Discover a selection of 1,500 vacation rentals in Monterey Bay, US 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 $129 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in Monterey Bay. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.


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.


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.

Natural features

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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Monterey Bay, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,333 vacation rentals around Monterey Bay. From 980 house rentals to 97 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

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:

  • Pacific Grove: 610 vacation rentals
  • Aptos: 657 vacation rentals
  • Watsonville: 681 vacation rentals
  • Carmel: 673 vacation rentals
  • Eastside Santa Cruz: 212 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:

  • Pacific Grove: 610 rentals
  • Aptos: 657 rentals
  • Watsonville: 681 rentals
  • Carmel: 673 rentals
  • Carmel Valley: 423 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, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula): 773 vacation rentals
  • Salinas, CA (SNS-Salinas Municipal): 755 vacation rentals
  • Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal): 748 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:

  • Cannery Row: 710 rentals
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 436 rentals
  • The Farm: 842 rentals
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park: 748 rentals
  • Marina Dunes Preserve: 907 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.

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