Skip to Content

The 7 most unique Airbnb in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Disclaimer: This page may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclaimer policy here. Never leave without travel insurance.

The enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-sea, is one of a kind village on the stunning Californian Coast, a must-visit if you are in the area. Staying in one of the gorgeous Carmel-by-the-sea Airbnb will allow you to have a full experience. In this post, I am sharing the 7 most beautiful Airbnb homes that I have selected for you.
Read on, and enter the fairy tale world of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.


This historical town on the Californian coast is renowned for its cute charming cottages, the historic Spanish Mission, and the overall romantic and fairy tale-like ambiance.

Walking through the narrow streets and the hidden passageways is like entering a fantasy world, where everything is immaculate and perfectly in order, beautiful and tidy. It feels like nothing bad can possibly happen there.

The homes don’t have numbers, and outside the shops, you can find water for the dogs, obviously in stylish bowls.

While strolling along these scenic walkways you will think you just never want to leave.

The surroundings of Carmel-by-the-sea are not less appealing and you can stay in one of the cute Carmel by the sea Airbnb for a few days and use it as a base to explore around.

You can enjoy the attractions of the nearby Monterey, just 4 miles away, drive along the breathtaking coastline of Big Sur with its dramatic views over the ocean, join some hiking tours, or take a self-guided walking tour in Carmel, take an art class, or a bike ride in nature.

Or you can just enjoy the surreal atmosphere, taking it easy. If you are a digital nomad or just a remote worker looking for a getaway, this the perfect spot to find a temporary home where to work in a peaceful and inspiring atmosphere, have breakfast in one of the cute coffee shops, and dinner in one of the fancy restaurants. I assure you, you will have the time of your life. Carmel-by-the-sea is definitely one of the most picturesque hidden gems in the US.

INSIDER TIP – Carmel-by-the-sea has some hilly streets with cobblestone pavements. So it’s advisable to wear comfortable shoes when walking around.

FUN FACT – The City of Carmel has an old law on the books that bans high heels in town to prevent tripping on the cobblestone walkways and uneven pavement due to tree roots

Read on to see the most beautiful Carmel-by-the-sea Airbnb that I have selected for you.

Disclosure: As an Airbnb Associate, I may earn if you book using a link on this page. I personally have been using Airbnb as my preferred accommodation when I travel since 2015 for short and long stays. This is why I feel confident in recommending them to you. If you are a first-timer, you will find my guide on how to book on the Airbnb platform very helpful.

The top 7 Airbnb in Carmel-by-the sea

Delightful Guest House! Private and quiet

📍 Carmel-by-the-sea – CA- 2 guests · Studio · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲

It’s a small quiet studio 5 minutes drive from the heart of town, the beach, and hiking trails.

Very cozy and with lots of great reviews, it’s the perfect home for one or to people and one of the cheapest in Carmel.

It’s a one-room studio with a small kitchenette that includes a mini-fridge, coffee-maker, and microwave. There is no stove or oven but who wants to cook with all those amazing dining options around?

Pets are not allowed but if you miss your dog, the owner, who lives on the premises, is more than happy to let you take hers for a walk to the beach.

This guest house is separate from the main house with its own entrance. Please park in my driveway for the duration of your stay!

Cable TV and WIFI are included.

Read more and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

Very responsive and friendly host. Nice, quiet setting in a residential area. Small, but it has what you need.

Perfect! This spot is absolutely perfect. We come to the area several times a year to visit family. This is our first time at Gracie’s but we’ll definitely be back. The studio is spacious, bright, and Gracie is wonderful. The cottage feels very private and she really fits a lot into it as far as having separate sitting and dining areas in addition to the bed. It has a HUGE closet too which we loved since we were here for so long. It was nice to put our clothes away and store our suitcases in there so they weren’t in our living/sleeping space. The kitchen is a nice size as well. This area gets more sun than staying a bit closer to town as well. We loved the entire stay!

A calm and peaceful little cottage. Beautiful beams of light coming through the skylight over the bed, nice sitting area, super clean bathroom. Snacks and dining suggestions were a helpful touch, as it had been years since we last visited! Thanks to Gracie, we found a couple of new favorite restaurants. Highly recommend staying here! You won’t be disappointed.


Welcome to Carmel By The Sea

📍 Carmel-by-the-sea – CA- 6 guests · 4 bedrooms · 4 bed · 3.5 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐ – 💲💲💲💲💲

This spectacular home, it’s probably the best I have seen on Airbnb Carmel-by-the-sea. The images don’t even give it justice, as some previous guests would state. It’s also a huge home with 4 bedrooms and lots of common space, perfect for a family retreat.

