Top 10 Vacation Rentals In Monterey, California - Updated 2021

vacation rentals in monterey ca

Monterey is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful coastal cities in California. It has some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer, making this a must-visit city on every person’s list. If you love looking at the vast expanse of endless water, you’re going to love this city.

If you’re planning a trip to Monterey, California, then the best place to stay is in a vacation rental. Not only are they budget-friendly, but they also offer the most exquisite views of the Monterey coastline. If you are planning a trip to this breathtaking city, be it with friends, family or your better half, here are some of the best vacation rentals in Monterey, California.

1. Home away from home (from USD 159)

Just a 10-minute walk from the beach, this centrally located cottage is a family delight. With quirky interiors and modern decor, this property is the perfect mix of fun and class. This cottage has all the basic amenities and more, making it a home away from home. This property is also very close to Carmel-by-the-Sea, in case you want to plan a visit. All-in-all, this cottage was loved by everyone who has stayed previously.

Pet Friendly Cottage Near Beach W/ Large Backyard
123 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire cottage 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we thoroughly appreciated the fully functional kitchen and access to washer/dryer
great amenities fully stocked for doing laundry
it had all the amenities one needs to be comfortable
the house is small but comfortable and had all the amenities a traveler might need
the place is great with a nice living room big bedroom all amenities
nice comfortable and clean place
john’s place was clean well decorated and comfortable
this was a nice and clean space
it was clean well-stocked and sunny
clean dog bed was available underneath the bed with dog bowls and evendog shampoo as well
john was a great host
john was an excellent host and very accessible
the host was also very responsive when checking in and out
we had a great stay john was an excellent host and has a wonderful place
the owner is friendly "shares well" and is responsive
nice place close to everything
great location within walking distance of the marina
great location walking distance to fisherman's pier
it is an ideal location
the location is great everything in monterey only a short walk or bike ride away
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2. A family hotel indeed (from USD 269)

This hotel offers tow-double beds in their junior suite. Located close to Fisherman’s Wharf and the Maritime Museum, this property is very centrally located. The cozy bedrooms come with fireplaces to add to the aesthetic feel of staying in this glorious hotel. The rooms all have private balconies or patios. Plus, there is complimentary breakfast during your stay! And it’s just 2.1 km (1.3 miles) away from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Now that’s why families love this place.

Hotel Pacific
Monterey, CA, US
1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

3. Living in the centre of everything (from USD 125)

With a private backyard and easy access to Monterey Bay, this apartment has the perfect location. It’s cozy, it’s modern, it’s comfortable and it’s right next to the bay, making it one of the best vacation rentals in Monterey for couples. Places like Fisherman’s Wharf and downtown are all close by, making this a very central yet private property. This property is ideal for people who want to be in the center of everything!

Garden Apartment Near Beach
Monterey, California, United States
160 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the pillows were fluffy and bed great so sleeping was easy
the bed was comfortable and the backyard a lovely respite
it was really easy to shower drink coffee and easily walk out to the street to my car
the room was cozy and our host was very thoughtful with amenities and other small extras
i felt right at home with the space that was comfortable modern and very convenient
was clean and comfy
it was very clean and comfortable
the place is clean and comfortable
the place was clean and cozy
the apartment was very clean and comfortable
she was a great host and was easily accessible
mel was a great host with quick responses to our questions
lovely hosts and very homely place
mel was an excellent host too
mel is a very gracious host
great location and thoughtfully appointed
great airbnb close to downtown monterey
great location thoughtful hostess and a cute apartment
this is a cute place and conveniently located
fantastic location close to so many fun places
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4. A cottage, a deck and a view of the Bay (from USD 137)

Bayview Cottage, as the name suggests, has a beautiful and never-ending view of Monterey Bay. With a spacious deck which is almost as big as a living room, you can relax on the deck and enjoy the sunset and sunrise above the bay. With a new and modern kitchen as well as fancy bedrooms, this property is ideal for families or friends on vacation. Also, this is a pet-friendly property making it the perfect place for pet lovers.

Bayview Cottage - Monterey Home - Walk to Cannery Row
2 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Last weekend brought family down and everyone fit perfectly Clean and well furbished and everything works HIghly recommend
Alone most of the month for study and quiet beautiful deck view of the ocean
trees aurrounding house are beautiful
"Cottage' is a three-bedroom gorgeous house well located in Monterey (sometimes called New Monterey because it us between Pacific Grove and downtown Monterey)
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5. A modern pet-friendly cottage (from USD 200)

When you walk into this property, you will think chic, sleek, modern and just fab. With a color theme of white, grey and beige, this apartment is the epitome of modern interior design. This place is just a walk away from downtown, making it accessible and very central. You’ll even get a little greeting basket when you arrive – talk about a warm welcome. And, it’s pet-friendly which makes it even better!

Van Buren 3
Monterey, California, United States
34 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were very comfortable
nice and clean rooms and new washer/dryer
central and spotless with great personal touches
spotlessly clean and everything was brand new
we loved the apartment it was sparking clean and close to everything
sarah’s place was wonderful very clean and great location there was a sweet welcome gift when we arrived
outstanding location clean and cozy
sarah was a wonderful host
sarah was a great host
sarah was a great host
sarah's is a wonderful host
sarah is an excellent and invaluable host
excellent apartment in a great location
fab place in a great location
perfect location see you again
best location if you have a meeting at monterey convention center
this really is a great apartment in the perfect monterey location
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6. A house on the beach

This house is located right on the beach. Yes, on the Del Monte beach. No wonder it’s on our list of the top vacation rentals in Monterey. With a modern deck, a backyard patio for barbecues and a direct view of the Monterey Bay, this is undeniably one of the best locations in Monterey. The ambiance of the house coupled with the vibe of the whole area is amazing. If you want the perfect beach vacation, make sure to stay here!

