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San Mateo vacation rentals

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Private room in San Mateo
Autumn Season! Large Beautiful Private Suite
Summer Special! A gorgeous spacious Suite with lots of light & privacy, a walk-in closet, luxury shower & separate tub, a coffee bar, microwave, mini-refrigerator, AC, fan & TV, computer workspace + WiFi. No smoking/drinking inside the room. Front stairs into the house. Steep staircase to a very private suite. No access to washer/dryer or main kitchen. Located 1/2 way between San Fran (Oracle & Chase Stadium) & Silicon Valley (Stanford Univ). Train nearby. Close to freeways (101 & 280), shop.
$79 per night
Apartment in San Mateo
Fabulous apartment in downtown San Mateo
Relax away from the hustle of the city in your apartment in downtown San Mateo. Located only two blocks from the San Mateo Caltrain, you can get to or from SF or SJ in 30 minutes. Our home has a separate entrance for the guest apartment on the second floor. Tuck yourself away in the California King sized bed, or explore downtown on foot. With over 100 restaurants in walking distance, you will not have a shortage of delicious dining. Eat out or enjoy a meal in the comfort of your home. Welcome!
$107 per night
Apartment in San Mateo
Cozy Studio 1B/1B w A/C No Pet in San Mateo
This cozy studio is good for a couple vacation. It is also suitable for business trip with high speed WIFI. It is well equipped with all the amenities you need to enjoy your stay! 15 minutes walk to San Mateo Downtown. 11 minutes walk to Cal Train Station, which takes you to San Francisco in 30 min, and San Jose 45 min. If you have a car, you can reach those popular destinations easily: Hwy 101: 3 min San Francisco Airport: 9 min Apple Palo Alto: 12 miles Stanford: 17 miles
$126 per night

Stay near San Mateo's top sights

Hillsdale Shopping Center150 locals recommend
San Mateo County Event Center16 locals recommend
Whole Foods Market159 locals recommend
Safeway148 locals recommend
Trader Joe's21 locals recommend
Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe24 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in San Mateo

Guest suite in Millbrae
Private 1 bedroom guest suite for SFO trip 1 guest
$84 per night
Private room in Foster City
Your Modern & Spacious Room close to Waterfront
$55 per night
Guest suite in San Mateo
Fetching cozy studio close to everything
$88 per night
Guesthouse in San Mateo
Modern guest house in great location
$142 per night
Private room in San Mateo
Fantastic 1 bed / 1 bath!
$70 per night
Private room in Millbrae
Comfy Master Bedroom, Workstation & Private Bath
$91 per night
Apartment in San Mateo
Junior 1 Bedroom, Walk to Caltrain, San Mateo I8
$91 per night
Home in San Mateo
Casita By The Bay, San Mateo
$126 per night
Private room in San Bruno
Upstairs bedroom for single occupant near airport
$51 per night
Guest suite in Foster City
New modern 1 bedroom unit
$113 per night
Private room in San Mateo
Beautiful Room Queen Bed+Bath downtown San Mateo
$92 per night
Guesthouse in San Carlos
Private Garden Cottage
$128 per night

Your guide to San Mateo

All About San Mateo

Nestled between the hilly metropolis of San Francisco and urban San Jose, with the sweeping sands of Half Moon Bay to the west, the city of San Mateo boasts easy access to cultural hotspots, natural beauty, and a world-class food scene.

People are drawn here to admire nearly 45,000 artworks at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, hike among the dramatic scenery at either end of Purisima Creek, and savor hard-to-beat ramen and crab nigiri at one of San Mateo’s established cluster of Japanese restaurants. There’s also public art to enjoy all around town, with vivid murals on numerous buildings, including the 1963 mosaic mural on South El Camino Real.

Less than half an hour west of San Mateo, Half Moon Bay boasts Surfers’ Beach for beginners and Mavericks for seasoned pros who want to take on wild waves. The same distance north, you can taqueria-hop in San Francisco’s Mission District and ride the city’s famous cable cars.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in San Mateo

San Mateo is known for its mild, damp winters and dry summers. A lot of activities are outdoors, from kayaking in the bay to hiking and biking, so the summer and fall seasons are the best times to book San Mateo vacation rentals. Temperatures are at their most comfortable from April through October, and the changing colors of the leaves bring a range of pumpkin beers from the region’s breweries.

Layers are important in the colder months, as drizzle and searing sunshine are both possibilities in different parts of the Bay Area at any one time. You can see gray whales at Pacifica between February and April.

Top things to do in San Mateo

Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden is one of the main attractions in Central Park, San Mateo’s main community park. The garden covers over 16 acres of manicured lawns, including a pagoda tower, a koi pond, and a teahouse for a quiet afternoon among delicate cherry blossoms. This serene site was designed by the landscape architect who worked on the Tokyo Imperial Palace.

Coyote Point

Less than 20 minutes from downtown by bike or road, Coyote Point is a popular spot for activities like windsurfing and sailing. If you’re cycling, the San Francisco Bay Trail crosses the park, so you can extend your ride north all the way to San Francisco or south to Palo Alto. At the water’s edge, you’ll find a marina and a beach, backing onto an 18-hole golf course.

Filoli Historic House & Garden

A 15-minute drive from San Mateo, this Georgian Revival house and its pristine landscaped gardens span over 650 acres. Wander around the terraces for commanding views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and cross Fault Creek Bridge to step over the famous San Andreas Fault. A spring visit will be rewarded with fragrant cherry and apple blossom.

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