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11 Breathtaking Vacation Rentals Along The Big Sur Route - Updated 2020

11 Breathtaking Vacation Rentals Along The Big Sur Route

The Big Sur is a must-see American attraction up there with the Golden Gate bridge and for good reason. It’s a long drive nestled in between mountainous forests and a sea view that stretches on forever. The route features many hiking and trekking spots and other natural wonders you need to see. Unsurprisingly, many people flock to this area for their vacations, and it has given rise to a booming vacation rental business in the towns along the Big Sur route. Here is a list of 11 beautiful Airbnbs in Big Sur that we’ve picked out for you from across the price range.

On the edge of wilderness, Carmel (from USD 185)

This little nook in nature, otherwise known as the HawksPerch Haven studio, is a beautiful place for you to unplug and unwind. It is located on the edge of a canyon, and is surrounded by the wilderness. From your private outdoor space, grab a drink and enjoy views of the ocean that stretch for miles ahead. This place’s remote location means that cell phone reception is poor here, but there are landlines for your use. There’s also Wi-Fi but it’s only strong enough to check an email or two. Facilities available are a private entrance, full kitchen, full sized bed (for 2), cable TV and an electric fireplace.

HawksPerch Haven Studio DO NOT REQUEST, CONTACT US
Carmel, California, United States
205 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space is adorable clean and cozy with an amazing ocean view from the private rooftop perch
the kitchen and bathroom are very well stocked with necessities and the space is very beautifully finished
the place: clean organized & beautiful
the studio is very clean and well-stocked
the space is clean & tidy and really is the perfect getaway for two
the apartment was sparkly clean with everything in it i could have needed
the space it’s self was clean and well maintained
the hosts were amazing
kevin and jill are fantastic hosts
kevin and jill are amazing hosts
kevin & jill are gracious hosts with a peaceful lovely special home
jill & kevin thank you you truly are "super hosts"
the location and value is unbeatable
the location is great in that it is between monterey and big sur
beautiful canyon walk right on your doorstep
location is also great between carmel town and big sur
great location of the mountains and ocean
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A haven made out of redwood, Carmel by the Sea

This Big Sur cabin rental, sitting along a creek is a great place for those who’ve loved the outdoors for years. It’s situated in a unique neighbourhood of nature-loving people from all over the world who’ve chosen to make the wilderness their home. Here, you will not find any television or Wi-Fi, but you will find alot to do within nature and some pretty great memories with your friends. Feel free to ask the friendly owners for hiking trail recommendations and local activities. A bedroom with a queen bed and a queen murphy wall bed provide sleeping space for 4.

Serene Redwood Haven in Big Sur
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
342 reviews
Entire cabin 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable with all of the details and amenities thought of
be aware that hot water is finicky and taking a shower a bit of an adventure
the place is beautifully decorated and the furniture is comfortable
and we even liked no internet/wifi a welcome break from the hustle and bustle
we spent two nights in this comfortable cabin and loved the privacy and lack of cell service
very clean and well organized
rustic but clean and quiet
it's very clean and decorated well
great spot clean lovely quiet
the place was spotless and felt warm and welcoming
erin was a great host
the owners were very courteous and helpful when it came to directions
erin was a great host and the cabin had everything we needed
erin was very helpful in providing detailed directions on how to find the place
host was amazingly helpful and the place was everything you could ask for and more
great location would recommend
the location is very quiet and peaceful
fantastic cabin in a wonderful location
the location was excellent in terms of being within driving distance of big sur as well as carmel
garrapata beach is a super close location to watch a pacific sunset
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Living with the wildflowers, Carmel Highlands (from USD 239)

Surrounded by flowers of every colour, make your next vacation home in this magical little studio. Being the former abode to folk duet Mimi and Richard Farina and artists of all sorts, it’s hard not to find inspiration here. A sleeping loft for two with a large skylight allows for you to drift off to sleep with a scene of stars and towering oaks. Another pull out couch bed allows for another 2 to share in this lovely, quiet place. Comfort is assured with a fully equipped bathroom, consistent heat and an indoor fireplace. Wi-fi available.

