10 Best Beach House Rentals In Santa Monica, California - Updated 2024

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Santa Monica is a stunning location in California, situated in the City of Angels. The area is most well-known for its gorgeous beaches and lovely tourist attractions, mainly sunny due to the beautiful weather in Santa Monica. If you’re looking for things to do, you’ll be pampered for choice—from Santa Monica Pier to Santa Monica State Beach.

You can rent bikes, explore, walk by the shoreline, or lay out and enjoy the sun on its amazing state beach. Many people come to Los Angeles and Santa Monica on vacation, as it’s the perfect spot for families or couples who want to get away for a refreshing trip and enjoy each other’s company. Browse through this article and check out the top picks for the best beach house rentals in Santa Monica, California, to plan your next vacation trip.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) host status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and access to beach. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 31, 2024.

1. Charming beach bungalow (from USD 350)

This charming bungalow in Santa Monica is close to the beach, so guests can enjoy walks by the water. The property has every amenity you need to enjoy a barbecue night on a patio where you can feel the beautiful ocean breeze.

The house rental also offers a four-car driveway parking so you can visit nearby shops, galleries, and ear without hassle.

Stayed at this property?
Santa Monica, California, United States
1.49 km (1.0 mi) from Santa Monica Pier
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 5 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
this house is very clean and well stocked
the owner/host kindly checked in with us too
the owner is very responsive and nice
devon was a great host very communicative and helpful
the host was very accommodating and easy to get a hold of
on top of all that devon was an amazing host
walkable to everywhere and so cute
lovely bungalow in a great location
the neighborhood is great with a lot to do and a quick walk to the beach
we loved this house--its perfect location and charming features made our visit to la so memorable
fantastic home in a fantastic location
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2. Cozy carriage house with gorgeous ocean view (from USD 332)

This gorgeous carriage house has the best of everything, an ocean view, designer furnishings, and fantastic artwork. It is air-conditioned and fully equipped with a comfortable kitchen and dining area. There is a washer and dryer for your convenience. You can also relax in the living room upstairs with TVs or sleep soundly in the downstairs bedroom.

The kids will love riding around on the razor scooters. You can enjoy chatting with your loved ones on the patio and have barbecue sessions or take advantage of the beach equipment. Moreover, this rental is close to the beach, restaurants, and the scenic Pacific Ocean.

Stayed at this property?
Santa Monica, California, United States
661 meters (0.5 ft) from Santa Monica Pier
cottage 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
They found the couch sleeper to be very comfortable and our bed was as well
The kitchen was on the second level which made it great to make breakfast because you had the view of everything going on around you
we tidied up before leaving removing trash and cleaning up clutter as well as throwing used towels in washing machine
quiet and well kept and had everything you need for a comfortable stay
The house was very clean
The Place was clean and very homey
The owner gave us an early check in to accommodate our arrival time and had a nice welcome basket
They even let us check out late
Next July we hope to find friendlier accommodations
" added extra stress on a long awaited yearly family vacation
Thank you so much Dayle & Chris for being so great to us
15 min walk to Venice and nearby restaurants and shops (just up and down the street)
so we did not take advantage of the grill and patio area
The choice of restaurants nearby is unmatched
The pier is very close and you can easily reach Venice beach on foot or by bicyle There are some nice restaurants nearby
while watching the white caps role in Parking is super easy with a street pass given at check in Location is fabulous
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3. Historical rental with scenic vistas (from USD 1275)

This historical 100-year-old beach house by the beach has been updated with modern amenities while maintaining its original charm. This property offers a spacious place that can comfortably accommodate large groups and amenities while enjoying the blazing ocean sunsets on patios and balconies. The rental offers free parking available on the premises and the street. Feel pampered with their free beach essentials during your stay, and stroll along the shore to enjoy nearby beach activities and tourist attractions.

Stayed at this property?
Santa Monica, California, United States
487 meters (0.4 ft) from Santa Monica Pier
91 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 5 Beds 8 Guests 6 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen area had everything we could ever need and the table fit us all very nicely
the 7 of us were very comfortable at all times
the home is very spacious and clean and we felt very comfortable throughout our stay
luhanda was very accommodating and a wonderful host
luhanda and cara were great hosts
hosts were very helpful and available
luhanda was very responsive
great place and wonderful hosts
great location and beautiful home
great house in a great location
this is an awesome location
beautiful home and location was great
great location with easy access to the beach
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4. Beautiful beach house with stunning view (from USD 2250)

This beautiful beach house is in a fantastic location—right by one of the world’s most famous white sand beaches, Santa Monica beach. This gorgeous residence will have you feeling refreshed and relaxed—perfect for quality family time and tailoring your experience to suit your needs.

