The 6 Best Airbnbs in Santa Monica

Two cyclists ride alongside Santa Monica Beach, California
Two cyclists ride alongside Santa Monica Beach, California | © Ed Rhodes / Alamy Stock Photo
From mid-century beachfront cottages to homey guest houses with ocean views, Santa Monica is an idyllic location for your next LA visit – particularly if you are looking to stay in one of the neighborhood’s many Airbnb options. Whether a luxury beach house, Craftsman cottage or a cozy apartment, these are the six best Airbnb spaces located in Santa Monica.

Bright Luxury Beach House Near Santa Monica Pier

Bright, Luxury Beach House near Santa Monica Pier
Natural light filters into this bright, luxury beach house near Santa Monica Pier | Courtesy of Tom / Airbnb
Steps from the beach, this bright and breezy 1918 American Craftsman-style home is located on a quiet street in Santa Monica. High, arched wood ceilings allow natural light to pour through skylights into the large open kitchen. The living room has white walls lined with windows, adding to the elegance and serenity of the wood flooring and light beige furniture. Curl up next to the fireplace or step outside onto the private patio under the shade of a tree or around the firepit at night. This beautifully maintained four-bedroom, four-bathroom home can sleep up to eight guests and is within walking distance of the Santa Monica Pier. Take a walk to the luxury hotel Shutters and Casa Del Mar for dinner and a glass of wine with ocean views.
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Luxury Guesthouse With All the Comforts of Home in Santa Monica’s Best Location

Luxury Guesthouse
This luxury guest suite offers all the comforts of home | Courtesy of Scott A / Airbnb
One block from Downtown Santa Monica, this luxury guest suite is perfect for a couple or small family looking for a secluded getaway with all the comforts of home. Walk or cycle to the nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife found in Santa Monica, including the famous Santa Monica Pier and the original Muscle Beach. There is a shared patio with a barbecue and loungers for relaxing. Soak up the sun, walk to the beach or spend a quiet night in watching a movie.
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Craftsman Cottage With Tropical Orchid Garden

Craftsman Cottage with Tropical Orchid Garden
This Craftsman cottage features a spacious floor plan | Courtesy of Tom / Airbnb
Get the best of both worlds with this charming American Craftsman-style cottage situated in a quiet neighborhood within walking or cycling distance of both Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Its vaulted ceilings, spacious design and U-shaped kitchen make this space ideal for hosting. Sit on the patio among tropical orchids and other fresh plants while enjoying the morning sun or evening air. Walk to Santa Monica’s Main Street for its variety of trendy shops, restaurants and vibrant nightlife on the weekends, or hire a bicycle and ride the bike path to witness the colorful characters of the world-famous boardwalk.
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Cozy Apartment With Views of Santa Monica Beach

Cozy Apartment with Views of Santa Monica Beach
This cozy apartment with views of Santa Monica Beach sleeps up to four guests | Courtesy of Doris / Airbnb
Step into one of Santa Monica’s serene beachside neighborhoods with ocean views in this modern, minimalist apartment with a heated pool. The two-bedroom place accommodates four and is inviting and comfortable with an indoor fireplace and floral design scheme. Walk to the secluded north side of Santa Monica or the many nearby yoga studios and public parks. Downtown Santa Monica is within walking distance, and the historic Malibu Pier is just a short drive north along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway.
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Sunny Suite in Historic Home Steps From Beach

Sunny Suite in Historic Home Steps from the Beach
This sunny suite lies in a historic home steps away from the beach | Courtesy of Dale And Paul / Airbnb
Rejuvenate to the sound of crashing waves in a beautifully preserved 1913 historic home located steps from Santa Monica Beach. Shared spaces are well maintained and feature light wood flooring and dark wood trim offset by pale green walls. There is an outdoor patio with plenty of green plants, a hookah lounge and a hot tub for relaxation. The friendly hosts provide bicycles and are happy to give recommendations or just have a chat.
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Beachfront Restored Mid-Century Cottage in Heart of Santa Monica

Oceanfront Cottage
This oceanfront cottage is a historic landmark | Courtesy of John / Airbnb
This immaculate four-bedroom cottage is a restored landmark in Santa Monica and ideally located on Pacific Avenue just across the street from the beach. Watch the waves roll in and boats go by from the sunroom, complete with nostalgia-inducing checkered flooring, or lounge in the sunny front garden shaded by an umbrella. Indoors, the kitschy nautical decor adds to the authentic atmosphere of this beachside gem. There is a private backyard with a barbecue for outdoor cooking, and the large indoor kitchen has more than enough room for hosting. Live the beach life at this Santa Monica dream home.
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These recommendations were updated on April 3, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.