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Explore the San Francisco Bay Area in vacation home rentals

With its iconic crimson bridge, classic cable cars, sparkling bay, and elegant Victorian homes lining its attractive streets, the San Francisco Bay Area is one of California’s gems. Whether you want to explore the California coast or explore diverse cities with electrifying nightlife, vacation home rentals in the San Francisco Bay Area put you right in the heart of the region.

History

Discover history near San Francisco Bay Area vacation homes

The San Francisco Bay Area is filled with unique historic sites and museums celebrating its broad history and culture. Vacation rentals can be found near Alcatraz Island, home to the notorious former prison that’s now a museum, and Chinatown, a historic area with shops, restaurants, and heritage sites of Chinese culture. Coit Tower, a 1930s-era landmark with beautiful murals, panoramic views, and a population of parrots, and the Painted Ladies, an iconic row of historical Victorian homes in a variety of colors, are also popular.

Things to do

San Francisco Bay Area attractions near vacation homes

As a popular traveler destination, the San Francisco Bay Area has an abundance of fun attractions and activities for families, couples, or solo travelers. Vacation homes can be found near the Golden Gate Bridge, an iconic art deco suspension bridge with areas for walking and biking, and Fisherman’s Wharf, a waterfront area with classic seafood shacks and souvenir shops. Golden Gate Park, an urban oasis with gardens, trails, and multiple festivals throughout the year, is popular for hiking, biking, and art lovers. For the city experience, Union Square is an exciting neighborhood with upscale boutiques, restaurants, and bars.

Getting around

Transportation from San Francisco Bay Area vacation homes

Though rental cars, rideshares, and taxis are an option in the San Francisco Bay Area, this region offers tons of transportation choices to make moving through the area quick and convenient. Shuttle services, trains, and buses are available, as well as the iconic San Francisco mode of travel, the cable car. These historic public transit cars run on multiple lines through the city with stops at many major landmarks, allowing you to take in the views along the way. If you prefer, you can also walk or bike from your summer rental to nearby destinations.

Events

Exciting events in the San Francisco Bay Area

It’s a party throughout the year in the San Francisco Bay Area. The biggest events in the area include SF Sketchfest, a two-week comedy festival with sketch and improv troupes in different venues throughout the city, and the celebration of the Lunar New Year, with a Chinese New Year’s parade that includes acrobatic dragons and stiltwalkers. The San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade is one of its biggest draws, which gives the LGBT community and its supporters a chance to don rainbow gear and display their pride with block parties and parades.

Family friendly

Fun near San Francisco Bay Area vacation homes

Children and adults alike will enjoy the numerous attractions and points of interest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Vacation rentals are available near Pier 39, a scenic bayside pier with panoramic views, eateries, seaside shops, arcades, and sea lion sightings, and the Muir Woods National Monument, a picturesque park with giant redwood trees, hiking trails, and recreation areas. The California Academy of Sciences, a museum with interactive science exhibits, an aquarium, and a planetarium, is a wonderful educational attraction for children. For beachside fun, visit the Point Reyes National Seashore, a vast park with hiking trails, sandy beaches, and swimming areas.

Can I find a vacation rental around San Francisco Bay Area?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,099 vacation rentals near San Francisco Bay Area. From 1,872 Houses to 1,435 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the San Francisco Bay Area area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in San Francisco Bay Area?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Francisco Bay Area. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • San Francisco: 1,891 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz: 678 vacation rentals
  • Napa: 970 vacation rentals
  • Sonoma: 937 vacation rentals
  • Bodega Bay: 532 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in San Francisco Bay Area! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in San Francisco Bay Area?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Francisco Bay Area:

  • San Francisco: 1,891 rentals
  • Santa Cruz: 678 rentals
  • Napa: 970 rentals
  • Sonoma: 937 rentals
  • Bodega Bay: 532 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to San Francisco Bay Area?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in San Francisco Bay Area are:

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 2,012 vacation rentals
  • San Rafael, CA (SRF): 1,880 vacation rentals
  • Mineta San José International Airport (SJC): 926 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in San Francisco Bay Area?

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

  • Napa Valley Wine Train: 849 rentals
  • Capitola Beach: 881 rentals
  • Sonoma Plaza: 312 rentals
  • Stanford University: 573 rentals
  • Seacliff State Beach: 573 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Francisco Bay Area listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco
1,891 vacation rentals
Santa Cruz
678 vacation rentals
Napa
970 vacation rentals
Sonoma
937 vacation rentals
Bodega Bay
532 vacation rentals
Sacramento
294 vacation rentals
Stinson Beach
438 vacation rentals
San Jose
895 vacation rentals
Aptos
756 vacation rentals
Sausalito
1,463 vacation rentals
Dillon Beach
223 vacation rentals
Santa Rosa
1,149 vacation rentals
Capitola
640 vacation rentals
Half Moon Bay
456 vacation rentals
Oakland
1,702 vacation rentals
St Helena
594 vacation rentals
Berkeley
1,640 vacation rentals
Watsonville
794 vacation rentals
Guerneville
646 vacation rentals
Palo Alto
589 vacation rentals