Plus, there’s a sauna for relaxing after a long day exploring the area. If you don’t like cooking, they can arrange a private chef and daily maid services for an additional fee. And when you’re ready to head out and explore, you’re just steps from the Santa Monica bike path and walking path for a morning jog or an afternoon stroll.

Stayed at this property?
Santa Monica, California, United States
1.07 km (0.7 mi) from Santa Monica Pier
bed & breakfast 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the linens feel amazing! the air conditioning is fantastic also
view was spectacular
bottom-line, the cottage is an incredibly located piece of real estate that exudes beach living, while offering unlimited amenities in one of the most diverse cities in our nation
the kitchen is well-stocked and the owner provided coffee, various fresh milks and juices, cheese, a bottle of good wine, and more
it is a well proportioned four bedroom with all the amenities
there were fresh cut flowers everywhere, and fresh bakery items and fruit were delivered every morning
the owners were extremely friendly and committed to ensuring are vacation was everything we wanted it to be
the decor was cheerful, clean and meticulously decorated
the owners and property managers were very accommodating and made sure our family needs were well met
the feel of this home gives the most relaxing, peaceful and joyful vibe that you could imagine
the cottage bed & breakfast is the first and only b&b in santa monica, but it is also the perfect alternative to the run of the mill hotel chains nearby which only offer generic hospitality for the...
our family spent the most delightful week in this fabulous, beautifully decorated and sweet, not so little cottage
beautiful beach house! great location!
literally the best hone away ever
the kids loved the path in front of the cottage that led through venice and santa monica beach where they would ride a "lime" or "bird" that was rented online
the location put us steps away from the beach, pier, restaurants, etc
the kids loved being able to walk to the santa monica pier and the 3rd street promenade shopping area was just a short walk from there
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5. Spacious beach-front home for a large group (from USD 1525)

Take a break in this gorgeous beachfront home in one of the ideal parts of sunny California. This spacious house is perfect for hosting large groups and can comfortably accommodate 12 individuals. You’ll have your private balcony to enjoy peace with an overlooking beach view. The best part is that it’s just a short walk away from the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica. An accessible bike path that cuts through the sand is perfect for a morning jog, bike ride, or an afternoon stroll along the Venice coastline.

Stayed at this property?
Los Angeles, California, United States
2.4 km (1.5 mi) from Santa Monica Pier
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 12 Guests 4 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
the house is beautiful clean and well taken care of
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6. Chic apartment with ocean views

This pet-friendly chic apartment in a boutique hotel on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica offers stunning views of the cityscape from the comfort of your window. This property is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a beautiful and unique place to stay during your next visit—whether for a short or extended vacation. You’ll also have beachfront access to enjoy surfing, biking, walking, or exploring the nearby restaurants and coffee shops.

Stayed at this property?
Santa Monica, California, United States
493 meters (0.4 ft) from Santa Monica Pier
175 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a beautiful apartment that offered breathtaking views
gets super hot thank god a fan was provided perfect size for one traveler
cleanliness could be improved
it was clean and comfy
- the space overall was clean and we had towels for our stay
the unit was super clean on arrival
it wasn’t super clean and parking was a confusing
silvio is very friendly and responds to your questions quickly
the host was responsive and the unit was very clean
great stay and great location
great location right by the pier in walking distance of a ton of restaurants bars and shopping
the location of this apartment was absolutely gorgeous
everything was perfect great location
great location just as described
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7. Relaxing beach apartment (from USD 319)

View the beautiful sunset in California by taking a refreshing walk along the beach at Santa Monica in this beachfront apartment rental. The vacation rental can accommodate a small group comfortably, with amenities including a workspace area and an outdoor courtyard. The property also has bikes for adults and children, so you can explore Santa Monica Pier, continue to Venice Boardwalk, play beach volleyball nearby, or relax on the beach with a good book.

