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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
$513 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 316 reviews
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Bungalow in Santa Monica
Santa Monica Bungalow on Quiet Street North of Montana
Step through the carriage doors and into an open interior with polished concrete floors, plus a kitchen with navy cabinets and stone countertops. The bedroom comes with barn door, bamboo floors, and 55" HDTV, while a verdant garden awaits outside. Enter the guest house thru carriage doors to a first floor open living space with kitchen, sofa and 60'' HD flatscreen TV. Polished concrete floors and stone countertops. Exit to open, outdoor staircase leading to an upper bedroom with Cal-King Bed, bamboo floors, dresser, 55'' HD TV, comfortable bathroom with walk-in shower and vanity. Wifi / Cable / AC & Heating units in each room. Design is a mix of beach cottage with contemporary accents. 2 Blocks to beautiful Ocean Avenue to watch gorgeous California sunsets or walk to beach. 2 Blocks to Montana Avenue shopping and cafes. Close to Promenade and Metrolink. Unbeatable Location ! Our place is good for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. The bungalow is a separate guesthouse but owners are present on the property in the main house. Outside table with a bench and chairs are perfectly located for morning coffee lunch or evening cocktail. We live in the front house so feel free to reach out to us with any questions and/or concerns regarding your stay. Leave the car behind - the beach, restaurants, cafes, and shops, are all an easy walk away. Rent a bike nearby to explore further. Watch the sunset over the water from Ocean Avenue, 2 blocks away, while Metrolink and Promenade are also close. Rent a Hulu Bike for your stay. “On May 12, 2015, the Santa Monica City Council adopted the Home-Sharing Ordinance reiterating its ban on the rental of entire units as vacation rentals. The Home-Sharing Ordinance also legalized the short term rental of a portion of a person’s home when the host lives on-site throughout the visitor’s stay and when the host obtains a business license. Hosts are also required to collect and remit Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) if not collected and remitted by the hosting platform.” Our license #221557 is listed with the City of Santa Monica
Aug 2 – 9
$315 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 251 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.
Dec 30 – Jan 6
$135 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 594 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 5 – 12
$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 28 – Dec 5
$305 per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 115 reviews
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Home in Santa Monica
Quiet & Lovely Light-Filled Casita - Santa Monica
May 29 – Jun 3
$238 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!
Jan 5 – 12
$225 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 273 reviews
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Home in Venice
Architectural Masterpiece with Roof Deck
Oct 31 – Nov 7
$883 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 596 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
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Home in Malibu
Malibu Beachfront Serenity by the Sea!
Jun 4 – 11
$502 per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 219 reviews
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Home in Topanga
*Spa Retreat for Two
Dec 9 – 16
$283 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 175 reviews
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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 Malibu
Ocean View Malibu Mountain Retreat
Mar 21 – 28
$498 per night
4.83 out of 5 average rating, 301 reviews
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Home in Ocean Park
Spacious Classic Charm by the Beach
May 21 – 28
$220 per night
4.9 out of 5 average rating, 348 reviews
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Home in Los Angeles
Award-Winning Architectural Glass & Concrete Oasis
Apr 23 – 30
$485 per night
4.86 out of 5 average rating, 108 reviews

Santa Monica apartment rentals

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Apartment in Santa Monica
Venice Studio
Dec 14 – 21
$92 per night
4.84 out of 5 average rating, 111 reviews
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Apartment in Santa Monica
Cozy Studio Apartment In Santa Monica
Mar 17 – 24
$126 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
Feb 12 – 19
$141 per night
4.94 out of 5 average rating, 494 reviews
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Apartment in Santa Monica
Ocean Park Treasure... 3 Blocks to the Beach!
Jun 30 – Jul 7
$186 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 217 reviews
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Apartment in Santa Monica
NEW and Gorgeous Walk Everywhere with Garden
Oct 17 – 24
$186 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 156 reviews
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Apartment in Santa Monica
Promenade SM|Modern design| Studio apt
Jul 13 – 20
$211 per night
4.9 out of 5 average rating, 178 reviews
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Apartment in Los Angeles
Cozy 1 Bedroom 1 Bath Apartment
Oct 24 – 31
$135 per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 340 reviews
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Apartment in Los Angeles
Couple's Nest one block off Abbot Kinney District
Oct 23 – 30
$206 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 303 reviews
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Apartment in Malibu
Magnificent Ocean View at Malibu 1 Bedroom Getaway
Jun 15 – 22
$224 per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 311 reviews
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Apartment in Los Angeles
Sunny Venice Beach rental close to everything!
May 23 – 30
$185 per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 106 reviews
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Apartment in Santa Monica
Beautiful Corner Studio Apartment w/Free Parking
Aug 8 – 15
$193 per night
4.87 out of 5 average rating, 134 reviews
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Apartment in Topanga
Topanga Modern Oasis Close to Beach
Oct 31 – Nov 7
$120 per night
4.91 out of 5 average rating, 561 reviews

Santa Monica condo rentals

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Condo in Los Angeles
Steps to Venice Beach on a budget!
May 7 – 14
$128 per night
4.8 out of 5 average rating, 291 reviews
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Condo in Santa Monica
Elegant Upper w Courtyard Garden Dining Space
Dec 7 – 14
$208 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 312 reviews
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Condo in Malibu
OCEAN PARADISE SANTA MONICA ADJACENT 2 Bedroom
Oct 13 – 20
$413 per night
4.79 out of 5 average rating, 160 reviews
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Condo in Santa Monica
Luxury Studio in Heart of DT Santa Monica King Bed
Apr 11 – 18
$210 per night
4.81 out of 5 average rating, 206 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, 371 reviews
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Condo in Culver City
One Bdr Upstairs Apt- Mins to Sony Pics and Venice
Apr 6 – 13
$175 per night
4.94 out of 5 average rating, 112 reviews
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Condo in Marina del Rey
Beach Condo with Game Room 3BR/3BA
Oct 24 – 31
$572 per night
4.84 out of 5 average rating, 270 reviews
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Condo in Malibu
60 Feet Ocean Front 3-Bedroom Malibu Condo
Jun 14 – 21
$753 per night
4.82 out of 5 average rating, 176 reviews
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Condo in Santa Monica
Prime Santa Monica - Very Spacious & Free Parking
Nov 30 – Dec 7
$280 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 208 reviews
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Condo in Malibu
Malibu beachfront condo w pool, 2 bedroom 1 bath
Apr 28 – May 5
$444 per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 101 reviews
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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
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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

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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