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Fairfax is a small town of about 7,500 residents, located in Marin County, near the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Ideally situated near the city, but far enough away to be secluded from the crowds and traffic, Fairfax is said to be the last "suburb" before the "wilds of the San Geronimo Valley and beyond." Fairfax began as a ranching and farming community, but today consists of fine homes nestled in the hills and small valleys of the area, with easy access to several state and national recreation parks. At one time, Fairfax was the setting for many early Western movies, from about 1910 to 1923. The town of Fairfax today is generally recognized as the "birthplace of the mountain bike," where many people visit just to hike and bike in the surrounding hills and open space. There are also picnicking areas in several city parks and fishing in the lakes located above Fairfax. One of the most popular hiking areas is Deer Park, which is also an entryway for the roads and trails up to Mt. Tamalpais. If you want more excitement, the art community of Sausalito is just minutes away and San Francisco is just across the bridge. Other nearby places of interest include the picturesque village of Tiburon, Angel Island, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Mt. Tamalpais State Park and the Marin Headlands.

Surrounding areas: Ross, California (2.5 mi), San Rafael, California (3.3 mi), Larkspur, California (4.5 mi), Corte Madera, California (5.4 mi), Mill Valley, California (6.2 mi), Stinson Beach, California (6.6 mi), Bolinas, California (8.4 mi)

Fairfax Vacation Rentals




Fairfax Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
San Anselmo Inn339 San Anselmo AveSan Anselmo, CA1.7 mi.(415) 455-5366
Four Points By Sheraton Hotel1010 Northgate DrSan Rafael, CA2.8 mi.(415) 479-8800
Embassy Suites Marin County101 Mcinnis PkwySan Rafael, CA3.3 mi.(415) 499-9222
Embassy Suites San Rafael Marin Co Conference Ctr101 Mc Innis PkwySan Rafael, CA3.3 mi.(415) 499-9222
Villa Inn Motel1600 Lincoln AveSan Rafael, CA3.4 mi.(415) 456-4975
Courtyard By Marriott Larkspur Landing2500 Larkspur LNDG CTRLarkspur Landing, CA4.5 mi.(415) 925-1800
Best Western Corte Madera Inn1815 Redwood HwyCorte Madera, CA5.3 mi.(415) 924-1502
Best Western Novato Oaks Inn215 Alameda Del PradoNovato, CA5.3 mi.(415) 883-4400
Skylark Motel275 Alameda Del PradoNovato, CA5.5 mi.(415) 883-2406
Travelodge San Rafael865 Francisco Blvd ESan Rafael, CA5.5 mi.(415) 454-9470
Novato Courtyard By Marriott1400 N Hamilton PkwyNovato, CA6.0 mi.(415) 883-8950
Extended Stay Deluxe1775 Francisco BlvdSan Rafael, CA6.2 mi.(415) 451-1887
Inn Marin250 Entrada DrNovato, CA6.3 mi.(415) 883-5952
Howard Johnson Express Inn1595 Casa Buena DrCorte Madera, CA6.5 mi.(415) 924-3570
Holiday Inn Express160 Shoreline HwyMill Valley, CA8.3 mi.(415) 332-5700
Acqua Hotel555 Redwood HwyMill Valley, CA8.4 mi.(415) 380-0400
Mill Valley/sausalito Travelodge707 Redwood HwyMill Valley, CA8.4 mi.(415) 383-0340
Novato Days Inn8141 Redwood BlvdNovato, CA9.6 mi.(415) 897-7111
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa801 BridgewaySausalito, CA10.7 mi.(415) 332-0502
The Inn Above Tide30 El PortalSausalito, CA10.9 mi.(415) 332-9535
Point Reyes Seashore Lodge10021 Coastal Hwy 1Olema, CA11.5 mi.(415) 663-9000
Days Inn Point Richmond915 W Cutting BlvdPoint Richmond, CA12.2 mi.(510) 237-3000
Holiday Inn Express2525 San Pablo Dam RdSan Pablo, CA14.2 mi.(510) 965-1900
Courtyard By Marriott - Richmond3150 Garrity WayRichmond, CA14.5 mi.(510) 262-0700
Days Hotel3150 Garrity WayRichmond, CA14.5 mi.(510) 262-0700
Oakwood Hilltop Bayview3400 Richmond PkwyRichmond, CA14.5 mi.(510) 223-2000
Extended Stay America San Francisco Richmond3170 Garrity WaySan Pablo, CA14.5 mi.(510) 222-7383
Travelodge At The Presidio2755 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.1 mi.(415) 931-8581
Best Inn2707 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.2 mi.(415) 567-2425
Deville Motel2599 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.2 mi.(415) 346-4664
Marina Motel2576 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.2 mi.(415) 921-9406
Royal Motel2555 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.2 mi.(415) 921-3105
Super 8 Motel2440 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.2 mi.(415) 922-0244
Cow Hollow Motor Inn And Suites2190 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.3 mi.(415) 921-5800
Days Inn Lombard2358 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.3 mi.(415) 922-2010
Sea Captain Motel2322 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.3 mi.(415) 921-4980
Travelodge - Golden Gate2230 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.3 mi.(415) 922-3900
Argonaut Hotel495 Jefferson StSan Francisco, CA15.4 mi.(415) 563-2800
Chelsea Motor Inn2095 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.4 mi.(415) 563-5600
Coventry Motor Inn1901 Lombard StSan Francisco, CA15.4 mi.(415) 567-1200
 
