If you’re a fan of the sun, sand, and surf then a visit to Carmel-by-the-Sea simply will likely be on your to-do list when visiting California. Set amid the famous beaches and surfing hot spots of the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel is sure to delight fans of the great outdoors. From the scuba diving waters and wildlife-spotting opportunities to the architectural delights of the 18th-century Carmel Mission Basilica Museum, there is plenty to see and do when visiting this sun-kissed corner of the Pacific. And, the natural charms are not the only reason for paying a visit. There are plenty of cultural attractions too - be they the food and wine delights of the Taste of Carmel festival, the annual Carmel International Film Festival in October or the Carmel Art Festival every May. But, with so much going on, just where do you stay? Read on for just some of the top vacation rentals in Carmel, California, USA.
Another contender for couples seeking a retreat within Carmel, this guest cottage is located in the north of the town - just 1 mile (1.6 km) from the heart of it and still within easy reach of the local beaches and golf course options. Indeed, it is within walking and short driving distance of a host of popular eateries and shops as well. And this studio cottage boasts its own private entrance, so you’ll be able to come and go as you please - whether you’re looking for an early morning dip at the local beaches, or eager to go for an evening stroll around the parks of the Monterey Peninsula. The property also comes with TV and internet access, should you wish to upload those cherished holiday snaps. And there is on-site parking, for those looking to explore the wider area by road.
Quiet Wooded Guest Cottage
Top guest reviewsmaking drinking and eating guilt free Plenty of amenities and full equipped kitchenI'm sorry I chipped one of your platesThe private entrance made you feel like you had your own private spaceand it was always nice to come home to that shower after a long day of activityThis is an outstanding property in an outstanding location Comfortable quiet minutes from all the activities we wanted to do: hiking golfing shopping diningThe bathroom and shower were clean and in great conditionI can't say enough about this cottageThe king size bed and soft sheets were heavenly and we never wanted to get out of bedThe cottage was very clean and cozy Barb was very helpful and friendly
Host:so she had arranged for a new mattress to be delivered during our stayHosts Barb and Terry are gracious and helpfulShe explained to us that a few previous guests had left a couple of negative comments about the bedBarb is a wonderful hostBarb is a wonderful hostessRead more reviewsGreat neighborhood just about 1 mile from center of townbut I think this a good example of Barb's attention to detail and willingness to pleaseJust right for two Healthy walk to downtownIt was easy to get to downtown to Carmel Beach to Highway 1 and 17-mile drive from the cottageMy wife and I really enjoyed this little cottage hide away
Enjoying wonderful word of mouth among past guests, this two-person guest house would likely make a good option for those seeking a romantic getaway. Despite being just minutes from the downtown area by road, its woodland setting on the outskirts of Carmel, charming wooden deck terrace and private hot tub won over many a past guest. It is also within easy reach of Carmel’s beautiful sands, popular shops, and eateries, and the host also offers equipment for a range of outdoor activities which will likely appeal to those who fancy tackling the local hikes, cycling options or sports. The property also comes with kitchenette, TV and internet access, as well as a fireplace for cozying up.
Moonglow: Forest tranquility minutes from downtown Carmel. Private hot tub.
Top guest reviewsThe owners have thought of everythingthe antique iron bed was awesome and great to sleep on as well Kim & Al Grospiron Lander WY andThe little cottage has a kitchen available for those who would like to cook or enjoy one of the restaurants mentioned in the "idea" binder the owner has made for youVery easy checking in and checking out - like we were entering and leaving our home Complimentary aquarium tickets beach chairs bicycles etc for our use bottle of wine were impressive and welc...Lovely little cottage feel and beautiful landscaping Very relaxing and healing
Host:sweet and friendly They were our morning quests early on Tuesdayand they will respond with a friendly suggestionWonderful owners very nice to talk to andWe enjoyed the deck hot tub and meals on the deckand you have a question give them a callRead more reviewsVery cheery little property just a short walk from central Carmel minutes from Hwy 1It was a perfect get-a-way from our busy lives Cute little cottage and minutes to everythingMoonglow was the perfect location for access to Monterey Carmel and Big Sur Very convenient yet quiet and privateEverything about Moonglow is perfectBeautiful quiet setting just outside of town/Carmel Easy access to everything in the area
Boasting spectacular views - even while lying in bed - this remodeled two-bedroom guesthouse would appeal not just to couples on a romantic break but also to families or groups of up to four people. It is located on the eastern fringes of the town - just 2 miles (3.2 km) from the downtown area - and not far from the Carmel Valley Road. It is also within easy reach of Highway 1 for onward travel to the likes of Monterey by car. Despite being attached to the host’s home, it comes with its own private entrance and parking, for ease of access, and boasts a range of amenities to make you feel at home - including kitchenette, large screen TV and internet. It is also conveniently placed for local restaurants and shops - and the host is happy to help with bookings at local eateries.
