Top 16 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Bolinas, California - Updated 2021

airbnb Bolinas CA
Chia Han Keong
Chia Han Keong

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and just an hour’s drive from downtown San Francisco, Bolinas is an unincorporated community with a small population. Home to Bolinas Museum and stunning spots for beach walks such as Bolinas Beach and Agate Beach, this prosperous community enjoys cool and windy summers and incredible ocean views. Its reclusive residents - ever protective of this stunning spot in California - vote against having road signs directing travelers into town to avoid traffic. Hotels are scarce, which is intentional, so if you want to spend a few days in this paradise, check out this list of the top Airbnb vacation rentals in Bolinas, California.

1. Japanese-themed retreat with outdoor hot tub (from USD 190)

Just a 10-minute drive from Bolinas is another seaside town called Stinson Beach, which is far more welcoming to visitors than its reclusive neighbor. Naturally, there are stellar accommodation choices amid this town, not least of all is this fantastic Japanese-themed retreat overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Not only does its guestroom look ultra-comfortable, but it also has an adjacent bathhouse with an outdoor Japanese soaking tub for you to enjoy a hot dip amid the privacy of the bamboo-filled surroundings. The host has also kindly provided breakfast, meditation cushions and Japanese yukatas (kimonos) for your stay. “Sleep to the sound of waves, wake to bird songs,” she recommends, and it is certainly a great way to enjoy this serene part of California.

Oceanview Retreat
Stinson Beach, California, United States
709 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i was worried it may be too cold at night but there’s space heater that’s quiet and efficient
the bed was incredibly comfortable and the portable heater provided kept the room at the perfect temperature
this is such a lovely charming serene space breakfast the first morning was such a beautiful treat
the breakfast margaux served the first morning was also amazing and made the experience even better
this space is absolutely beautiful so calming and cozy
space is very clean
the room itself is minimal and follows very clean japanese design lines
everything is cozy and very clean
the guest house and bath house were very clean
amazing atmosphere completely spotless a true home away from home
she was a great host - gave us detailed directions to locate the place and parking
a truly special place with a wonderful host
margaux is an awesome host who has created an amazing space for any getaway
this has hands down been one of my best airbnb experiences and margaux was an amazing host
margaux is a very responsive host
beautiful location overlooking stinson beach
it’s also perfectly located a few minutes walk from the beach and a short drive to amazing nature
first of all the location is perfect
a beautiful home in a perfect location
a wonderful place to decompress
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2. Beautiful garden amid small studio (from USD 119)

Bolinas is close to several fantastic natural attractions. The Alamere Falls, one of only two beach waterfalls in California, is a four-mile (6.4 kilometers) hike up the coastal trail in the Point Reyes National Seashore north of the town. The Muir Woods National Monument, with its gigantic redwood trees, is a short drive east of the community. Some of the natural beauty are home-grown, like the wondrous garden surrounding this small studio. The hosts take enormous pride in growing different flowers and succulents that bloom throughout each season. You’re kindly invited to enjoy their little botanic sanctuary.

Nymph Studio & Gardens
521 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire bungalow 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cottage was comfortable and met our needs
super cute room with basic amenities and a tranquil feel
recommend for beautiful garden serene setting cozy bedroom studio
the cottage was wonderful--it had great energy and was super cozy--just what we were looking for
there was no toilet paper but i am sure they just forgot to put it out
very clean quiet and a great place to enjoy some peace and quiet in a magnificent setting
the studio space was comfortable and clean
amazing place to stay with gorgeous garden and incredible indoor clean space
clean with a great view
super cozy and clean space in a beautiful area near lots of hiking/beaches
jonathan was a perfect host
jonathan was a tremendous host - responsive accommodating and kind
the gardens are gorgeous and hosts provide all the info needed
excellent hosts and a lovely property
the host did a great job on providing recommendation in bolinas and communicating the easy check in process
wonderful location very close to the sea
amazing location in walking distance to the beach
cute little space in a great location
a really cute funky place
such a sweet little cabin - really close to beautiful beaches and cute little town
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3. Bed and breakfast along downtown main road (from USD 169)

Downtown Bolinas is just a single road lined with eateries, shops as well as bed-and-breakfast accommodations such as this guestroom that is situated above a bistro cafe. It is a simple setup with a snug bed, claw-foot bathtubs, and a patio, but its prime location amid all the town’s amenities makes it a convenient option to stay. From there, you can stroll down the main road to the supermarket and community park nearby, and there is even a Bolinas Museum which curates the art and history of this coastal community. Best of all, the museum offers free admission!

