Destination guide

The tranquil city of Lake San Marcos awaits you

The lake and other outdoor surroundings create an inviting atmosphere in Lake San Marcos. Well-liked for its restaurants, boating and shopping, this city is both relaxing and romantic. Legoland California and Carlsbad Premium Outlets are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.


Activities and attractions in and around Lake San Marcos

Do you want to find attractions to see in the area? You'll be sure to enjoy Lake San Marcos for its boating and golfing. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Lake San Marcos a fun place to get away. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Legoland California (6.1 mi / 9.9 km)
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park (11.9 mi / 19.1 km)
  • The Crossings at Carlsbad (5.9 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Sealife Aquarium (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Ferrara Winery (7 mi / 11.2 km)
  • San Diego Polo Fields (9.6 mi / 15.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Lake San Marcos

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Lake San Marcos is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • San Diego Botanic Garden (6.2 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Flower Fields of Carlsbad (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
  • Moonlight State Beach (7.3 mi / 11.8 km)
  • Encinitas Community Park (7.3 mi / 11.8 km)
  • Carlsbad Lagoon (7.5 mi / 12.1 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Lake San Marcos

The nearest airport is in Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), located 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 21.6 mi (34.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Lake San Marcos?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,272 vacation rentals near Lake San Marcos. From 638 Houses to 45 Guest houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake San Marcos for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Lake San Marcos?

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 Lake San Marcos:

  • Townsite: 786 vacation rentals
  • Carlsbad Village: 312 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla Shores: 556 vacation rentals
  • Beach Barber Tract: 227 vacation rentals
  • Village of La Jolla: 358 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 Lake San Marcos?

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

  • Legoland California: 1,645 vacation rentals
  • Del Mar Beach: 1,075 vacation rentals
  • Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base: 2,442 vacation rentals
  • Carlsbad State Beach: 2,554 vacation rentals
  • Moonlight State Beach: 4,496 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake San Marcos 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 Lake San Marcos?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 638 Houses in Lake San Marcos. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lake San Marcos include:

  • Guest houses: 45 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 307 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 89 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lake San Marcos?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 424 vacation rentals with pool available in Lake San Marcos. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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