San Marcos vacation rentals

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San Marcos River House
The San Marcos River house is situated on a quiet channel of the San Marcos River. It is less than a mile from downtown San Marcos and Texas State University and a 12 minute drive to San Marcos's Premium Outlet Malls. Rental of the house includes the entire property with large yard, a fire pit and several sitting areas overlooking the river. * IMPORTANT* River access can vary due to drought conditions. As of winter of 2024 the river is down several feet and our channel is not flowing as usual.
Aug 15 – 22
ﺩ.ﺇ1,041 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 118 reviews
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Cottage in San Marcos
Potters Cottage
Potters Cottage is a 900 square foot cottage in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It’s secluded, but just 12 minutes from downtown San Marcos and TSU. The cottage has two bedrooms and a full kitchen. There’s an ample dining area, a large living room and full bath. Wi-fi, central air and heat and washer/dryer complete the cottage’s amenities. Potters cottage is just minutes from hiking trails and tubing on the San Marcos River. Please read house rules and amenities before you book!
Jun 24 – Jul 1
ﺩ.ﺇ388 per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 274 reviews
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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.
Mar 26 – Apr 2
ﺩ.ﺇ234 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 133 reviews

Stay near San Marcos's top sights

San Marcos Premium Outlets358 locals recommend
Tanger Outlets San Marcos88 locals recommend
Rio Vista Park24 locals recommend
Don's Fish Camp32 locals recommend
Walmart Supercenter10 locals recommend
H-E-B626 locals recommend

San Marcos home rentals

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Home in San Marcos
Lovely upstairs studio downtown vintage boutique
May 22 – 29
ﺩ.ﺇ551 per night
4.86 out of 5 average rating, 235 reviews
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Home in Canyon Lake
Canyon View Retreat -Hill Country Getaway
Nov 18 – 25
ﺩ.ﺇ431 per night
4.94 out of 5 average rating, 113 reviews
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Home in Kingsbury
DMK Ranch Home 12 miles from San Marcos, TX
Oct 17 – 24
ﺩ.ﺇ404 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 210 reviews
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Home in San Marcos
Family and Pet Friendly Home
May 24 – 31
ﺩ.ﺇ621 per night
4.8 out of 5 average rating, 127 reviews
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Home in San Marcos
The Bobcat Bungalow
Apr 25 – May 2
ﺩ.ﺇ889 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 148 reviews
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Home in San Marcos
Best Spot on the San Marcos River!
Feb 19 – 26
ﺩ.ﺇ1,928 per night
4.94 out of 5 average rating, 205 reviews
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Home in San Marcos
Hill Country Home Near San Marcos & New Braunfels
Jun 3 – 10
ﺩ.ﺇ787 per night
4.89 out of 5 average rating, 132 reviews
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Home in Round Mountain
Hill Country Hammock House
May 11 – 18
ﺩ.ﺇ1,208 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 411 reviews
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Home in Martindale
San Marcos Riverfront/Sleeps 18/2 acres
Feb 2 – 9
ﺩ.ﺇ1,029 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 125 reviews
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Home in San Marcos
A Clean & Comfy Home
Apr 28 – May 5
ﺩ.ﺇ451 per night
4.9 out of 5 average rating, 130 reviews
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Home in Wimberley
Salvation Cabin
Oct 2 – 9
ﺩ.ﺇ586 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 579 reviews
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Home in Wimberley
Experience a unique ambiance at Bamboo Grove
Sep 20 – 27
ﺩ.ﺇ340 per night
4.94 out of 5 average rating, 198 reviews

Other great vacation rentals in San Marcos

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Barn in San Marcos
The Barndo
Aug 15 – 22
ﺩ.ﺇ291 per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 159 reviews
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Farm stay in San Marcos
San Marcos Country home No Cleaning FEE
Dec 24 – 31
ﺩ.ﺇ488 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 217 reviews
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Cottage in San Marcos
Rainwater Cottage - Quiet and Convenient
Jun 12 – 19
ﺩ.ﺇ441 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 393 reviews
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Palmer's Guest House in the heart of San Marcos
Nov 26 – Dec 3
ﺩ.ﺇ406 per night
4.86 out of 5 average rating, 157 reviews
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Farm stay in San Marcos
Wild Oak Grove Farm
Aug 19 – 26
ﺩ.ﺇ691 per night
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 119 reviews
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Camper/RV in San Marcos
Lula the Hill Country Glamper Camper
Sep 19 – 26
ﺩ.ﺇ194 per night
4.91 out of 5 average rating, 158 reviews
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Cabin in San Marcos
Lux Retreat in DWELL mag! BURNING CREEK w/Pool&SPA
Jan 7 – 14
ﺩ.ﺇ1,838 per night
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 146 reviews
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Bus in San Marcos
Bluebird Nest
Mar 28 – Apr 4
ﺩ.ﺇ349 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 141 reviews
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Apartment in San Marcos
The Tree Haus
Nov 10 – 17
ﺩ.ﺇ328 per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 228 reviews
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Guesthouse in New Braunfels
Mi Casita Hideaway
Oct 26 – Nov 2
ﺩ.ﺇ290 per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 880 reviews
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Cabin in Wimberley
Modern Aframe Tucked in Nature **hot tub & view**
Aug 22 – 29
ﺩ.ﺇ1,209 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 125 reviews
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Cabin in Wimberley
Cozy Treehouse overlooking Wimberley Valley
Dec 28 – Jan 4
ﺩ.ﺇ674 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 340 reviews

Quick stats about vacation rentals in San Marcos

Total rentals

310 properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

160 properties have a dedicated workspace

Rentals with a pool

50 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

130 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

190 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.

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