Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Carmel, CA that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $177 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Carmel. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Explore beachside fun near Carmel-by-the-Sea vacation homes

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small beach city with an array of museums, cottages, galleries, and pristine beaches for a charming seaside getaway. Whether you want to unplug and recharge, hit the trails, or catch waves, cottage rentals in Carmel-by-the-Sea put you right in the heart of this enchanting village.

Things to do

Enjoy the culture around Carmel-by-the-Sea vacation rentals

Though Carmel-by-the-Sea has a variety of outdoor spaces for fun and recreation, it also has plenty of historic and cultural attractions to satisfy any interest. Vacation rentals can be found near such sites as the Carmel Mission Basilica Museum, an 18th-century church and museum with a serene courtyard and historic tours, and Carmel Beach, a sweeping, quiet beach with cypress trees and stunning sunsets. Nature lovers will also enjoy Carmel River State Beach, a scenic bird sanctuary with bird-watching and vibrant marine life for scuba diving. If you’re looking to golf in the sunshine, Pebble Beach Golf Links has a pristine course with gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape.

Outdoor activities

Experience the natural splendor of Carmel-by-the-Sea

With nearly year-round sunshine and an abundance of natural spaces, Carmel-by-the-Sea offers boundless opportunity for outdoor fun and excitement. Vacation homes give you easy access to the area’s outdoor spaces and popular activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and fishing. With the pine forests and cypress trees, hiking, horseback riding, and biking through the landscape are also enjoyable for nature lovers. For a little more adventure on the water, the coastal conditions are often ideal for surfing, kayaking, canoeing, and windsurfing.

Getting around

Getting around Carmel-by-the-Sea

With its small size, Carmel-by-the-sea is a highly walkable area, making it easy to travel from vacation rentals to the area’s attractions. Transportation throughout the village and to neighboring areas is an option with train lines, rental cars, rideshare, limousines, and taxis. The nearby airports also offer shuttles that connect to public transportation or make stops at common landmarks.

Food and drink

Culinary delight in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea restaurants and bars boast a range of international, regional, and local cuisine, along with the distinctive influences of the Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley areas. The result is a blend of old-world elegance, modern luxury, and artistic flair for a unique dining experience that’s both familiar and novel. Whether you want Chinese takeout, French fine dining, or anything in between, vacation homes give you easy access to whatever taste you crave.

Essential info

Key facts for your stay at a Carmel-by-the-Sea summer rental

Carmel-by-the-Sea has a mild climate with warm temperatures and a population of 3,842 people, though it’s part of the larger Monterey Bay area. It’s a safe, friendly village with a low crime rate and few natural hazards, other than mild rain showers. It’s best to pack some cool-weather clothing to prepare for unexpected rain or cool spells. The Carmel Police Department and paramedics service the village and its vacation rentals, and there are hospitals and clinics nearby.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly fun in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a family-friendly destination with quiet beaches, nature preserves, and historic attractions to excite children and adults alike near vacation rentals. Point Lobos, a scenic, oceanfront nature preserve has nature trails to hidden coves, dramatic ocean views, and a local population of adorable sea lions, and Lone Cypress has a single cypress tree that offers an ideal lookout point for stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The Tor House and Hawk Tower, once the home of poet Robinson Jeffers, is a spectacular architectural landmark that offers tours of the buildings and surrounding landscape. Children will also enjoy the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which has exotic marine life in naturalistic habits and touch pools for up-close encounters.

How many vacation rentals are available around Carmel, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 673 vacation rentals around Carmel. From 545 house rentals to 68 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Carmel?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Carmel:

  • Northeast Carmel: 237 vacation rentals
  • Northwest Carmel: 158 vacation rentals
  • Carmel Point: 91 vacation rentals
  • Golden Rectangle: 168 vacation rentals
  • Hatton Fields: 161 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Carmel?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Carmel. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club: 727 vacation rentals
  • Folktale Winery and Vineyards: 727 vacation rentals
  • Carmel Mission Basilica: 718 vacation rentals
  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: 693 vacation rentals
  • Golden Bough Playhouse: 719 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Carmel listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Carmel?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 545 Houses in Carmel. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Carmel include:

  • Cottages: 68 rentals available
  • Cabins: 68 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 57 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Carmel?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 60 vacation rentals with pool available in Carmel. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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