The home is furnished with traditional classic and eclectic pieces. French windows in every room and cozy spaces create a warm cozy feeling.

Located in the heart of Carmel by the Sea and a few steps away from the beach.

Among the included amenties:

  • WIFI
  • WASHER
  • DRYER
  • FIREPLACE
  • IRON
  • TV

Read more about the house layout and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

Absolutely perfect spot for our family of 5. Even better than photos advertise! House was sparkling clean and spacious, beds very comfortable, fully stocked kitchen with everything you need, beautiful backyard, nice living room and entertainment area. Location is unbeatable too — a few short blocks away from the beach and right near the center of town. We hope to be back! One of the very best Airbnbs I’ve stayed at.

Great stay at your home in Carmel. Couldn’t have asked for a better location. we all were impressed with the quality of the property.

This was a perfect house for a weekend getaway. Less than 2 blocks from downtown and only a few more blocks to the beach. The house was very clean and well kept. Can’t wait to stay again!


Carmel Peaceful Retreat. Walk to town/beach

📍 Carmel-by-the-sea – CA- 2 guests · 1 bedrooms · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐ – 💲💲💲💲

Spectacular modern home located by the woods, immersed in nature, far from the town noise but at a few blocks from the historical center, bars, and shops.

The home is furnished in a minimalistic modern style for maximum comfort and enjoyment. The big-screen windows let you appreciate the surrounding greens and allow lots of light, yet without taking away your privacy.

Other useful information:

  • NO Pets/Smoking/Children under 12 – no exceptions. 1 uncovered onsite parking space. Adheres to Carmel’s Rental Code.
  • “Designed by acclaimed California architect John Hans Ostwald, this property is classic California Modernism. The property features all the hallmarks of classic California living with its integration with the natural landscape, Redwood post and beam construction, striking intentional geometry, airy lofty open spaces, walls of glass, and decks that bring the indoors out and the outdoors in.” (owner´s words)

Read more about the house layout and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

We loved our stay at the Treetops guest suite. My wife and I stayed for a week for our elopement and it was the perfect place to stay. We had some, um, trouble finding any other modern homes on Airbnb within Carmel and were elated to see that Treetops was available. The living area is spacious enough for two to have room to stretch out but cozy enough for movie night by the fire. 

This is a wonderful spot to spend some time in Carmel. No complaints whatsoever – Julie was great, the place is spacious and the location simply can’t be beat. Whether you are visiting Carmel for a weekend or for a month, this is the perfect spot to go. It’s nicer than the other rooms you will get, cheaper, and in a better location. I will be staying here again next time I am in Carmel.

Julie’splace is very cozy and comfortable. It was wonderful having such a great fireplace as we enjoyed several fires during chilly evenings. Sitting outside on the deck having our morning coffee we felt like we were in a treehouse. Location is terrific as you can walk to the beach within minutes. “


Carmel Peaceful Retreat. Walk to town/beach

📍 Carmel-by-the-sea – CA- 2 guests · 1 studio · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

Charming Studio Apartment located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-sea. Honestly, you couldn’t get any closer.

Below, is the Galante Family Vineyards Tasting Room in the center of the business district. So, beware, noises from the tasting room, such as music and conversation, can be heard during business hours

On the bright side, you are just steps from the beach, shopping, and all of the delicious restaurants that Carmel-by-the-Sea has to offer.

The space is very simple and nothing fancy, especially compared to the majority of the homes you find in Carmel, but it makes a comfortable base in the pretty city while you are exploring the area.

Read more about the house layout and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

We loved our stay at the Treetops guest suite. My wife and I stayed for a week for our elopement and it was the perfect place to stay. We had some, um, trouble finding any other modern homes on Airbnb within Carmel and were elated to see that Treetops was available. The living area is spacious enough for two to have room to stretch out but cozy enough for movie night by the fire. 

This is a wonderful spot to spend some time in Carmel. No complaints whatsoever – Julie was great, the place is spacious and the location simply can’t be beat. Whether you are visiting Carmel for a weekend or for a month, this is the perfect spot to go. It’s nicer than the other rooms you will get, cheaper, and in a better location. I will be staying here again next time I am in Carmel.

Julie’splace is very cozy and comfortable. It was wonderful having such a great fireplace as we enjoyed several fires during chilly evenings. Sitting outside on the deck having our morning coffee we felt like we were in a treehouse. The location is terrific as you can walk to the beach within minutes. “


~ Quintessential Carmel Cottage ~

📍 Carmel-by-the-sea – CA- 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 2.5 baths ⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

A spectacular historical cottage, truly reflecting the essence of Carmel-by-the-sea. A Cotswold-inspired Carmel stone cottage, built in 1925. Located in the heart of the village a few steps from shops, restaurants and theaters.