NEW! Remodeled 2 bedroom/2bath Carmel Guesthouse with Spectacular Views!
Top guest reviewsThe bed was so comfortable that I asked for the mattress typeExactly as described did not disappoint at allThe two bedrooms each had a private bathroom with super comfortable beds and the softest sheets ever Perfectly clean open kitchen dining and living areahalf and half toiletries very comfy bedswe want to buy one for homeThe guesthome was exactly as described very clean and comfortable The perfect place for 2 couplesThe unit surpassed our expectations It is bright spacious and tastefully decorated
Host:Denise and Mike are great hosts very gracious and accommodatingThere were many small extra touches that made us feel welcomeDenise left us some snacks and drinks basic cooking items laundry detergent maps with advice for the area and moreDenise made everything so easyDenise and Mike are extremely friendly and accommodatingRead more reviewsThis is the best of locationsClose by restaurants were superGreat location for exploring Carmel and Big SurFive minutes to the shops at Carmel -by-the-SeaTen minutes to Pebble Beach just over 2 hours to Hearst Castle
A property that is likely to appeal to families or larger groups, this two-bedroom house can sleep up to six people thanks to the addition of some convertible beds. This means that even reasonably large families should be able to be accommodated. It is also reasonably well placed within Carmel for local eateries and shops, many of which are just six blocks away. And those who simply cannot wait to hit the Californian beaches will find the nearest one just four blocks distant. The house, which has recently been refurbished, comes with a range of amenities including full kitchen, TV, fireplace and internet access - for those looking to work on their travels. Speaking of which, the minimum stay starts at close to a month, so this will be one for groups planning on longer visits.
Quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottage
Top guest reviewsgood wifi connection as wellthe cottage was very clean and the kitchen is well appointed for cookingRead more reviews
Host:owner super easy to deal with
This superbly-rated one-bedroom studio flat has won hundreds of fans among past guests - who loved its location and cleanliness and praised the “wonderful” property and the “unmatched” welcome from the host. The flat enjoys its own entrance - enabling you to come and go as you please - and a private courtyard in which to enjoy the sun. There’s also a range of amenities amid the light decor - including a kitchenette with microwave and fridge, a TV and Wi-fi internet. There’s also free on-site parking should you prefer to drive rather than walk to the beach and nearby restaurants.
Post Card PerfectCarmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
Top guest reviewswifi and tv were greatall the small touches(like biscotti with coffee and an iron in the closet) made it a great experiencethe cottage itself is cozy and cool with lots of beautiful natural lightit had all the amenities we needed and the bed was super comfortablethe space is light and comfortableclean and well appointedit's very clean and cozythe space was clean and freshsparkling clean great communication and cozy space we will be backthis a adorable cozy space is clean and comfortable
Host:kind welcoming responsive hostswe loved the recommendations and jeff is a superior host for surethe hosts are very kind and welcomingthe restaurant recommendations were also helpfulhe was friendly and offered advice on places to visitRead more reviewsgreat location very close to monterrey and big surperfect distance into carmel - close enough for a nice walk but also outside of the main hubbubthe location was great just a short walk to town and the beachjeffreys place was awesome and a wonderful location just a short walk to the village / beach in carmelwonderful stay in a beautiful place close to everything
Another Airbnb option which enjoys excellent word-of-mouth, this rustic-style cottage which is split over two floors and features two bedrooms, enjoys charming woodland views from some of its rooms and the outdoor terrace. What’s more its position within a quiet neighborhood in northern Carmel is only a 10-minute walk from the likes of the downtown area and beach. And, despite the lack of a TV, it comes with plenty of amenities, including full kitchen facilities, Wi-fi internet, a fireplace, and free on-site parking - should you plan on using a car to explore the wider area.
