Destination guide

Sightseeing and outdoor fun in Larkspur

Across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, just north of Sausalito, the historic town of Larkspur welcomes visitors who come to explore the forested hillsides, sandy beaches and historic towns in beautiful Marin County. Larkspur vacation rentals range from luxurious contemporary creek-side cottages to comfortable family homes hidden among redwood trees. You can explore the attractive boutiques, historic buildings and farm-to-table restaurants in downtown Larkspur, then hike or bike through flower-filled chaparral and giant redwood forests. Head to the coast at sandy Stinson Beach or charming Sausalito, or catch the ferry to explore the sights and sounds of San Francisco and the Bay area.

Things to do

Larkspur's local attractions

At the headwaters of Larkspur Creek, the Baltimore Canyon preserve offers forested hiking and biking trails and a cascading waterfall. The historic former quarry building also houses a romantic restaurant. Architecture buffs will be rewarded if they make the 15-minute drive north to San Rafael. It's home to the Marin County Civic Center – the largest public project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A little further north, around 40 miles from Larkspur vacation rentals, you can pick up the Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley wine trails and spend a pleasurable afternoon sampling the delights of local wineries and vineyards.


Leisurely walks in Larkspur

If you're new to town, get your bearings by taking Larkspur's self-guided walking tour. The stroll takes you past Larkspur's historic buildings, including the impeccably restored movie theater. Outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice around Larkspur. From hiking under giant redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument to enjoying the white sands and vigorous waves at Stinson Beach, there are plenty of outdoor adventures on the doorstep of your Larkspur vacation rental. Or, hop on the boat at Larkspur Ferry Terminal and you can be soaking up the culture and sightseeing in San Francisco within half an hour.


Summer fun in Larkspur

Larkspur enjoys relatively mild winters and pleasant summer temperatures which usually top out in the high 60s. This means a comfortable year-round climate for making the most of all the local hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. During the summer months, the open-air Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre in Tamalpais National Park plays hosts to astronomy nights with lectures by astronomers and space science professionals – a not-to-be-missed thrill if you are staying at your Larkspur vacation rental between April and October. In July, San Rafael's fairgrounds host the Marin County Fair, a weekend of carnival rides, fireworks and family fun celebrating the 4th of July.

Natural features

Beaches and fabulous forests near Larkspur

Larkspur sits beneath Mount Tamalpais, and its national park features scenic trails under sky-scraping scented redwoods, craggy oak forest and chaparral scrubland. These trails are popular for hiking, picnicking and wildlife watching. On the other side of the park, the hillsides sweep down to the ocean at Stinson Beach, a popular surfing spot and idyllic stretch of white sand that fills with families and beach lovers through the summer months. This western coast is popular for whale-watching excursions. Try the Marin Headlands hiking trails or the beaches of Point Reyes to spot these graceful ocean mammals.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Larkspur

The nearest airport is in Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), located 14.1 mi (22.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), which is 23.4 mi (37.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Larkspur?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 269 vacation rentals near Larkspur. From 175 Houses to 27 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 Larkspur for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Larkspur?

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 Larkspur:

  • Fisherman's Wharf: 729 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 617 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 392 vacation rentals
  • Mission District: 585 vacation rentals
  • North Beach: 320 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 Larkspur?

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

  • Marin Country Mart: 1,987 vacation rentals
  • Muir Woods National Monument: 1,918 vacation rentals
  • University of California, Berkeley: 2,042 vacation rentals
  • Mount Tamalpais State Park: 1,798 vacation rentals
  • Moscone Convention Center: 2,190 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 175 Houses in Larkspur. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Larkspur include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 27 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 21 rentals available
  • Studios: 40 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Larkspur?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 59 vacation rentals with pool available in Larkspur. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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