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Lafayette is a lovely community located in Contra Costa County, approximately 25 minutes from San Francisco. The town of Lafayette was incorporated in 1968, although the area was first settled in 1848 during the California Gold Rush. It's one of California's fastest growing cities with a population of about 30,000 (up from only 3,772 in 1990.) It's known for its high quality of life, low crime rate, quaint downtown area, clean air and beautiful, oak-studded hills. Located between the towns of Berkeley and Walnut Creek, Lafayette is near all of the top San Francisco Bay Area attractions. Lafayette also offers recreational opportunities at the Lafayette Reservoir and the Iron Horse Walking Trail. However, the town is probably most well known as an arts community, popular for its theater, music, art and literary events. The Lafayette Gold Coast Chamber Players have become synonymous with the Bay Area's best classical music. The community also hosts an annual Jazz Festival, a weeklong event that features "students and stars" with performances from local high schools as well as some of the best jazz musicians in the country. The fine arts are evident everywhere in Lafayette - with prestigious galleries such as the Barclay Simpson and the Witherspoon to local shops that display the works of local artists. The town of Lafayette also offers a variety of distinctive specialty shops, an antiques shopping district, several boutiques and fine dining establishments.

Surrounding areas: Berkeley, California (8.7 mi), Danville, California (9.3 mi), Oakland, California (10.1 mi), Alameda, California (10.7 mi), Clayton, California (10.9 mi), Point Richmond, California (14.9 mi), Tiburon, California (19.1 mi)

Lafayette Vacation Rentals




Lafayette Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Best Western Lafayette Park Hotel3287 MT Diablo BlvdLafayette, CA (925) 283-3700
Hillside Inn & Suites3748 Mt Diablo BlvdLafayette, CA (925) 283-8200
Walnut Creek Marriott2355 N Main StWalnut Creek, CA3.4 mi.(925) 934-2000
Holiday Inn2730 N Main StWalnut Creek, CA3.5 mi.(925) 932-3332
Motel 62389 N Main StWalnut Creek, CA3.5 mi.(925) 935-4010
Renaissance Club Sport2805 Jones RdWalnut Creek, CA4.1 mi.(925) 938-8700
Embassy Suites Hotel1345 Treat BlvdWalnut Creek, CA4.5 mi.(925) 934-2500
Executive Suites Park Regency3190 Oak RdWalnut Creek, CA4.5 mi.(925) 829-7421
Oakwood Worldwide2905 Santos LnWalnut Creek, CA4.6 mi.(800) 400-3636
Oakwood Walnut Creek2992 Santos LnWalnut Creek, CA4.7 mi.(925) 943-5358
Extended Stay America3220 Buskirk AvePleasant Hill, CA4.9 mi.(925) 945-6788
Summerfield Suites2611 Contra Costa BlvdPleasant Hill, CA4.9 mi.(925) 934-3343
Pleasant Hill Courtyard By Marriott2250 Contra Costa BlvdPleasant Hill, CA5.1 mi.(925) 691-1444
Comfort Inn1370 Monument BlvdConcord, CA5.9 mi.(925) 827-8998
Residence Inn By Marriott Pleasant Hill700 Ellinwood WayPleasant Hill, CA6.2 mi.(925) 689-1010
Hilton Concord1970 Diamond BlvdConcord, CA6.7 mi.(925) 827-2000
Holiday Inn Of Concord1050 Burnett AveConcord, CA6.9 mi.(925) 687-5500
Claremont Resort And Spa41 Tunnel RdBerkeley, CA7.1 mi.(510) 843-3000
Crowne Plaza Hotel45 John Glenn DrConcord, CA7.6 mi.(925) 825-7700
E Z 8 Motel Inc1581 Concord AveConcord, CA7.7 mi.(925) 674-0888
Hotel Durant2600 Durant AveBerkeley, CA7.8 mi.(510) 845-8981
Rose Garden Inn2740 Telegraph AveBerkeley, CA8.0 mi.(510) 549-2145
El Monte Motor Inn3555 Clayton RdConcord, CA8.2 mi.(925) 682-1601
Danville Inn803 Camino RamonDanville, CA8.6 mi.(925) 838-8080
Berkeley Travelodge1820 University AveBerkeley, CA8.7 mi.(310) 843-4262
Hotel Griffon155 Stuart StSan Francisco, CA8.7 mi.(415) 495-2100
Best Western Heritage Inn4600 Clayton RdConcord, CA8.8 mi.(925) 686-4466
Rodeway Inn1461 University AveBerkeley, CA9.1 mi.(510) 848-3840
Best Western John Muir Inn445 Muir Sta RdMartinez, CA9.3 mi.(925) 229-1010
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1175 University AveBerkeley, CA9.5 mi.(510) 548-1700
Berkeley Inn1720 San Pablo AveBerkeley, CA9.7 mi.(510) 524-8778
Comfort Inn5370 Clayton RdConcord, CA9.8 mi.(925) 674-9400
Executive Inn Embarcadero Cove1755 EmbarcaderoOakland, CA9.8 mi.(510) 536-6633
Lakeside Motel122 E 12TH StOakland, CA9.8 mi.(510) 444-4949
Motel 6 #10801801 EmbarcaderoOakland, CA9.8 mi.(510) 436-0103
Ramada Inn920 University AveBerkeley, CA9.9 mi.(510) 849-1121
Holiday Inn Express66 Airport Access RdOakland, CA10.1 mi.(510) 569-4400
Oakworld Worldwide500 Cyn Oaks DrOakland, CA10.1 mi.(800) 400-3636
Courtyard By Marriott5555 Shellmound StEmeryville, CA10.2 mi.(510) 652-8777
Four Points Hotel By Sheraton SF Bay Bridge1603 Powell StEmeryville, CA10.2 mi.(510) 547-7888
 
