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San-Rafael is Marin County's oldest city, located north of San Francisco along U.S. Highway 101 near the San Francisco Bay. It's also the county's major city and is centrally located to many attractions, including Point Reyes National Seashore, Muir Woods, the city of San Francisco and the Napa/Sonoma County Wine Country. San Rafael is a lively town with beautiful Victorian architecture, a busy downtown district, a landmark Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center and numerous other places of interest. China Camp State Park in San Rafael is a historic 1,648-acre Bayside park that got its name from a Chinese fishing village that once thrived there. It's a fascinating historical site, plus offers hiking, horseback riding and bike trails, boat launches and fishing piers, windsurfing and picnicking. The park has gorgeous views of San Pablo Bay to the east and San Francisco Bay to the west. The original shrimp processing plant/museum offers self-guided tours. McNear's Beach Park, located off Point San Pedro Road, is one of Marin County's most popular recreational areas. It has an outdoor swimming pool, a fishing pier, tennis courts, picnic areas and about a mile of nice, sandy beach. Other places of interest in San Rafael include tours of the Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc., and the Mission San Rafael Arcangel, the second to last in the California mission chain.

Surrounding areas: Ross, California (1.5 mi), Larkspur, California (2.3 mi), Corte Madera, California (3.3 mi), Fairfax, California (3.3 mi), Mill Valley, California (4.8 mi), Tiburon, California (6.7 mi), Stinson Beach, California (8.0 mi)

San Rafael Vacation Rentals

San Rafael Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Embassy Suites Marin County101 Mcinnis PkwySan Rafael, CA (415) 499-9222
Embassy Suites San Rafael Marin Co Conference Ctr101 Mc Innis PkwySan Rafael, CA (415) 499-9222
Extended Stay Deluxe1775 Francisco BlvdSan Rafael, CA (415) 451-1887
Four Points By Sheraton Hotel1010 Northgate DrSan Rafael, CA (415) 479-8800
Travelodge San Rafael865 Francisco Blvd ESan Rafael, CA (415) 454-9470
Villa Inn Motel1600 Lincoln AveSan Rafael, CA (415) 456-4975
San Anselmo Inn339 San Anselmo AveSan Anselmo, CA1.8 mi.(415) 455-5366
Courtyard By Marriott Larkspur Landing2500 Larkspur LNDG CTRLarkspur Landing, CA2.6 mi.(415) 925-1800
Best Western Corte Madera Inn1815 Redwood HwyCorte Madera, CA2.8 mi.(415) 924-1502
Howard Johnson Express Inn1595 Casa Buena DrCorte Madera, CA4.1 mi.(415) 924-3570
Best Western Novato Oaks Inn215 Alameda Del PradoNovato, CA5.3 mi.(415) 883-4400
Skylark Motel275 Alameda Del PradoNovato, CA5.5 mi.(415) 883-2406
Novato Courtyard By Marriott1400 N Hamilton PkwyNovato, CA6.2 mi.(415) 883-8950
Holiday Inn Express160 Shoreline HwyMill Valley, CA6.5 mi.(415) 332-5700
Acqua Hotel555 Redwood HwyMill Valley, CA6.6 mi.(415) 380-0400
Mill Valley/sausalito Travelodge707 Redwood HwyMill Valley, CA6.6 mi.(415) 383-0340
Inn Marin250 Entrada DrNovato, CA6.7 mi.(415) 883-5952
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa801 BridgewaySausalito, CA8.5 mi.(415) 332-0502
The Inn Above Tide30 El PortalSausalito, CA8.6 mi.(415) 332-9535
Days Inn Point Richmond915 W Cutting BlvdPoint Richmond, CA8.9 mi.(510) 237-3000
Novato Days Inn8141 Redwood BlvdNovato, CA10.7 mi.(415) 897-7111
Holiday Inn Express2525 San Pablo Dam RdSan Pablo, CA10.9 mi.(510) 965-1900
Courtyard By Marriott - Richmond3150 Garrity WayRichmond, CA11.3 mi.(510) 262-0700
Days Hotel3150 Garrity WayRichmond, CA11.3 mi.(510) 262-0700
Extended Stay America San Francisco Richmond3170 Garrity WaySan Pablo, CA11.3 mi.(510) 222-7383
Oakwood Hilltop Bayview3400 Richmond PkwyRichmond, CA11.4 mi.(510) 223-2000
Super 86009 Potrero AveEl Cerrito, CA12.2 mi.(510) 232-0900
Motel 6 #10491501 Fitzgerald DrPinole, CA12.5 mi.(510) 222-8174
Days Inn-san Francisco/pinole2600 Appian WayPinole, CA12.6 mi.(510) 222-9400
Argonaut Hotel495 Jefferson StSan Francisco, CA12.9 mi.(415) 563-2800
Best Inn2707 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA12.9 mi.(415) 567-2425
Deville Motel2599 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA12.9 mi.(415) 346-4664
Marina Motel2576 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA12.9 mi.(415) 921-9406
Travelodge At The Presidio2755 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA12.9 mi.(415) 931-8581
Cow Hollow Motor Inn And Suites2190 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA13.0 mi.(415) 921-5800
Days Inn Lombard2358 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA13.0 mi.(415) 922-2010
Royal Motel2555 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA13.0 mi.(415) 921-3105
Sea Captain Motel2322 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA13.0 mi.(415) 921-4980
Super 8 Motel2440 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA13.0 mi.(415) 922-0244
Travelodge - Golden Gate2230 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA13.0 mi.(415) 922-3900
Bed & Breakfast
Seraph Inn1409 Sutter StSan Francisco, CA14.1 mi.(415) 819-2380
Chateau Tivoli Bed & Breakfast1057 Steiner StSan Francisco, CA14.4 mi.(415) 776-5462
Bock's Bed And Breakfast1448 Willard StSan Francisco, CA15.1 mi.(415) 664-6842
Churchill Manor Bed & Breakfast485 Brown StNapa, CA25.8 mi.(707) 253-7733

