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Private room · Seaside
Historic Landmark House - room #4
1 guest only. 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.
May 29 – Jun 5
$86 per night
Private room · Del Rey Oaks
Swan Room With Shared Bathroom
This clean quiet pretty bedroom shares one bathroom with the guests of another two bedrooms. Parking is inside the big yard with automatic gate. The house is in the most lovely city which is close to Monterey, Carmel, 17-Mile Drive, Point Lobos Park, DLI, NPS , aquarium, Lovers' Point and all the beaches on Monterey Peninsula ,shopping centers and restaurants. It is an ideal base for 1 or 2 persons to explore Monterey Bay area. The house is located in the safe clean and beautiful neighborhood.
Dec 5 – 12
$79 per night
Apartment · Pebble Beach
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.
Sep 9 – 16
$117 per night

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Stay near Monterey's top sights

Photo of Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium326 locals recommend
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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

Guesthouse · Seaside
Cozy Seaside Cottage
$156 per night
Guest suite · Pacific Grove
Guest Quarters Near Asilomar & Pebble Beach #0335
Apr 4 – 11
$176 per night
Bungalow · Seaside
The Mermaid Bungalow
Nov 11 – 18
$234 per night
Condo · Watsonville
Magical & Romantic Beachfront Home at Pajaro Dunes
Sep 18 – 25
$281 per night
Private room · Pebble Beach
Aspen Room at Asilomar Beach License # 0450
Jul 28 – Aug 4
$129 per night
Private room · Pacific Grove
Welcome to Sea-Glass House! 1BR (PG License #0478)
Dec 29 – Jan 5
$426 per night
Apartment · Pacific Grove
Three Mermaid’s Cove Modern Penthouse at the Beach
Mar 7 – 14
$475 per night
Home · Castroville
Oceanfront Retreat w/Private HotTub
Feb 18 – 25
$845 per night
Cottage · Monterey
Wonderful Monterey Cottage - Close to everything!
Jan 10 – 17
$189 per night
Apartment · Sand City
Elegant retreat close proximity to everything
Jan 23 – 30
$150 per night
Hotel room · Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel Hideaway
Feb 27 – Mar 6
$155 per night
Private room · Pacific Grove
Modern Beach House
May 15 – 22
$207 per night

Monterey house rentals

Home · Seaside
Seaside Guesthouse
Mar 16 – 23
$173 per night
Private room · Pebble Beach
Private Queen bed/1 Mile to Center of Monterey
Nov 24 – Dec 1
$78 per night
Private room · Salinas
Comfortable room in quiet, comfortable cozy house.
Jan 8 – 15
$60 per night
Private room · Seaside
Home-G by the Sea (G2)
Nov 25 – Dec 2
$83 per night
Private room · Salinas
Quiet simple bedroom in peaceful neighborhood
Jan 30 – Feb 6
$52 per night
Private room · Salinas
Smoke free queen bed, chair bed & in suite shower
Nov 12 – 19
$77 per night
Home · Seaside
Artist's Cottage on the Hill
Mar 29 – Apr 5
$137 per night
Private room · Marina
Cheerful 1-Bedroom Near Beach with Free Parking
Dec 11 – 18
$96 per night
Private room · Carmel-by-the-Sea
Sea Breeze Room
Dec 25 – Jan 1
$89 per night
Private room · Salinas
Esau's Full Bed Ocean Room
Dec 13 – 20
$49 per night
Private room · Salinas
Cozy, well lit room in Salinas, near Monterey Bay
Dec 14 – 21
$37 per night
Private room · Seaside
Two Beds — One Bedroom in Home with Free Parking
Oct 30 – Nov 6
$85 per night

Weekend vacation rentals in Monterey

Guesthouse · Marina
Affordable Tiny House Miles From the Beach!
Jun 16 – 23
$109 per night
Private room · Del Rey Oaks
Crane Room With Shared Bathroom
Feb 10 – 17
$91 per night
Guest suite · Seaside
Studio on top(view the sand dune, maybe the ocean)
Mar 19 – 26
$121 per night
Private room · Seaside
Historic Landmark House - room #2
Jun 6 – 13
$113 per night
Private room · Salinas
Cozy Home in Quiet Area +coffee, wine & beer.
Jan 29 – Feb 5
$64 per night
Camper/RV · Monterey County
Camper/tiny home
Dec 3 – 10
$77 per night
Tiny home · Aptos
Bamboo Cottage in Aptos Mountain Retreat & Spa
Oct 29 – Nov 5
$98 per night
Private room · Seaside
Safe Short Stay by the Seashore #2
Aug 1 – 8
$125 per night
Private room · Salinas
Cheerful bedroom with free parking on premise
Dec 26 – Jan 2
$70 per night
Private room · Salinas
Coz beautiful bedroom with a queen-sized bed 2
Nov 21 – 28
$76 per night
Private room · Aptos
Stylish one bedroom with patio by the Ocean
Dec 2 – 9
$66 per night
Private room · Salinas
Secret Garden in Salinas
Dec 10 – 17
$75 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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