Top 10 Glamping Spots Near Monterey, California - Updated 2021

glamping in monterey
Ibrahim
Ibrahim
Updated

If you can’t get enough beautiful natural scenery, love unwinding by the sea, and enjoy seafood, then visiting Monterey is a must. This former Spanish California capital is a peaceful coastal town that features endless outdoor activities and even city attractions — including museums, housing the area’s past. Visitors to this place love the vistas of the cascading landscape along 17-Mile Drive, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve’s coastal terrain, beaches, and hiking trails, and even whale watching and scuba diving. Visitors can converge by the pier to savor curated cocktails and view the incredible sunset during the evening. You can find many accommodations in the town, but there are also cozy glamping spots around if you want to holiday in the outdoors. Check out these top glamping spots near Monterey, California.

1. Cozy dome with spectacular views (from USD 175)

From spectacular vistas of the mountains to the luxury offered in this great glamping spot, you won’t want to leave this place. The canvas features a king-size bed and extra beddings to accommodate up to eight people comfortably. Depending on the days and season, it can accommodate more guests for a surcharge. Check out the Airbnb listing for more details. The off-grid dome is located on a large animal sanctuary with more than 1000 acres (404.7 hectares) of protected forested area, though it is not open for exploration. Modern home amenities such as a fully equipped kitchen to test your cooking skills, hot showers, and a fireplace are provided.

THE BIG OM OCEAN RETREAT
Pescadero, California, United States
146 reviews
Dome house 2 Beds 3 Bedrooms 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the trailer had a propane heater which was very helpful during a cold night
the land was amazing and the rv was very cozy
the bed was comfortable and the fire pit area was really warm and welcoming
the land there is beautiful with plenty of room for the horses
Cleanliness:
the rv was clean and comfortable
the trailer though dated it was very clean and comfortable
also the dome itself is super clean and the bed is very comfortable
the kitchen was more than we expected very clean and stocked with basic things
the bathhouse was clean and had warm water (super welcoming in late november)
Host:
the host was very responsive and reliable
montrese is a really welcoming and funny host
montrese was warm and helpful
and montrese was an excellent host
montrese is a great host and very responsive if we had any questions
Location:
beautiful property in a magnificent location
the location is beautiful and serene
nothing can beat the location and its remote tranquility
we only got to visit this amazing location for one night
this place is indeed a paradise for animals
Read more reviews

2. Secluded hillside retreat (from USD 200)

This hillside retreat located on an active cattle ranch promises an awesome glamping experience for solo travelers or couples. The vintage canvas is seasonally available from April to October. It’s secluded, but a few minutes’ drive from the main road are some cafes and downtown San Bautista. If you don’t feel like hiking the surrounding area, you can enjoy the pretty views of the valley below and of the mountains from the comfort of the deck’s lounge chairs or the hammock. You’ll find a well-equipped kitchenette for your basic dining needs. And to keep you warm during cold evenings, wool blankets and a fire pit are provided. Parking and WiFi are complimentary.

Rancho Tranquillo Rustic Chic Tent
San Juan Bautista, California, United States
92 reviews
Tent 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
showering in the open air with the wind striking the flowers was a truly magical experience
perfect glamping experience and showering with the view was so surreal
the bed was luxuriously comfortable the open air shower was lovely and included robes towels and toiletries
even the shower was adorable - you can enjoy a beautiful view at the same time
it is comfortable the views are breathtaking and we can’t wait to return
Cleanliness:
everything was clean and orderly
extremely clean and wonderful touches to the space
the place was clean and cozy
the outdoor bathroom was easy to use and very clean
it was beautiful secluded and very clean
Host:
joe and julie were excellent host
special call out and thanks to the wonderful hosts who made this trip special for us
they were very communicative and the check in process was super easy
julie and joe were wonderful hosts and the tent had some very thoughtful touches
the hosts go above and beyond to make this a comfortable beautiful stay
Location:
rancho tranquillo was such a cute and romantic place everything was well thought out there were cute surprises everywhere
the location was very easy to find and we immediately felt at home
absolutely stunning place to stay for an outdoor adventure
Read more reviews

3. Comfortable stay surrounded by redwoods (from USD 70)

Book this tent to stay amidst the redwood trees of the Santa Cruz Mountains without sacrificing comfort. This place features plenty of outdoor activities, such as biking, hiking, bird-watching, and stargazing at night. Relax on the tree deck with a glass of wine or have a barbecue in the stunning garden. The property comes with a private restroom, a mini-fridge, a kettle, and more for your convenience. There is a sizable futon with sheets and blankets good for two guests. WiFi and parking are free.

