Destination guide

San Leandro oozes suburban charm

San Leandro isn't just the gateway to the departure halls of the Oakland International Airport. It's also a pretty little section of the San Francisco Bay Area, known for its verdant recreational spaces, long history, quaint lighthouses, squiggling bicycle lanes, and down-to-earth suburban character. With great connections to downtown Oakland, beautiful views over Heron Bay, and oodles of classy San Leandro vacation rentals on the line up, it might just be hard to refuse a stint in this intriguing corner of Northern California.

Things to do

Birds and biking in San Leandro

San Leandro might not have the world-famous attractions of its big brother across the San Francisco Bay, but it does have its own share of cerebral, off-beat draws. Make a beeline straight for the Oyster Bay Shoreline to watch as hulking airplanes descend onto the runways of Oakland International Airport, or to join the Bay Trail as it weaves south from Oakland central. Meanwhile, biking paths extend all the way from the heart of the town to the Lake Chabot Regional Park, and Oakland Zoo is just a stone's throw from the city with its swinging chimps and hulking African elephants.


Rest and recreation in San Leandro

It's all about chilled living and enjoying the suburban character of the San Francisco Bay Area in San Leandro, which is precisely why most travelers here will find themselves enjoying long days of bird watching on the edge of the Pacific coast, hiking local reserves, boating on nearby lakes, or simply flitting between the quaint teahouses of the central streets. Festivals also sometimes pop up in earnest, from the Vietnamese New Year in winter to the Cherry Festival that matches with the fruit harvest in June.


Consider a summer in San Leandro

While all the vacation digs in the famous boho districts of Oakland and San Fran fill to bursting in the summer months, San Leandro vacation rentals remain abundant and affordable. That means that even as the pleasant, warm days between June and August set in over the Bay Area, you should still be able to find the perfect base for the whole family to explore the treasures of Lake Chabot, the Oyster Shoreline, the theaters of Oakland, and the haunting interiors of Alcatraz Island.

Natural features

San Leandro is the gateway to the East Bay region

Nestled just south of Oakland city and right next to Oakland International Airport, there's arguably nowhere that fits the bill of the gateway to the East Bay region better than San Leandro. Of course, that brings the wetland stretches of the Oyster Shoreline and the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge to the fore, but also the rising hills of the Anthony Chabot Regional Park. Those gradually turn from bucolic sylvan valleys to rugged, serrated peaks over on the Las Trampas Wilderness, hosting vultures, waterfalls, and bull pastures.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around San Leandro

Fly into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.3 mi (5.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive), which is 3.6 mi (5.8 km) away.

Walk to nearby metro transportation at San Leandro Station or Bay Fair Station and easily see more of the city.

Where to stay around San Leandro?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,988 vacation rentals near San Leandro. From 730 Houses to 970 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 Leandro for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to San Leandro?

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 San Leandro:

  • Fisherman's Wharf: 750 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 640 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 397 vacation rentals
  • Mission District: 602 vacation rentals
  • Union Square: 578 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 San Leandro?

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

  • Monarch Bay Golf Club: 2,076 vacation rentals
  • Stanford University: 618 vacation rentals
  • Miramar Beach: 841 vacation rentals
  • Moscone Convention Center: 2,230 vacation rentals
  • University of California, Berkeley: 2,078 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 730 Houses in San Leandro. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Leandro include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 970 rentals available
  • Cottages: 55 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 55 rentals available

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

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

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 251 vacation rentals with pool available in San Leandro. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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