Destination guide

Take in the lakeside beauty of San Marcos

Enjoy the live music and other features of San Marcos. Travelers to this relaxing city praise the lake, restaurants and beaches. 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

Activities and attractions in and around San Marcos

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes San Marcos a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Legoland California (8.7 mi / 13.9 km)
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park (9.9 mi / 15.9 km)
  • Ferrara Winery (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • The Crossings at Carlsbad (8.3 mi / 13.4 km)
  • Orfila Vineyard and Winery (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Sealife Aquarium (8.8 mi / 14.1 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in San Marcos

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, August, September, July and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 88°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in San Marcos

Travelers love San Marcos for its panoramic lake views and pristine beaches. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, San Marcos is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center (8.7 mi / 13.9 km)
  • San Diego Botanic Garden (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Flower Fields of Carlsbad (9.3 mi / 14.9 km)
  • Carlsbad Lagoon (9.8 mi / 15.7 km)
  • Encinitas Community Park (10.2 mi / 16.4 km)
  • Moonlight State Beach (10.3 mi / 16.6 km)
Transport

Transportation to and around San Marcos

Fly into Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), the closest airport, located 6.6 mi (10.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 23 mi (37 km) away.

Where to stay around San Marcos?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,275 holiday lettings near San Marcos. From 813 Houses to 981 Condos/Apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near San Marcos is on HomeAway.

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

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in San Marcos:

  • Townsite: 783 holiday homes
  • Mira Costa: 19 holiday homes
  • South Oceanside: 327 holiday homes
  • La Jolla Shores: 555 holiday homes
  • Country Club: 404 holiday homes

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to San Marcos?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in San Marcos. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Oceanside Transit Center: 2,497 holiday lettings
  • Torrey Pines State Reserve: 6,004 holiday lettings
  • Palomar Observatory: 333 holiday lettings
  • Birch Aquarium: 5,648 holiday lettings
  • Stagecoach Community Park: 3,537 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around San Marcos listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in San Marcos?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 813 Houses in San Marcos. Our other popular types of San Marcos holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 981 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 79 self catering accommodations
  • Townhouses: 144 self catering accommodations

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in San Marcos?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 993 holiday homes with pool available in San Marcos. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.