Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Arcata

Fly into Eureka, CA (ACV-Arcata - Eureka), the closest airport, located 9.1 mi (14.7 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Arcata?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 230 vacation rentals near Arcata. From 151 Houses to 36 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.

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

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

  • Humboldt State University: 251 vacation rentals
  • Baywood Golf And Country Club: 241 vacation rentals
  • Humboldt State University Natural History Museum: 250 vacation rentals
  • Finnish Country Sauna & Tubs: 252 vacation rentals
  • Arcata Theatre Lounge: 251 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 151 Houses in Arcata. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Arcata include:

  • Cottages: 36 rentals available
  • Cabins: 36 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 36 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Arcata?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2 vacation rentals with pool available in Arcata. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.