Bed & Breakfast
Seraph Inn1409 Sutter StSan Francisco, CA16.5 mi.(415) 819-2380
Chateau Tivoli Bed & Breakfast1057 Steiner StSan Francisco, CA16.7 mi.(415) 776-5462
Bock's Bed And Breakfast1448 Willard StSan Francisco, CA17.1 mi.(415) 664-6842
Churchill Manor Bed & Breakfast485 Brown StNapa, CA26.8 mi.(707) 253-7733

Fairfax Weather & Climate

The Northern Coast of California, including the areas of Stinson Beach, Mill Valley and Point Reyes Station, is a year-round destination, and its climate is as varied as the geography. Summers are mostly dry all over, with frequent low clouds and morning fog along the coast. Winters along the coast are generally mild. Rain occurs most frequently and heavily October-April, with January being the wettest month. The San Francisco Bay Area can be cool and damp in the summer (due to the fog,) which surprises many visitors. However, just a few miles inland the weather is very different with warmer temperatures and more sunshine. Cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean help keep summer from becoming too hot and winters from being too cold.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 40°F 9.60 in. 53°F
February 61°F 43°F 9.10 in. 53°F
March 65°F 44°F 7.05 in. 54°F
April 70°F 45°F 2.56 in. 54°F
May 76°F 48°F 1.20 in. 55°F
June 81°F 52°F 0.24 in. 56°F
July 85°F 53°F 0.01 in. 57°F
August 84°F 53°F 0.12 in. 59°F
September 82°F 52°F 0.50 in. 59°F
October 75°F 49°F 2.33 in. 59°F
November 63°F 45°F 7.47 in. 56°F
December 56°F 40°F 7.29 in. 54°F

Fairfax Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Napa County airport (APC) located about 22 miles northeast of Fairfax in Napa, California, the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located approximately 27 miles south of Fairfax in San Francisco, California, the Metropolitan Oakland International airport (OAK) located roughly 27 miles southeast of Fairfax in Oakland, California, and finally Buchanan Field (CCR) located around 28 miles east of Fairfax in Concord, California.

Fairfax Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA19.8 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA21.4 mi.
TraintownSonomaCA22.2 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA30.4 mi.
J's Amusement ParkGuernevilleCA41.9 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA55.8 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA72.2 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA72.3 mi.
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA76.4 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA87.9 mi.
 
Water Parks
Waterworld USAConcordCA30.4 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA58.7 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA72.2 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA102.6 mi.
 
