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  1. Private room
  2. Fishermans Wharf
Spacious Room in the heart of North Beach

A lovely room in a classic art-filled 4-bed Victorian flat in the heart of San Francisco's Bohemian neighborhood, North Beach, just a short walk to Fisherman's Wharf. You'll enjoy old world charm with modern conveniences: high ceilings w/ crown moldings, WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, and laundry in the unit. Enjoy North Beach restaurants, bars, and nightlife, just a short hop from downtown. Available for 30-day minimum or longer guest stays.

$48 per night
  1. Private room
  2. Nob Hill
(927 #4) Private bedroom + shared bathroom

1 private bedroom & 1 shared bathroom located in the heart of SF - close to Chinatown, Nob Hill, North Beach, Russian Hill, and Fidi. Available for stays of 30 nights or more. W/D onsite, keyless entry, modern kitchen, weekly cleaning of shared areas. Muni #10 and #12 stops down the street. 5 minutes walking to North Beach. 10 minutes walking to Fidi and Union Square. 15 minutes walking to the Montgomery Bart station and SF Ferry Building. Proof of COVID vaccinations required. More info below

$59 per night
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Mission Dolores
Garden level private apartment near Dolores Park

We have a private, fully furnished suite available on the garden level of our condo with private entrance in a beautiful Victorian house two blocks from Dolores Park. Price includes utilities and Internet. You can walk to the J line Metro within 2 minutes, or to the 24th Street or 16th Street BART within 12 minutes. Valencia street is right near by, with shops, restaurants, and everything else.

$73 per night

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Where to stay in San Francisco

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Twin PeaksWhat locals sayQuiet · Residential · Busy
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Fisherman's WharfWhat locals sayHistoric · Classic
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Alamo SquareWhat locals sayHip · Historic · Quiet
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Haight-AshburyWhat locals sayBohemian · Classic · Historic
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ChinatownWhat locals sayHistoric · Vibrant · Quiet
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Mission DistrictWhat locals sayIndustrial · Bohemian · Hip

Stay near San Francisco's top sights

Golden Gate Bridge
Bridge · 382 locals recommend
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The bridge never gets old, even for longtime residents. It is spectacular, and is best experienced by bike. It’s two miles long and takes 20 minutes to cross. For a great ride, rent a Mission Bicycle, take the Wiggle to Golden Gate Park, and then cross the Presidio to the bridge and ride into Sausalito. From Sausalito, catch the ferry back to SF. The western walkway is open to cyclists only, so you get across more quickly. Tourists tend to mob the eastern, pedestrian side. At night, the bridge is closed to pedestrians but not to cyclists. You push a button and an unseen guard buzzes you in.

    1. Private room
    2. Inner Richmond
    Private Room in a Strategic Area near GG Bridge
    $82 per night
    1. Entire townhouse
    2. Outer Richmond
    Entire Apartment with Patio near Golden Gate Park
    $135 per night
    1. Entire guest suite
    2. Inner Sunset
    Style & Comfort-Private Suite near UCSF and GGPark
    $140 per night
    1. Entire guest suite
    2. Outer Richmond
    Garden Suite by Golden Gate Park, Private Bathrm
    $113 per night
Fisherman's Wharf
Neighborhood · 280 locals recommend
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One of the most popular destinations for tourists -- there are attractions such as museums, souvenir stores, historical buildings and piers, and scenic vistas over the Bay. Bring a jacket!

Tim· SF, CA
    1. Private room
    2. Marina District
    Spacious Private Room with Ensuite Bathroom
    $131 per night
    1. Hotel room
    2. Marina District
    Quiet Marina District Garden Oasis Free Parking
    $130 per night
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. North Beach
    Designer Apartment in the heart of North Beach
    $125 per night
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Fishermans Wharf
    $112 per night
Golden Gate Park
Park · 797 locals recommend
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What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.

