15 Vacation Rentals In Carmel, CA - Updated 2021

vacation rentals in carmel ca

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.

1. Quiet wooded guest cottage in north Carmel (from USD 225)

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
276 reviews
studio 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
making drinking and eating guilt free Plenty of amenities and full equipped kitchen
I'm sorry I chipped one of your plates
The private entrance made you feel like you had your own private space
and it was always nice to come home to that shower after a long day of activity
This is an outstanding property in an outstanding location Comfortable quiet minutes from all the activities we wanted to do: hiking golfing shopping dining
The bathroom and shower were clean and in great condition
I can't say enough about this cottage
The king size bed and soft sheets were heavenly and we never wanted to get out of bed
The cottage was very clean and cozy Barb was very helpful and friendly
so she had arranged for a new mattress to be delivered during our stay
Hosts Barb and Terry are gracious and helpful
She explained to us that a few previous guests had left a couple of negative comments about the bed
Barb is a wonderful host
Barb is a wonderful hostess
Great neighborhood just about 1 mile from center of town
but I think this a good example of Barb's attention to detail and willingness to please
Just right for two Healthy walk to downtown
It was easy to get to downtown to Carmel Beach to Highway 1 and 17-mile drive from the cottage
My wife and I really enjoyed this little cottage hide away
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2. Guest house in woodland setting with hot tub and beautiful deck terrace (from USD 232)

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.
142 reviews
guest house 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The owners have thought of everything
the antique iron bed was awesome and great to sleep on as well Kim & Al Grospiron Lander WY and
The 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 you
Very 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
sweet and friendly They were our morning quests early on Tuesday
and they will respond with a friendly suggestion
Wonderful owners very nice to talk to and
We enjoyed the deck hot tub and meals on the deck
and you have a question give them a call
Very cheery little property just a short walk from central Carmel minutes from Hwy 1
It was a perfect get-a-way from our busy lives Cute little cottage and minutes to everything
Moonglow was the perfect location for access to Monterey Carmel and Big Sur Very convenient yet quiet and private
Everything about Moonglow is perfect
Beautiful quiet setting just outside of town/Carmel Easy access to everything in the area
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3. Long-stay home for up to six people within Carmel (from USD 140)

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
Carmel by the Sea, CA, US
2 reviews
House 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good wifi connection as well
the cottage was very clean and the kitchen is well appointed for cooking
owner super easy to deal with
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4. One-bed studio with excellent reviews (from USD 191)

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 Perfect
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
349 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi and tv were great
all the small touches(like biscotti with coffee and an iron in the closet) made it a great experience
the cottage itself is cozy and cool with lots of beautiful natural light
it had all the amenities we needed and the bed was super comfortable
the space is light and comfortable
clean and well appointed
it's very clean and cozy
the space was clean and fresh
sparkling clean great communication and cozy space we will be back
this a adorable cozy space is clean and comfortable
kind welcoming responsive hosts
we loved the recommendations and jeff is a superior host for sure
the hosts are very kind and welcoming
the restaurant recommendations were also helpful
he was friendly and offered advice on places to visit
great location very close to monterrey and big sur
perfect distance into carmel - close enough for a nice walk but also outside of the main hubbub
the location was great just a short walk to town and the beach
jeffreys place was awesome and a wonderful location just a short walk to the village / beach in carmel
wonderful stay in a beautiful place close to everything
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5. Peaceful getaway with private entrance (from USD 180)

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 Getaway
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
184 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fantastic amenities great comfy couch and wonderful bed and bedding
really sweet space lovely light and sky-filled upper windows lush greenscape out the kitchen window
from the thoughtful amenities to the comfortable decor it was truly a heavenly stay
the bed is extremely comfortable and the sofa and tv set up makes it feel like home
the cottage is very quiet and the bed is extremely comfortable
also very clean
it was so clean and stylish
nice and clean
it was clean bright & comfortable
well decorated clean and tidy
the host also provided wonderfully organized notes and area recommendations
excellent place with wonderful hosts
grant was super nice & a great host
) he is the best host imaginable he was attentive but never intrusively so
although we didn't meet the hosts grant checked in with us during our stay
the location was great
great location and very comfortable
location is great as well close to monterey
super quiet but close to everything
excellent airbnb in great location
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6. Ground-floor condo close to Ocean Avenue (from USD 185)

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 Getaway
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
358 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire condominium (condo) 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great views out the kitchen and dining room windows
drank our morning coffee at the table and looked out the big beautiful windows
great comfortable space in carmel-by-the-sea
the kitchen is nice with a small dining table
we had everything we needed and so enjoyed making breakfast in the sweet kitchen
very nice and clean space
it was a nice and clean place
the space is beautiful clean and well appointed
condo was well maintained and very clean
clean and comfortable thanks mary
thankfully for us mary was very responsive
great location clean well appointed great hosts who communicate
fantastic location just a few blocks from heart of downtown carmel
great central location put everything in walking distance
cute apartment within easy walking distance of downtown
great location comfortable space
excellent location very cute place that is close to all the wonderful restaurants in carmel
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7. Serene escape near the beach (from USD 525)

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
2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