Bed & Breakfast
Seraph Inn1409 Sutter StSan Francisco, CA18.1 mi.(415) 819-2380
Chateau Tivoli Bed & Breakfast1057 Steiner StSan Francisco, CA18.8 mi.(415) 776-5462
Bock's Bed And Breakfast1448 Willard StSan Francisco, CA20.3 mi.(415) 664-6842
Churchill Manor Bed & Breakfast485 Brown StNapa, CA29.6 mi.(707) 253-7733

Lafayette Weather & Climate

Mark Twain once said, "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." While this might be a slight exaggeration, the climate in the San Francisco Bay Area is mild year round with cool evenings - even in the summertime. Cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean help moderate the summer heat and marine influences keep winters very mild. The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its fog, especially in the summertime. This occurs when warm air masses flow across a cooler ocean and the moisture in the air condenses and forms fog. The rainy season in northern California runs November through March, with no measurable precipitation in the summertime. Spring and fall are generally the sunniest, and warmest, seasons in the Bay area.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 43°F 5.13 in. 54°F
February 59°F 46°F 4.75 in. 55°F
March 60°F 47°F 4.08 in. 55°F
April 64°F 48°F 1.63 in. 56°F
May 66°F 51°F 0.61 in. 56°F
June 69°F 53°F 0.14 in. 57°F
July 70°F 55°F 0.07 in. 59°F
August 70°F 55°F 0.10 in. 62°F
September 71°F 55°F 0.36 in. 61°F
October 70°F 53°F 1.37 in. 60°F
November 62°F 47°F 3.62 in. 58°F
December 56°F 43°F 3.54 in. 55°F

Lafayette Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Buchanan Field (CCR) located about 7 miles northeast of Lafayette in Concord, California, the Metropolitan Oakland International airport (OAK) located approximately 12 miles southwest of Lafayette in Oakland, California, the Hayward Executive airport (HWD) located roughly 15 miles south of Lafayette in Hayward, California, the Livermore Municipal airport (LVK) located around 20 miles southeast of Lafayette in Livermore, California, the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located about 23 miles southwest of Lafayette in San Francisco, California, and finally the Napa County airport (APC) located approximately 24 miles northwest of Lafayette in Napa, California.

Lafayette Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Pixieland ParkConcordCA7.9 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA10.1 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA16.9 mi.
TraintownSonomaCA33.6 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA37.8 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA49.0 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA58.8 mi.
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA63.2 mi.
J's Amusement ParkGuernevilleCA63.9 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA67.9 mi.
 