Tides In - Monterey Beach House - Oceanfront
4 reviews
House 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
There were Beach chairs and beach towels provided
There were Beach chairs and beach towels provided
The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed and plenty of towels
The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed and plenty of towels
The ONLY negative would be the beach traffic on the street
all of the appliances were fully functional and the whales treated us to
Now let's talk about the location
Now let's talk about the location
so many evening shows as we enjoyed the sunsets
The ambiance of the area coupled with the nicest accommodations ever experienced there
the aquarium Cannery Row Pebble Beach
the aquarium Cannery Row Pebble Beach
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7. Privacy in the heart of Monterey Downtown

If you’re looking for a centrally located place with a little bit of privacy, this is one of the best vacation rentals in Monterey that you can book. This apartment is just a walk away from Monterey downtown, making it very central. Plus, it has easy access to the path along the coast. This cozy yet chic apartment is ideal for a couple who is looking for a weekend getaway. A lot of thought has been put into the little details as well as the design of the place. The apartment is well done up and the beds are super comfortable. To top it all, this apartment is also pet-friendly!

Monterey, California, United States
43 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
everything about the place is super comfortable (bed sofa blankets sheets pillows)
so nice to have an iron when your clothes get wrinkles from traveling
everything stylish clean great amneties - all you need in the kitchen and everything new
the couch was clean and so comfortable
beds were comfortable
clean and very nice
the space was clean and tidy
very clean space enjoyed the aquarium passes
everything was sparkling clean
neighborhood was clean and safe
sarah was very responsive
sarah is a great host
sarah was super responsive to a couple of requests and was so understanding
sarah was very responsive and easy to communicate with
definitely one of the best places we have stayed and sarah is definitely a super host
cute place very close to downtown
location location perfect vacation location lots of shopping and restaurants near by
very convenient with a great location
the location is also incredible we could easily walk around downtown monterey
easy walk into downtown monterey
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8. Contemporary escape in the heart of Monterey

This luxurious two-bedroom, scratch that, two-suite property, is the definition of comfort. Located in the heart of Monterey, this apartment is walking distance from everything and everything making it one of the most central vacation rentals in Monterey. With flat-screen TV’s, top of the line appliances and modern amenities, this is the perfect place to relax for you and your family. Did we mention the small deck with a private view of the bay?

Contemporary escape, ideal location! Walk everywhere - wharf, beach, aquarium!
51 reviews
Apartment 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The kitchen is great to cook in
; getting in was easy
it looks like there is a bathtub (shower in the tub
There living area is large with ample room to spread out
And a little glimpse of an ocean view out the dining room and back bedroom window
Property was clean close to sites and quiet
Can't think of anything negative to say
The place was comfortable and clean
just white drapes that don't close completely is bright in the AM
So close to all major spots
The owner was responsive and checked in by text to make sure everything was going well
Excellent condo close to the convention center & the wharf Questions/concerns were answered quickly Very comfortable for a family of 4
The location is great and the home is well furnished
Great property very handy for Fishermans Wharf yet in a quiet location
but it is not really too bothersome
lots of great pubs and eateries
Good location about 10 minutes from water
we could walk to restaurants Cute quiet little street with nice neighbors
location and luxury Thank you for another legendary vacation
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9. A serene escape

This one-bedroom apartment is the definition of comfort, class and serenity. With modern interiors and quirky bathrooms, this property is ideal for couples who are looking to get away. It has all the modern amenities and appliances required for you to have a comfortable stay. However, this is not a pet-friendly property and it is also a smoke-free property. Not too far away from the Del Monte beach, this is one of the best vacation rentals in Monterey.

Relaxing escape & walk to most everything!
46 reviews
Apartment 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The bed was really comfortable
kitchen stocked with coffee for Keurig and other little extras
The walls and ceilings were pretty thin
The property was exactly as advertised although the shower is actually bigger than it appears in the pictures
I liked that there was parking
The apartment was very clean and totally comfortable for my family of three
Clean spacious close proximity to downtown oceanfront etc Extra bonus to have bikes available
We enjoyed the bikes as well
The owners were very accommodating and allowed us to check in early since we had an early flight into San Fran
They have really thought of it all
The only drawback is that there are people upstails who had a very active todder who was running overhead and dropping things from early morning
The location is ideal and a very quiet neighborhood
We loved the location in downtown Monterey
We were able to walk to downtown to plenty of restaurants
Loved the place Easy walk to all activities
The Aquarium passes were another plus because it is about $25 per adult to go
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10. Coastal living with a touch of luxury

This property has got to be one of the most luxurious and fanciest vacation rentals in Monterey. When you walk in, it’ll be no less than walking into a five-star hotel. With modern furnishing, state of the art decor and a view of the ocean through an all-glass door, this property house is nothing less than perfect. Be it a vacation with a couple of your friends or your whole family, it is the perfect place to stay. This is, without a doubt, the most exclusive locations with beachfront access. Talk about a life of luxury!

Coastal Living - Monterey Beach House - Oceanfront Luxury
5 reviews
House 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
The house was beautiful very clean and welcoming
Every day was as enjoyable as the previous
We arrived at our destination filled with great expectations
We rented this property for a work event and could not have been more thrilled with the quality of the location and the house
The management liaison from Monterey Vacation Rentals were very attentive to our needs
This is a gorgeous new property that is located 2 miles from down town Monterey
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Enjoy a fun-filled vacation in the heart of Monterey Bay

We were confused with the variety of choices, have you found a place you liked? Be it a family vacation or a fun trip with your friends, you can stay at one of these places to ensure you make the most of your Monterey Bay holiday.

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