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Apartment in Malibu
Idyllic, Romantic Beachfront Apartment in Malibu
Fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves in this charming beachfront apartment. The light, airy home features open-plan living and a wall of windows to maximize the amazing views. Enjoy drinks on the deck and a sunset over the water—it's pure bliss. This beachfront apartment is right above the sand and surf. At night the sounds of the sea will lull you to sleep. During the day, you can watch the sea lions sunning on the rocks and dolphins and whales swimming by or go for a walk along the water's edge and dive in yourself. This is an amazing place to have a glass of wine and watch the sunset and relax! In the evening, the lights of the "Queen's Necklace" glimmer in the distance and the moonlight shines on the water. The living room is cozy with two loveseats to snuggle in and watch a movie on the 50" flat screen TV. Three large sliding glass doors open up if you want to let the ocean breezes blow through. The kitchen is small but fully equipped with an apartment size stove and oven, a microwave, a Keurig coffee maker and a French press, tea kettle, toaster and all the dishes and pots and pans you need. A round table with linens provides a beautiful spot for morning coffee. The bedroom has a queen bed with a new organic mattress and designer sheets, pillows and duvet. There is a large closet with room to store your clothes. Books line the bookshelves if you'd like something to read. Mostly, this is just a quiet, beautiful space to put your feet up and really relax while watching the endless panorama of the natural world outside. And....if you want to feel like a movie star, the apartment was recently used as a glamorous setting in an independent film due out soon!!! Two-person kayak (life jackets available) Boogie Boards and a surfboard Television with premium channels (HBO, Showtime, etc.) Wi-Fi Shared entry gate with one other unit. My husband and I live in a small cottage above the apartment but the only shared space is the entry door. We rarely even see our guests. However, I am always available to answer questions or concerns but almost no one has them! Situated directly above the sand and surf, the home is in a residential area along the Malibu coast, away from the tourist areas. Take in the stars at night while strolling along the beach, or eat at one of the nearby restaurants right on the water. There is bus service available just a minute from the apartment that will take you into Santa Monica or the center of Malibu, or farther north to some of Malibu's more remote beaches. Uber is readily available. At high tide, the ocean may come right up to the seawall limiting beach availability. This all depends on the moon, the tides and the amount of sand that we have. This can really vary from day to day and depending on the season. This winter, rough seas washed away our private stairs to the beach, so guests need to use the public access stairs just a few houses away and a very short walk.
Mar 27 – Apr 3
$516 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 316 reviews
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Guesthouse in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles
Cottage Near the Sea!
Our lovely, comfortable cottage guest room with private entrance is just blocks from the beach. Enjoy your own private garden view and patio. It comfortably sleeps two and is convenient to all of LA including Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood, LAX. Easy access to bus lines. And now we have 100 MPS Broadband for strong Wi-Fi for all your personal or business needs. Minimum stay: 3 nights. Maximum stay: 28 nights. We are both fully vaccinated.
Oct 12 – 19
$135 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 594 reviews
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Guesthouse in Los Angeles
Charming Venice Retreat
A great location- 20 minutes by car from the airport and 25 minutes by foot from iconic Venice Beach. Walk around the corner to have brunch at one of the hippest restaurants on the Westside-Superba. You can also cross Lincoln Boulevard and walk down one of our quiet walk streets to world famous Abbot Kinney. There are bike rentals nearby and electric scooters on the corner.
Aug 14 – 21
$124 per night
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 199 reviews

Popular amenities for Santa Monica vacation rentals

Stay near Santa Monica's top sights

Santa Monica Pier2,744 locals recommend
Palisades Park130 locals recommend
Santa Monica Beach315 locals recommend
Downtown Santa Monica Station168 locals recommend
Annenberg Community Beach House152 locals recommend
Whole Foods Market1,702 locals recommend

Santa Monica home rentals

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Home in Malibu
Luxury Modern Malibu Oasis - Ocean/Mountain views
Feb 4 – 11
$995 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 105 reviews
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Home in Venice
Warm & Bright 2 Bedroom Venice Home with Garden
Nov 27 – Dec 4
$305 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 115 reviews
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Home in Malibu
Malibu Beachfront Serenity by the Sea!
Aug 1 – 8
$502 per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 219 reviews
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Home in Santa Monica
Quiet & Lovely Light-Filled Casita - Santa Monica
May 6 – 13
$200 per night
4.91 out of 5 average rating, 327 reviews
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Home in Los Angeles
Stylish Venice Beach Guest House. Ideal Location!
Aug 6 – 13
$258 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 273 reviews
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Home in Los Angeles
Award-Winning Architectural Glass & Concrete Oasis
Apr 24 – May 1
$485 per night
4.86 out of 5 average rating, 107 reviews
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Home in Marina del Rey
Steps to Venice Beach. Instaworthy Vintage Home & Patio
May 10 – 17
$500 per night
4.89 out of 5 average rating, 351 reviews
Superhost
Home in Los Angeles
Cactus Flower - Modernist Solar Guesthouse Garden
Jun 11 – 18
$370 per night
4.89 out of 5 average rating, 166 reviews
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Home in Topanga
*Spa Retreat for Two
Jul 15 – 22
$283 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 175 reviews
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Home in Los Angeles
Tranquil Outdoor Living in This Architect Designed Home
Apr 22 – 29
$297 per night
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 220 reviews
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Home in Topanga
Modern treehouse in the heart of Topanga canyon
Feb 5 – 12
$732 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 287 reviews
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Home in Malibu
Modern Malibu home with Ocean View
Sep 12 – 19
$795 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 115 reviews

