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Stay near San Marcos's top sights

San Marcos Premium Outlets358 locals recommend
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Rio Vista Park24 locals recommend
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Texas State Tubes24 locals recommend
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Quick stats about vacation rentals in San Marcos

  • Total rentals

    310 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    170 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    50 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    130 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    180 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    15K reviews

Your guide to San Marcos

All About San Marcos

San Marcos sits deep in Texas Hill Country, midway between the major cities of Austin and San Antonio. If you’re looking to experience Texas outside its lively cities, San Marcos offers the best of both worlds — you can make the most of the great outdoors while sampling the town’s thriving nightlife. While San Marcos is mostly associated with its thriving college population — Texas State University is located in the center of town — there’s plenty of natural wonder in the surrounding area, and the region leads conservationist efforts to protect endangered species along the local rivers.

San Marcos was home to a former president during his college years, and you can see his yearbook and other memorabilia at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum. The city’s quirky cultural life is on full display at the Eye of the Dog Art Center and the Mermaid March, a self-guided tour of seven-foot painted mermaid statues.

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

The city’s climate provides warm, sunny days all year round. San Marcos is predominantly a college town, so traveling during the fall and spring means more events on campus during the Texas State school year. The university’s performing arts center hosts events and performances that are open to the public.

Spring and fall, with their moderate temperatures, are ideal seasons for spending time on the walking trails. The Hill Country heats up in April, and the high, dry temperatures can last through September. Summer is the best time to have the city to yourself, as students are on summer vacation, and the San Marcos River becomes especially appealing. This is also the perfect season to take in outdoor nightlife venues and food trucks in the balmy evening air. Winter might bring colder days, but the Sights & Sounds of Christmas event rings in the festive season with carnival rides, food and craft stalls, and an ice rink.

Top things to do in San Marcos

Kissing Alley

This small side street, located in view of the Hay County Courthouse in downtown San Marcos, is known for its eclectic murals. Try to go right before the sun goes down so that the overhead string lights illuminate the area with a soft glow. If you’re lucky, you might catch one of the occasional concerts here.

Rio Vista Park

Just off South CM Allen Parkway, Rio Vista Park runs alongside a bend in the San Marcos River where you can take a cooling dip or step into a kayak for a relaxing paddle. The park is home to a range of hiking and bike trails, along with tennis and basketball courts. Join the locals tubing down the river and setting out picnics at the water’s edge.

Wimberley Glassworks

A 15-minute drive northwest of town, Wimberley Glassworks offers a gallery of kaleidoscopic glass vases, sculptures, and mesmerizing wall art. You can catch live glass-blowing demonstrations Thursday through Sunday, and there’s an outdoor gallery where you can spot glass pieces glimmering among the native succulents.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where should I stay in San Marcos?

    Make yourself at home in San Marcos by choosing from our most frequently booked neighborhoods. We have over 120 vacation rentals in Downtown San Marcos, over 190 vacation rentals in Westover, and over 120 vacation rentals in Coers.

  • Are there San Marcos vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 50 vacation homes with pools in San Marcos, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in San Marcos?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 170 vacation rentals in San Marcos featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in San Marcos?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in San Marcos. Choose from more than 130 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in San Marcos?

    San Marcos has more than 180 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • How much does it cost to stay in guesthouse rentals in San Marcos?

    Experience the best of San Marcos with our guesthouse rentals, starting at about $40 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Do house rentals in San Marcos have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 20 house rentals with a gym in San Marcos. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do apartment rentals in San Marcos have free parking?

    Absolutely! We offer over 30 apartment rentals with free parking in San Marcos. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in San Marcos have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 70 house rentals with a bbq area in San Marcos. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in San Marcos have self check-in?

    Absolutely! We offer over 70 house rentals with self check-in in San Marcos. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

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