With its quaint towns, premier beaches, and world-class hiking opportunities, Monterey County is the perfect place for a peaceful escape year round. The beautiful beaches on Monterey Peninsula are known for their cool coastal breezes and relaxing atmosphere, and nature-filled coastal canyons make for some of the best whale-watching opportunities in the country. The county is also known for its plethora of wineries and breweries, and there are plenty of quaint towns filled with exciting dining and shopping opportunities that the whole family is sure to enjoy.
Make the most of your trip with a stay in one of the best Airbnbs in Monterey, California. The following list is filled with top-rated rentals from across the county, most of which are hosted by experienced superhosts – hosts with a proven track record of providing exceptional hospitality. Many of the rentals also boast Airbnb Plus status, which is an exclusive designation reserved for high-end rentals that have been verified through in-person inspection.
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The Mermaid Bungalow
First on our list is a quaint house for rent in Monterey with a light-filled interior and a convenient location near the beach.
Originally built in the 1930s, the renovated bungalow offers a super-cozy interior that exudes vintage charm. Bright white finishes and soft pastel accents light up the stunning living area, which comes equipped with a cozy gray sofa, a small dining table, and a Smart TV. Around the corner, you’ll find a lovely full kitchen with delicate hanging plants, wooden countertops, white cabinetry, and modern appliances like a dishwasher. Ideal for solo travelers and couples, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom rental comes furnished with one queen-size bed, and there is a travel crib available for guests traveling with children.
Nestled on a residential street in the charming town of Seaside, this convenient rental is just a short walk away from restaurants, shops, the beach, and a large park with a playground.
Historic Luxury Penthouse
Perfect for large families and groups of friends, this upscale three-bedroom home has been carefully renovated to offer a super-modern stay that retains its rustic elegance.
Furnished with two king-size beds and one queen-size bed, the home can sleep up to six guests and comes with two beautiful full bathrooms with designer walk-in showers. There is also a full kitchen with rustic wooden beams and a beautiful blue backsplash, and guests have access to a convenient in-unit laundry room. Decorated with lovely chandeliers and antique furnishings, the spacious living area comes with a Smart TV and a cozy indoor fireplace and makes the perfect place for the whole group to hang out. The outdoor space includes an elegant patio with vintage tilework, comfy furniture, and a barbecue area with a built-in grill.
Ideally located in the heart of downtown Carmel, this convenient Airbnb in Monterey is just a short walk away from the bustling Ocean Avenue and its many restaurants, shops, and galleries.
Historic Cottage With a Private Yard
Rent a house in Monterey that boasts an ideal location with easy access to the beach and downtown Pacific Grove.
Characterized by cathedral ceilings, eclectic furnishings, and rustic décor, this historic home is cheerful and charming. Up to four guests can stay in the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, which comes furnished with two comfy queen-size beds and offers a private full kitchen with a long breakfast bar and modern appliances. There is also a sunny dining room with a wooden dining table and bench-style seating by a large window, and the spacious living room features cozy blue sofas and a wall-mounted TV. Outside, you’ll find a gorgeous front garden. Guests are free to park on the premises.
Situated in a friendly Pacific Grove neighborhood near downtown, this lovely Monterey Airbnb is surrounded by shops, restaurants, and quaint historic buildings.
Spacious Home on an Artichoke Farm
This newly built three-bedroom home is beautifully decorated and super spacious, making it a great choice for large groups of friends and family.
With soaring high ceilings, fresh white finishes, and barn-style accents, the light-filled interior is open and airy. The large living area is equipped with a cozy indoor fireplace and a Smart TV, and the space is connected to the open full kitchen, which features gorgeous hardwood floating shelves and lively indoor plants. There are two full bathrooms in the home, the largest of which is equipped with a double vanity sink, and guests have access to a sunny private patio with outdoor seating.
Situated on a family artichoke farm, this unique Airbnb in Monterey Bay is just three miles away from a beautiful secluded beach.
Charming Rental House in Monterey
Another beautiful house for rent in the coastal community of Seaside, this serene stay makes the perfect home away from home.
Up to six guests can stay in the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, which comes furnished with one king-size bed and two queen-size beds. The stylish interior is decorated with abstract and nautical-themed artwork, and each room is equipped with timeless furnishings and rich hardwood floors. In the cozy living area, you’ll find a comfy sectional sofa, a brick fireplace, and an antique piano, and the stunning full kitchen features shiny granite countertops and a connected dining area.
