Luxury Monterey Villas
Whether exploring the Monterey State Historic Park or sampling some native Monterey Jack cheese, be sure to stay in a luxury vacation rental.
Monterey Vacation Rentals
California coastal living doesn’t come any more relaxed than in Monterey. The seafront city boasts all the greatest hits of any California hotspot, including abundant marine life, watersports, cultural attractions, stunning Pacific Ocean views, and great food and drink.
Whether you’re drinking in stunning coastal vistas or the region’s famous wine, vacations in Monterey are sure to be filled with memories that will last long after you return home.
Enjoy a stay in a charming Monterey vacation rental, ideally located for exploring this beautiful part of California. Our Monterey villas are perfect for families and are within easy reach of all the best sights and attractions of the city. Many of our charming Monterey vacation rentals are pet-friendly so that the whole family, four-legged members included, can enjoy a trip to this beautiful part of California.
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Things to do in Monterey
Monterey is a seaside city full of fabulous attractions. One of the most famous and popular things to do is to go on a whale-watching excursion. Monterey is one of the best places in the world for whale watching, due to the vast Monterey Submarine Canyon that draws in many species of cetaceans. More water-based activities in Monterey include kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can still enjoy breathtaking Pacific Ocean views along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, an 18-mile walk along the coastline. History buffs will love Monterey, with plenty of sites to explore including Old Fisherman's Wharf and Monterey State Historic Path.
Restaurants in Monterey
From ocean-fresh seafood to Michelin Star eateries and all-American classics, Monterey's dining scene is varied and exciting. One of the top-rated restaurants in the area is Montrio Bistro, where you can enjoy award-winning local produce including Dungeness crabcakes and scallops. For mouthwatering deli food, head to Compagno's Market and Deli, or take your tastebuds on a Mediterranean adventure at Esteban Restaurant, which specializes in authentic tapas using local seafood.
Distances from Monterey
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|2 hours 30
|1 hour 55
|3 hours 20
Getting to and around Monterey, CA
Monterey, California, is accessible through several nearby airports:
Monterey Regional Airport (MRY)
The closest airport to Monterey, offering domestic flights and located approximately 3 miles from the city center.
San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Situated about 75 miles north of Monterey, SJC is a major airport with a wide range of domestic and international flight options.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Located approximately 100 miles north of Monterey, SFO is another major airport providing numerous domestic and international flights.
Transportation from the Airport
Car rental services are available at all major airports, allowing you to explore Monterey and the surrounding areas at your own pace.
Some hotels and resorts offer shuttle services to and from the airports. Check with your accommodation for availability.
Getting around Monterey
Having your own vehicle or a rental car in Monterey provides the freedom to explore its scenic coastline, beautiful parks, and iconic attractions.
Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) operates a network of buses, making it a convenient mode of transport for getting around the city and nearby areas.
Monterey is bike-friendly, with bike lanes and scenic cycling routes along the coast.
Many parts of Monterey, especially the waterfront and downtown, are pedestrian-friendly, making walking an enjoyable way to explore.
Things to do
- Explore 17-Mile DriveTake a scenic drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive, a picturesque coastal route that offers breathtaking views of rugged coastline, iconic landmarks like the Lone Cypress, and opportunities for wildlife spotting.
- Take a walk along Cannery RowStroll along Cannery Row, a historic waterfront street lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries. It's a great place to enjoy fresh seafood and soak in the coastal atmosphere.
- Explore the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation TrailBike or walk along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, which offers scenic views of the coastline, passing through parks, beaches, and historic sites.
- Monterey Bay AquariumExplore the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, known for its stunning marine exhibits. Observe playful sea otters, colorful fish, and mesmerizing jellyfish as you learn about the diverse marine life of the region.
- Discover the Point Lobos State Natural ReserveExplore the natural beauty of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, known for its dramatic landscapes, pristine beaches, and diverse plant and animal life. Hiking trails provide access to breathtaking vistas.
- Go Whale WatchingEmbark on a whale-watching excursion in Monterey Bay. Witness humpback whales, gray whales, orcas, and dolphins in their natural habitat.
- Sightsee around Old Fisherman's WharfVisit Old Fisherman's Wharf, a bustling area with seafood restaurants, souvenir shops, and stunning views of the harbor. Try clam chowder in a bread bowl, a local specialty.
- Explore Pacific GroveExplore Pacific Grove's charming Victorian homes and the beautiful Asilomar State Beach. Don't miss the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, where you can see thousands of monarch butterflies during their migration.
- Tee-off on the Golf courseTee off at one of Monterey's world-class golf courses, such as Pebble Beach Golf Links, which offers stunning oceanfront fairways and challenging play.
- Visit Carmel-by-the-SeaTake a short drive to the nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quaint town known for its art galleries, boutique shops, and charming European-style architecture.
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Short term rentals in Monterey, CA
Need to get away for the weekend? The gorgeous views of Monterey County and Monterey Bay make the city an ideal short term vacation spot. Monterey is an attractive destination that can be enjoyed over a couple of days. Its streets and boutique gift shops extend beyond the famous Cannery Row and you can find beauty all over town.
If you’re looking for a weekend hike, Monterey has many scenic nature trails and coastal walks for you to embark on. Make the most of an overnight stay in Monterey and dine at one of the many fantastic restaurants, listen to live music and explore the shops. Some of our cosier rentals make a great weekend getaway for couples.