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San Marcos vacation rentals

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Top-rated vacation rentals in San Marcos

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Guest suite in San Marcos
Walk to TXST Campus – The Fountain Darter Suite
Relax in this private 1 bed, 1 bath detached suite with its own entrance and off-street parking. Walk to Texas State University, or rent a scooter to enjoy downtown San Marcos restaurants, bars, and music venues. Perfect for a relaxing stay for vacation, business, or visiting with your student (you know they miss you!). Amenities include a super comfy bed, EV charger (for both Tesla and other EVs), coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, desktop workspace, free washer/dryer, and WiFi.
$71 per night
Home in San Marcos
Lovely upstairs studio downtown vintage boutique
This vintage pink gem gleams from the heart of downtown San Marcos and is walking distance to a river swim, beautiful parks, Texas university and the downtown square. H‑E‑B, pizza, coffee shops and bars are in the same block so go explore! I own and run a vintage shop and design studio downstairs but haven't opened yet so you will have the place to yourself and the upstairs is completely yours to enjoy! Scooters are easy to rent across the street and free parking is on premises.
$136 per night
Tiny home in Canyon Lake
Farmhaus Modern ~Hot Tub~2.5 miles from Whitewater
Come and enjoy this brand new tiny house with picturesque views of the hill country. Only 2 miles away from the Horseshoe at the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake Dam. This tiny house is perfect to sit back and unwind by the fire pit, or in the private hot tub.
$174 per night

Stay near San Marcos's top sights

San Marcos Premium Outlets358 locals recommend
Rio Vista Park24 locals recommend
Tanger Outlets San Marcos88 locals recommend
Walmart Supercenter10 locals recommend
San Marcos Lions Club Tube Rental62 locals recommend
H-E-B627 locals recommend

San Marcos home rentals

Home in San Marcos
Beautiful/New in the middle of San Marcos!
$95 per night
Home in New Braunfels
Tiny House Hideaway
$175 per night
Home in San Marcos
Clean and Comfy
$85 per night
Home in San Marcos
The Bobcat Bungalow
$187 per night
Home in San Marcos
Valley View Suites by the Pool
$168 per night
Home in Wimberley
Home on the Range-Hill Country Paradise
$86 per night
Home in Kingsbury
DMK Ranch Home 12 miles from San Marcos, TX
$99 per night
Home in Round Mountain
Hill Country Hammock House
$289 per night
Home in Canyon Lake
Stunning A-Frame Home on Canyon Lake - CLEAN
$122 per night
Home in Wimberley
Experience a unique ambiance at Bamboo Grove
$94 per night
Home in Wimberley
Salvation Cabin
$214 per night
Home in Canyon Lake
Romantic Tiny Texas House-Private hot tub
$212 per night

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.

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