Destination guide

Majestic Marin County

From the salt-washed marina towns that dot the San Fran Bay Area in the east to the redwood-ribbed hills of its western mountains, Marin County is a treasure trove of treats on the edge of the big city. It starts as soon as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge but doesn't finish until you reach the whale-filled fringes of Bodega Bay. Between the two, you can discover colossal sequoias in the Muir Woods National Monument, walk windblown beaches on the Point Reyes National Seashore, or settle in Marin County vacation rentals in quaint mill towns shrouded by woods.

Things to do

Redwoods and coastal treats in Marin County

Share that vacation time between the backcountry attractions and coastal attractions of Marin County and you're sure to get a great feel for this beautiful cut out of California. The Muir Woods National Monument is the perfect place to start, offering old-growth redwood groves that soar to the sky. Then comes Mount Tamalpais, which has breathtaking vistas across the Pacific Ocean. And then there are the pretty Marin Headlands, which cast their gaze out across San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge – don't forget the camera there.

Activities

Adventure awaits in Marin County

Ask any locals of Marin County and they'll tell you just how much they love the backcountry delights of their little corner of the Bay Area. With hulking redwoods shouldering above the pathways here, and wild beaches washed over by surf there, it's easy to see why. You can hike, bike, and drive your way through a lot of it, too, so it's really accessible from the doorstep of many Marin County vacation rentals. Then there are the guided tours of San Francisco city to get involved with, and the whale-watching jaunts along Point Reyes.

Weather

Indian summers in Marin County

Marin County, like the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area, typically gets lovely Indian summers extending well past September and into October. Many locals will champion this period as the single best time of year, touting beautiful scenery, warm days, and slightly lower rates in Marin County vacation rentals. That said, the spring is also wonderful, while the wallet-friendly stays of winter – with their regular rains from December to March – could just free up the dollars you need to enjoy the so-called Paris of the West to its fullest.

Natural features

From summits to the sea in Marin County

Marin County has just about every beautiful section of backcountry you could expect of California. There are mountains, soaring up to the top of the Mount Tamalpais State Park before cascading almost vertically back down again into the roaring Pacific Ocean. There are primeval forests, reaching their heights with the massive redwood groves of the Muir Woods National Monument. And there are long, sandy beaches, running beneath the cliffs of the Point Reyes National Seashore, where whales sometimes splash in the swells.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Marin County

Fly into Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), the closest airport, located 13 mi (21 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), which is 29.4 mi (47.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Marin County?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,010 vacation rentals near Marin County. From 898 Houses to 124 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Marin County for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Marin County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Marin County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Stinson Beach: 431 vacation rentals
  • Sausalito: 1,456 vacation rentals
  • Dillon Beach: 220 vacation rentals
  • Point Reyes Station: 222 vacation rentals
  • Mill Valley: 1,364 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Marin County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Marin County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Marin County:

  • Stinson Beach: 431 rentals
  • Sausalito: 1,456 rentals
  • Dillon Beach: 220 rentals
  • Point Reyes Station: 222 rentals
  • Mill Valley: 1,364 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Marin County?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Marin County are:

  • San Rafael, CA (SRF): 1,837 vacation rentals
  • Sausalito, CA (JMC-Commodore Center Heliport): 2,042 vacation rentals
  • Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field): 1,178 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Marin County?

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

  • Mount Tamalpais State Park: 1,812 rentals
  • Point Reyes Lighthouse: 193 rentals
  • Sausalito Visitors Kiosk: 2,140 rentals
  • Tomales Bay State Park: 272 rentals
  • Marin Headlands: 2,099 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Marin County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Marin County

Stinson Beach
431 vacation rentals
Sausalito
1,456 vacation rentals
Dillon Beach
220 vacation rentals
Point Reyes Station
222 vacation rentals
Mill Valley
1,364 vacation rentals
Inverness
259 vacation rentals
San Rafael
548 vacation rentals
Bolinas
438 vacation rentals
Muir Beach
1,401 vacation rentals
Tiburon
932 vacation rentals
Novato
1,272 vacation rentals
Marshall
237 vacation rentals
Tomales
532 vacation rentals
Fairfax
282 vacation rentals
Larkspur
262 vacation rentals
Corte Madera
330 vacation rentals
San Anselmo
308 vacation rentals
Nicasio
437 vacation rentals
Olema
82 vacation rentals
Ross
312 vacation rentals