Destination guide

Choose a vacation rental for your San Mateo getaway

Learn about the unique charm of San Mateo with a stay in a private vacation home. You'll find plenty to explore during your stay in the area. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.


Sightseeing in and around San Mateo

Do you want to find attractions to see in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes San Mateo a fun place to get away. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Turu Ba Ri Nature & Adventure Park (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Hacienda las Agujas (16.2 mi / 26 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of San Mateo

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, San Mateo is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Turu Ba Ri Nature & Adventure Park (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Carara National Park (11.9 mi / 19.2 km)
  • Puntarenas Beach (17.9 mi / 28.8 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around San Mateo

The nearest airport is in San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.), located 22.4 mi (36 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.), which is 26.5 mi (42.6 km) away.

Where to stay around San Mateo?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 132 vacation rentals near San Mateo. From 71 Houses to 12 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 San Mateo for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Canopy Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park: 1,147 vacation rentals
  • Puntarenas Pier: 79 vacation rentals
  • Carara Biological Reserve: 1,145 vacation rentals
  • Hacienda las Agujas: 1,154 vacation rentals
  • San Ramon Nonato Church: 207 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Mateo 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 Mateo?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 71 Houses in San Mateo. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Mateo include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 12 rentals available
  • Villas: 26 rentals available
  • Cabins: 10 rentals available

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

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

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 86 vacation rentals with pool available in San Mateo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.