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

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 highlights

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)
Transport

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 around San Mateo?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,441 holiday lettings near San Mateo. From 511 Houses to 749 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 Mateo is on HomeAway.

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

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 Mateo:

  • Central San Mateo: 44 holiday homes
  • South San Mateo: 32 holiday homes
  • Shoreview: 33 holiday homes
  • East San Mateo: 21 holiday homes
  • North Central: 27 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 Mateo?

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

  • Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia: 1,618 holiday lettings
  • Poplar Creek Golf Course: 1,661 holiday lettings
  • Coyote Point Museum: 1,760 holiday lettings
  • Belmont Station: 1,064 holiday lettings
  • Coyote Point Park: 1,696 holiday lettings

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 holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in San Mateo?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 511 Houses in San Mateo. Our other popular types of San Mateo holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 749 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 24 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 24 self catering accommodations

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

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

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 126 holiday homes with pool available in San Mateo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.