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Top-rated vacation rentals in Monterey

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Rental unit in Seaside
A Homely Apt Near Monterey
Located just 5 minutes away from Monterey! Nearby restaurants, bakeries, gas stations, grocery and retail stores! About 5 minutes away from Highway 1, and 10 minutes away from the Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, Monterey Aquarium, Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach! Many hiking trails nearby in Fort Ord, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, and Point Lobos! Centrally located between Big Sur and Santa Cruz! Take a scenic drive to any of these beautiful destinations and enjoy what Monterey County has to offer!
$157 per night
Bungalow in Seaside
Little Lowell | Bungalow in Monterey Bay Area
Welcome to Little Lowell! Take it easy at this cozy & pet-friendly bungalow. Centrally-located, this space is just what you need when visiting the Monterey Bay area. Monterey is a 10 min drive away, or explore Carmel (15 mins), Pebble Beach (18 mins), Big Sur (45 mins), & Santa Cruz area (35 mins). There are shopping centers & great food + drink options nearby. Check our guidebook or ask us for recs. Also ask us about 2 complimentary guest passes for the Monterey Bay Aquarium ($100 value)!
$139 per night
Guesthouse in Seaside
Cozy Seaside Cottage
Cozy Seaside cottage conveniently located in a friendly neighborhood in Seaside. Our slice by the sea is close to the beach, Monterey fairgrounds, Laguna Seca Raceway and more! Enjoy a quiet stay in Monterey bay with a private driveway and patio area as well as a full laundry room and fully stocked kitchen. New carpet and a recently renovated bathroom are an added plus! Walking distance to grocery stores, Walgreens, and local restaurants. Perfect retreat for a couple or just you!
$112 per night

Stay near Monterey's top sights

Photo of Cannery Row
Cannery Row9 locals recommend
Photo of Lovers Point
Lovers Point127 locals recommend
Photo of Del Monte Shopping Center
Del Monte Shopping Center80 locals recommend
Photo of Monterey Tides
Monterey Tides5 locals recommend
Photo of Monterey Bay Aquarium Gift & Bookstore
Monterey Bay Aquarium Gift & Bookstore17 locals recommend
Photo of In-N-Out Burger
In-N-Out Burger6 locals recommend

Monterey beach vacation rentals

Condo in Pacific Grove
Another Day in Paradise, Stunning Sea View (#270A)
$140 per night
Rental unit in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Post Card Perfect
$191 per night
Cottage in Sand City
Coastal Cottage #C
$137 per night
Private room in Monterey
Cozy Clementine Cottage
$55 per night
Bungalow in Seaside
The Moondoggie Bungalow
$231 per night
Private room in Pacific Grove
Victorian Premier Queen Room near Ocean & Beach
$174 per night
Bungalow in Seaside
The Mermaid Bungalow
$190 per night
Loft in Sand City
Modern Loft by the Sea
$302 per night
Townhouse in Pacific Grove
Beautiful Ocean view Town home
$122 per night
Rental unit in Sand City
Elegant retreat close proximity to everything
$153 per night
Home in Pacific Grove
Beach Cottage - walk to ocean and restaurants
$350 per night
Hotel room in Pacific Grove
Fairmount Room - Seven Gables Inn
$278 per night

Monterey house rentals

Home in Seaside
*Pet Friendly!* with Jacuzzi-Rustic *Glam* House
$274 per night
Home in Pacific Grove
Cottage Retreat Steps from the Sea
$307 per night
Private room in Seaside
The Havana Hideaway #1
$65 per night
Private room in Salinas
Quiet simple bedroom in peaceful neighborhood
$47 per night
Private room in Seaside
Historic Landmark House - room #3
$75 per night
Private room in Pebble Beach
Pebble beach private bed/bathroom 1
$117 per night
Home in Seaside
Private waterfall koi pond 1 Bd Home sleeps 4
$218 per night
Private room in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Sea Captain Room
$95 per night
Home in Seaside
Family Friendly 2BD Kids Welcome
$183 per night
Home in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel Studio
$213 per night
Private room in Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach Forest room & private garden
$143 per night
Private room in Seaside
Private and Cozy Room w/Private Bathroom
$79 per night

Your guide to Monterey

All About Monterey

Follow the scenic coastal Highway 1 two hours south of San Francisco and you’ll land in Monterey, a beach town on California’s Central Coast teeming with sea life and rolling sand dunes that hosts a number of historic sites. Visit Cannery Row, named for its focus as a sardine-canning hub, which houses colorful repurposed warehouses filled with art galleries and boutique shops. Pop over to Fisherman’s Wharf, a wooden pier with delicious seafood and chowder restaurants, where local outfitters can take you out on whale-watching, fishing and sailing trips, and cruises along the Monterey Bay. Follow Alvarado Street, and you’ll reach the central historic downtown district of Old Monterey with wide pedestrian walkways that connect to hundreds of shops and restaurants like Japanese tea shops, maritime pubs, and historic coffee houses.

More than just a maritime town, Monterey has drawn music lovers to its shores since the ‘60s when it hosted a historic international music festival, and golf lovers flock to its world-renowned courses.

On the city’s protected beaches, you can watch sea otters, sea lions, dolphins, and seals in their natural habitat. Just down the highway, the stunning Point Lobos State Natural Reserve offers incredible views of kelp forests, unusual rock formations, and forest and marine life.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Monterey?

Monterey has a temperate coastal climate with warm, but not hot, weather and a steady amount of sun almost year-round, save for the rainy winter. Spring heralds the return of the “Magic Carpet,” a sea of purple ice flowers that coat the seaside hills for miles between April and May. In the summer, the city is lively during August as car enthusiasts spend time cruising down the coast for a well-known car show, and world-class golfers flock to the area for an annual tournament. The area’s annual jazz festival brings fans of famous jazz, blues, and folk artists to the area each September. Winter brings holiday lights to downtown buildings, and seasonal stalls sell Mexican-spiced hot chocolate.

What are the top things to do in Monterey?

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

Where the tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad once ran now lies an 18-mile paved pedestrian trail with unobstructed views of the ocean. There are a number of rental shops along the trail that offer bikes, in-line skates, and kayaks. Along the path, you’ll find restaurants and cafes where you can stop to catch your breath and grab some food. If you’d rather bring your own snacks, you can picnic in the designated green areas and watch the sea otters — the city’s unofficial mascot — play in the waters below.

Old Monterey

In the center of town, you’ll find Old Monterey. Restored brick and adobe buildings from the city’s Spanish and Mexican periods line a two-mile stretch known as the Path of HIstory. The small Monterey State Historic Park serves as the anchor for this district with adobe buildings and cactus gardens, and its Pacific House Museum exhibits artifacts from Indigenous, Mexican, and Spanish communities who have impacted the city. You’ll find houses of important literary and artistic figures in Old Monterey, as well as breweries, cafes tucked inside historical buildings with inviting back gardens, upscale boutiques, and candle lit fine-dining restaurants serving sustainably-caught seafood.

Monterey State Beach

This protected beach lies inside the boundaries of a state park shared with the neighboring town of Seaside, and its sand dunes topped with native scrub grasses, succulents, and wildflowers make it a stand-out in the peninsula. Beachcombers arrive early to lay their claim to a wealth of shells, and swimming, surfing, kayaking, and kite-flying are popular throughout the day. Rocky outcrops on the beach’s far side shelter a small series of tide pools teeming with wildlife like sea stars and sea cucumbers. Dogs are welcome, but only on the south side of the beach.

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