Kate· SF, CA
    1. Private room
    2. Outer Sunset
    Private cozy room 1
    $65 per night
    1. Entire guest suite
    2. Outer Richmond
    Studio steps from the ocean
    $145 per night
    1. Entire home
    2. Outer Sunset
    Alice & Michael's Airbnb 1-Bedroom Suite
    $129 per night
    1. Entire home
    2. Outer Sunset
    Charming Garden Apartment, Steps From The Beach
    $157 per night

Tips from San Francisco locals

Get advice about the city from the people who know it best. Local hosts share their tips and recommendations for travelers like you.

What should I pack

Bring a jacket & layers San francisco is cold especially in june/july. please be prepared by bringing the layers. water & fog keeps san francisco cool most of the year.

SatishLives in San Francisco

Always have some extra layers as sf can go from a sunny summer to a foggy winter in minutes. Wind breakers and scarfs sell well here...

Kevin & Esther
Kevin & EstherLives in San Francisco

What's the best way to get around

Getting around takes time Even though sf is a small city, it takes time to get around. going 2 miles can take upto 40 minutes especially if you are taking the muni - budget that into your day plans for moving between places.

VibhaLives in San Francisco

What's the local culture like

Don't leave luggage in your car (especially rental cars) when parking in sf. Car break-ins are a big problem in sf and tourists who leave their luggage in their cars are a prime target.

YelenaLives in San Francisco

Your guide to San Francisco

All About San Francisco

Surrounded on three sides by glittering water, punctuated by comically high hills, festooned with verdant public parks, and alternately enshrouded in mysterious fog and blazing sunshine, San Francisco is one of the prettiest places on earth. The city has long attracted iconoclasts and fortune seekers, in the shape of Gold Rush hopefuls, immigrants who fought to build thriving communities, and queer people seeking a home and civil rights. It’s a city of glorious contrasts: storybook Victorians and soaring skyscrapers; the bright, pinging amusements of Fisherman’s Wharf and the austere beauty of Ocean Beach. Like the rest of the Bay Area — which includes Oakland to the east, Marin to the north, and San Jose to the south — San Francisco continues to transform. But its scruffy, proudly independent roots are never far from the surface.

How do I get around San Francisco?

Fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Once you’re there, a car is not a must-have. The city is very walkable (if you don’t mind hills), and a network of public transportation, including underground BART trains and Muni buses and trains can get you just about anywhere. Taxis, rideshares, and bike shares are also plentiful. If you plan to visit Wine Country or Marin, consider renting a car.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in San Francisco?

San Francisco has a legendarily capricious climate — hot, sunny days can turn chilly on a dime, so no matter what time of year it is, pack layers. March through June typically ushers in temperatures in the low-to-mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. July through October is generally warmer, with temperatures in the high 60s or low 70s. Fall is often considered this city’s summer. November through February is brisk, with temperatures dipping into the 50s. Expect some fog and wind year round.

What are the top things to do in San Francisco?

Golden Gate Park

Opened in 1870, this park’s 1,017 acres are the undisputed jewel of the park system (and that’s saying a lot). Visit close to 2,000 species of rare, tropical, and aquatic plants inside the stately Conservatory of Flowers. Explore an indoor rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences, and surround yourself with world-class art at the de Young Museum. Ride a carousel, paddle a boat around Stow Lake, or stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden. Just don’t expect to do it all in one day.


This tiny island in the bay, now a National Park, has a complicated and fascinating history. Best known as the home of an (almost) inescapable federal prison populated by notorious criminals, Alcatraz is also the site of a historically significant protest led by Native American activists, who occupied the island for nineteen months starting in 1969 to protest the US government's failure to surrender federal land owed to the tribes who once lived there. A trip to Alcatraz to learn about its many lives is well worth it. Tickets go fast, so plan ahead and book your voyage early.

Golden Gate Bridge

Completed in 1937, this gorgeous 1.7-mile-long Art Deco wonder is renowned for its hue — a color so distinct it has its own name: International Orange. Walking, biking, or driving are all wonderful ways to experience this architectural marvel, and on the Marin side you’ll find a rest stop with bathrooms and breathtaking views of the bridge and bay. One thing to note: If you walk or bike, wear layers, as it can get very windy crossing the bridge.