Santa Cruz Mountain Glamping in the Redwoods
Scotts Valley, California, United States
13 reviews
Private room in tent 1 Bed 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
ty was very responsive and the place was super clean
Host:
ty was a great host he provided a great escape in the santa cruz mountains
Read more reviews

4. Well-furnished canvas in a perfect location (from USD 119)

You can’t beat the location and the coziness of this well-furnished canvas. It’s set in the Soquel valley woods and is a short drive away from the beach and wineries. Enjoy bird-watching from the comfort of the deck’s armchair, or go on a hike to explore the area. The fire pit is perfect for keeping warm during cold evenings. The tent is fitted with a comfy bed to give you a comfortable night’s rest. There is a shared bathroom and free parking for your convenience.

Soquel Glamping Nestled in the Woods
Soquel, California, United States
70 reviews
Tent 1 Bed 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
softer soft bed nice grill and ice chest to use
the deck was perfect for relaxing yoga and breakfast
it’s really the perfect mix of rural camping with the amenities and touches to feel clean and cozy
you get the full on experience of camping yet the comfort of an actual bed and a toilet
Cleanliness:
everything was very clean and organized
the bed was super comfortable and clean
no showers but a clean portable toilet
Host:
natalie was such a gracious and accommodating host and we ver much appreciated her genuine kindness
they are kind educated and helpful individuals
a one of a kind experience only 10 minutes from the beach
Location:
great place to get away too would come back again
it would be a great spot for a big group as there is another yurt close by
this place is adorable the photos truly don’t do justice to just how cute and inviting this place is
the nearby parks and hikes were an amazing way to spend the day
this place was the perfect getaway from the city
Read more reviews

5. A luxurious tent in an eco-friendly resort (from USD 149)

If you’re looking for luxury in the wilderness, you can’t go wrong with this furnished canvas. With a heated swimming pool that’s available from May to October, hot showers, and electricity, this place feels like a home-away-from-home. With private hiking trails, a tended garden with a grill and a fire pit, and beautiful surroundings, this place promises an unforgettable outdoor encounter. The place comes with a big bed that can comfortably accommodate two guests. There are also a kitchen sink and bathroom close by.

Gazebo Tent
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
67 reviews
Tent 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
despite that the heated blanket campfire stove and good wifi made for an enjoyable night
the bed had a heater so we were warm and comfortable all night
there are great amenities hot water comes on in a few seconds bathrooms are very clean
it’s a campsite but inside the cabin it’s like a hotel room
Cleanliness:
the rooms are very clean and smell good
the restrooms were also very clean and the shower water was warm
sparkling clean everything highly recommend saddle mountain ranch
the bathroom and shower area are clean
the gazebo tent was private and very clean
Host:
the staff is very helpful and kind
the hosts were also very friendly
everyone i met at the site was also very friendly
and the staff was kind and i really want to visit again
the property in itself is really nice and staff are friendly and easy to communicate with
Location:
the location was great it’s near shops and restaurants which was nice
super cute location in the woods for a perfect night away
we loved it- great location for carmel and big sur and very comfortable
this is such a cool place
it was nice to come back to a comfortable nice place
Read more reviews

6. Stylish bungalow in a secluded part of Redwoods Grove (from USD 125)

Wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the hills and breathtaking natural views all around when staying in this hideaway. It’s located in the heart of Redwood Grove and is the perfect retreat for couples that want to camp in a secluded area. The interior is spacious and comes with power outlets, lamps, and a coffee maker for your convenience. The rental comes with a beautiful shaded lawn and a barbecue grill. A private road leads to the property that also offers free parking, beddings, and toiletries.

Redwood Hideaway Bungalow #1
Watsonville, California, United States
3 reviews
Yurt 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Location:
it's isolated and beautiful and if you're looking for a hotel experience then this is *not* your place
if you're looking to camp in the redwoods this place is the best of the best
Read more reviews

7. Well-appointed tent in Saddle Mountain Ranch (from USD 149)

This camp is located on Saddle Mountain Ranch and is close to grocery stores and eateries. The place will give you a fabulous camping experience. The canvas is tastefully decorated and features a sizable bed, a fire pit, and a barbecue grill. It’s perfect for solo travelers and couples. Next to the tent is a community area where you can access a kitchen sink, hot showers, and clean toilets. You can also explore the private hiking trails around, play foosball, or take a dip in the seasonal swimming pool. Electric blankets are provided and parking and WiFi are free.

