Monterey, CA, USA

Monterey, CA, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 819 vacation rentals near Monterey. From 496 houses to 94 cottages, 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.

Bay-sically, you should go ahead and book a Monterey holiday

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.

Monterey—waterside activities keep boredom at bay

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.

Don't leave without sea-ing the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.

You'll hardly ever lose your cool in Monterey

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.

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.