San Rafael Weather & Climate

The Northern Coast of California, including the areas of Stinson Beach, Mill Valley and Point Reyes Station, is a year-round destination, and its climate is as varied as the geography. Summers are mostly dry all over, with frequent low clouds and morning fog along the coast. Winters along the coast are generally mild. Rain occurs most frequently and heavily October-April, with January being the wettest month. The San Francisco Bay Area can be cool and damp in the summer (due to the fog,) which surprises many visitors. However, just a few miles inland the weather is very different with warmer temperatures and more sunshine. Cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean help keep summer from becoming too hot and winters from being too cold.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 41°F 7.38 in. 53°F
February 61°F 43°F 7.14 in. 53°F
March 64°F 45°F 4.89 in. 54°F
April 68°F 46°F 1.75 in. 54°F
May 72°F 49°F 0.70 in. 55°F
June 77°F 53°F 0.12 in. 56°F
July 80°F 54°F 0.06 in. 57°F
August 81°F 54°F 0.08 in. 59°F
September 79°F 53°F 0.34 in. 59°F
October 74°F 50°F 1.65 in. 59°F
November 63°F 45°F 4.86 in. 56°F
December 56°F 41°F 5.32 in. 54°F

San Rafael Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Napa County airport (APC) located about 21 miles northeast of San Rafael in Napa, California, the Metropolitan Oakland International airport (OAK) located approximately 24 miles southeast of San Rafael in Oakland, California, the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located roughly 25 miles south of San Rafael in San Francisco, California, and finally Buchanan Field (CCR) located around 25 miles east of San Rafael in Concord, California.

