Destination guide

Take in the oceanfront beauty of Monterey

Come and experience Monterey and its museums, history and art galleries. Renowned for its aquarium, seaside and beaches, this city welcomes all visitors. Fisherman's Wharf and Monterey Bay Aquarium are just a couple of the must-see attractions. With a holiday rental, you get a home away from home – many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.


Activities and attractions in Monterey

Are you looking for attractions to see during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Monterey a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Dennis the Menace Park (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Monterey County Youth Museum (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Del Monte Golf Course (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)

Seasonal weather in Monterey

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, September, October, August and July are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 20°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Monterey

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, Monterey is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Carmel Beach (3.9 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Lone Cypress Pine (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Point Lobos State Reserve (6.3 mi / 10.2 km)
  • Monterey State Historic Park (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Lake El Estero (0.6 mi / 1 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Monterey

Fly into Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula), the closest airport, located 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from the city centre. 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.

How many holiday rentals are available around Monterey?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 769 holiday lettings around Monterey. From 66 flats & apartments to 499 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent an ocean-view property in Monterey?

Don't just spend a day at the beach. Round up your crew and crash as close as you can to it! The sound of rumbling waves and remarkable blue vistas? Yes please! There are 256 beachside rental homes to choose from. Looking for a different atmosphere? See if any of our other properties float your boat. Our options for this destination include:

  • 251 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 131 city-centre holiday accommodation options.
  • 109 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Monterey?

If you want an authentic holiday experience and love having lots of space to spread out, renting an entire house is the way to go. There are 570 options listed on HomeAway. Prices begin at £51 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather one of the area's other self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Hotel: 76 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Cottage: 72 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £64 per night.
  • Condo: 46 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £76 per night.

Can I stay in Monterey in a large group?

There's nothing quite as exciting as staying somewhere entirely new with family and friends. And the best news is HomeAway has some places to suit large groups. Currently, house holiday rentals are all the rage for big groups of visitors here, and you'll find 178 featured on our database. Properties around here that are perfect for large groups include:

  • Looking for properties that can fit 6 of you? We have 440 that will be perfect. Prices begin from just £77 per night.
  • After a holiday property for 8 guests? We have 242 that will be perfect. You can get one for as low as £130 per night.
  • Looking for rentals suitable for 5 people? You'll be happy to hear we have 126 that will fit the bill. You can secure one for as little as £77 per night.

You and all your besties will be in good hands when you book your Monterey escape with us!