The cottage boasts original wood floors, an old Carmel-stone fireplace, and new luxurious furniture, with designer linens and towels.

You can enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in the private garden.

This cottage is what I would recommend for a romantic stay or a beautiful treat for a solo getaway.

Read more about the house layout and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

The Poet’s Cottage is truly a delight. Great location, incredibly warm and cozy living room with a fireplace, well-stocked kitchen with ample spices and cooking supplies. In addition, the property has lovely outdoor spaces, a tranquil garden with a fountain with a surprising degree of privacy, and a deck off the bedroom that gets great sun. Most impressive was upon arrival, the fountain was bubbling in the garden, the battery-powered candles inside were on, and wine with 2 goblets was waiting for us on the bar – in short, a lovely welcome. We’ll be back.

Thank you Tamara for being such an incredible host. We absolutely loved staying in your place – everything was perfect. Your cottage is so beautiful, the location was absolutely perfect – 10-15 mins walk to the beach, less than 10 mins to the local market and restaurants. The neighborhood was so relaxing as was very quiet and safe for kids. The amenities inside were 10/10 and the beds were super comfortable. Everything was sparkling clean and we wish we could have stayed for longer. We will be back!! A secret hideaway I would recommend to anyone looking to get away from it all. Thank you again!!.

Poets Cottage it’s absolutely beautiful. It has a cozy atmosphere while still being light and airy. The kitchen is well stocked with basic seasonings and cooking utensils. Our time here was incredibly relaxing and we will definitely be looking to stay here again in the future.”


Carmel Beautiful Airy Retreat. Walk to town/beach

📍 Carmel – CA- 2 guests · 1 bedroom· 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲💲

Spectacular modern designer upper loft over 920sqft of a duplex in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

You will enjoy your privacy with your own private entrance and walkways, and exterior spaces.

The unit has been designed by acclaimed California architect John Hans Ostwald.

Situated at only 5 blocks to Carmel’s center and only 0.7 miles to Carmel beach.

No Pets/Smoking/Children under 12 — no exceptions. 1 uncovered parking space. Adheres to Carmel’s Rental Code.

Be aware that the cleaning products used to sanitize the property include bleach.

It is recommendable to read the entire information before booking.

Read more and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

We absolutely loved this property! Was clean and very dialed in and perfect for our getaway, the glass atrium area was priceless in our eyes, we will be back!

Loved staying at Julie’s! We are looking forward to coming back soon, loved Carmel & Monterrey

Bed is super comfortable, location is great, and Julie is an outstanding host. It was perfect for my husband and I for our elopement. Will definitely stay again!.”


A Peaceful Getaway

📍 Carmel-by-the-Sea – CA- 2 guests · studio· 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐ ·💲💲💲💲

A cozy intimate getaway for both a couple of solo travelers looking for inspiration or a getaway.

Cute and tiny it’s nicely decorated with both taste and functionality in mind. Less than one mile away from the Carmel River Beach and Carmel Crossroads Shopping Center, but with enough distance from noises and frets!

A writer or any artists will find inspiration here for sure!

Read more about the house layout and check availability on Airbnb

What some of the previous guests say:

Felt like a home away from home! Loved walking into this comfy cottage after a day stomping out and about! The kitchen had everything we needed, including a toaster oven, microwave, full size fridge, and a range with a really large oven. Dish TV offered plenty of viewing choices, but the deep quiet of Carmel at night was even better. A huge tree outside overhang the skylight in the middle of the cottage, lending to the cottage atmosphere. The bed was wonderfully comfortable with the memory foam topper, and we slept like babies. The Rio Grill (fabulous food and atmosphere) is only half a mile away, as are CVS and a huge 24 hour Safeway, if needed. Would love to go back!.

This place is so well-appointed and adorable. It is very comfortable. Grant was a fantastic host and everything was seamless. I highly recommend Grant’s guest house. Super quiet too.

I highly recommend Grant & D & their peaceful getaway cottage in Carmel. They are friendly, gracious hosts. The cottage is located on a quiet, woodsy street, a short walk to Ocean Avenue and Carmel Beach, and an easy hop onto Highway 1. The accommodations are picturesque, very comfortable, and nicely appointed. The kitchen is fully stocked with gear should you wish to cook, and the bathroom has a shower/tub. We had a cozy fire in the wood-burning stove one evening. Delightful. A truly enjoyable stay!”


For further reading

cottage house
The best 7 Monterey Airbnb Rentals for a stylish Californian trip
← Read Last Post
home with pool sea view
The top 5 Santa Barbara luxury homes for rent for a family or friends retreat
Read Next Post →

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

shares