Destination guide

Travel to artsy San Mateo

The area's festivals and art galleries are just a few of the reasons to vacation in San Mateo. Renowned for its restaurants, sporting events and shopping, this city welcomes all visitors. Mavericks and Computer History Museum are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or friends trip, vacation rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.


Activities and attractions in San Mateo

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes San Mateo a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Pier 39 (18.7 mi / 30 km)
  • San Francisco Zoo (16.7 mi / 26.8 km)
  • Aquarium of the Bay (18.6 mi / 30 km)
  • Mariners Point Golf Center (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Poplar Creek Golf Course (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Crystal Springs Golf Course (4.1 mi / 6.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in San Mateo

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in San Mateo. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Mavericks (11 mi / 17.7 km)
  • Twin Peaks (15.8 mi / 25.5 km)
  • Shoreline Park (14.6 mi / 23.5 km)
  • Golden Gate Park (17.5 mi / 28.2 km)
  • Japanese Tea Garden (17.6 mi / 28.2 km)
  • Fiesta Meadows Park (0.6 mi / 1 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around San Mateo

The nearest airport is in San Carlos, CA (SQL), located 4 mi (6.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), which is 6.3 mi (10.1 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, San Mateo Hayward Park Station, San Mateo Hillsdale Station and San Mateo Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay near San Mateo?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,679 house rentals near San Mateo. From 585 Houses to 871 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near San Mateo is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to San Mateo?

Whether you're travelling 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 Mateo:

  • North Central: 26 vacation rentals
  • East San Mateo: 24 vacation rentals
  • Sugarloaf: 18 vacation rentals
  • Beresford Park: 19 vacation rentals
  • San Mateo Park: 15 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, 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 travelling to San Mateo?

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

  • Poplar Creek Golf Course: 1,909 home rentals
  • Coyote Point Museum: 1,954 home rentals
  • Coyote Point Park: 1,871 home rentals
  • San Mateo County Event Center: 1,814 home rentals
  • Hillsdale Shopping Center: 1,691 home rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 585 Houses in San Mateo. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Mateo include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 871 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 29 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 29 lodging choices

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

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

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 213 vacation homes with pool available in San Mateo.

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