Cathedral Redwood Studio with loft
Carmel Highlands, California, United States
120 reviews
Entire cottage 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful views and comfortable space
all the kitchen amenities worked nicely
sparkling cider and coffee were made available along with teas and kitchen staples
the studio is comfortable and has a view to the ocean
the studio was warm the heaters were working shower had hot water which is really nice
the bathroom is very clean and neatly organized
the house is beautiful very clean actually a bit bigger than on the photos
it is a bit more rustic than the pictures show but very clean comfortable and restful
the studio/cottage was very clean and organized
the studio is spacious clean functional and has all the kitchen and bathroom necessities
our hosts were helpful and made us feel very much at home
wonderful and welcoming hosts with so much to share and discuss
the spirituality and kindness of the hosts is unique
lotte was incredibly gracious host and provided us with great recommendations
lotte was a great host
ideal location for visiting the area
nice location centrally located for exploring the area
this is a wonderful location close to point lobos and carmel
place is beautiful and close to many attractions
wonderful magical spot that’s very close to the point lobos entrance
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Bedside by seaside, Cambria (400 USD)

Love looking out to the ocean and spotting whales and dolphins? This large listing with ocean views is just for you. Catch incredible sunsets from the patio or balcony. Its interior is equally pleasant on the eye, decorated with pastels and motifs of the sea. Three bedrooms with three beds sleep 6 guests, and allow privacy for couples or small families travelling with the group. A kitchen, laundry amenities and Wi-Fi are also available in this kid-friendly beach cottage.

View Photo Seaside Escape

Address: Big Sur, CA, United States (see map)

Price: 400 USD

Number of Guests: 6

Storey dome home, Carmel- near Notley’s Landing (from 400 USD)

This enchanting 3-storey dome structure looks like a vision out of a fantasy novel. It was built by a civil rights attorney and his friends back in the 70s, and is now available for you to bask in its beautiful surroundings and interior. It has an expansive open floor plan finished entirely in wood. Multiple skylights allow for dreamy nights of stargazing. It’s only heated with a wood stove (firewood provided), so it’s advised that you bring lots of fluffy clothing to warm up. This rustic setting however, has Wi-Fi. It’s also kid-friendly, so you can bring the young ones to experience the magic. A king bed, a double bed and a single bed allow sleeping area for five guests.

Dome House

Address: Carmel, CA, United States (see map)

Price: from 400 USD

Number of Guests: 5

Tuscan Villa, San Simeon (from 507 USD)

This villa has a sweeping view of the Santa Lucia Mountain range and the ocean. Its high ceilings, spacious grounds and isolation provide for a rejuvenating experience for the family. Its location is far away from other rentals and listings, so it really makes for a private getaway holiday experience. Fall asleep to a full view of the stars and wake up to the sight of dawn with full length windows that open up to the patio in your bedroom. This well furnished option is located on the east side of Historic Highway. It boasts a fully furnished interior, a full kitchen, televisions and a barbecue grill. Three beds provide sleeping arrangements for 6 guests.

Tuscan Villa

Address: San Simeon, CA, United States (see map)

Price: from 507 USD

Number of Guests: 6

Goats by the ocean, Big Sur

This house amongst a sweet farming community is a peaceful getaway amongst mountains and dramatic ocean scenes. It’s complete with a kitchen, bath, laundry appliances and (unstable) Wi-Fi. Sleeping arrangements include a queen bed in bedroom 1, a double bed and single bed in bedroom 2, and one double bed in the common space. Take the time to talk to the hosts, maybe interact with the baby goats trotting about the area, and meet up with them in the morning to milk in the Milkshed. With such friendly assistance, this is the perfect base for relaxing amongst nature and animals or more adventurous pursuits, like hiking.

Big Sur, Goat Farm, Ocean Views!
BIG SUR, California, United States
117 reviews
Farm stay 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
stunning views cozy romantic lodging with all amenities
the cabin was charming and cozy with unparalleled views of magical big sur from the deck and bedrooms
this place is truly gorgeous with a cozy cottage offering spectacular views
we used the cabin at its max capacity and were all very comfortable
the beds were very cozy and comfortable and we were greeted with fresh eggs plums and beautiful flowers
everything was clean and tidy
we arrived to a clean cabin ready for our stay
clean plenty of beds and space for us and our two teenage girls
we arrived to a beautiful clean house with amazing views
the cabin is charming and clean with a quintessential big sur aesthetic and vibe
lygia was the perfect host
our hosts were so kind
thank you for being such a wonderful host
our hosts made us feel very welcome and at home for the week
great hosts and great accommodations
the location is good (close to 'central' big sur)
excellent location and very private
location was perfect: secluded but still close to various shops around big sur
location is perfect for seeing what big sur has to offer
the gardens were amazing and the location was perfect
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Rolling hills and mountains, Big Sur