Santa Monica apartment rentals

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Apartment in Santa Monica
Cozy Studio Apartment In Santa Monica
Mar 25 – Apr 1
$136 per night
4.82 out of 5 average rating, 428 reviews
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Apartment in Los Angeles
Historic Venice Apt 1/2 blocks to beach+parking
Nov 19 – 26
$141 per night
4.94 out of 5 average rating, 493 reviews
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Apartment in Santa Monica
Venice Canals Sanctuary
Jan 5 – 12
$325 per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 156 reviews
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Apartment in Santa Monica
Promenade SM|Modern design| Studio apt
Dec 30 – Jan 6
$191 per night
4.9 out of 5 average rating, 178 reviews
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Apartment in Santa Monica
NEW and Gorgeous Walk Everywhere with Garden
Jun 18 – 25
$198 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 156 reviews
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Apartment in Los Angeles
Cozy 1 Bedroom 1 Bath Apartment
Dec 14 – 21
$135 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 339 reviews
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Apartment in Santa Monica
Ocean Park Treasure... 3 Blocks to the Beach!
Jun 26 – Jul 3
$220 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 214 reviews
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Apartment in Los Angeles
Couple's Nest one block off Abbot Kinney District
Aug 12 – 19
$206 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 303 reviews
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Apartment in Los Angeles
Sunny Venice Beach rental close to everything!
Apr 1 – 8
$185 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 106 reviews
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Apartment in Los Angeles
Spacious Studio in Historic Venice Beach Loft
May 6 – 13
$202 per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 211 reviews
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Apartment in Topanga
Topanga Ocean View Guest Apartment
Oct 13 – 20
$185 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 306 reviews
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Apartment in Santa Monica
Beautiful Corner Studio Apartment w/Free Parking
Apr 12 – 19
$193 per night
4.87 out of 5 average rating, 134 reviews

Santa Monica condo rentals

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Condo in Santa Monica
Elegant Upper w Courtyard Garden Dining Space
Nov 14 – 21
$212 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 311 reviews
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Condo in Los Angeles
Steps to Venice Beach on a budget!
Jul 22 – 29
$134 per night
4.8 out of 5 average rating, 290 reviews
Superhost
Condo in Malibu
OCEAN PARADISE SANTA MONICA ADJACENT 2 Bedroom
Jun 13 – 20
$439 per night
4.79 out of 5 average rating, 160 reviews
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Condo in Malibu
Malibu, Carbon Beach - Suite Seven
Aug 12 – 19
$956 per night
4.87 out of 5 average rating, 370 reviews
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Condo in Marina del Rey
Marina Del Rey Studio w/ a View!!
Jul 22 – 29
$199 per night
4.88 out of 5 average rating, 104 reviews
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Condo in Malibu
Premium Sunset Penthouse Ocean Front Malibu Road
Mar 3 – 10
$817 per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 228 reviews
Superhost
Condo in Santa Monica
Townhouse in Prime Santa Monica - Free Parking
Nov 29 – Dec 6
$317 per night
4.89 out of 5 average rating, 104 reviews
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Condo in Marina del Rey
Beach Condo with Game Room 3BR/3BA
Jul 17 – 24
$726 per night
4.84 out of 5 average rating, 269 reviews
Superhost
Condo in Marina del Rey
Waterfront 1 Bed 1 Bath - Marina views - Spacious
Apr 27 – May 4
$413 per night
4.83 out of 5 average rating, 157 reviews
Superhost
Condo in Santa Monica
Luxury Studio in Heart of DT Santa Monica King Bed
Jun 18 – 25
$299 per night
4.81 out of 5 average rating, 206 reviews
Superhost
Condo in Malibu
60 Feet Ocean Front 3-Bedroom Malibu Condo
Apr 26 – May 3
$753 per night
4.82 out of 5 average rating, 176 reviews
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Condo in Malibu
Malibu beachfront condo w pool, 2 bedroom 1 bath
Apr 20 – 27
$441 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 101 reviews