Golf Courses
McInnis Park Golf CenterSan RafaelCA3.3 mi.
Peacock Gap Country ClubSan RafaelCA3.3 mi.
San Geronimo Golf ClubSan GeronimoCA4.2 mi.
Mill Valley Golf CourseMill ValleyCA5.9 mi.
Indian Valley Golf ClubNovatoCA8.4 mi.
StoneTree Golf ClubNovatoCA8.4 mi.
Golden Gate Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA15.8 mi.
Gleneagles Golf ClubSan FranciscoCA17.7 mi.
Harding Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA17.7 mi.
Lincoln Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA17.7 mi.
Presidio Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA17.7 mi.
Adobe Creek Golf CoursePetalumaCA18.0 mi.
Rooster Run Golf ClubPetalumaCA18.0 mi.
Blue Rock Springs Golf CourseVallejoCA20.0 mi.
Hiddenbrooke Golf ClubVallejoCA20.0 mi.
Joe Mortara Golf CourseVallejoCA20.0 mi.
Mare Island Golf ClubVallejoCA20.0 mi.
Tilden Park Golf CourseBerkeleyCA20.1 mi.
Franklin Canyon Golf CourseRodeoCA20.2 mi.
Los Arroyos Golf ClubSonomaCA22.0 mi.
Sonoma Mission Inn & Golf CourseSonomaCA22.0 mi.
Metropolitan Golf LinksOaklandCA22.1 mi.
Montclair Golf CourseOaklandCA22.1 mi.
Cypress Golf CourseColmaCA23.2 mi.
Chuck Corica Golf ComplexAlamedaCA24.4 mi.
Sharp Park Golf CoursePacificaCA25.6 mi.
Chardonnay Golf ClubNapaCA27.0 mi.
Napa Golf Course at Kennedy ParkNapaCA27.0 mi.
Alondra Park Golf CourseLawndaleCA29.9 mi.
Diablo Hills Golf CourseWalnut CreekCA30.0 mi.
 
State Parks
Mount Tamalpais State ParkCA6.0 mi. 
Samuel P Taylor State ParkCA7.5 mi. 
Angel Island State ParkCA12.3 mi. 
Marin Headlands State ParkCA12.5 mi. 
Baker Beach State ParkCA14.8 mi. 
James D Phelan Beach State ParkCA15.3 mi. 
Tomales Bay State ParkCA18.4 mi. 
Thornton Beach State ParkCA21.2 mi. 
San Bruno Mountain State ParkCA22.9 mi. 
Beach State ParkCA25.3 mi. 
Annadel State ParkCA30.0 mi. 
Mills Estate ParkCA30.1 mi. 
Robert E Woolley State ParkCA30.6 mi. 
McNee Ranch State ParkCA30.7 mi. 
Sugarloaf Ridge State ParkCA31.6 mi. 
Mount Diablo State ParkCA36.9 mi. 
Bothe Napa Valley State ParkCA38.3 mi. 
Burleigh Murray Ranch State ParkCA38.8 mi. 
 
Museums
Bolinas MuseumBolinasCA7.6 mi.(Art)
Bay Area Discovery MuseumSausalitoCA10.5 mi.(Children's)
Museum of the City of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA17.3 mi.(History)
San Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkSan FranciscoCA17.3 mi.(History)
Fine Arts Museums of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA17.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California Academy of SciencesSan FranciscoCA17.3 mi.(Science)
ExploratoriumSan FranciscoCA17.3 mi.(Science)
Weaving Art Museum and Research InstituteSan FranciscoCA17.3 mi.(Technology)
Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsSan FranciscoCA17.3 mi.(Art)
ZEUMSan FranciscoCA17.3 mi.(Children's)
Jewish-American Hall of Fame (Division of Magnes Museum)BerkeleyCA19.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Judah L. Magnes MuseumBerkeleyCA19.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Lawrence Hall of ScienceBerkeleyCA19.0 mi.(Science)
Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film ArchiveBerkeleyCA19.0 mi.(Art)
Online Directory of International Sculpture Parks & GardensVallejoCA19.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Oakland Museum of CaliforniaOaklandCA21.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Guide to San Francisco Bay Area CreeksOaklandCA21.4 mi.(Science)
Western Aerospace MuseumOaklandCA21.4 mi.(Technology)
USS Hornet MuseumAlamedaCA24.4 mi.(History)
Museum of WomanAlamedaCA24.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA17.3 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA17.3 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA19.8 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA21.4 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA58.7 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA72.2 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA72.3 mi.
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA103.2 mi.


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