Discover a selection of 401 vacation rentals in Pajaro Dunes 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 WiFi and swimming pools. Prices start at $174 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Pajaro Dunes. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Explore the beachside setting in Pajaro Dunes

The beaches and surrounding scenery provide a peaceful ambiance to your vacation home in Pajaro Dunes. Travelers appreciate the whale watching in this relaxing city. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in and around Pajaro Dunes

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Pajaro Dunes a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Seascape Golf Club (7.8 mi / 12.5 km)
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (12.8 mi / 20.6 km)
  • Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park (14.1 mi / 22.7 km)
  • Eagle Ridge Golf Club (14.7 mi / 23.7 km)
  • Mount Madonna Center (11.7 mi / 18.8 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Pajaro Dunes

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, September, October, August and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 62°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Pajaro Dunes

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Pajaro Dunes is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Monterey Bay (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Moss Landing State Beach (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • La Selva Beach (5.4 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (6.1 mi / 9.8 km)
  • Rio Del Mar Beach (8 mi / 12.8 km)
  • Seacliff State Beach (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Pajaro Dunes

Fly into Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY), the closest airport, located 19 mi (30.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), which is 4.9 mi (7.9 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Pajaro Dunes?

Whatever you're looking for in a getaway, you'll find a rental property in or around Pajaro Dunes that suits your style. These are some of our top picks:

  • Around 0.1 miles from the center of Pajaro Dunes, it's hard to beat "Beachfront Condo With Amazing Views". It has 2 bedrooms and a range of amenities including a DVD player and heating.
  • Another great choice is "Oceanfront On The Sand - Awesome 4 Bedroom", which is around 4 miles from Pajaro Dunes. Offering 4 bedrooms, a nearby waterfront and shopping, it has everything you need to keep you content and comfortable.

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

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Pajaro Dunes?

Clock out on Friday afternoon and then forget the real world. If it's time for some relaxation and fun, these escapes in and around Pajaro Dunes are the perfect weekend getaway:

  • Enjoy a refreshing change of scenery at "Shangrila Pajaro Dunes Ocean Front Condo Between Santa Cruz And Monterey", which is around 1 mile to the south of Pajaro Dunes. There's plenty of adventure and nature to keep you on the go here. Try some kayaking and basketball or simply enjoy the sights of University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum and Garrapata Beach.
  • "Ocean Front Condo With Wonderful 180 Degree View From Santa Cruz To Monterey" will also make you feel comfortable. Around 0.1 miles south of Pajaro Dunes, use it as a base to enjoy some golf or fishing. Monterey Pines Golf Course and Pasatiempo Golf Course should also be on your to-do list if you stay here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Pajaro Dunes?

If you want a small but stylish stay, you can't top a studio apartment. These compact properties ooze charm and are often conveniently found in the heart of town. We recommend the following options in or near Pajaro Dunes:

  • After an exciting day of urban exploration, put your feet up and relax at "Shangrila Pajaro Dunes Ocean Front Condo Between Santa Cruz And Monterey". Nearby birdwatching activities and tennis are among the amenities you'll find here.
  • Or, use "Ocean Front Condo With Wonderful 180 Degree View From Santa Cruz To Monterey" as a base to explore the best attractions around you. This comfy home away from home comes with a stovetop, a microwave oven and more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Pajaro Dunes?

Just because you only have a day or two up your sleeve doesn't mean you need to spend it in a characterless hotel room. Head off on vacation but still have the comforts of home at one of these short-term rentals in or around Pajaro Dunes:

  • Close to the center of Pajaro Dunes, "At The Beach Insanely Great Beach House" is the perfect place for a quick break. While you're around, take a look at top sights like La Selva Beach and Sunset State Beach.
  • Eat, sleep and explore from "3rd Floor Ocean View Condo At Pelican Point", another popular option. Manresa State Beach and Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds should be on your to-do list when it's time to see the sights.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Pajaro Dunes?