Rustic Elegance in CarmelCarmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
Top guest reviewscharming welcoming and cozy with a lovely viewthe mattress and the additional futon are comfortable and there are plenty of quality linens and blanketsit's a cozy cabin that is very private and has a great view of treeselizabeth’s cabin is amazing so cozy and with nice amenitieswe were 4 adults and loved the place however the sofa bed was a bit shortloved this place clean and as shown on picturesa very clean and stylish house with plenty of charactercomfy clean warm and tastefully decoratedthe place is nice clean and worked well for usit's really charming and clean
Host:host was easy to get ahold of with questions etcthe host was quick to respond and very helpfulelizabeth was a great host and very responsivethe host was responsive when we needed to get in touch with herelizabeth got back to us very promptly on all of our questions and was really helpfulRead more reviewsgood location to carmelwithin walking distance of the 17 mile drive; it is situated perfectlygreat location and proximity to local funcozy spot in an amazing locationgreat little cabin close to the beach
Highly-rated, this studio would make a good contender for couples or solo travelers seeking a Carmel getaway. Located in the east of the town, the property is just a few minutes drive from the downtown area by road, and within equally easy reach of the beach. It comes equipped with plenty of mod-cons, including a kitchen, dining area, TV and even laundry facilities. Unsurprisingly, it won high praise from guests, who gave it top marks across the board.
A Peaceful GetawayCarmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
Top guest reviewsfantastic amenities great comfy couch and wonderful bed and beddingreally sweet space lovely light and sky-filled upper windows lush greenscape out the kitchen windowfrom the thoughtful amenities to the comfortable decor it was truly a heavenly staythe bed is extremely comfortable and the sofa and tv set up makes it feel like homethe cottage is very quiet and the bed is extremely comfortablealso very cleanit was so clean and stylishnice and cleanit was clean bright & comfortablewell decorated clean and tidy
Host:the host also provided wonderfully organized notes and area recommendationsexcellent place with wonderful hostsgrant was super nice & a great host) he is the best host imaginable he was attentive but never intrusively soalthough we didn't meet the hosts grant checked in with us during our stayRead more reviewsthe location was greatgreat location and very comfortablelocation is great as well close to montereysuper quiet but close to everythingexcellent airbnb in great location
This popular ground-floor condo, which can sleep up to three people - making it an option for couples or small families - is located just a short distance from the many restaurants and shops of Ocean Avenue - as well as Carmel’s popular sands. It comes with plenty of modern conveniences, including a kitchen, laundry access, TV and Wi-fi internet - the latter of which will appeal to those who simply cannot wait to upload their beach snaps to social media. There’s also free on-site parking, making it easy for those with their own cars to explore the wider area. Previous guests were suitably impressed, giving it full marks for value, location, and cleanliness.
Flora Belle, Perfect Carmel-by-the-Sea GetawayCarmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
Top guest reviewsgreat views out the kitchen and dining room windowsdrank our morning coffee at the table and looked out the big beautiful windowsgreat comfortable space in carmel-by-the-seathe kitchen is nice with a small dining tablewe had everything we needed and so enjoyed making breakfast in the sweet kitchenvery nice and clean spaceit was a nice and clean placethe space is beautiful clean and well appointedcondo was well maintained and very cleanclean and comfortable thanks mary
Host:thankfully for us mary was very responsivegreat location clean well appointed great hosts who communicateRead more reviewsfantastic location just a few blocks from heart of downtown carmelgreat central location put everything in walking distancecute apartment within easy walking distance of downtowngreat location comfortable spaceexcellent location very cute place that is close to all the wonderful restaurants in carmel
A strong option for couples eyeing up a highly-rated house, this airily-decorated guest cottage features a spacious living and kitchen area, complete with exposed wooden beams and a stone-clad fireplace - for a charming rustic feel. Past guests were fulsome in their praise of its “hideaway” location among trees and the “spectacular views”. They were also big fans of the outside terrace seating, for relaxing at the end of a busy day enjoying the sights. Capable of sleeping up to three people, but perhaps best suited for couples, those looking to book a stay should note that children are not allowed. Amenities include TV and internet access, for staying connected during your stay.
Amazing House in Carmel~Big Sur Feel with Sunset Horizon ViewCorner
This smartly-decorated cottage would make a strong contender for solo travelers or couples looking for a longer vacation or work trip within the Carmel area. Featuring hardwood floors and charming decor, the property is likely to feel like a home from home during your stay, and the wide array of works by local artists that feature on the walls are sure to provide plenty of inspiration during your trip. It comes with plenty of amenities, including cable TV and free Wi-fi internet - ideal if your stay is for work or study. There’s also a private rear yard with a barbecue for relaxing evenings in the balmy Californian climate. And the host provides a guide book with local restaurant and entertainment recommendations - so you’ll likely find plenty to do in your downtime.
Carmel Cottage for Art LoversOcean 4 NE of Guadalupe Dolores 2NE of 7th
Plenty of accommodation options
With so many highly rated properties in this corner of California, you’ll have little difficulty finding the property to suit your needs - be it the sands of the beaches, popular shops or outdoor activities which most appeal.
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