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Do you know the way to San Jose? Now you do!

As Northern California's largest metropolis, the bustling big city of San Jose offers up a little bit of everything for everyone. Set in the heart of Silicon Valley, the city is known for its booming high-tech industry and a downtown area that's home to major museums, sports venues, and shopping districts. Nestled at the base of lush green rolling hills and at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, San Jose also features a host of outdoor recreational activities. No matter what time of year you book your San Jose vacation rental, you're sure to create memories to last a lifetime.

Things to do

Spanning the ages: from ancient worlds to modern times

Gadget junkies will love the Tech Museum of Innovation, where you can do everything from designing robots to creating code. Little ones can learn all about the world of science, nature, and technology at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. For those who are anything but tech-savvy, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum lets you step back in time with exhibits that highlight ancient Egyptian artifacts. Want to connect with nature? Take a stroll through the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, home to more than 3,500 fragrant shrubs, or watch wildlife at play at the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.


From shopping to sharks, San Jose has it all

Shopaholics will have a field day at Santana Row, an entertainment complex lined with boutique shops and chain stores. To complete any pampering session, the 42-acre district also features spas, salons, and upscale restaurants. Downtown San Jose bustles with activity throughout the year, including an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter, free concerts during the summer, and a weekly farmers' market from May through November. Book a San Jose vacation rental and sports enthusiasts in your party can take in a game at the SAP Center, home ice to San Jose's National Hockey League team, the Sharks.


California dreaming in the San Jose sunshine

Book a San Jose vacation rental and there's a good chance you'll get to soak up some rays as the city sees 300-plus days of annual sunshine. Summers in the city are warm but comfortable with highs in the low 80s. Unlike most of the Bay Area, San Jose receives little rain, totaling only about 16 inches a year. When rain does fall, it usually occurs between November and April, with January and February being the wettest months. Winters are mild with daytime temperatures in the high 50s, while spring and fall temperatures fluctuate between the 60s and 70s.

Natural features

From bright lights to wilderness: making the move to nature

San Jose may be a bustling metropolis, but you don't have to go far to lose yourself in nature. The city is surrounded by mountains and hills on 3 sides. Measuring 4,265 feet, Mount Hamilton is just an hour from downtown San Jose, and offers sweeping views of the Santa Clara Valley. If you're lucky, you'll spot the elk and golden eagles that call the mountain home. For a watery landscape, explore the wetlands along the San Francisco Bay, or walk the trails alongside the Guadalupe River, which flows through the heart of downtown San Jose.

How to get there

Transportation to and around San Jose

The nearest airport is in San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), located 3.1 mi (5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview), which is 4 mi (6.5 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to San Jose Diridon Station or San Jose College Park Station to see more of the city. It's easy to get around San Jose by catching a ride on the metro at Santa Clara Station, St James Station or San Antonio Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around San Jose?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 895 vacation rentals near San Jose. From 429 Houses to 312 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 Jose for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Jose:

  • Edenvale: 23 vacation rentals
  • North San Jose: 133 vacation rentals
  • East San Jose: 38 vacation rentals
  • Willow Glen: 189 vacation rentals
  • South San Jose: 50 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 Jose?

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

  • Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Mall: 942 vacation rentals
  • Silicon Valley University: 890 vacation rentals
  • SAP Center at San Jose: 891 vacation rentals
  • San Jose Convention Center: 861 vacation rentals
  • Santana Row Shopping Center: 945 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 429 Houses in San Jose. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Jose include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 312 rentals available
  • Villas: 9 rentals available
  • Cottages: 29 rentals available

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

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

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 213 vacation rentals with pool available in San Jose. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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