Where to stay around Monterey Bay, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,692 vacation rentals near Monterey Bay. From 920 Houses to 190 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Monterey Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on VRBO.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Monterey Bay?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Monterey Bay. From VRBO travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Santa Cruz: 645 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Grove: 710 vacation rentals
  • Aptos: 711 vacation rentals
  • Big Sur: 253 vacation rentals
  • Watsonville: 738 vacation rentals

And VRBO offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Monterey Bay! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Monterey Bay?

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

  • Santa Cruz: 645 rentals
  • Pacific Grove: 710 rentals
  • Aptos: 711 rentals
  • Big Sur: 253 rentals
  • Watsonville: 738 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Monterey Bay?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Monterey Bay are:

  • Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY): 934 vacation rentals
  • Salinas, CA (SNS-Salinas Municipal): 845 vacation rentals
  • Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal): 807 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Monterey Bay?

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

  • Carmel Beach: 605 rentals
  • Capitola Beach: 822 rentals
  • Rio Del Mar Beach: 263 rentals
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 507 rentals
  • Seacliff State Beach: 549 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Monterey Bay listed on VRBO where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Northern California's marine wonderland

Offering everything you think of when you imagine coastal California living, Monterey Bay is an ocean lover's dream. From stunning sunsets over sandy beaches, to marine wildlife encounters and whale watching, this picturesque Pacific inlet south of San Francisco has it all. Whether you prefer the city life of Santa Cruz or a secluded stretch of coastline, there's a perfect Monterey Bay vacation rental for you. Even better, the temperatures are comfortable year round, making it the ideal place for soaking up the sun and getting a much-needed dose of fresh air.

Unleash your inner marine biologist at Monterey Bay

If you want to be up close and personal with some friendly marine life, it doesn't get much better than this. A Monterey Bay vacation rental puts you on the doorstep of 6 marine protected areas, offering all the ocean encounters you could want. If you prefer to stay on land, settle into one of the countless sandy beaches lining the coast for some top-notch sunset viewing and whale watching. Be sure to save some time to explore the restaurants, shopping, and nightlife of Cannery Row, made famous by the stories of John Steinbeck.

From animal encounters to picture-perfect coastline

You can't escape the marine life at Monterey Bay, whether you prefer it live in the form of whales frolicking off the shores or safely behind glass at the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. For wildlife of a non-marine variety, head to Monterey Zoo or the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary. History buffs will love exploring California's Mission Trail, Fisherman's Wharf, and the historic Cannery Row. For Instagram-worthy sunsets and jaw-dropping views, take a trip along scenic 17 Mile Drive. If you still have energy after all that, there are also 20 world-class golf courses in the area.

Pack a cozy sweater for the cool sea breezes

Thanks to its sheltered position and saltwater breezes, Monterey Bay enjoys a mild climate with only moderate temperature swings throughout the year. The highs are only near 70 in the warmest summer months of June to August, and just slightly lower in the winter, averaging around 57 in the coldest months of December to February. You'll see some rainfall between October and April, but almost none the rest of the year (though the fog rolls in sometimes in summer). You'll want a sweater year round at your Monterey Bay vacation rental to fully enjoy the amazing sunsets.

Underground caves and sea life galore

Monterey Bay is home to countless species of marine mammals, including harbor seals, elephant seals, sea otters, and bottlenose dolphins, along with several varieties of fish, sharks, and sea turtles. The bay is on the migratory path of humpback and gray whales, which attract killer whales on the hunt. Monterey Bay is also home to Monterey Canyon, one of the world's largest underwater caves, as well as kelp forests. The coastlines are dotted with sandy beaches from top to bottom, with some rocky outcroppings in between, making for crashing Pacific waves.

Explore destinations around Monterey Bay

Santa Cruz
645 vacation rentals
Pacific Grove
710 vacation rentals
Aptos
711 vacation rentals
Big Sur
253 vacation rentals
Watsonville
738 vacation rentals
Capitola
605 vacation rentals
San Jose
1,383 vacation rentals
La Selva Beach
397 vacation rentals
Boulder Creek
630 vacation rentals
Castroville
154 vacation rentals
Los Gatos
1,701 vacation rentals
Pebble Beach
665 vacation rentals
Marina
1,392 vacation rentals
Salinas
1,100 vacation rentals
Felton
622 vacation rentals
Soquel
722 vacation rentals
Scotts Valley
580 vacation rentals
Saratoga
1,145 vacation rentals
Rio del Mar
701 vacation rentals
Davenport
795 vacation rentals