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Carmel-by-the-Sea vacation rentals

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Flora Belle, Perfect Carmel-by-the-Sea Getaway

Flora Belle is your perfect Carmel- by- the- Sea get away. This ground floor condo is in a superb location just steps to Ocean Avenue with its world class restaurants, shopping, and white sand beaches. There is one off street designated parking spot ideal for a compact car. The living room has a sleeper sofa. The bedroom has a queen bed and petite walk in closet. The bathroom, accessed through the bedroom, boasts a roomy corner shower. Carmel Belle awaits your visit!

$224 per night
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Post Card Perfect

Fully contained studio featuring private entrance & courtyard leading to a perfectly romantic queen-bedded cottage. Just minutes from the beach, cafes and shops of Carmel and just up the hill from the joys of the Monterey Bay is this remodeled jewel.

$369 per night
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Private romantic 1 br in Carmel Woods- love dogs

Please read before booking! Dog friendly! Enjoy private entrance to two-room studio overlooking the forest with floor to ceiling windows. Queen-size memory-foam bed, bathroom w/shower and amenities, kitchenette with dishes, etc., ocean view, sunsets, deck, gas grill. Quiet. Wood-burning fireplace with complimentary wood, free internet, TV, DVDs, LPS, All amenities. Beach towels/mats, ottoman/cot, free Parking. Peaceful. Autonomous! Please note: ceilings are low in spots and there are some steps.

$136 per night

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Stay near Carmel-by-the-Sea's top sights

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Carmel-by-the-Sea179 locals recommend
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Carmel Mission Basilica Museum40 locals recommend
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Carmel Plaza18 locals recommend
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Dametra Cafe45 locals recommend
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Carmel Bakery5 locals recommend
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A.W. Shucks Cocktail & Oyster Bar10 locals recommend

Carmel-by-the-Sea home rentals

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Sea Otter Room
$94 per night
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Charming Carmel Home-Golfer's Paradise!
$350 per night
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Stoney Cottage
$1,247 per night
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Carmel Studio
$348 per night
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Sunny Carmel Cottage
$300 per night
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Close to Carmel-by-the-Seas Village Center
$355 per night
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Beach house, one block from the beach
$960 per night
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Walk to Carmel by the Sea Two Bedroom Two Bath
$746 per night
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Soak up the Futuristic Vibe in a Minimal, All-White Lounge
$301 per night
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Sea Captain Room
$98 per night
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Pebble beach private bed/bathroom 1
$144 per night
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Charmer! Mid-Century Modrn Bungalow
$250 per night

Carmel-by-the-Sea beach vacation rentals

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Solbakken-Guest cottage close to town & beach
$122 per night
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On the Ocean with unbelievable views
$554 per night
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Soak up the Rustic Elegance at a Historic Luxury Penthouse
$900 per night
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Charming Studio in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea
$332 per night
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Carmel downtown flat near shops and restaurants
$345 per night
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Pebble Beach garden views & sunsets
$298 per night
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Serenity & Charm in Carmel
$289 per night
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Pebble Beach Cottage-by-the-Sea
$402 per night
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PRIME LOCATION - Elegant Carmel-By-Sea Cottage !!!
$846 per night
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Carmel Hideaway
$426 per night
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Fairytale Cottage on Ocean Avenue, Downtown Carmel
$850 per night
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Amazing & Cozy Carmel Getaway with an Ocean view
$249 per night

Beach home rentals in Carmel-by-the-Sea

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Carmel-by-the-Sea Lux Guesthouse Tiny House
$155 per night
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Stylish Carmel Cottage
$256 per night
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Carmel Oceanview Charmer
$530 per night
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Light and spacious Carmel cottage
$839 per night
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Solbakken-Scandinavian Retreat 3BR/2BA or 4BR/3BA
$320 per night
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Seagull’s Landing 2br Home Near town Ocean View
$494 per night
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Carmel Meadows Gem w/ Private Patio & Grill - Walk to Beach, River & Park
$589 per night
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Carmel Cottage in Golfers Paradise
$350 per night
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Charming Carmel House - Short walk to 2 Beaches
$417 per night
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Rivers End at Carmel Point
$650 per night
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Carmel 4 Bedroom 4 bath with Panoramic Pacific Views
$1,267 per night
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Charming Bungalow w/ Hill Views, ~1 Mi Dtwn Carmel
$385 per night

Your guide to Carmel-by-the-Sea

All About Carmel-by-the-Sea

Situated on California’s scenic Highway 1, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a charming town filled with art galleries, boutique shops, and cottages that look like they came straight out of a fairy tale. For more than 100 years, the town located just outside of Monterey has attracted creatives from all over, contributing to its distinctly bohemian, laid-back vibe. Besides its gorgeous beaches, Carmel boasts a lively downtown where you’ll find big-name stores alongside specialty, family-owned businesses. Stop by an independent cafe located in a European-style courtyard from the 1920s, or sample locally made wines in a Tudor-style home-turned-tasting room.

You can also take a stroll around the Comstock Historic Hill District, which features a collection of storybook cottages full of odd angles and quirky architecture, and each month there is an Art Walk when local artists showcase their work. Head to the late 18th-century Carmel Mission at the edge of town and admire its creamy exterior and richly decorated rooms. While the town of Carmel is certainly idyllic, the best way to explore the area is to get out of it through a scenic drive along the coastline.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Carmel-by-the-Sea?

Fall is one of the best times to visit Carmel, thanks to the warm, sunny weather that is perfect for exploring the nearby nature reserves and beaches. The temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much throughout the year, but it does take a little bit of a dip in winter, and you will see more rain from December to March, but this is the perfect time to visit if you’d like to explore the area with fewer people around. In the spring, the skies clear and bougainvillea blooms throughout town. The summer is the busiest season, and, though it never gets too hot, you will see almost no rain during this time. No matter what time of year you book your Carmel vacation rental, it is important to bring plenty of layers of clothing, as the weather can change quickly here.


What are the top things to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea?

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

This beautiful coastal reserve lies along the headlands of the Monterey Peninsula, home to rocky cliffs, white sand coves, and an array of hiking trails. The park has an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna, including more than 20 species of land mammals, such as pocket gophers, bobcats, and grey foxes, as well as sea lions, red-shouldered hawks, and alligator lizards.

Monarch Grove Sanctuary

Just over 15 minutes north of Carmel-by-the-Sea, this enthralling sanctuary is one of the main southbound migration spots for Monarch butterflies. As you walk along the sanctuary's pathways, you can catch a glimpse of these fluttering orange and black beauties resting in the trees. The migration season generally lasts from mid-October until mid-May, but the Monarch Grove Sanctuary is a wonderful, tranquil place to visit all year round.

17-Mile Drive

Connecting Carmel to Monterey, 17-Mile Drive is one of the most scenic drives in California that features rugged seaside cliffs against the dark blue backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Along the rocky coastline of the Monterey Peninsula, you’ll pass by the cities of Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, as well as luxurious seaside abodes and the 250-year-old Lone Cypress that stands all by itself on a rocky outcrop.