b&b by the sea ( number 1 )
Bolinas, California, United States
318 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great wifi in a town that had no cellular reception
i am a big fan of the wonderful space that rebecca and kate have created here
loved the rooms walked in and knew this was a place i could really relax in
from the room we would here local bands playing and by 10-11 pm it would be peaceful
room was clean and modest
the space was clean and welcoming
simple clean fantastic tub
the room is simple clean and fine
clean cute and the bed was super comfortable
hosts were friendly & welcoming :)
the staff are super respectful towards the clientele that are staying upstairs
what a beautiful place to stay so grateful to our gracious hosts and loved bolinas
the wine bar below did have power and they were helpful in lending us flashlights and candles
there was plenty of street parking and everyone in town was friendly
great location in down town bolinas
great location right in town
the place is centrally located and very cute
great location and delicious dinner just a few steps away at the restaurant downstairs
in the center of bolinas walking distance to beach above a really cute wine bar/restaurant
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4. Comfortable two-bedroom house close to Agate Beach (from USD 232)

While Bolinas is situated by the seaside, it does not have extensive sandy waterfronts for lots of beach activities. Of its two mini beaches, only the Bolinas Beach offers some surfing possibilities. The other, the Agate Beach at the west end of the town, is, in fact, a county park filled with tide pools that are protected as part of the national marine sanctuary. This charming home is close to the Agate Beach and offers plenty of home comforts such as a studio bedroom, a large relaxation deck outside the kitchen, and even a yurt (Mongolian round tent) for meditation purposes. What’s more, the neighbors own an organic vegetable garden and supply fresh produce daily. It is a perfect retreat after a day of relaxing strolls along the coastline overlooking the endless Pacific Ocean.

Serene Home with Vegetable Garden
Bolinas, California, United States
224 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire residential home 3 Beds 3 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
liza's place was so comfortable filled with light beautiful views of the garden and a well equipped kitchen
interior is beautifully appointed with lots of room to spread out
the bathtub and shower are open with windows looking out onto the private yard which is also beautiful
stunning space very comfortable beautiful garden
so cozy we loved this cottage the property and our weekend in bolinas
towels and sheets were clean
very clean quite and relaxing
beautiful setting and garden very clean lots of useful utensils and dishes
house was clean
the house was beautiful and very clean
liza was a gracious host
liza is a great host
loved the veggie garden and found the host very responsive
liza and greg were super responsive to all questions and it was an absolute pleasure to stay there
liza and greg were great hosts the house is beautifully decorated a perfect mix of bohemian character in bolinas
really nice place and great location
cozy place with beautiful location
beautiful cozy home close to agate beach
this is a fantastic place in a fantastic location
this place offers peace and quiet
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5. Two-bedroom cottage with timeless decor perfect for artistic retreat (from USD 265)

With its scenic location and secluded atmosphere, Bolinas naturally attracts artistic souls seeking an enclave to be inspired in their creative pursuits. Some of the town’s accommodations, including this divine cottage, offer a soothing retreat for them to chase their muse. This rustic redwood house has hand-cut antique furniture, a unique branch staircase and homemade sewn coverlets that exude a timeless quality. The host, a performance artist herself, has stocked plenty of home comforts in her abode, such as an outdoor Japanese soaking tub, two flat-screen TVs, and even organic coffee, just so you can relax and create your personal artistic statements without any distractions.

"Just A Minit" Bolinas Cottage
Bolinas, California, United States
190 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 3 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it had all the amenities one needs for a comfortable visit
the space is very charming and we appreciated the full kitchen amenities
sha sha's cottage was lovely cozy and perfect
good- working cooking stove and bbq grill and the kitchen was fully equipped
we had an amazing time exploring tide pools a mile walk south at agate beach
some people prefer a clean modern sterile environment
great place to get away and see marin very cozy clean and comfortable
the host was delightful and the town was beautiful
sha sha is a friendly and attentive host
sha sha was wonderfully attentive to our needs and a great host
sha sha is an excellent host who is truly committed to creating a great guest experience
great host and such a beautiful house thank you
super close to the beach super close to the town
great bolinas location right in the heart of everything
cute cozy comfortable gnome/fairy rustic wonderland the location is perfect
super location close to town and the beach
the beach is a 3 minute walk away…also great hikes within easy driving distance
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6. A spacious cottage with a garden (from USD 150)

Welcome to this spacious cottage that promises a relaxed stay throughout, as you will be surrounded by a garden – a refreshing view you will never get bored of. The two-story cottage features two comfortable beds that can accommodate four people. Feel free to use the kitchen downstairs to cook your favorite meal. You can also enjoy a shared outdoor shower that you can use after an adventure on the beach, adjacent to the cottage.