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Santa Monica

Total rentals

2.6K properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

1.5K properties have a dedicated workspace

Rentals with a pool

330 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

890 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

970 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

111K reviews

Your guide to Santa Monica

Introduction

With 3.5 miles of sandy beach and swimmable water, and some of the most heavenly summer sunsets, Santa Monica is about fun in the sun with a healthy dose of relaxation. The city’s numerous shops, restaurants, vacation rentals, and entertainment venues can convince you the city is one large coastal theme park, but it’s also a surprisingly walkable section of Los Angeles, with adjacent Venice Beach just a leisurely 2.5-mile stroll away.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s coastal Mediterranean climate promises warm daytime temperatures and cool evenings. Sunny, temperate days are generally the rule for the majority of the year, with rain a rare exception. The months of June, July, and August are the driest, while January and February are more regularly gray and gloomy.

Santa Monica temperatures generally hover between the mid-60s to the low 70s Fahrenheit. Morning skies can often be obscured by a marine layer, which typically melts away before lunch, giving way to sunshine. Summers can occasionally introduce warmer daytime temps in the low 80s, but the presence of a coastal breeze tends to keep the temperature hovering around perfect. Still, it’s never a bad idea to bring an extra light layer, especially for evening excursions. Otherwise, bring sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen.


Top things to do in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Pier

Arguably the most iconic structure along the Southern California coast, this pier overlooks Santa Monica State Beach and operates as a popular social, dining, and entertainment spot for locals and visitors alike. Take a ride on the historic merry-go-round, watch locals cast and catch along the length of the boardwalk, or enjoy the panoramic view from atop the Pacific Park Ferris wheel (especially beautiful during summer as the sun is setting). The pier’s Secret Story Tour app is worth a download before and during any visit.

Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Southern California’s expansive cornucopia of produce, a visit to the largest grower-only farmers’ market in the region will surely be a rewarding and flavorful affair. It’s not uncommon to run into famous local chefs loading up carts for their week’s menu alongside other celebrities as you peruse the more than 85 farm stands on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday morning.

Third Street Promenade

This three-block, pedestrian-only stretch of shops and restaurants is an iconic part of the Santa Monica landscape. In recent years, the outdoor pedestrian mall has seen a revitalization. Investment has brought new, heralded dining options to the strip along with numerous public amenities that invite visitors to rest and relax, children to play, and audiences to enjoy free public performances.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Santa Monica?

    Santa Monica's weather is typically mild, boasting an average temperature of 70°F (21°C) throughout the year. Winters are cooler, averaging around 60°F (15°C), while summers can heat up to 75°F (24°C). It's generally sunny, with occasional rain in winter months.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Santa Monica?

    Visitors in Santa Monica often enjoy rollerblading or biking along the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, exploring the shops on Main Street, watching the sunset from Palisades Park, or taking yoga classes on the beach.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Santa Monica?

    Many visitors choose to explore Santa Monica from June to August due to the warm and pleasant weather. Local events that draw crowds during this period include the Santa Monica Pier Concert Series and the Twilight Dance Series.

  • What are the best places to stay in Santa Monica?

    Visitors often choose to stay in areas such as Downtown Santa Monica, for its proximity to shopping, dining, and nightlife; the Ocean Park neighborhood, well known for its beachy vibe; and the quieter Mid-City, which is close to the Santa Monica Airport and arts district.

  • What are the best places to visit in Santa Monica?

    The most popular places to visit in Santa Monica include the iconic Santa Monica Pier, the Third Street Promenade for shopping and street performers, and the artsy Bergamot Station. The Tongva Park and Santa Monica State Beach are also frequently suggested for relaxation and outdoor activities.

  • What are some hiking trails in Santa Monica?

    The Santa Monica Mountains have several popular hiking trails. Temescal Canyon Trail is a loop that provides panoramic ocean views, while the Los Liones Trail weaves through lush greenery and offers a spectacular vista of the Pacific Ocean.

  • What are some family activities to do in Santa Monica?

    Families can enjoy a fun-filled day at the Santa Monica Pier, which has the Pacific Park amusement park and the Aquarium. Another often recommended activity is a bike ride along the South Bay Bicycle Trail, and visiting the interactive exhibits at the Santa Monica History Museum.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Santa Monica?

    A popular day trip from Santa Monica is to the Getty Center to explore its impressive art collection. Visitors also frequently travel to the Griffith Observatory for a panoramic view of Los Angeles, or to Malibu for its beautiful beaches and the Malibu Wine Safaris.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Santa Monica?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Santa Monica. From over 1,370 apartment rentals, over 510 house rentals to over 220 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Santa Monica?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,460 vacation rentals in Santa Monica featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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