Destination guide

Excitement near Monterey vacation home rentals

A historic quarter filled with adobe buildings from the Spanish and Mexican periods, an enormous aquarium with interactive exhibits the kids will be buzzing about for days, and a national park where California condors soar over volcanic rock formations—those are just some of the attractions within easy reach of Monterey vacation rentals. A coastal city just south of San Francisco, Monterey was sardine-canning central in the early 20th century, but its Cannery Row, popularized in author John Steinbeck's eponymous novel, has since turned into a touristy row of seafood restaurants and souvenir shops.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Monterey vacation rentals

An entire day should be set aside for the gargantuan Monterey Bay Aquarium, which stands where Monterey's largest sardine cannery used to operate. The intriguing giant octopus, mesmerizing jellyfish, and playful sea otters are surefire crowd-pleasers, while touch pools let you interact with bat rays, kelp crabs, and sea urchins. No detail is spared in the three-story living kelp forest, where it's easy to forget you're actually on land. Art enthusiasts should squeeze in a visit to the Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street, where the exhibits are dominated by early California paintings and photography.


Activities near Monterey vacation homes

From your Monterey vacation rental, head out for a self-guided walking tour of Monterey State Historic Park, a collection of adobe and brick buildings that date from the 19th century. You can peek into some of these buildings and catch your breath in their lovely little gardens. Or you can start your day by busying yourself at the beach. Go scuba diving in San Carlos Beach, inspect the tide pools with the young'uns at McAbee Beach, or stroll along the boardwalk at Del Monte Beach after enjoying a picnic lunch.


Climate for your trip to Monterey vacation homes

Having the Pacific Ocean for a neighbor affects Monterey's climate—the cold waters pull down the temperature on land, and strong winds call for some layering even on the warmest or sunniest days. Summers are cool and often foggy, and it's coldest from August to October, when temps peak around 70 degrees. Monterey vacation rentals are likely to sport lower price tags in the winter, but you'll have to contend with the cold; temps in December and January range from 44 to 58 degrees, and there will be some rainy days.

Natural features

Condor sightings may be the pinnacle of your Monterey stay

Pinnacles National Park is one huge lesson in geology—an ancient volcano created its stunning cliffs and caves, and the crags that tantalize avid rock-climbers of all levels. You can hike among wildflowers and keep your eyes peeled for salamanders, kangaroo rats, and katydids, but the essential thing to do in the park is turn your attention skyward and hope to spy a California condor in flight. Download an official bird checklist online to see what other birds call Pinnacles their home; owls, raptors, and woodpeckers are just a few of the park's avian residents.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Monterey

Fly into Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula), the closest airport, located 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Salinas, CA (SNS-Salinas Municipal), which is 16.1 mi (26 km) away.

Family friendly

Family attractions near Monterey vacation homes

Kids will love the array of attractions in Monterey. Vacation rentals are available near places like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an amusement park with rides and games near the beach, and the Mystery Spot, a geographical anomaly and visual illusion with tours. Santa Cruz Wharf, an iconic pier with shops, eateries, fishing, and a native population of sea lions, is another highlight.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat in Monterey vacation rentals

Monterey has plenty of romantic spots for couples. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Natural Bridges State Park, a park with a natural bridge viewing spot for birds, whales, and seals, and Old Fisherman’s Wharf, a quaint waterside complex and event site with seafood eateries, shops, and watersports. You'll also like Lovers Point Park, a beach park with a quiet atmosphere for sunbathing and swimming.

Where to stay around Monterey?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 892 vacation rentals near Monterey. From 578 Houses to 75 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 for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Monterey?

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

  • Downtown Monterey: 27 vacation rentals
  • Cannery Row: 48 vacation rentals
  • Lighthouse District: 56 vacation rentals
  • Southeast Carmel: 215 vacation rentals
  • Carmel Point: 106 vacation rentals

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

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

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

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: 588 vacation rentals
  • Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: 946 vacation rentals
  • Del Monte Beach: 1,027 vacation rentals
  • Presidio of Monterey: 968 vacation rentals
  • Laguna Seca Golf Club Ranch: 915 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Monterey 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 Monterey?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 578 Houses in Monterey. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Monterey include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 75 rentals available
  • Cottages: 86 rentals available
  • Cabins: 86 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Monterey?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 110 vacation rentals with pool available in Monterey. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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