2,205 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bolinas 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 Bolinas?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 298 Houses in Bolinas. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bolinas include:

  • Cabins: 51 rentals available
  • Cottages: 51 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 51 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bolinas?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 61 vacation rentals with pool available in Bolinas. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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