Private garden cottage
Bolinas, California, United States
121 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
such thoughtful and innovative build of the cottage especially the shower
the cottage was warm comfortable and laid back
such a sweet a cozy cottage
paulette's place is a super cozy cottage in a quite neighborhood with a beautiful yard
a beautifully design cottage delightful garden beds and bedding very comfortable
clean and well kept
the cottege is clean sunny and very lovely to be in
the space is clean simple and very comfortable
a quiet and clean cottage that is peaceful and luxurious
lovely space with excellent personal touches and very very clean
palette was a wonderful host
paulette was an amazing host
great house and the owners were friendly and helpful
the hosts were responsive to our needs and friendly
paulette and david were great hosts
charming comfortable spot super walk to bolinas
only about 1 hour's drive from sf and near to some wonderful towns and locations
super close to point reyes and coastal fun
this is perfect for a peaceful getaway and being close to many coastal favorites
this place is ideally located to explore point reyes and small towns in the area
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7. Gorgeous garden suite in Bolinas (from USD 185)

Located in the idyllic Marin County Coast of Bolinas, this rental can sleep three guests. This one-bedroom guest suite with a private bathroom and a kitchen also has private entrance ensuring full privacy during your stay. Agate Beach can be reached on foot where you can laze off and soak in the sun. Breakfast is provided to guests during their stay. Head to the private garden with a koi pond if you want to spend a relaxing evening.

Gorgeous Garden Suite in Bolinas
300 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
of course they created a beautiful view from the room
the nearby tide pools were an added bonus
the fruit breakfast items coffee and milk were very much appreciated
we loved having a little breakfast as we looked out the french doors onto the garden
sally’s beautiful garden room and garden exceeded our expectations
the place was very clean and comfortable
clean charming exactly as i expected
the room was clean comfortable and private
everything was well maintained clean and well thought out
super clean great shower comfortable bed with nice linens
a lovely host too
sally was a great host
sally was a great host
sally is a wonderful host
sally is a wonderful host
fantastic place close enough to downtown for a longer walk
i would definitely stay at this location again
the location is great - 5 minute drive to the beach and amazing views within walking distance
this was a great location for a retreat with my kids
we loved being there and walking to agate beach
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8. Petite bungalow on main road (from USD 115)

Here is another fantastic accommodation along the downtown main road. Hidden amid dense bushes and trees, this tiny bungalow for two guests has a charming patio and a bathroom adjacent to it. The bungalow itself is brightly-lit with skylights, high ceilings and lots of windows. Guests can enjoy the convenience of the nearby cafes, live-music bars, and surf shops. The main road ends at the Bolinas Beach, where there are some fine waves crashing in for surf-addicts to enjoy.

Bolinas Beach Bungalows
Bolinas, California, United States
198 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed was super comfortable and the room was filled with a lot of natural light
from the outdoor shower to the chickens in the yard quite a cool situation
the bed was the most comfortable
the outdoor shower was delightful steps from the bungalow
the best thing my girlfriend and i enjoyed was the outdoor shower
the place was clean and comfy
it was clean bright and comfortable
the space was clean and cozy (with an extremely comfortable bed)
the bungalow itself is great — it is very clean and very welcoming
located in a garden with the "as advertised" shower and bath which were very clean
matt is a wonderful host
the host were very friendly and helpful
our hosts were responsive and available
janis was a very friendly and helpful host
the hosts were super responsive and kind
the location was ideal
great central location for bolinas
this is a cute little space in a great location in the middle of bolinas
great location right in the center of everything
in a great location and also hidden away for privacy
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9. One-bedroom apartment with an ocean view

Contrary to their notorious reputation for being fiercely guarded about their secluded community, some of the Bolinas residents are surprisingly welcoming and generous. For instance, some of the self-run businesses in the town use an honor system, whereby you pay as much as you think is proper for their goods. The spirit is also shown among the Airbnb hosts such as the one renting out this splendid retreat with gorgeous views. He goes out of his way to make sure there is a good internet connection in this remote area and welcomes the guests to use his front-porch deck and yoga mats.

