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Cooking up a Bay Area adventure from Castro Valley

Castro Valley vacation rentals come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it's a cozy two-person apartment near the coffeeshops and malls, or a complete villa with Spanish style and a large pool for the whole family, you're bound to find something to suit. But the wealth of places to stay is just the beginning. This sleepy cutout of the Bay Area is also perfectly located for attractions like the Oakland Zoo and the pretty parks of the San Leandro Hills. It's also got direct links on the BART network to San Francisco, where the likes of Alcatraz and Chinatown await.

Things to do

Castro Valley connects to SF

Hop on the BART train lines and rattle your way right across the Bay Area to join the fun in San Francisco – it really is that easy to get from the doorstep of your Castro Valley vacation rental to the stomping ground of the Mission District, to tour Alcatraz, munch Pacific seafood down at Fisherman's Wharf, and boggle the mind with masterworks by Duchamp and Rothko in the acclaimed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Closer to home and you'll have the Oakland Zoo, with its swinging baboons and roaring lions.


Loving life in Castro Valley

Castro Valley might not get the same press as the other Bay Area magnets – Oakland, Berkeley, San Fran itself - but therein lies its charm. Local and lived-in, this one's all about hitting a round of 18 on the manicured golf courses or chin-wagging with Cali natives in the coffeeshops. Its nest at the base of the San Leandro Hills is also worth noting. That heralds in pontoon sailing on Lake Chabot, long hikes along tree-lined trails, and visits to rustic wineries.


Spring in your step with Castro Valley vacation rentals

While there's never really any bad time to come and wonder at San Francisco's iconic monuments, you can maximize the chance you'll have warm weather and sun by opting to settle down in a Castro Valley vacation rental during the springtime. The months of April and May are often touted by the locals here as the best of the whole year. That's because 75% of them come with sun, and the temperatures hover pleasantly in the mid-60s. That's perfect for sightseeing, zoo walking, or hitting the vineyards of the San Leandro Hills.

Natural features

Castro Valley – between the hills and the bay

You'll see the ridges of the San Leandro Hills as you cruise up Interstate 880 and into sleepy Castro Valley. Those are the grass-clad mountains that enfold the town, and shroud it as it tumbles down towards the banks of the San Francisco Bay itself. It's up in them that you'll have to venture to discover the wilder side of the town, protected by the boundaries of the Anthony Chabot Regional Park. Expect shimmering boating lakes with pontoon rentals, scented eucalyptus forests, and long hiking tracks that go all the way north to Oakland and the Redwood Regional Park.

How to get there

How to get to and around Castro Valley

The nearest airport is in Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive), located 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), which is 7 mi (11.3 km) away.

Catch a ride on the metro at Castro Valley Station for ease of access to the rest of the city.

Where to stay around Castro Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 475 vacation rentals near Castro Valley. From 267 Houses to 122 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 Castro Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Castro Valley?

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 Castro Valley:

  • Downtown: 617 vacation rentals
  • North Beach: 320 vacation rentals
  • Central San Jose: 201 vacation rentals
  • South of Market: 685 vacation rentals
  • Berkeley Hills: 186 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 Castro Valley?

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

  • Chouinard Vineyards: 755 vacation rentals
  • Westover Winery: 744 vacation rentals
  • Golden Tee Golfland: 1,426 vacation rentals
  • Stanford University: 596 vacation rentals
  • California's Great America: 937 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Castro Valley 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 Castro Valley?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 267 Houses in Castro Valley. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Castro Valley include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 122 rentals available
  • Cottages: 17 rentals available
  • Cabins: 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 Castro Valley?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 71 vacation rentals with pool available in Castro Valley. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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