San Jose: A guide to short-term rentals

San Jose is the epicenter of Silicon Valley’s tech industry, but it’s also a culinary and cultural center surrounded by natural beauty. A short-term rental is the best way to explore all that the city has to offer.

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Discover San Jose

After booking your short-term rental in San Jose, here's everything you need to know for your trip.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, 50 miles southeast of San Francisco, San Jose is known for the internet giants that call it home. But this city of 1 million people—the largest in Northern California—isn’t just a tech center. It’s surrounded by rolling hills, touches San Francisco Bay, and neighbors soaring redwood forests. The Pacific coastline, including Half Moon Bay, is a short trip away, and the cultural and natural treasures of San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley to the north and Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, and Big Sur to the south are easily accessible.

San Jose was inhabited by the Costanoan Indians when the Spanish arrived in the eighteenth century and founded a farming community, the first European civic settlement in what is now California. After the United States conquered the Spanish territory in 1846, San Jose briefly served as California’s state capital. In the coming years, it would become a trading center for prospectors in the goldfields to the east. Until the mid-twentieth century, however, the local economy was dominated by agriculture, thanks to the region’s famously sunny, temperate climate. During World War II, military manufacturing moved into the area to produce plane parts and other wartime tools. This set the stage for San Jose’s rise as a technology hub that anchored the internet boom of the 1990s.

Today, San Jose’s main industries are the design and production of computer hardware and software, along with a myriad of internet enterprises, and after waves upon waves of newcomers it’s the tenth largest city in America. San Jose State University sits in the center of the city, and Stanford is just north, both contributing to Silicon Valley’s youthful dynamism. Like its neighbors to the north, San Jose is also rich in culture, with an array of museums, including multiple museums focused on science and tech. The city is also known for its large parks and beautiful flower gardens, and there are great short-term rental options near it all.