Water Parks
Waterworld USAConcordCA7.9 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA39.7 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA58.8 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA76.0 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Diablo Hills Golf CourseWalnut CreekCA4.3 mi.
Boundary Oak Golf CourseWalnut CreekCA6.8 mi.
Tilden Park Golf CourseBerkeleyCA6.8 mi.
Buchanan Fields Golf CourseConcordCA7.5 mi.
Metropolitan Golf LinksOaklandCA9.8 mi.
Montclair Golf CourseOaklandCA9.8 mi.
Franklin Canyon Golf CourseRodeoCA10.0 mi.
Lake Chabot Municipal Golf CourseOaklandCA10.1 mi.
Diablo Creek Golf CourseConcordCA10.4 mi.
Chuck Corica Golf ComplexAlamedaCA10.7 mi.
Bridges at Gale RanchSan RamonCA10.9 mi.
Canyon Lakes Country ClubSan RamonCA10.9 mi.
San Ramon Royal Vista Golf CourseSan RamonCA10.9 mi.
Willow Park Golf CourseCastro ValleyCA11.2 mi.
Monarch Bay Golf ClubSan LeandroCA11.6 mi.
Skywest Golf CourseHaywardCA15.4 mi.
Pittsburgs Delta View Golf CoursePittsburgCA15.9 mi.
Dublin Ranch Golf ClubDublinCA16.4 mi.
Blue Rock Springs Golf CourseVallejoCA16.5 mi.
Hiddenbrooke Golf ClubVallejoCA16.5 mi.
Joe Mortara Golf CourseVallejoCA16.5 mi.
Mare Island Golf ClubVallejoCA16.5 mi.
Lone Tree Golf CourseAntiochCA17.9 mi.
Golf Club At Roddy RanchAntiochCA19.0 mi.
Gleneagles Golf ClubSan FranciscoCA19.5 mi.
Harding Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA19.5 mi.
Lincoln Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA19.5 mi.
Presidio Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA19.5 mi.
Las Positas Golf CourseLivermoreCA20.6 mi.
Pleasanton Fairways Golf CoursePleasantonCA20.6 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA119.8 mi.
 
State Parks
Mount Diablo State ParkCA10.4 mi. 
Angel Island State ParkCA17.2 mi. 
Baker Beach State ParkCA20.9 mi. 
Marin Headlands State ParkCA21.4 mi. 
James D Phelan Beach State ParkCA21.6 mi. 
San Bruno Mountain State ParkCA22.2 mi. 
Robert E Woolley State ParkCA23.8 mi. 
Thornton Beach State ParkCA24.5 mi. 
Mount Tamalpais State ParkCA25.8 mi. 
Mills Estate ParkCA25.9 mi. 
Beach State ParkCA27.0 mi. 
McNee Ranch State ParkCA30.9 mi. 
Burleigh Murray Ranch State ParkCA33.4 mi. 
Samuel P Taylor State ParkCA34.1 mi. 
 
Museums
Lindsay Wildlife MuseumWalnut CreekCA3.2 mi.(Science)
Jewish-American Hall of Fame (Division of Magnes Museum)BerkeleyCA8.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Judah L. Magnes MuseumBerkeleyCA8.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Lawrence Hall of ScienceBerkeleyCA8.5 mi.(Science)
Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film ArchiveBerkeleyCA8.5 mi.(Art)
Oakland Museum of CaliforniaOaklandCA10.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Guide to San Francisco Bay Area CreeksOaklandCA10.1 mi.(Science)
Western Aerospace MuseumOaklandCA10.1 mi.(Technology)
USS Hornet MuseumAlamedaCA10.7 mi.(History)
Museum of WomanAlamedaCA10.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Sun GalleryHaywardCA15.1 mi.(Art)
Online Directory of International Sculpture Parks & GardensVallejoCA16.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of the City of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA18.1 mi.(History)
San Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkSan FranciscoCA18.1 mi.(History)
Fine Arts Museums of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA18.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California Academy of SciencesSan FranciscoCA18.1 mi.(Science)
ExploratoriumSan FranciscoCA18.1 mi.(Science)
Weaving Art Museum and Research InstituteSan FranciscoCA18.1 mi.(Technology)
Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsSan FranciscoCA18.1 mi.(Art)
ZEUMSan FranciscoCA18.1 mi.(Children's)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA10.1 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA16.9 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA18.1 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA18.1 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA39.7 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA49.0 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA58.8 mi.
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA89.7 mi.


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