Nestled in the hills of Seaside, this convenient house rental is just 10 minutes away from Del Monte Beach and Boardwalk.
Monterey Bay Farmhouse
If you’re looking for a unique stay on a beautiful property, check out this spacious vacation home for rent in Monterey.
Up to 14 guests can stay in the four-bedroom, two bathroom farmhouse, which comes furnished with four double beds, one queen-size bed, one king-size bed, and one sofa bed. The warm interior is decorated with beautiful wooden finishes and lively green plants, and the large living room features stylish leather sofas and cow-print accents. There is also a formal dining area with an elegant chandelier and an antique piano, and the full kitchen is fit for a chef, with brand-new appliances, granite countertops, and a fun chalkboard wall. The best feature of this unique vacation rental is the outdoor living room, which boasts a cozy fireplace and large windows with stunning views. Additional amenities include a dishwasher, an in-unit washer and dryer, free parking on the premises, and baby gear available upon request.
Overlooking vast artichoke fields and beautiful natural landscapes, this peaceful Monterey Airbnb is just three miles away from the beach.
Modern Loft by the Sea
For a unique vacation rental in Monterey with comfortable modern amenities and vibrant surroundings, check out this chic Sand City loft.
The stylish interior is characterized by industrial-style décor and gorgeous wooden and metallic fixtures. With two bedrooms and one full bathroom, the modern apartment can sleep up to four guests, and the open-concept living and dining area is great for entertaining. Unique artwork and modern chandeliers liven up the chic interior, and the impressive full kitchen is equipped with stainless-steel appliances and an espresso machine.
Set in the Westend art and industry community, the loft is nestled in a mural-clad apartment building surrounded by cute coffee shops and trendy pubs.
Spacious Airbnb in Monterey With Panoramic Bay Views
Marvel at the incredible scenery of Monterey Bay from this modern five-bedroom house rental on the Monterey Peninsula.
Furnished with four king-size beds and one queen-size bed, the home can comfortably accommodate up to nine guests. There are also three luxurious full bathrooms and one half bath, and guests can prepare meals in a large and open full kitchen with brand-new appliances. With two large living areas and a dedicated office, the home comes with plenty of space for relaxing, hanging out with the family, and catching up on work. The home was recently renovated to include a full selection of high-end amenities, including Sleep Number mattresses and an in-unit washer and dryer, and the stunning ocean views can be enjoyed from the large windows in every room. Outdoor spaces include a beautiful private patio and a private yard with a shaded dining area.
Perched on one of the Peninsula’s tallest hills, this modern Monterey Bay Airbnb boasts breathtaking views of the entire bay and the ocean. The neighborhood known as Mescal Heights is very peaceful and secluded, making this a great choice for a serene stay in Monterey.
Oceanfront Beach House With a Private Hot Tub
With a relaxing hot tub and private beach access, this beautiful oceanfront home is one of the best beach houses in Monterey.
Every room in the house features floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning ocean views, and at certain times of the day, you can see dolphins and whales from the comfort of the beds or the sofa. The stunning living room also features beautiful artwork and an indoor fireplace, and there is a massive skylight perfect for nightly stargazing. With four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, the spacious interior can comfortably accommodate up to nine people, and guests also have access to a full kitchen and a formal dining area. Outside, you’ll find a private stone patio with a relaxing hot tub. Additional amenities include a Smart TV and an in-unit washer and dryer.
The house is nestled in a beautiful gated community with private beach access, and the popular attractions of Monterey City and Pebble Beach are just a 20-minute drive away.
Award-Winning Oceanfront Property
Book your stay in one of the best Airbnb rentals in Monterey with this historic home boasting award-winning Spanish Revival architecture.
The spacious vacation rental is on the lower level of a large oceanfront property and can sleep up to four guests with two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms is furnished with a luxurious king-size bed, and the modern full bathrooms are equipped with luxurious showers and an in-unit washer and dryer. There is also a lovely living area with vintage tilework, comfy sofas, and a Smart TV, and the full kitchen is equipped with dark wooden cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances. Behind the living area is a lovely dining room with a large table and a stained-glass window. The outdoor space includes a spectacular oceanfront patio where you can gather around the firepit and watch whales, seals, sea lions, otters, and dolphins.