Stayed at this property?
Santa Monica, California, United States
1.81 km (1.2 mi) from Santa Monica Pier
92 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautifully decorated great amenities and comfortable beds
wifi worked pretty well in the bedrooms but not in the kitchen
the property is as advertised very clean and steps from the beach
clean comfortable and owner was very responsive
very nice place and helene is a great host
this place great and was even better than expected communications from the host were timely and clear
amazing place and location - perfect spot to visit la
nice easy walk to amazing beach
location was perfect for my walking to the beach and pier
walking to the beach was very easy perhaps a 2 minute walk
great location enjoyed the 100 steps to the beach
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8. Lovely apartment with sea views

Open the window and take in the fresh ocean breeze from Santa Monica beach. This beautiful apartment with sea views is perfect for your next vacation, offering a stylish modern bedroom and a living room for a comfortable stay. There’s WiFi if you need to work. Plus, you can use the fully-equipped kitchen at your disposal. You’ll also have exclusive beach access, one complimentary parking pass, and gym access.

Stayed at this property?
Malibu, California, United States
490 meters (0.4 ft) from Santa Monica Pier
151 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
big fan of this place
it was great except the camaras in the bedroom and living room were creepy
perfect spot for two and comfortable for 3 or 4
-size of the space was comfortable for our group of 3 adults
nice quiet apartment with great views super clean parking pass was provided
the apt is clean cute and cozy
we liked that the apartment was very clean and the bed was comfortable
place was clean and pretty accurate to pictures provided
the unit is super clean and has everything you need to have a comfortable stay
great host place very clean and accurate to pictures
host was very responsive
host is excellent with communications and accommodations
ivan is a great host
host kind enough to extend check out to accomodate lost time
overall we had a great stay at this unit the host was communicative and easy to reach
location is just absolutely perfect
location is great short walk to the pier
great place in a central location
beautiful location on the beach
great place and great location
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9. Homey penthouse for couples

This stylish penthouse is on Santa Monica beach and offers stunning views of the ocean, mountains, Santa Monica Pier, Malibu, and Muscle Beach. You don’t have to worry about anything. All you have to do is bring your stuff, and this place will suit all your needs. This property is ideal for lovely couples who want to enjoy the ocean breeze in California while having the luxury of a furnished home and access to nearby beach activities.

Stayed at this property?
Santa Monica, California, United States
473 meters (0.3 ft) from Santa Monica Pier
23 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
the apartment was clean however
our host nina were super helpful and responsive e
nina was a perfect host and the location was amazing
great place nina was very friendly and helpful
great place excellent location
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10. Gorgeous apartment with breathtaking ocean views

This stunning apartment is near the world-famous Santa Monica Pier with incredible coastline views. The property gets plenty of natural light with a floor-to-ceiling window in the living room. In addition to the bedroom, a bathroom and laundry room are at your disposal. You can also laze all day in the cozy living room.

There’s a fully equipped kitchen for your convenience. Guests can use the dedicated workspace. You don’t have to worry about bringing your car as there’s a complimentary parking pass. Moreover, you’ll have access to beach activities and local attractions nearby.

Stayed at this property?
Santa Monica, California, United States
532 meters (0.4 ft) from Santa Monica Pier
325 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
madison’s apartment has a perfect view of the santa monica pier
the apartment has a stunning view of the pier and coast all the way up to malibu
great natural light and high ceilings make the apartment feel airy and spacious
madison was great beautiful apartment great view and she was incredibly responsive about everything
beautiful apartment perfectly located in santa monica with a 10/10 view
everything was as advertised and the space was clean and safe
the apartment was very clean and had everything we needed
clean safe and a hop skip and a jump away from the ocean
the apartment was clean check in was easy and you just can't beat the location
the home is so clean and cozy with comfortable temperatures soundproof windows and cozy throw blanket
madison is a great host and responds quickly to any questions or concerns
i had a few questions related to both check in and check out and she was beyond helpful
madison is great attentive and super responsive
she was very lenient and helpful when i mixed up my check-out and i was truly grateful
madison is super attentive welcoming and helpful
the location was perfect and the parking was a great perk for the location
great location beautiful apartment overall a fantastic experience
beautiful place great location great view priced right must stay in if in los angeles
this was a comfortable place in a great location
the good: great location right off the beach
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Have a good dose of vitamin sea in Santa Monica

Something special and calming about a beach vacation is incomparable with anywhere else. Whether it’s the freshness of a sunrise, staring at a breathtaking sunset, or the calm during the night, the beach has a way of changing our mood and putting us in touch with our inner selves. If you’re looking for ways to lift your inner spirit, have a vacation at beach house rentals in Santa Monica, California.

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