Destination guide

Hayward makes a great Bay Area base

If you're searching for a base in the very heart of the buzzing, attraction-packed San Francisco Bay Area, within striking distance of the Golden Gate, Alcatraz, Silicon Valley, north California's wine regions, and the stunning Diablo Range, Hayward vacation rentals could just be the perfect choice. Not only are they connected to the sprawl of San Francisco via the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, but they come with charming Japanese botanical gardens, leafy nature reserves, National Historic Register spots, and charming local gastronomy right on the doorstep.

Things to do

Hayward has the whole Bay Area to explore

It's less than 30 minutes' driving from downtown Hayward to the iconic Mission District of San Francisco. That means prepping for long art walks amidst the Galeria de la Raza, or heading over to wonder at the historic hotels of Nob Hill. Of course, trips to old and eerie Alcatraz are on the menu too. And for when you're feeling a little locked up, Hayward has all the parks and recreational areas you could need. Check out Hayward Shoreline for marshland habitats and boardwalk nature trails. Or, hit the Japanese Gardens for cherry blossoms and peaceful spaces.

Activities

Music lovers will adore Hayward

It's the views that keep many a vacationer heading back to those Hayward vacation rentals in the hills of California each year. They encompass everything from the peaks and troughs of San Fran itself to the neighborhoods of Oakland and the sloshing waters of the Bay Area below. Jazz and blues are also a magnet for music lovers, and you can hear Bakersfield sounds mixing with Delta rhythms in the yearly festivals in July. Add to that the chance to make scenic flyovers of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and hiking adventures in the parks to the east.

Weather

Feel the summer heat in Hayward

Hayward comes out of its shell when the summer months between May and August swing around. It's then that the yearly jazz and blues festival comes to town, and when the nearby wineries at the start of the Napa Valley are having outdoor tasting sessions. It's also a good idea to book your Hayward vacation rentals then if you want to be in with the top weather conditions for walking tours of San Francisco and the Bay Area, not to mention for splashing around the city's lagoons and walking in the nearby mountains.

Natural features

Hayward is hills and water

Hayward is known for having one of the most beautiful settings in the whole of the Bay Area. It's nestled just at the feet of the green and canyon-cut Diablo Range, with the crowning Mount Diablo looming in the distance. The other side of town faces across the water to the Rancho Corral de Tierra, feathering into wide wetlands where rare migratory birds nest throughout the seasons. The pastoral landscapes of the Garin Regional Park and the dry hills around Lake Chabot are 2 of the other top outdoorsy draws in the area.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Hayward

The nearest airport is in Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive), located 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), which is 7.9 mi (12.7 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, you can make your way to Hayward Station. Consider catching the metro at Hayward Station or South Hayward Station to easily get around the city.

Where to stay around Hayward?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,660 vacation rentals near Hayward. From 648 Houses to 745 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 Hayward for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Hayward:

  • Downtown: 617 vacation rentals
  • North Beach: 320 vacation rentals
  • Allied Arts: 19 vacation rentals
  • Central San Jose: 203 vacation rentals
  • South of Market: 685 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 Hayward?

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

  • California State University East Bay: 1,090 vacation rentals
  • Southland Mall: 1,378 vacation rentals
  • Hayward City Hall: 1,261 vacation rentals
  • Hayward Japanese Gardens: 1,175 vacation rentals
  • Alex Giualini Plaza Park: 1,177 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 648 Houses in Hayward. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Hayward include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 745 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 50 rentals available
  • Villas: 7 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 Hayward?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 195 vacation rentals with pool available in Hayward. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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