Live the dream of luxurious amenities amongst hills and mountains. This Big Sur cabin for rent has views of rolling slopes and greenery all around. Its seclusion gives you the clearest views of the stars and trees. A minimum stay of 7 days makes sure you really get to soak in the atmosphere- and at the end of it all, you won’t want to leave. A king bed and a queen bed provide sleeping space for four. Other things you can enjoy are Wi-Fi connectivity, a hot tub, and a small space to do some of your work. Pets are allowed!

10 Acres That Feel Like A 1,000
Entire house 2 Beds 4 Guests

1. Cozy private room (from USD 39)

If you’re looking for an affordable Airbnb vacation rental, then you’ll love this private bedroom in a fully furnished house. The bedroom comes with one queen bed that can accommodate up to two persons. Another thing you’ll find here is a flat-screen television to keep you entertained during your stay. Apart from your rental space, you can also use other parts of the house, including the kitchen, living area, dining set-up, and the spacious deck with hammock and outdoor seating.

Monthly Town & Forest Room
Monterey, California, United States
48 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
jason’s place is very well equipped and had all the amenities you need to have a comfortable stay
the room was small and neat
the bed was super comfy and we really had everything we needed
space was clean quiet and relaxing
the place was clean welcoming and quiet
and the house was always clean because jason is tidy person
our dog also enjoyed the spacious fenced-in yard
so clean you wouldn’t understand that a dog lives there if you didn’t see him
host was kind and thoughtful
both jason & jenny are kind welcoming & generous hosts
jason is a great hosts
excellent hospitality kind host beautiful space
the hosts were very welcoming and provided a really nice breakfast
the location is perfect and close to grocery stores the beach and more
very close to downtown and very clean
jason’s house is set in a secluded and gorgeous spot right outside of central monterey
i totally would recommend this place because it's central but nevertheless a very calm spot
central for any shopping or sightseeing but secluded enough to get a good dose of relaxing nature
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A magical tower overlooking the mountains, Carmel Valley

Now doesn’t this place look like a fairytale? This unique Big Sur vacation rental is a converted water tower that offers panoramic views of Garland Park from its fantastic location. Here, you can enjoy romantic, serene mornings with nothing but the sound of singing birds and the hosts’ horses munching hay. The listing is stocked with a variety of breakfast food- cold drinks, fruit, milk, snacks and a selection of cereals. One bed sleeps two guests and a separate cabin for the bathroom is available near the house.

serene peaceful tower retreat
675 reviews
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests

Compact cabin for 2, Big Sur

This isolated little slice of nature grants you all the privacy you need, but is only minutes from the highway. It’s accessible by the dirt road so coupled with directions provided, you won’t have too much trouble finding it. Along with a quaint little hide-away is a separate bath house where you can get stunning views of the ocean from the hot tub. This cabin in Big Sur has a queen-sized bed for two and other little amenities like a small refrigerator, gas burners and a stove.

Big Sur Mountain Retreat
91 reviews
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests

Surrounded by beauty in Big Sur

Seclusion, sweeping sea views and mountain ranges, these make for the perfect getaway for a lifetime. Even though it is a popular area, much of it is unspoiled and well taken care of. With these Airbnbs in Big Sur, we hope that you get to experience the best of what the area has to offer.

Frequently asked questions about best Airbnbs in Big Sur

1. Which are the best Airbnbs in Bug Sur with nice views?

Given the location, almost every holiday home here comes with a nice view, including this lovely studio, this tower retreat, and this compact cabin.

2. Which are the best Airbnbs for families in Big Sur?

If you’re traveling with your family, then you need to book a bigger accommodation. In that case, you should check out these two family-friendly holiday homes: the bedside by seaside and the Tuscan villa.

3. Which are the most budget-friendly Airbnbs in Big Sur?

Traveling within a budget? You don’t have to worry for Big Sur boasts many affordable accommodations, like this cozy private room that is located in a secluded forest-like area.

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