Whether spent in a cabin, a cottage or a houseboat, a romantic weekend getaway is a fantastic way to spice up your relationship. Whisk your honey away for a couple of days at one of these sought-after escapes in or near Pajaro Dunes:

  • Put on some soft music and kick back together at "Beachfront Condo With Amazing Views". Around 0.1 miles from Pajaro Dunes, this property has everything you could want for a couple's weekend away, including a fireplace and a nearby bay.
  • Another option where you can spend a few magical days together is "Oceanfront On The Sand - Awesome 4 Bedroom". Located 4 miles from Pajaro Dunes, beauty services and a fireplace add to the atmosphere here.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Pajaro Dunes?

Big groups mean a whole lot of fun. They also mean finding a place that'll easily fit your whole gang. Browse our large group vacation rentals in or around Pajaro Dunes and spend time with your favorite people under the one roof:

  • A great range of amenities including a beach view and a firepit make "Best Of Dunes: House 84 ~ Ocean View" a favorite. This popular retreat has 7 bedrooms and accommodates up to 14 people. From central Pajaro Dunes, it's around 1 mile away to the south.
  • Invite as many as 12 of your friends to "Best Of Dunes: House 46 Oceanfront W" and fill its spaces with laughter and love. This top option has 4 bedrooms and is around 1 mile to the south of Pajaro Dunes. It's crammed with features to keep your group comfortable and content, including a nearby waterfront and a fireplace.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Pajaro Dunes?

From games of Marco Polo to lazy afternoon dips, a pool promises loads of fun for adults and kids alike. Score some serious brownie points with the fam by renting a house with a place to swim in or near Pajaro Dunes:

  • Pack your swimsuit and enjoy a fun stay with your guests at "At The Beach Insanely Great Beach House". Other amenities here include coffee and tea making facilities and on-site watersports.
  • Another inviting option is "Ocean View Beach House In The Sand Dunes On Monterey Bay". There's lots to love about this vacation home besides its pool, such as outdoor furniture and a fridge.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Pajaro Dunes?

The first phase of any big family trip is searching for the perfect place to stay. Whether you're organizing an adventure-packed escape with the kids or a big shindig with the relatives, Vrbo has large family vacation rentals in and around Pajaro Dunes with enough space to fit everyone. Here are two popular options that are ready to welcome you:

  • Make your trip one you won't forget at "Oceanfront On The Sand - Awesome 4 Bedroom". This pad has 4 bedrooms, has space for 8 guests and features a host of amenities, including a fridge and coffee and tea making facilities. You'll find it around 4 miles northwest of Pajaro Dunes.
  • Another top option is "At The Beach Insanely Great Beach House". It's around 1 mile to the south of Pajaro Dunes, has 4 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 11 guests. Handy amenities here include outdoor furniture and a living room.

It may be tempting, but don't spend your entire time socializing indoors. Head out and see some nearby family-friendly attractions, starting with Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Pajaro Dunes?

Absolutely. There are plenty of one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Pajaro Dunes. If you don't need a lot of space, one of these properties is sure to tick your boxes:

  • Good things come in little packages, and "Shangrila Pajaro Dunes Ocean Front Condo Between Santa Cruz And Monterey" is a fantastic example of this. This one-bedroom vacation rental is not far from the central streets and includes amenities like a fireplace and a kitchen.
  • "Ocean Front Condo With Wonderful 180 Degree View From Santa Cruz To Monterey" is another charming one-bedroom escape also not far from the center. When you're not out exploring the surrounds, enjoy a beach view, a water view and more.

Can I find two-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Pajaro Dunes?

At Vrbo, we've got rental places in or near Pajaro Dunes to suit even the choosiest guests. Here are a couple of two-bedroom options to get you started:

  • Leading our list is "Beachfront Condo With Amazing Views". This two-bedroom beauty has handy amenities like a water view and a fireplace. Explore Pajaro Dunes's excellent attractions from this comfortable pad.
  • "3rd Floor Ocean View Condo At Pelican Point" is another terrific two-bedroom rental in the Pajaro Dunes area. It has amenities like a fireplace and an electric car charging station.