8. Inviting studio by the sea (from USD 175)

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 Studio
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
285 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
she warns that there's no cell coverage in that spot but the wifi is good
the space is perfect for 2 people with a useful kitchenette and generous size bathroom
most quiet airbnb space ever heating unit was well regulated i was warm and cozy
i don't mind the cool ocean weather but wife did; luckily a space heater was available which helped
loved the thoughtful touches-a few snacks half and half in the fridge amenities in the bathroom
everything was clean and the bed was very comfy
easy communication and a clean and welcoming home
comfy bed super clean spacious bathroom
the quaint studio was very nice and clean
the place is small but nice cozy and clean
our host was friendly and welcoming
host was very responsive and friendly
melanie the host is friendly and communicative
the perfect stay great communicative host
pluses include- good location to downtown carmel private parking nice host and private laundry to use
great location in a cozy studio
the location was perfect 10-15 minute walk from downtown about 20 minutes to the beach
location is ideal from highway 1 with an easy 15-min walk to downtown carmel
wonderful location quiet and private
great place cute side house in a nice neighborhood a medium walk or short drive from dowtown
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9. Lovely oceanside beach house (from USD 334)

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.
17 reviews
cottage 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the rooms on the main floor have great proportions and fit couples or twenty somethings easily
fresh flowers and a bottle of wine on the dining table when we arrived
it we clean and comfortable
the house is very well equipped and the owner was very responsive to any requests or questions
this home is beautiful it's tucked away on a quiet street away from the bustle of town
a cozy well appointed home with a wonderful location
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10. Charming cottage in the heart of downtown (from USD 269)

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
62 reviews
House 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great bedding appliances linens etc
wonderful cozy cottage with comfortable and stylish furnishings
i especially liked that although the kitchen was small it was incredibly well-equipped and had everything i needed
barry did an amazing job with the space and nothing was forgotten to make the stay comfortable
incredibly well-maintained and super clean
the bed was comfortable the bathroom was sparkling clean and the room had a great vibe
very clean and comfortable right down to the light and bright laundry room
starfish cottage is clean nicely decorated perfectly located and very well set up
property was very clean and close to town
owner very attentive and responsive
the host was extremely accommodating and helpful throughout my stay and i plan on returning
barry was a wonderful host anticipating all of my questions and making sure everything was perfect
barry was a gracious host and always made sure we had everything we needed
and barry couldn’t be a better host we loved it
the location is ideal - very quiet neighborhood yet easy walk to the beach and town
a charming little place perfectly situated in carmel
easy to park anytime
it is within easy walking distance of downtown carmel and all the great restaurants galleries and shopping there
has a great location and quite setting in a little town of carmel by the sea
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11. Two-bedroom house with spectacular views (from USD 350)

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!
56 reviews
guest house 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The bed was so comfortable that I asked for the mattress type
Exactly as described did not disappoint at all
The two bedrooms each had a private bathroom with super comfortable beds and the softest sheets ever Perfectly clean open kitchen dining and living area
half and half toiletries very comfy beds
we want to buy one for home
The guesthome was exactly as described very clean and comfortable The perfect place for 2 couples
The unit surpassed our expectations It is bright spacious and tastefully decorated
Denise and Mike are great hosts very gracious and accommodating
There were many small extra touches that made us feel welcome
Denise left us some snacks and drinks basic cooking items laundry detergent maps with advice for the area and more
Denise made everything so easy
Denise and Mike are extremely friendly and accommodating
This is the best of locations
Close by restaurants were super
Great location for exploring Carmel and Big Sur
Five minutes to the shops at Carmel -by-the-Sea
Ten minutes to Pebble Beach just over 2 hours to Hearst Castle
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12. Cottage with woodland views, a short walk from beach

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 Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
108 reviews
Entire cabin 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
charming welcoming and cozy with a lovely view
the mattress and the additional futon are comfortable and there are plenty of quality linens and blankets
it's a cozy cabin that is very private and has a great view of trees
elizabeth’s cabin is amazing so cozy and with nice amenities
we were 4 adults and loved the place however the sofa bed was a bit short
loved this place clean and as shown on pictures
a very clean and stylish house with plenty of character
comfy clean warm and tastefully decorated
the place is nice clean and worked well for us
it's really charming and clean
host was easy to get ahold of with questions etc
the host was quick to respond and very helpful
elizabeth was a great host and very responsive
the host was responsive when we needed to get in touch with her
elizabeth got back to us very promptly on all of our questions and was really helpful
good location to carmel
within walking distance of the 17 mile drive; it is situated perfectly
great location and proximity to local fun
cozy spot in an amazing location
great little cabin close to the beach
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13. Charming rustic-style guest cottage with popular views

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 View
144 reviews
House 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

14. Two-person cottage for longer Carmel stays

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 Lovers
Ocean 4 NE of Guadalupe Dolores 2NE of 7th
cottage 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

15. Quaint home by the bay

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
123 reviews
Entire house 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the tv in living room is large and easy to view dinner in front of the fireplace was fabulous
the fireplaces (both indoor and out) were gas which made the whole thing super easy and cozy
the cottage was comfortable and perfect for a small family + dog
the place was clean and comfortable
very clean beds are extremely comfortable and great to relax
meg's place was really clean and the beds were notably very comfortable
great house really clean
the space is wonderfully clean and appointed
she was very friendly and soooo responsive
meg is a wonderful host
you were a wonderful host
and meg is a perfect host
meg is a great host
great location and great house
perfect location within walking distance to downtown restaurants and shopping too
another amazing trip perfect location
easy walk to restaurants and shopping
great place close to the beach
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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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