San Rafael Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA17.4 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA18.4 mi.
TraintownSonomaCA22.4 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA27.2 mi.
J's Amusement ParkGuernevilleCA44.4 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA53.1 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA69.3 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA70.2 mi.
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA74.3 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA85.2 mi.
Water Parks
Waterworld USAConcordCA27.2 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA56.0 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA70.2 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA99.3 mi.
Golf Courses
McInnis Park Golf CenterSan RafaelCA 
Peacock Gap Country ClubSan RafaelCA 
Mill Valley Golf CourseMill ValleyCA4.3 mi.
San Geronimo Golf ClubSan GeronimoCA7.5 mi.
Indian Valley Golf ClubNovatoCA9.5 mi.
StoneTree Golf ClubNovatoCA9.5 mi.
Golden Gate Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA14.2 mi.
Gleneagles Golf ClubSan FranciscoCA15.6 mi.
Harding Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA15.6 mi.
Lincoln Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA15.6 mi.
Presidio Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA15.6 mi.
Tilden Park Golf CourseBerkeleyCA16.8 mi.
Franklin Canyon Golf CourseRodeoCA17.1 mi.
Blue Rock Springs Golf CourseVallejoCA17.6 mi.
Hiddenbrooke Golf ClubVallejoCA17.6 mi.
Joe Mortara Golf CourseVallejoCA17.6 mi.
Mare Island Golf ClubVallejoCA17.6 mi.
Metropolitan Golf LinksOaklandCA19.0 mi.
Montclair Golf CourseOaklandCA19.0 mi.
Adobe Creek Golf CoursePetalumaCA19.6 mi.
Rooster Run Golf ClubPetalumaCA19.6 mi.
Chuck Corica Golf ComplexAlamedaCA21.4 mi.
Cypress Golf CourseColmaCA21.4 mi.
Los Arroyos Golf ClubSonomaCA22.1 mi.
Sonoma Mission Inn & Golf CourseSonomaCA22.1 mi.
Sharp Park Golf CoursePacificaCA24.2 mi.
Chardonnay Golf ClubNapaCA26.1 mi.
Napa Golf Course at Kennedy ParkNapaCA26.1 mi.
Diablo Hills Golf CourseWalnut CreekCA26.7 mi.
Monarch Bay Golf ClubSan LeandroCA27.1 mi.
State Parks
Mount Tamalpais State ParkCA6.0 mi. 
Angel Island State ParkCA9.6 mi. 
Marin Headlands State ParkCA10.7 mi. 
Samuel P Taylor State ParkCA10.8 mi. 
Baker Beach State ParkCA13.0 mi. 
James D Phelan Beach State ParkCA13.6 mi. 
Thornton Beach State ParkCA19.7 mi. 
San Bruno Mountain State ParkCA21.0 mi. 
Tomales Bay State ParkCA21.6 mi. 
Beach State ParkCA23.8 mi. 
Mills Estate ParkCA28.3 mi. 
Robert E Woolley State ParkCA28.5 mi. 
McNee Ranch State ParkCA29.4 mi. 
Annadel State ParkCA31.2 mi. 
Sugarloaf Ridge State ParkCA32.3 mi. 
Mount Diablo State ParkCA33.6 mi. 
Burleigh Murray Ranch State ParkCA37.1 mi. 
Bothe Napa Valley State ParkCA39.1 mi. 
Bay Area Discovery MuseumSausalitoCA8.3 mi.(Children's)
Bolinas MuseumBolinasCA9.6 mi.(Art)
Museum of the City of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA15.0 mi.(History)
San Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkSan FranciscoCA15.0 mi.(History)
Fine Arts Museums of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA15.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California Academy of SciencesSan FranciscoCA15.0 mi.(Science)
ExploratoriumSan FranciscoCA15.0 mi.(Science)
Weaving Art Museum and Research InstituteSan FranciscoCA15.0 mi.(Technology)
Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsSan FranciscoCA15.0 mi.(Art)
ZEUMSan FranciscoCA15.0 mi.(Children's)
Jewish-American Hall of Fame (Division of Magnes Museum)BerkeleyCA15.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Judah L. Magnes MuseumBerkeleyCA15.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Lawrence Hall of ScienceBerkeleyCA15.7 mi.(Science)
Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film ArchiveBerkeleyCA15.7 mi.(Art)
Online Directory of International Sculpture Parks & GardensVallejoCA17.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Oakland Museum of CaliforniaOaklandCA18.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Guide to San Francisco Bay Area CreeksOaklandCA18.4 mi.(Science)
Western Aerospace MuseumOaklandCA18.4 mi.(Technology)
USS Hornet MuseumAlamedaCA21.4 mi.(History)
Museum of WomanAlamedaCA21.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA15.0 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA15.0 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA17.4 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA18.4 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA56.0 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA69.3 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA70.2 mi.
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA101.1 mi.

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