Bolinas Ocean View Retreat
Bolinas, California, United States
284 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this is a sweet and peaceful 1-bedroom apartment with lots of natural light and an ocean view
the apartment has a deck that my wife and i enjoyed in the evening
the small kitchen has some nice staples
very comfortable bed nice bathroom and sofa in the living room
kitchen was stocked to cook and the bathroom has a nice shampoo conditioner and body wash included
the place was neat and clean and was perfect
great shower and everything so clean and well set up
the kitchen was well stocked and the bathroom was clean and updated
quiet clean and comfortable within walking distance to the ocean and town
the space was super clean and we felt right at home
they were great hosts
the host were perfect and friendly
the host is very welcoming and check in went very smoothly
she is as friendly and lovely as described on the site by doc
babette was a great host super responsive and very helpful in answering my questions
we found doc’s place perfectly located
an amazing location and a cozy space
wonderful easy and great location
simple spot in a great location
we loved this place and the location was perfect
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10. A sweet and warm cottage

Have a sweet escape at this sweet and warm cottage that is surrounded by lush landscape. Nothing is more incredible than waking up to the beauty of nature all around you. There are two comfortable beds for four people. Sit back and sip on a cup of hot chocolate in the morning on the big porch that overlooks Bolinas Ridge. Feel free to prepare your delectable breakfast in the kitchen. And, make sure to spend some time to enjoy a leisurely stroll in the gated garden.

Fox House at Briarcombe
Bolinas, California, United States
69 reviews
Entire cottage 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view from the deck/dining patio was lovely and the beds/linens were very comfortable
very cozy secluded and had an amazing view
the house doesn't have wifi or cell service - but this was a bonus for us
will definitely come back in the future great plus was unplugging from the internet/wifi/cell phone for the weekend
i would love to visit again the kitchen is small but fully stocked
arrival was smooth and everything was very clean
logistics - house is very clean and fully equipped with nice towels sheets soap etc
clean peaceful and beautiful surroundings that are perfect for getting away with kids
caterina and jyri are wonderful hosts
jyri catherina and rosylin are amazing hosts
great check in process and the property manager is super helpful
the hosts are friendly and easy to communicate with
gracious hosts made sure i was settled in and everything was perfect
unique location and special place
very close to many great places
this place is a temple to bliss
this is a very unique and beautiful place to get away for a few days
fantastic place great location and views
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11. Cottage near downtown Bolinas

This cottage for four people is ideal for a group of friends, couples, or families. It’s a two-bedroom rental that has a fully-equipped kitchen ensuring you can prepare meals if you don’t want to go out and eat. The indoor fireplace is perfect to keep you cozy during the cooler months. Free car parking on premises is available to those traveling by car. The property is within walking distance to the beach, while downtown Bolinas is a short drive away for those who wish to explore the popular beach destination.

Relax and Enjoy the Ocean air - Family Friendly!
Bolinas, California, United States
69 reviews
Entire cottage 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
appreciated cast iron pan and some condiments olive oil etc
comfortable beds great views workable kitchen
amazing views even during rain showers
it was like visiting a cottage cozy
cozy cabin that had everything we needed but internet access and we still enjoyed being there
it's clean exceedingly comfortable and charming
rustic but clean
everything was well prepared for us and clean
the cabin was clean comfortable and had everything we needed in the kitchen for light cooking
isabelle is an excellent host
bolinas is a fun town and isabelle is great host
isabelle was very responsive and helpful with any questions
easy check-in process responsive host
the location of this little cabin is perfect
nice location up on the mesa
location is wonderfully close to the ocean
wish it was closer to town and beach
cozy little cabin in a lovely location
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12. Spacious farm house with fruit garden

Due to its secluded nature, Bolinas feels like a rural community even though it is not far from the highly-populated Bay Area. The residences are generally tucked among thick bushes and trees, lending a sense of solitude and peacefulness around. Not surprisingly, some of these accommodations have private mini-farms on the premises, such as this beautiful and spacious three-bedroom home that can host up to six guests. The host has grown lemon and apple trees, as well as herbs, vegetables, and berries in the garden, which she has very kindly allowed guests to snack on during their stay. With country-style wooden furniture, as well as an indoor fireplace, this is a supremely cozy house to enjoy the laid-back vibes of Bolinas.

