Destination guide

An island vacation in Alameda

Discover a wealth of West Coast fun in Alameda, an island getaway packed with family-friendly activities and tons of local history. San Francisco and Oakland are just a short drive away, so you’ll never run out of parks and trails to explore, tasty international dishes to savor, and insightful cultural sites to visit. After you locate your ideal Alameda vacation rental, you’ll find that the little island is the perfect escape from the neighboring big cities, whether you prefer to spend your days building sandcastles and learning to windsurf, or digging into the city’s aviation legacy at former military sites.

Things to do

Flying high in Alameda

Once the site of a United States Naval Air Station, Alameda preserves its military legacy at fascinating museums. The USS Hornet, a National Historic Landmark that served in World War II, has a Sea, Air and Space Museum located on the ship and more than a dozen historic aircrafts on display. Thrill seekers can try out the flight simulators, while kids will enjoy dressing up as sailors and learning to tie knots in an activity space. Close by, the Alameda Naval Air Museum tells the story of the former air station through a collection of photos, archived newspapers, model planes, and old uniforms and badges.


Swim and surf in Alameda

With the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean beckoning, there are endless options for enjoying the sand and sea near Alameda, but you don’t have to leave the island for a fun beach day. Pack a picnic lunch and bring the family down to Crown Memorial State Beach, where you’ll find sand dunes and shallow, warm water perfect for swimming. Water sports like windsurfing and kiteboarding are popular here too, and in summer you can take lessons and rent boards to practice on. Bring your buckets and shovels if you plan to visit in June, when an annual sandcastle-building contest crowns the best creations.


Beautiful days in Alameda

This part of California has pretty mild weather in every season, with comfortable daytime temperatures that typically call for no more than a light jacket, even in the winter months. Look for an Alameda vacation rental with a hot tub or fireplace to enjoy cool evenings year-round. Summer is the dry season, so you’ll have more opportunities to fly kites on the beach, bike the trails at nearby parks, or take a whale-watching boat tour. You’ll find that different whale species migrate through during different seasons, though, so you won’t miss out on the experience even if you come in winter.

Natural features

Alameda marine life encounters

The waters around Alameda Island are a great place to view sea creatures, like the gray, blue, and humpback whales that pass by the San Francisco Bay area. For even more wildlife encounters, head to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which has more than 2,000 animal and plant species in several different ecosystems. There are miles of paths to explore and plenty of land critters to see, but don’t forget to look along the coast for harbor seals, sea otters, and porpoises. Alameda vacation rentals are in a great central location for discovering the park, which is spread out over 3 counties across the bay.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Alameda

Fly into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), the closest airport, located 4 mi (6.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive), which is 9.9 mi (15.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Alameda?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 869 vacation rentals near Alameda. From 291 Houses to 438 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Alameda for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Alameda:

  • West Alameda: 22 vacation rentals
  • East End: 24 vacation rentals
  • Fisherman's Wharf: 753 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 647 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 382 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 Alameda?

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

  • Crab Cove Visitor Center: 2,172 vacation rentals
  • Alameda Museum: 2,121 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Pinball Museum: 2,177 vacation rentals
  • Altarena Playhouse: 2,113 vacation rentals
  • Alameda Naval Air Museum: 2,189 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 291 Houses in Alameda. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Alameda include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 438 rentals available
  • Cottages: 35 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 35 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 Alameda?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 78 vacation rentals with pool available in Alameda. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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