Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Carmel Highlands, Carmel-by-the-Sea 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 $188 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in Carmel Highlands. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Take in the oceanfront beauty of Carmel Highlands

Enjoy the art galleries and other features of Carmel Highlands. Well known for its seaside, bird watching and beaches, this scenic city won't disappoint. If you need more space to accommodate a family vacation or friends trip, rental homes often come with separate dining areas and spacious living rooms.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in and around Carmel Highlands

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Carmel Highlands a fun place to get away. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (8 mi / 12.9 km)
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Poppy Hills Golf Course (5.5 mi / 8.8 km)
  • Munras Avenue (6.2 mi / 9.9 km)
  • Del Monte Golf Course (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
  • Waterfront (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Carmel Highlands

Travelers enjoy Carmel Highlands for its seaside and sunsets. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, Carmel Highlands is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve (1.7 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Carmel Beach (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • 17-Mile Drive (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
  • Asilomar State Beach (7.8 mi / 12.6 km)
  • Del Monte Beach (7.8 mi / 12.6 km)
  • Lovers Point (8.4 mi / 13.6 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Carmel Highlands

The nearest airport is in Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY), located 7.6 mi (12.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Salinas, CA (SNS-Salinas Municipal), which is 20.8 mi (33.4 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Carmel Highlands?

The heart wants what the heart wants, and right now it's longing for a vacation. Now's the time to pack your suitcase and retreat to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Carmel Highlands:

  • Take advantage of handy extras like a fridge and a DVD player at "Walk To 2 Beaches When You Stay At Beachwalk". Situated around 3 miles from Carmel Highlands, this property has 2 bedrooms and is a hit with guests.
  • "Five Acre Retreat, Great Location" is another winner, offering 5 bedrooms, heating, a music library and more. It's around 6 miles from Carmel Highlands.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Carmel Highlands vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Carmel Highlands?

There's nothing better than a quick escape to recharge your batteries. Pack your carry-on bag and get comfy in one of these sought-after weekend getaways in and near Carmel Highlands:

  • Located 7 miles to the southeast of the center of Carmel Highlands, "Littlehouse In The Redwoods" is a great fit for adventure lovers and nature fans. Find your way to nearby attractions, such as Monterey Bay Aquarium and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Then, try some activities like fishing or horse riding.
  • Alternatively, find your home away from home at "Charming Coastal Cottage Comfortable Living Indoor And Out". Stay in and enjoy its comforts, or head out and try your hand at some surfing and boogie boarding and mountain biking. When you're ready to discover more of the area, plan a visit to Fan Shell Beach and Carmel River State Beach. This terrific vacation rental is around 7 miles east of Carmel Highlands.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Carmel Highlands?

Generally compact, less expensive and well located, it's not difficult to fall for the appeal of a studio apartment. Settle into one of these options and experience the energy of Carmel Highlands up close:

  • Make "Littlehouse In The Redwoods" your home away from home. This great property features amenities including golf and a phone.
  • Alternatively, spend your vacation at "Charming Coastal Cottage Comfortable Living Indoor And Out", which comes with conveniences including optional golf privileges and internet services.

There are loads of attractions around Carmel Highlands to put on your to-do list. Feed the culture buff in you and visit Forest Theater Guild and Sunset Center.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Carmel Highlands?

Every once in a while, you've just got to escape from it all, even if it's only for a few days. Enjoy a delightful combination of exploring and relaxing at one of these short-term rentals in or around Carmel Highlands:

  • "Carmel Modern Hacienda Walking Distance To Town W" is near the heart of Carmel Highlands, which means there are loads of things to keep you occupied. Find your way to notable sights like Carmel Beach and Carmel Mission Basilica when you're not relaxing in your cozy rental.
  • Hop out of bed, cook up some breakfast and then begin planning what to see around "Private, Newly Remodeled Home With All The Amenities. Easy Access To All Events". Carmel River State Beach and Tor House should be on your itinerary if you choose to stay at this quality rental.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Carmel Highlands?

