As a town that was built around a mission dating back to 1817, San Rafael offers its residents a rich history. As Marin’s biggest city, San Rafael has something for everyone. Marin’s homes range from some of the most affordable housing in the county to lavish estates.
Having preserved a third of the city’s land for parks and recreation, San Rafael has an endless supply of outdoor activities. From the China Camp State Park and the Marin County Open Space District to McNears Beach, among many others, this city has more than 87 trails that cover 693 miles.
San Rafael offers a great variety of activities compared to other Marin communities when combining its outdoor activities and commercial district. You’ll find plenty of boutiques, restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors, coffee shops, and various other local favorites. They even close Fourth Street, the heart of downtown, every Thursday and Friday for the farmers market, outdoor dining, and live music. It’s a perfect way for residents and visitors to enjoy the local spirit.