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Destination guide

Where the art's fine and the wine's finer

A quick jaunt inland from Monterey Bay, the quaint town of Carmel Valley sits in a tranquil river valley carved out of the towering peaks of the Saint Lucia range. Tucked among pastoral rolling fields and championship golf courses, the town was once a haven for millionaire sportsmen who built glittering mansions against the mountainous backdrop. Today it boasts a booming art scene and some of the best antiquing around. A Carmel Valley vacation rental also puts you on the doorstep of one California’s finest wine growing regions, so bring your designated driver.

Things to do

Wineries, wilderness, and winding roads

A Carmel Valley vacation rental puts you in wine tasting central. You'll find an impressive number of tasting rooms right in town, and the Grapevine Express Route 24 public bus will even handle the driving for you. Take a fresh air break and explore the historic buildings, waterfall, and redwood canyon of Garland Ranch Regional Park. Join the search for extraterrestrial life at Jamesburg Earth Station, one of the world’s largest satellite dishes and part of an active SETI project. For the road trippers, you'll have a hard time choosing between iconic Highway 1 and epic 17-Mile Drive.

Activities

Carmel Valley gets an A+ for art, antiquing, and activities

The town’s cozy size belies the depth of its arts scene, with an impressive number of galleries and studios popping up in recent years. Combine that with the countless antique shops and wine tasting rooms, and you might never want to leave town. You should, though, because the outdoor activities are second to none. Rub elbows with the well-heeled at the championship golf courses and manicured tennis courts, or head to Garland Ranch Regional Park for some rugged hiking and horseback riding against the stunning backdrop of the Carmel River and Saint Lucia mountains.

Weather

It’s always sunny in Carmel Valley

For many, Carmel Valley has the perfect weather. High temperatures are in the 60s to 80s year round, making any time a good time to get out and explore. You'll see some rain from November to April, but almost none the other half of the year. Pack a sweater, because nighttime temps can dip into the 40s. The warmest months are September and October (that famous “Indian Summer” that the locals love so much). The valley has earned its sunny reputation thanks to the lack of San Francisco-like fogs that you see in most of the coastal towns.

Natural features

A verdant valley of vineyards

Thanks to a climate that’s particularly suited to growing grapes, the pastoral valleys surrounding the Carmel River are a picturesque patchwork of thriving vineyards and rolling hills. Oak forest dot the landscape as it rises into the Saint Lucia ranges in the distance. Garland Ranch Regional Park his home to redwoods and a waterfall, adding diversity to the landscape. At a Carmel Valley vacation rental, you're also not far from the rocky coasts and sandy beaches of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean, where you'll find endless marine life, including whales, seals, dolphins and sharks.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Carmel Valley

The nearest airport is in Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula), located 18.1 mi (29.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Salinas, CA (SNS-Salinas Municipal), which is 18.5 mi (29.8 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Carmel Valley, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 447 vacation rentals around Carmel Valley. From 303 house rentals to 54 cottage rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a seaside property in Carmel Valley?

Taking a deep breath of fresh ocean air, basking in the sunshine and losing track of time. Now that's the type of vacation you deserve. Fortunately, there are 133 beachside vacation properties to whisk yourself away to. Of course, that might not be your style. Luckily, Vrbo has oodles more options, including:

  • 98 mountain-view vacation rentals.
  • 96 ocean-view vacation rentals.
  • 87 village vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Carmel Valley?

Our house vacation rentals are real accommodations for real travelers. With plenty of space and privacy, they're perfect if you want to experience life like a local. There are 318 options listed on Vrbo. Prices start from $81 a night. Or maybe you'd rather try one of the area's other popular lodging types, such as:

  • Cottage: 48 vacation homes. Prices start from $100 per night.
  • Hotel: 48 vacation homes. Prices start from $45 per night.
  • Condo: 20 vacation homes. Prices start from $99 per night.

Can I stay in Carmel Valley in a large group?

Getting together with family can be so much fun, particularly when you're under the one roof somewhere new! If you're traveling with a big group, Vrbo can help you. 109 house vacation homes are listed. Presently, they're the most popular choice here for large groups. The lodging options that can cater to large numbers here include:

  • On the hunt for vacation homes that can fit 6 vacationers? We have 385 that will fit the bill. The prices start from $170 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your crew, you'll be happy to hear that there are 119 vacation homes perfect. The starting price is $135 a night.
  • Seeking out rentals to suit 5 people? You'll be delighted to learn we have 105 that'll be perfect. You can score one for as little as $123 a night.

So don't worry! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your mom, your brother and all your friends to Carmel Valley.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Carmel Valley?

Vrbo is here to help you unwind with the ones you love. Listing a broad selection of value-packed rentals, it won't be tricky to find a cozy lodging that caters to your whole group. Quail Lodge is a fantastic area to check out if you want to keep an eye on your budget. Vrbo has 4 rentals, and the average price is a modest $259 per night. Another 58 Vrbo rentals are on offer in or around Cannery Row. With an average price of $320 a night, you're sure to grab a deal worth boasting to your friends about.