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Monterey vacation rentals

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Entire guesthouse · 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!
$161 per night
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Private room · Seaside
Historic Landmark House - room #3
2 NIGHT MINIMUM Fri, Sat, Sun. No children or pets. *NOTE: THIS ROOM IS LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR AND HAS STAIRS. Self check in. We are offering a light take away snack of coffee/tea, fruit, yogurt, breakfast bars to get your day started. Guest fridge, kettle and microwave are available for use in the back porch. The main kitchen is closed to guests. We are a family who live here so some family noise around meal times to be expected. Animals live on property.
$75 per night
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Private room · Pacific Grove
Welcome to Sea-Glass House! 1BR (PG License #0478)
Enjoy a waterfront bay view from your private spaces (including a bedroom, a deck overlooking the bay, and a spacious bathroom) in a shared house. This stylish place to stay is perfect for couples or someone coming to town for work who wants to maximize their time actually at the waters edge. Sea-Glass House is less than 10 min drive to area’s most popular attractions. Deck is perfect for dinning or having a glass of wine. Depending on the season, watch whales, dolphins, and otters swim by!
$285 per night

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Stay near Monterey's top sights

Photo of Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium326 locals recommend
Photo of Cannery Row
Cannery Row6 locals recommend
Photo of Lovers Point Park
Lovers Point Park57 locals recommend
Photo of Dennis The Menace Playground
Dennis The Menace Playground32 locals recommend
Photo of Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Monterey Bay Whale Watch11 locals recommend
Photo of San Carlos Cathedral
San Carlos Cathedral5 locals recommend

Monterey beach vacation rentals

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Private room · Seaside
Historic Landmark House - room #4
$95 per night
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Entire condo · Watsonville
Magical & Romantic Beachfront Home at Pajaro Dunes
$281 per night
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Entire guest suite · Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach Guest House
$315 per night
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Entire home · Pacific Grove
Cottage Retreat Steps from the Sea
$307 per night
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Private room · Monterey
Master suite
$65 per night
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Entire condo · Carmel-by-the-Sea
Flora Belle, Perfect Carmel-by-the-Sea Getaway
$229 per night
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Private room · Pacific Grove
Modern Beach House
$215 per night
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Hotel room · Pacific Grove
BLOCKS FROM OCEAN -COZY QUEEN-A GETAWAY FOR TWO
$143 per night
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Entire cottage · Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach Cottage-by-the-Sea
$296 per night
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Entire loft · Sand City
Modern Loft by the Sea
$233 per night
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Entire bungalow · Seaside
The Moondoggie Bungalow
$246 per night
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Hotel room · Monterey
Third Floor Queen Bed - Breakfast Included
$221 per night

Monterey house rentals

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Entire home · Monterey
Secluded Gem on Cul-de-sac
$150 per night
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Private room · Del Rey Oaks
Swan Room With Shared Bathroom
$76 per night
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Private room · Carmel-by-the-Sea
Sea Otter Room
$94 per night
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Entire home · Seaside
*Pet Friendly!* with Jacuzzi-Rustic *Glam* House
$278 per night
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Private room · Seaside
Quiet neighborhood near Monterey and the ocean
$75 per night
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Private room · Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach Forest room & private garden
$148 per night
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Private room · Seaside
Beautiful room with private bath and many extras!
$102 per night
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Private room · Seaside
Private and Cozy Room w/Private Bathroom
$81 per night
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Private room · Monterey
Monthly Town & Forest Room
$44 per night
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Entire home · Seaside
Artist's Cottage on the Hill
$156 per night
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Private room · Marina
Relaxing 5 Star Stay on the Monterey Peninsula
$91 per night
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Private room · Monterey
Monthly Town & Forest Retreat
$65 per night

Weekend vacation rentals in Monterey

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Entire cottage · Carmel Valley
Perfect Hideaway in Carmel Valley Hills
$210 per night
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Entire rental unit · Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach New Cozy Suite
$135 per night
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Treehouse · Santa Cruz
Luxury Treehouse in the Redwoods
$220 per night
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Entire guest suite · Pebble Beach
Miller Suite: Mid Century Modern in the Forest
$225 per night
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Entire guesthouse · Marina
Otter’s Den by Monterey Beaches and Aquarium
$152 per night
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Entire guest suite · Seaside
Studio on top(view the sand dune, maybe the ocean)
$121 per night
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Entire guest suite · Carmel-by-the-Sea
"Carmel Cabinsque"
$141 per night
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Private room · Del Rey Oaks
Crane Room With Shared Bathroom
$77 per night
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Private room · Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach Getaway
$131 per night
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Entire guest suite · Seaside
Deluxe Suite for Two
$156 per night
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Entire guesthouse · Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach Studio
$163 per night
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Private room · Pebble Beach
Pebble beach private bed/bathroom 1
$96 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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