Destination guide

Explore the Bay Area's scenic artists' enclave

Tucked along the Carquinez Strait north of San Francisco, artsy and romantic Benicia is one of Northern California's true gems. Once the state capital (from 1853-1854), today the intriguing city is home to one of the Bay Area's most active art communities. Dotted with art glass studios and bohemian artist enclaves, the laid-back town attracts visitors young and old to its beautiful waterfront shops, cafes, and restaurants. A centrally located Benicia vacation rental is a perfect base for strolling the town's relaxed streets. Just be sure to leave room in your suitcase for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Things to do

History meets art in a waterfront wonderland

The city's top draw is its scenic waterfront promenade, overlooking the impressive Carquinez Strait. In addition to galleries and restaurants, outdoor enthusiasts will find three waterfront parks, including the Benicia State Recreation Area. Unleash your inner child on the slides of Waterworld California, or stop to smell the flowers at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Art lovers and history buffs alike will want to visit the Arsenal, a former Army installment from 1860 that today houses historic landmark buildings alongside a thriving bohemian artist scene.

Activities

A world of glass, from the beachfronts to the storefronts

Everywhere you turn, you'll find glittering glass at your fingertips in Benicia. Unique in a state known for its beaches, Glass Beach is unusually rich in sea glass, making for great natural souvenirs. For a more formal glass keepsake, head to one of the countless art glass boutiques and antique shops that line historic First Street. There's plenty more shopping to be done in the renowned art district. The picturesque waterfront has several top-notch restaurants and spas, plus water activities like kayaking and fishing. For the bikers in the group, part of the famous San Francisco Bay Trail passes through downtown.

Weather

Leave the snow behind, but pack a sweater just in case

Whether you opt for a Benicia vacation rental in summer or winter, you'll be met with moderate weather and comfortable temperatures. Summers are dry and warm, with the warmest months of June to August seeing high temperatures in the 80s, though the cool ocean breezes may make you want to bundle up at night. Winters are mild, with the coldest months of December to February still seeing highs in the 50s. January is the wettest month, so be sure to pack your umbrella. Don't be surprised if you occasionally see a glimpse of that famous Bay Area fog.

Natural features

A natural paradise of grass and glass

Fresh ocean breezes will envelop your Benicia vacation rental, whether you opt for a waterfront home overlooking Carquinez Strait or venture further afield to the grassy hillsides and rocky coast. Grizzly Island Wildlife Area is home to salt grass marshes, wildlife, and over 2 miles of paths for biking, running, and horseback riding. The coast's rocky outcroppings make for some serene fishing, or may just be the perfect place to enjoy the crashing waves and some killer sunsets. No visit to Benicia would be complete without a day scrounging for colorful sea glass at Glass Beach.

How to get there

How to get to and around Benicia

The nearest airport is in Concord, CA (CCR-Buchanan Field), located 7.2 mi (11.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), which is 13.1 mi (21.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Benicia?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 626 vacation rentals near Benicia. From 329 Houses to 35 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Benicia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Benicia:

  • Fisherman's Wharf: 765 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 657 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 387 vacation rentals
  • Mission District: 611 vacation rentals
  • Union Square: 584 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 Benicia?

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

  • Benicia Clock Tower: 776 vacation rentals
  • Benicia Arsenal Post Cemetery: 801 vacation rentals
  • Benicia State Recreation Area: 923 vacation rentals
  • Benicia Historical Museum: 788 vacation rentals
  • Benicia Fire Museum: 822 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 329 Houses in Benicia. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Benicia include:

  • Cottages: 35 rentals available
  • Cabins: 35 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 180 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Benicia?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 62 vacation rentals with pool available in Benicia. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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