Castro Valley, CA, USA

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Castro Valley, CA, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.