Big Mesa Urban Farm House
184 reviews
Entire house 4 Beds

13. Guesthouse in historic bar

Established in 1851, the Smiley’s Saloon Room in downtown Bolinas is one of the oldest bars in West Coast USA, not to mention a beloved institution in the community. Offering regular and diverse live music on most days of the week, it is popular among musicians for gigs that come with free accommodation among its six private rooms in an outhouse behind the bar. Non-musicians are welcomed to stay too if they are not too particular about the loud music. The basic amenities in the guestroom include a queen bed, a single bed, and a pop-up trundle bed.

Historic Smiley's Saloon Room 2
101 reviews
Private room 3 Beds

14. Historic saloon with live music

This is a slightly cheaper room than the aforementioned one at the Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, but it only comes with a queen-size bed. The amenities are basic, but you will want to stay for the raucous live music and the historical vibes in this iconic Bolinas landmark. Why not join in the fun at the bar’s Wednesday Night Karaoke, where you can belt out drunken singalongs with the locals?

Historic Smiley's Saloon Room 6
85 reviews
Private room 1 Bed

15. A coastal cabin for two

Solo travelers or couples who are looking for an excellent escape by the beach should consider booking this coastal cabin that is nestled on the cliff, right above Agate Beach. The cabin comes with one bedroom, along with one bathroom and an equipped kitchen. What’s more, you can also stay by the indoor fireplace in the evening when the weather gets cold. The perfect accompaniment for this would be a bottle of your favorite wine.

Bolinas Coastal Cabin
Bolinas, California, United States
513 reviews
Entire cabin 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable bed nice amenities
it was warm and the bed and couch are sturdy and comfortable
the cabin is an extra-special hideaway at the edge of civilization; it is clean cozy quiet warm and well-appointed
it's cozy and clean and it's location by the ocean in bolinas cannot be beat
her space makes you feel immediately at home and she was a great host
laura is a wonderful host
laura was also extra helpful answering questions and giving us advice
laura is a great host
laura is a great host and very welcoming good communication and directions
incredibly unique spot and awesome location
remote location was a huge bonus
great quiet beaches close by
amazing cabin great location for exploring bolinas with a car
it is a great place and location
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16. Peaceful cabin retreat

Located in a quiet and secluded neighborhood of Bolinas, this lovely cabin overlooking the Pacific coast can sleep up to six people. A short walk from here will take you to the cliff from where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the sunset. This vacation home has two bedrooms: one with a king bed and the other bedroom with a queen bed and two single beds. The hot tub in this cabin is perfect if you just want to laze off and spend some relaxing time.

Bolinas Mesa Hideaway
Bolinas, California, United States
90 reviews
Entire house 6 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it was very nice to have a washer and dryer and full kitchen
the big window in the main room has great views making for a very relaxing ambience
elina's space is as described in the listing- very comfortable and a perfect getaway from the city
the place is quiet comfortable and cozy with a breathtaking view
super cozy and love the hot tub out in nature
nice stay clean comfortable and lovely surroundings
enjoyed a couple quite nights in this sparkling clean cabin
this place was comfortable and clean and private and everything we wanted in a post-holiday relaxing family weekend
it was clean extremely well-equipped and was filled with great touches
the home is beautiful simple well-appointed full of light and clean
elina is so helpful and a great host
elina was very helpful
the host is super helpful with directions and tips to the beach
the owners were communicative and responsive
it just shows the care and thoughtfulness that the host puts into this home
the location is great because the beaches are very close by
quiet location and perfect space
fabulous house great location
amazing location: 10 minute walk through national park land to a gorgeous beach
very quiet forested location with easy access to beach and local hiking trails
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Tranquility preserved in this seaside town

The residents are adamant about preserving the area and ensuring that this scenic seaside town is not overrun by tourists or party-goers, so make this your destination for a quiet getaway instead of group trips and bachelor/bachelorette parties. Enjoy the splendor of this tranquil community just north of San Francisco.

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Han Keong is a former sports journalist in Singapore whose lifelong passions are travel and music.

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