Destination guide

Westport – the California coast's tiniest treasure

Mendocino County boasts many beautiful destination towns, but Westport – whose population, when last counted, was a whopping 60 souls – might be its cutest. Sure, it’s hard to call a place “cute” when it’s set atop majestic bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but this friendly little community is as welcoming as its landscape is impressive. Whether you hope to look for birds as you walk along the shore, hike the trails further inland, or meet some locals at an art class or summer barbeque, you're sure to become part of the community.

Things to do

More natural beauty in Westport's neighbors to the south

Take a day trip from your Westport vacation rental to see the sights along the coast. Drive south to the city of Fort Bragg and Glass Beach, famous for its shore packed with colorful glass stones. Further south is Point Cabrillo Light Station, a state historic park with a 1909 lighthouse. After learning the lighthouse’s history, you can ramble the surrounding 270 acres of undeveloped coastal bluffs. Take a peek over the edge and spot Frolic Cove, sight of the shipwreck of Frolic, a sailing ship that met a tragic end here in 1850.


Seaside scenery and cozy campgrounds surround you

Westport’s residents let the natural wonders around them provide activity and entertainment, and as soon as you arrive at your Westport vacation rental, you'd do best to follow suit. First, check out the Westport Headlands, 9 acres of property in the center of the village with a scenic trail and overlook, plus a stairway to Eddie White Beach below. Once on the sandy shore, unpack your picnic basket or take out your fishing tackle and relax. When you get sleepy, don’t worry, Westport’s RV park and campground is less than 2 miles away.


A beachside village where you can beat the heat

A Mediterranean climate provides Westport with sunny days and moderate temperatures year-round. Summers are warm, but not hot, which makes the beaches near your Westport vacation rental better for walking and fishing than for baking in the sun. In fact, you might be able to leave the sunblock at home. The area has its share of foggy mornings and misty evenings, and Westport gets a respectable 53 inches of rain each year. Bring your umbrella and huddle with a glass of local wine while getting relief from the latest California drought.

Natural features

A wetland wonderland complete with sunbathing seals

The many creeks, beaches, and parks around Westport are a haven for birdwatchers. Juan Creek is just 5 miles north of the village, and in summer, it’s a popular nesting spot for purple martins. You can go any time of year to see marbled murrelets and other seabirds. MacKerricher State Park, home of Glass Beach, is also the home of wetland residents like ospreys, great blue herons, and mallards. You can spot whales in the ocean from the park, and watch harbor seals pull themselves up on the rocks to work on their tans.

Where to stay around Westport?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 213 vacation rentals near Westport. From 154 Houses to 37 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Westport for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Westport?

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

  • Glass Beach: 238 vacation rentals
  • Point Cabrillo Lighthouse: 240 vacation rentals
  • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens: 156 vacation rentals
  • Shelter Cove Marina: 33 vacation rentals
  • MacKerricher State Park: 210 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Westport listed on HomeAway 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 Westport?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 154 Houses in Westport. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Westport include:

  • Cottages: 37 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 37 rentals available
  • Cabins: 37 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Westport?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 8 vacation rentals with pool available in Westport. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.