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Vacation rentals in Santa Monica

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Bungalow in Santa Monica
Santa Monica Bungalow on Quiet Street North of Montana
Step through the carriage doors and into an open interior with polished concrete floors, plus a kitchen with navy cabinets and stone countertops. The bedroom comes with barn door, bamboo floors, and 55" HDTV, while a verdant garden awaits outside. Enter the guest house thru carriage doors to a first floor open living space with kitchen, sofa and 60'' HD flatscreen TV. Polished concrete floors and stone countertops. Exit to open, outdoor staircase leading to an upper bedroom with Cal-King Bed, bamboo floors, dresser, 55'' HD TV, comfortable bathroom with walk-in shower and vanity. Wifi / Cable / AC & Heating units in each room. Design is a mix of beach cottage with contemporary accents. 2 Blocks to beautiful Ocean Avenue to watch gorgeous California sunsets or walk to beach. 2 Blocks to Montana Avenue shopping and cafes. Close to Promenade and Metrolink. Unbeatable Location ! Our place is good for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. The bungalow is a separate guesthouse but owners are present on the property in the main house. Outside table with a bench and chairs are perfectly located for morning coffee lunch or evening cocktail. We live in the front house so feel free to reach out to us with any questions and/or concerns regarding your stay. Leave the car behind - the beach, restaurants, cafes, and shops, are all an easy walk away. Rent a bike nearby to explore further. Watch the sunset over the water from Ocean Avenue, 2 blocks away, while Metrolink and Promenade are also close. Rent a Hulu Bike for your stay. “On May 12, 2015, the Santa Monica City Council adopted the Home-Sharing Ordinance reiterating its ban on the rental of entire units as vacation rentals. The Home-Sharing Ordinance also legalized the short term rental of a portion of a person’s home when the host lives on-site throughout the visitor’s stay and when the host obtains a business license. Hosts are also required to collect and remit Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) if not collected and remitted by the hosting platform.” Our license #221557 is listed with the City of Santa Monica
Apartment in Los Angeles
Couple's Nest one block off Abbot Kinney District
HSR22-000970 Most important to us is cleanliness. Bathed in sun all day, the apt. is on the second story of our home. Located a 2 MINUTE walk from the Abbot Kinney shopping and dining district, a 10-minute walk to the sand and surf. Parking Spot included. The apartment has a full kitchen and all the amenities needed for a pleasant and cozy visit. Our home is a secured building for guest security.
Guesthouse in Santa Monica
Ocean Park Beach Studio
An Ocean Park Gem located four blocks from the beach and three blocks from Main Street. This light and airy studio apartment is a short walk to Abbot Kinney, the 3rd Street Promenade and the Pier, and nestled close to some of the best restaurants in Santa Monica. It is also a five minute walk to an amazing beach.

Stay near Santa Monica's top sights

Santa Monica Pier2,744 locals recommend
Palisades Park130 locals recommend
Costco Wholesale130 locals recommend
Santa Monica Beach315 locals recommend
Downtown Santa Monica Station168 locals recommend
Annenberg Community Beach House152 locals recommend

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Quick stats about holiday rentals in Santa Monica

Total rentals

2.5K properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

1.4K properties have a dedicated workspace

Rentals with a pool

300 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

840 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

910 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

104K reviews

Your guide to Santa Monica

All About Santa Monica

With year-round warm weather and beautiful beaches just 20 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica is a great base for exploring the bright lights of LA. The city’s six-kilometre stretch of coastline boasts golden sand, and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping, from designer stores on Montana Avenue to cool independent boutiques on Pico Boulevard. A highlight is The Strand bike trail, which runs along the coast for 35 kilometres. Starting in Santa Monica, the route passes through the hip Venice neighbourhood and Redondo Beach and finishes up beside the gentle surf at Torrance County Beach.

Santa Monica’s most famous landmark is its pier, which dates back to 1909. Visitors are drawn to the iconic red and yellow Ferris wheel, which is solar-powered and offers incredible views of the coastline from the top. There’s also an amusement park complete with a five-story rollercoaster and classic arcade games, as well as restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops. Street performers line the pier, from mime acts to jugglers, and there’s always live music to enjoy on balmy Southern California evenings.

The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Santa Monica

Santa Monica is a year-round destination with warm weather and a packed programme of festivals and open-air events. You can expect hot days and nights from July to October, so remember to pack your hat and sun protection for beach days. Every Sunday evening in August, Jazz on the Lawn offers free events featuring local musicians performing in Gandara Park. November to April is a pleasant time to visit, when you won’t get the stifling hot days of summer but you can still expect mild, sunny conditions. Make your way to Santa Monica in October, when the Open Street Festival closes more than three kilometres of streets to cars and you walk freely to discover local food, music, and shops. If you’re looking for cooler weather, Santa Monica experiences what are known as the May Gray and June Gloom phenomena, when the marine layer moves in overnight, causing low clouds to hover and usually blocking out the sun until early afternoon.

Top things to do in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach

The city’s main beach attracts paddleboarders and surfers to its waters, and locals head here after work for seaside chess, beach volleyball, and sunset walks along the pier. Make sure to check out the original Muscle Beach, an outdoor gym area built on the sand in the 1930’s that still draws fitness buffs, gymnasts, and acrobats who put on a display.

The Strand

Also known as The Marvin Braude Bike Trail, this 35-kilometre paved trail starts in Santa Monica and passes by the towering palms and baby-blue lifeguard huts of Venice Beach. The route continues to Hermosa, where you can wander along the pier for a unique view from out in the Pacific Ocean. Redondo Beach is the next stop before the finish line at Torrance Beach. There are many places to rent a bike in town, and you can even join a bike tour to find out more about the district.

Route 66

Many visitors head to Santa Monica to see the iconic Route 66 sign, which marks the end of the most famous road in the United States. You’ll find it by the pier and, once you’ve taken the obligatory photo, take a walk past old-fashioned diners with classic neon signs, where you can tuck into a burger and sip a milkshake before a sunset paddle along the ocean.

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