San MateoUnited States of America

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Love festivals, dining out, and sunsets? Get away to San Mateo!

Explore the family-friendly area of San Mateo—festivals, sports teams, and popular sights like San Mateo County Event Center.

Where to stay in San Mateo

Coyote Point Park featuring a park

Shoreview

3.5/5Good!(213 area reviews)

While visiting Shoreview, you might make a stop by sights like Coyote Point Park and Shoreview Park.

Shoreview
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South San Mateo

3.5/5Good!(124 area reviews)

While visiting South San Mateo, you might make a stop by sights like San Mateo County Event Center and Hillsdale Shopping Center.

South San Mateo
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Central San Mateo

Though Central San Mateo might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like San Mateo County Event Center and Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia.

Central San Mateo
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Downtown

Downtown might not have many top sights, but San Mateo County Event Center and Coyote Point Park are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Downtown
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North Central

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in North Central and surrounding area, you can visit Coyote Point Park and Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia.

North Central

Top Hotels in San Mateo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Americas Best Value Inn San Mateo San Francisco
Americas Best Value Inn San Mateo San Francisco
2 out of 5
140 N Bayshore Blvd, San Mateo, CA
$70
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Located in Shoreview, this golf motel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Poplar Creek Golf Course and 3 mi (4.8 km) from San Mateo County Event Center. Coyote Point Museum ...

3.3/5 (1,105 reviews)

"I like that i can count on them to get me into my room quickly."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Americas Best Value Inn San Mateo San Francisco
Hillsdale Inn
Hillsdale Inn
2 out of 5
477 E Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA
$76
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in South San Mateo, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bay Meadows Park and San Mateo County Event Center. Paddock Park and Hillsdale Shopping Center ...

2.4/5 (871 reviews)

"Older property but less expensive and suited my need. Easy check in and courteous service. Although outdated it was very clean."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Hillsdale Inn
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites San Mateo-San Francisco SFO
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites San Mateo-San Francisco SFO
3 out of 5
330 N Bayshore Blvd, San Mateo, CA
$81
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in Shoreview, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Poplar Creek Golf Course, Coyote Point Park, and Coyote Point Museum. Shoreview Park and Burlingame ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,241 reviews)

"The staff was lovely and the room I stayed in was great. I had a chance to check out the fitness center and it was very underwhelming. It only had 4 machines one of which was broken and the room was very stuffy and dated. My only issue with the room was the door. It had large gaps on the top and ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites San Mateo-San Francisco SFO

Popular things to do in San Mateo

Coyote Point Park
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Coyote Point Park

4/5(18 reviews)

Surround yourself with inspiring nature, learn about the San Francisco Bay Area and meet its wild inhabitants in San Mateo’s sprawling waterfront park.

San Francisco Bay
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San Francisco Bay

4.5/5(4,470 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at San Francisco Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in San Francisco. Make some time to visit the shops while you're in the area.

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge

4.5/5(7,131 reviews)

Cars trundle across it and ships sail under it, but the best way to experience this iconic bridge is on foot. 

Pier 39
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Pier 39

4.5/5(6,718 reviews)

This waterfront attraction offers thrilling rides, innovative street performers and colorful souvenir shops, but it’s the sea lions that win the day. 

Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz Island

4.5/5(2,696 reviews)

Escape to “The Rock,” home of the infamous and abandoned island prison, and discover how it earned a reputation as a cold and unforgiving place.

Golden Gate Park
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Golden Gate Park

4.5/5(5,052 reviews)

This beloved park offers relaxation among trees, flowers and wildlife, right in San Francisco’s backyard. 

Top activities in San Mateo

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
$55
Per adult
Redwoods & Wine Country Escape to Sonoma & Napa with Optional Gourmet Lunch
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Redwoods & Wine Country Escape to Sonoma & Napa with Optional Gourmet Lunch

92% of travellers recommend
$139
Per adult
Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias
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Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias

92% of travellers recommend
$161
Per adult
Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco
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Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

90% of travellers recommend
$119
Per adult
2-Day, 2-Tour Alcatraz & Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito
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2-Day, 2-Tour Alcatraz & Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito

94% of travellers recommend
$105
Per adult
Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - San Mateo, CA
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Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - San Mateo, CA

$10
Per adult

Reviews of San Mateo

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
107
5 - Excellent 25.41567695961995%
4 - Good
195
4 - Good 46.318289786223275%
3 - Okay
100
3 - Okay 23.752969121140143%
2 - Disappointing
12
2 - Disappointing 2.8503562945368173%
1 - Terrible
7
1 - Terrible 1.66270783847981%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

Nice city just stay clear of this place

5/5 - Excellent

Rachel.

Feb 1, 2020

Love san mateo

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

Traveled down el camino real for old times. Love the park and the old eucalyptus trees.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 23, 2019

We were only in the area for the night after our flight in so I can't say much about the area.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 5, 2019

Very convenient to SFO airport. Neighborhood a little sketchy but we didn't have any problems. Room needs a little maintenance.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

Nice area trying to settle there.

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