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10 Vacation Rentals In Carmel, California - Updated 2020

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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.

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

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
225 reviews
studio 2 Guests 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 200)

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.
115 reviews
guest house 2 Guests 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. Two-bedroom house with spectacular views (from USD 260)

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!
56 reviews
guest house 4 Guests 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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4. Long-stay home for up to six people within Carmel (from USD 125)

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
2 reviews
House 6 Guests 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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5. One-bed studio with excellent reviews (from USD 180)

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 Perfect
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
344 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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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6. Cottage with woodland views, a short walk from beach (from USD 295)

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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7. Peaceful getaway with private entrance (from USD 180)

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 Getaway
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
159 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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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8. Ground-floor condo close to Ocean Avenue (from USD 180)

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
196 reviews
Entire condominium 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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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9. 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 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

10. 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 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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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