Nestled in the charming community of Pacific Grove, this lovely Monterey Airbnb is surrounded by Victorian-era homes and all of the natural wonder of Monterey Bay.
Pebble Beach Guesthouse
This charming short-term rental in Monterey is nestled in a beautiful gated community near a golf course.
The one-bedroom guesthouse is attached to the rear of the main house and comes with its own private entrance and a private back porch, which features a cozy modern firepit and a relaxing hot tub. The space was recently remodeled to include comfortable modern features like an indoor gas fireplace, a Smart TV, and a large walk-in closet. There is also a luxurious full bathroom with marble countertops and a large walk-in shower, and the custom kitchenette comes equipped with everything you’ll need to prepare basic meals.
Tucked away in the quiet Del Monte Forest and just a short walk away from the ocean, this beautiful guest suite offers easy access to some of the area’s most impressive natural wonders.
Barn Apartment in Carmel Valley
Situated atop a luxurious barn, this unique Airbnb in Monterey is a bit further inland than the rest of the rentals on our list.
Warm wood finishes and wood-planked ceilings add to the apartment’s rustic elegance, and the luxurious living area is equipped with beautiful pieces like a granite coffee table and leather armchairs. Furnished with one queen-size bed and one living room sofa bed, the one-bedroom apartment can sleep up to four guests. Picturesque windows throughout the rental overlook some of the property’s stalls and fields, which are filled with horses, goats, and alpacas. The apartment also features one full bathroom with a walk-in shower and a full kitchen with wooden cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances.
Located near the quaint Carmel Valley Village, this rural retreat feels nice and secluded but is still just a short drive away from some of the best attractions in the Monterey area.
Romantic Carmel Cottage
This lovely little cottage is one of the best Monterey Airbnbs for a romantic getaway in a relaxing country setting.
One or two guests can stay in this rustic studio rental, which features exposed wooden beams, elegant décor, and classic country artwork. The space is furnished with one queen-size bed and a cozy sofa, and there is a private full bathroom with a pristine walk-in shower. Surrounded by picturesque windows, the entire studio is beautiful and bright, and there is even a small kitchenette area with a microwave and a coffee machine.
Nestled among large oak and pine trees, the cottage boasts a peaceful location in the country but is still just a short drive away from popular Monterey attractions.
Carmel Oceanview Charmer
Ideal for solo travelers and couples, this one-bedroom house rental in Monterey overlooks the bay and the Santa Monica Mountains.
Newly constructed, the charming home makes a super-luxurious stay for a romantic getaway. With one master bedroom and a beautiful open-plan living room, the rental is super spacious and is sure to make you feel at home. The living area is characterized by exposed planks and an elegant chandelier, and the unique interior design combines chic decorations with rustic accents. The full kitchen is equipped with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops, and the luxurious full bathroom comes with an oversized walk-in shower and beautiful tilework. Overlooking the ocean and the forest is a gorgeous private rock terrace where you can gather around the outdoor firepit or host a barbecue.
Tucked away in the hills and surrounded by oak trees, the secluded rental house is very private but still just five minute away from plenty of shops and restaurants.
Magical Condo on Pajaro Dunes
Wrapping up our list is a romantic Monterey Airbnb with unobstructed views of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
The modern interior is bright and elegant and has recently been remodeled with granite countertops, brand-new kitchen appliances, and an electric fireplace. Soaring high ceilings and large windows make the common areas feel especially spacious and airy, and with two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, the condo is ideal for up to four guests. There is also a beautiful living area with a glass wall overlooking the ocean and a sunny dining area with nautical-themed artwork and an opulent chandelier. Step outside to enjoy the breathtaking views and cool sea breeze from your own private porch, which comes equipped with outdoor seating and a stainless-steel grill.
If you book a stay in this convenient condo, you’ll find that the ocean is nearly at your doorstep. As part of a luxurious community, the rental also comes with access to private walking trails, a lagoon, a nature center, and tennis and pickleball courts.
Whether you’re looking for a beachfront rental in a coastal city or a cozy bungalow surrounded by trees, you can’t go wrong with a stay in one of the best Airbnbs in Monterey.