Luxury Tent
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
235 reviews
Tent 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable and great amenities
fun and cozy we stayed warm with the electric blankets provided
loved our stay here beds were super comfy and electric blanket was so warm will definitely be coming back
we also loved that we could “camp” with all the amenities of staying in a comfortable hotel
the electric heater blanket works wonderfully and keeps you super warm
Cleanliness:
so clean and comfortable
the space was very clean and as listed
clean comfortable and reasonably priced
love that it was also very clean
also a very nice pool and clean sanitaries
Host:
the staff was friendly and exceptionally helpful
the staff tent and facilities were amazing
very peaceful and the staff was very welcoming
we loved the fire pits and warm blankets friendly staff and neighbors
great place to stay super chilled and lovely staff
Location:
good location and nice tent
charming remote location yet not far from the main roads
super great location and a wonderful price
no complaints this place is amazing great location bathrooms a walk away
we did a day trip to big sur and it was the perfect location
Read more reviews

8. Plush lodging with luxurious amenities (from USD 199)

Go for this plush, private tent for an outstanding outdoor experience. It features more than 10 acres (4 hectares) of redwoods and pastures to explore while also providing modern luxuries for relaxing, such as a hot tub and a swimming pool. The queen bed comes with soft linens to give you a comfortable night’s sleep. In the morning, you can enjoy your complimentary tea or coffee on the patio while admiring the majestic redwood trees. 100 feet (30.5 meters) away from the space is the main building where the private bathroom is located. Complimentary breakfast is served every morning.

GLAMP with a Gourmet Breakfast!
Santa Cruz, California, United States
25 reviews
Tent 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi in the main cabin was excellent
we didn’t have wifi in our cabin which i think was a treat
definitely don’t skip out on breakfast (like every other review says)
even though we were in a tent the beds and bed heaters provided a wonderful warmth at night
staying at flipjack ranch was an absolute delight amazing breakfast in beautiful natural surroundings
Cleanliness:
quiet clean and fabulous food
robin's retreat was very easy to find and provided a relaxing and clean environment to relax in
the glamp itself is super cute clean and comfy
Host:
she always made herself available to me and you can tell she likes to host
robin is an incredible host warm and caring even through covid precautions
it felt very kind and genuine
Read more reviews

9. Cool campsite next to state park (from USD 113)

Next to the state park and 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from the ocean is this space that welcomes animal lovers. There is a working farm close by where you can see friendly domestic animals such as a mule, horses, goats, and more. The tent has one bed but can accommodate up to four guests with extra mats. There is an outdoor bathroom with a solar shower. During winter, it’s best to bring your own firewood to keep warm at night. There is no network service on the property, which means more time to appreciate the stunning landscapes and surrounding nature.

Tentrr Signature Site - Artemis
Santa Cruz, California, United States
31 reviews
Tent 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wood stove made it nice and cozy
Host:
the people who own the property are very nice and accommodating
Location:
the location is beautiful and super convenient to hiking (it’s literally in their backyard)
Read more reviews

10. Lovely tent in the Soquel Mountains (from USD 131)

Located only a few minute’s drive from the beach and on top of the Soquel Mountains is this place that will exceed your expectations. There are wineries, restaurants, and hiking trails nearby. It features complete amenities for four guests and comes with a queen and twin bed. The area around the fire pit is the perfect place for relaxing with family and friends. Free parking, toiletries, and beddings are also provided for your convenience.

Forest Glamping Near The Beach
Soquel, California, United States
58 reviews
Tent 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the place was very clean and cozy
loved this space very clean beautiful scenery and a great place to relax and unwind
Host:
natalie is very responsive and will bring you whatever you need within minutes
Location:
the tent is spacious and comfortable and the location is right in the forest
Read more reviews

Experience an outstanding outdoor getaway

These glamping spots allow you to enjoy all that Monterey and its surrounding outdoors have to offer. Whether you want to stay in a working ranch, amidst redwoods, or close to the beach, these top glamping spots near Monterey, California, have you covered. Make your choice and book now for a fabulous outdoor getaway.

Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our privacy policy for more information on how we use your data

Ibrahim Ayuba is a passionate traveler and a Python Programmer. He spends most of his times on things he loves, including exploring historic sites and nature reserves within his country (Nigeria),...Read more

 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore Monterey
Good things are meant to be shared!