Whether spent in a cabin, a cottage or a treehouse, a romantic weekend getaway is an excellent way to spice up your relationship. Whisk your honey away for a couple of relaxing days at one of these sought-after escapes in or near Carmel Highlands:

  • Put on some soothing music and kick back together at "Walk To 2 Beaches When You Stay At Beachwalk". Around 3 miles from Carmel Highlands, this property has everything you could want for a romantic weekend getaway, including a fireplace and beauty services.
  • Another option where you can spend a few idyllic days together is "Five Acre Retreat, Great Location". Around 6 miles from Carmel Highlands, beauty services and a fireplace add to the ambiance here.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Carmel Highlands?

Check out these large group vacation rentals in or near Carmel Highlands where you won't have to leave anyone off your invite list:

  • Offering space, comfort and privacy, you'll get everyone's stamp of approval at "Five Acre Retreat, Great Location". Up to 14 people can stay at this property which has 5 bedrooms, a garden and a firepit. You'll discover it around 6 miles to the north of Carmel Highlands.
  • Invite as many as 12 of your friends to "Mountaintop Estate With Spectacular Views" and fill the place with love and laughter. This option has 4 bedrooms and is around 8 miles to the east of Carmel Highlands. It's crammed with features to keep large groups comfortable and content, including a garden and a fireplace.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Carmel Highlands?

Of all the amenities a vacation rental can offer, a pool promises the most fun. Take a peek at these houses for rent with a pool in or near Carmel Highlands and spend your time splashing around. Just don't forget your flamingo floatie:

  • Welcome to "Carmel Point Beach House, Ocean And Sunset Views", where your biggest priority will be lounging by the pool. Amenities including pet-friendly facilities and a dishwasher help make this retreat a guest favorite.
  • Spend lazy days splashing about or simply unwinding beside the water at "Charming Quiet Beach House. Walking Distance To Beach And Town". This property is another favorite and comes with a dishwasher, a fridge and more.

Carmel Highlands has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures hovering between 55 ºF and 70 ºF. But you don't have to wait until summer to visit. Check out the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the perfect Carmel Highlands vacation rental and plan your escape for any time of year.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Carmel Highlands?

Nanny and Pop-Pop, Great-Aunt Gloria … You can add them to your invitation list when you escape to a large family vacation rental in or near Carmel Highlands. Get everyone you love under the same roof at one of these spacious hideaways:

  • Around 6 miles to the north of Carmel Highlands, "Five Acre Retreat, Great Location" has 5 bedrooms that sleep up to 14 guests. Some amenities here include a garden and childrens activities.
  • Also check out "Family Comfort In Carmel - Reservations 6 Months Or Less In Advance Only". It's about 4 miles north of Carmel Highlands, has 3 bedrooms and accommodates up to 8 guests. Handy amenities here include books and a separate dining area.

It may be tempting, but don't spend all day socializing indoors. Head out and discover the area's family-friendly attractions, starting with Bixby Bridge.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Carmel Highlands?

Take a break with your kiddos in a family cabin rental in or near Carmel Highlands and get ready to create some amazing memories together. Here's just a taste of what we've got:

  • "Cabin - Per Monterey County Order" - Enjoy precious time with your crew at this getaway, which is around 7 miles south of the center of Carmel Highlands. A separate dining area and a fridge are among its family-friendly amenities.
  • "Carmel Cozy Cabin" - Another superb choice, this property comes with a dining table, childrens activities and more. You'll find it around 4 miles to the north of Carmel Highlands.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Carmel Highlands vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Carmel Highlands?

Often located in sought-after positions due to their compact size, a one-bedroom vacation rental is the perfect solution if you're traveling solo or with one other person. Here's a taste of our range in or near Carmel Highlands:

  • Take a sneak peek at "Ocean View French Country Cottage", a great centrally located one-bedroom vacation property. A garden and a fireplace are just two of the amenities here.
  • Also within easy reach of the center of Carmel Highlands, "Carmel Highlands Inn 1br/1ba Suite Residence" is another popular one-bedroom option. After a big day of exploring, return and make use of an ocean view and a swimming pool.