Arcata, CA, USA

Arcata, CA, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 201 vacation rentals near Arcata. From 152 houses to 20 cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Arcata for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Bayside charm in a quaint college town

Nestled against the Arcata Bay, scenic Arcata is a pleasant college town, boasting the hallmarks of a bustling city, with a vibrant shopping area, charming neighborhoods, and idyllic scenery worthy of a postcard. The city is also home to Humboldt State University, and almost half of the population is enrolled there. When you book an Arcata vacation rental, you’re in the perfect location to soak up quintessential small-town culture. There’s much to do even if you aren't a student; whether you’re an art lover, a history fanatic, or an avid shopper, you’ll find something special in this charming town.

Vibrant times in scenic Arcata

For lively activity, head straight to Arcata Plaza. It dates back to the 19th century, but today it’s a model example of modern life. Vibrant blossoms accent the town green, while a handsome statue sits in the center. Come here to grab a cup of coffee, catch live music, or attend one of the town’s many festivals. America’s largest Afro-Cuban music and dance class is held annually on the HSU campus. One of the country’s oldest movie theaters is also here. If you booked an Arcata vacation rental with nature in mind, enjoy a self-guided tour and explore the town’s magnificent grounds.

Native history is alive and well in Arcata

Home to more than 2000 exhibits, the Humboldt State University Natural History Museum showcases Native American culture, fossils, and a variety of interactive displays. The Phillips House Museum, meanwhile, is an example of Greek Revival architecture that depicts the life of Arcata residents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Art lovers will appreciate the works on display at the Reese Bullen Gallery and the Native American Arts Gallery, both on the HSU campus. The Sequoia Park Zoo, just 10 minutes outside of Arcata, is a must—dating from 1907, it’s the oldest zoo in the state.

Cool comfort by the foggy bay

Given its proximity to the Humboldt Bay, Arcata remains cool for a good portion of the year. Springtime is a relatively breezy affair, and the waters are especially brisk. Even summer isn't exactly warm—with highs approaching no higher than the low 60s, it remains cool and a bit foggy. Of course, if your Arcata vacation rental is further inland you’ll enjoy warmer temperatures well into the fall. About 50 inches of rain falls per year, with the heaviest downpours occurring in January.

Birds, forests, and beaches stun in Arcata

Located in Humboldt County, Arcata is synonymous with natural beauty and adventure. The Arcata Community Forest is a 620-acre woodland composed of trails, ravines, and hills. Adjacent to the forest is magnificent Redwood Park. If you leave your Arcata vacation rental hoping to swim, Mad River Beach is approximately 5 miles outside of town. Arcata Bay itself boasts a brackish marsh waterfront and is an ideal spot to watch the sunset. It’s home to the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, which boasts an enormous bird population.