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 many things to do in Carmel, just where do you stay? Well, read on for some of the top vacation rentals in Carmel, CA, USA.
Another contender for couples seeking a retreat within Carmel, this guest cottage for rent in Carmel, CA 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. This vacation rental home 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, vacation home rental in Carmel CA, 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.
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
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 CottageCarmel by the Sea, CA, US
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. This studio has 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 StatesSuperhost
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
Highly-rated, this cabin in Carmel, CA 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 StatesSuperhost
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 StatesSuperhost
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
Located just an idyllic stroll to Carmel beach this fully refurbished home is known to be one of Carmel’s first beach vacation homes. Situated centrally, downtown Carmel is right at its doorstep with some of the best restaurants, shops, and top attractions within walking distance. This beautiful cottage is a two-bedroom, two-bath modern home, with superb amenities like a fully-stocked kitchen, a washer & dryers, and a Carmel stone fireplace. Best suited for a group of four, and guests with vehicles can also park on-site.
Steps to Town & Beach. A Quiet and Private Retreat. Ideal location.Carmel, CA, US
This gorgeous studio in Carmel, California is brilliantly designed and conveniently located. The space is warm and inviting, with a comfortable wooden bed, a full kitchen, a fireplace, and a relatively spacious bathroom. The patio outside allows for relaxation, while Carmel Beach is a fantastic nearby destination for beachgoers. The main town, and all of its commercial attractions, is only a 10-minute walk away, while Garrapata State Park is a serene 15-minute drive. With free parking, WiFi, TV, and laundry facilities, this humble abode provides everything you need as a home base – allowing you to easily explore the bountiful nature and attractions surrounding you.
Carmel-by-the-Sea/Monterey/Cottage StudioCarmel-by-the-Sea, California, United StatesSuperhost
Top guest reviewsshe warns that there's no cell coverage in that spot but the wifi is goodthe space is perfect for 2 people with a useful kitchenette and generous size bathroommost quiet airbnb space ever heating unit was well regulated i was warm and cozyi don't mind the cool ocean weather but wife did; luckily a space heater was available which helpedloved the thoughtful touches-a few snacks half and half in the fridge amenities in the bathroomeverything was clean and the bed was very comfyeasy communication and a clean and welcoming homecomfy bed super clean spacious bathroomthe quaint studio was very nice and cleanthe place is small but nice cozy and clean
Host:our host was friendly and welcominghost was very responsive and friendlymelanie the host is friendly and communicativethe perfect stay great communicative hostpluses include- good location to downtown carmel private parking nice host and private laundry to useRead more reviewsgreat location in a cozy studiothe location was perfect 10-15 minute walk from downtown about 20 minutes to the beachlocation is ideal from highway 1 with an easy 15-min walk to downtown carmelwonderful location quiet and privategreat place cute side house in a nice neighborhood a medium walk or short drive from dowtown
Located in Carmel, California, this charming cottage is simply stunning. From the outside, its quaint gate and wooden siding beckon guests in, while inside a spacious interior awaits. Exposed wooden rafters and several stone fireplaces give the space a sense of warmth, both literally and in terms of atmosphere. Tasteful furnishings and decorations are found in its den, dining room, kitchen, and three bedrooms. Stylish French doors open to a garden and wooden deck, while two luxurious bathrooms and a half-bath mean this house can easily accommodate six guests. The magnificent Carmel beach is a quick walk away, with downtown being just as close.
Walk to downtown and the beach. Hear the ocean from this charming home.
Top guest reviewsthe rooms on the main floor have great proportions and fit couples or twenty somethings easilyfresh flowers and a bottle of wine on the dining table when we arrivedit we clean and comfortable
Host:the house is very well equipped and the owner was very responsive to any requests or questionsRead more reviewsthis home is beautiful it's tucked away on a quiet street away from the bustle of towna cozy well appointed home with a wonderful location
This tastefully decorated and plush cottage is the ideal getaway home for two guests. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown many of Carmel’s must-visit places like shops and restaurants are within walking distance. If you’d like to spend time on the beach, you’d be glad to know that Carme beach is within a 10-minute walk away from this charming home. This accommodation also has a separate entry-way, hence guests will have their privacy. For those who would like to whip up their own meals, this cozy abode also has its own well-stocked kitchen with brand new appliances. Guests can also make use of the washer and dryer, as well as the provided parking space for those with vehicles.
Steps to Town & Beach. A Quiet and Private Retreat. Ideal Location
Top guest reviewsgreat bedding appliances linens etcwonderful cozy cottage with comfortable and stylish furnishingsi especially liked that although the kitchen was small it was incredibly well-equipped and had everything i neededbarry did an amazing job with the space and nothing was forgotten to make the stay comfortableincredibly well-maintained and super cleanthe bed was comfortable the bathroom was sparkling clean and the room had a great vibevery clean and comfortable right down to the light and bright laundry roomstarfish cottage is clean nicely decorated perfectly located and very well set upproperty was very clean and close to town
Host:owner very attentive and responsivethe host was extremely accommodating and helpful throughout my stay and i plan on returningbarry was a wonderful host anticipating all of my questions and making sure everything was perfectbarry was a gracious host and always made sure we had everything we neededand barry couldn’t be a better host we loved itRead more reviewsthe location is ideal - very quiet neighborhood yet easy walk to the beach and towna charming little place perfectly situated in carmeleasy to park anytimeit is within easy walking distance of downtown carmel and all the great restaurants galleries and shopping therehas a great location and quite setting in a little town of carmel by the sea
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.
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
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
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
This charming home by Carmel bay is ideal for six guests. With glorious views of the pristine blue waters right from your windows, and just steps to the beach guests will truly experience the natural beauty of Carmel, CA. This charming home has a cozy living space with a fireplace, a well-equipped, fully stocked, kitchen, and two bedrooms. It has one king-sized bed, one with two twin beds, and a sofa that pulls out into a queen-size sleeper. Guests also have access to a private driveway, a laundry room, as well as a fire pit overlooking the beach and ocean. Parking on-premises is free.
Carmel beach "Sea Aire"Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
Top guest reviewsthe tv in living room is large and easy to view dinner in front of the fireplace was fabulousthe fireplaces (both indoor and out) were gas which made the whole thing super easy and cozythe cottage was comfortable and perfect for a small family + dogthe place was clean and comfortablevery clean beds are extremely comfortable and great to relaxmeg's place was really clean and the beds were notably very comfortablegreat house really cleanthe space is wonderfully clean and appointed
Host:she was very friendly and soooo responsivemeg is a wonderful hostyou were a wonderful hostand meg is a perfect hostmeg is a great hostRead more reviewsgreat location and great houseperfect location within walking distance to downtown restaurants and shopping tooanother amazing trip perfect locationeasy walk to restaurants and shoppinggreat place close to the beach
Plenty of accommodation options
With so many highly-rated properties in this corner of California, you’ll have little difficulty deciding where to stay in Carmel. It would be easy to find the best property that suits your needs. Whether it’s the sands of the beaches, popular shops, or outdoor activities, Carmel has it all.
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