Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Monterey, 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 kitchens. Prices start at $98 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Monterey. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Find your lodge accommodation in Monterey

The city of Monterey sits on the southern edge of Monterey Bay. That means your Big Sur lodge here allows you access to beaches, sunbathing, fishing, and plenty of outdoor activities. You can enjoy all the amenities and comforts you desire like a fireplace, entertainment centers with games and video libraries, and rustic surroundings. Then, just steps away, you can visit such iconic locations as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Old Fisherman's Wharf, and Cannery Row. You can enjoy annual celebrations like the California Roots Music and Arts Festival or the Monterey Jazz Festival. A lodge rental here offers something for everyone.

 
Things to do

Sightseeing near Monterey vacation rentals

An entire day should be set aside for the gargantuan Monterey Bay Aquarium, which stands where Monterey's largest sardine cannery used to operate. The intriguing giant octopus, mesmerizing jellyfish, and playful sea otters are surefire crowd-pleasers, while touch pools let you interact with bat rays, kelp crabs, and sea urchins. No detail is spared in the three-story living kelp forest, where it's easy to forget you're actually on land. Art enthusiasts should squeeze in a visit to the Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street, where the exhibits are dominated by early California paintings and photography.

Activities

Activities near Monterey vacation homes

From your Monterey vacation rental, head out for a self-guided walking tour of Monterey State Historic Park, a collection of adobe and brick buildings that date from the 19th century. You can peek into some of these buildings and catch your breath in their lovely little gardens. Or you can start your day by busying yourself at the beach. Go scuba diving in San Carlos Beach, inspect the tide pools with the young'uns at McAbee Beach, or stroll along the boardwalk at Del Monte Beach after enjoying a picnic lunch.

Weather

Climate for your trip to Monterey vacation homes

Having the Pacific Ocean for a neighbor affects Monterey's climate—the cold waters pull down the temperature on land, and strong winds call for some layering even on the warmest or sunniest days. Summers are cool and often foggy, and it's coldest from August to October, when temps peak around 70 degrees. Monterey vacation rentals are likely to sport lower price tags in the winter, but you'll have to contend with the cold; temps in December and January range from 44 to 58 degrees, and there will be some rainy days.

Natural features

Condor sightings may be the pinnacle of your Monterey stay

Pinnacles National Park is one huge lesson in geology—an ancient volcano created its stunning cliffs and caves, and the crags that tantalize avid rock-climbers of all levels. You can hike among wildflowers and keep your eyes peeled for salamanders, kangaroo rats, and katydids, but the essential thing to do in the park is turn your attention skyward and hope to spy a California condor in flight. Download an official bird checklist online to see what other birds call Pinnacles their home; owls, raptors, and woodpeckers are just a few of the park's avian residents.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Monterey

Fly into Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula), the closest airport, located 2.6 mi (4.2 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 16.1 mi (26 km) away.

Family friendly

Family attractions near Monterey vacation homes

Kids will love the array of attractions in Monterey. Vacation rentals are available near places like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an amusement park with rides and games near the beach, and the Mystery Spot, a geographical anomaly and visual illusion with tours. Santa Cruz Wharf, an iconic pier with shops, eateries, fishing, and a native population of sea lions, is another highlight.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat in Monterey vacation rentals

Monterey has plenty of romantic spots for couples. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Natural Bridges State Park, a park with a natural bridge viewing spot for birds, whales, and seals, and Old Fisherman’s Wharf, a quaint waterside complex and event site with seafood eateries, shops, and watersports. You'll also like Lovers Point Park, a beach park with a quiet atmosphere for sunbathing and swimming.

How many vacation rentals are available around Monterey, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 746 vacation rentals around Monterey. From 486 house rentals to 68 condo and apartment 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 Monterey?

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 Monterey:

  • Downtown Monterey: 20 vacation rentals
  • Lighthouse District: 46 vacation rentals
  • Cannery Row: 38 vacation rentals
  • Northeast Carmel: 251 vacation rentals
  • Northwest Carmel: 168 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 Monterey?

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

  • Monterey County Fairgrounds: 840 vacation rentals
  • Monterey Symphony: 818 vacation rentals
  • Ventana Vineyards Tasting Room: 813 vacation rentals
  • Waterfront: 831 vacation rentals
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: 497 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Monterey 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 Monterey?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 486 Houses in Monterey. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Monterey include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 68 rentals available
  • Cottages: 74 rentals available
  • Cabins: 74 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 Monterey?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 93 vacation rentals with pool available in Monterey. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.