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The best Airbnbs in Santa Monica for solace and sunshine

Fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves at these Santa Monica Airbnbs, from affordable apartments to swanky homes

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With mountains to the north, miles of beachfront that stretch to the south, and clusters of restaurants and shopping in between, it’s no wonder Santa Monica is a prime destination for California vacationers. Visitors flock here for some of the best beaches near L.A. and for a room with a view (and an ocean breeze). But hotels on the beach are pricey, so why not head beach-adjacent instead? We've rounded up our choice spots that are pretty darn near the beach in Santa Monica.

Just a heads up that Santa Monica has some of the strictest vacation rental laws in the L.A. area, so expect a limited supply.

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Best Santa Monica Airbnbs

1. The tiny house in Ocean Park

Tiny homes are oh so de rigueur don't cha know? That's why we've included another backyard stay to the list, this time a helluva lot closer to the beach (only a five-minute walk). It's more of a home than a room, with a self-contained bathroom, a fully equipped kitchenette, and use of a washer/dryer. The garden is simply stunning, overflowing with verdant foliage, which offers extremely tranquil vibes as you relax in the hot tub. Not to mention, guests can't stop swooning over amazing hosts Dale and Paul, who are on hand for whatever you need. 

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? Rustic groove. 
Location perks? A few blocks down from this newly renovated abode, you'll find a tonne of coffee shops, restaurants and of course, the beach. 
Budget range? A decent price for a couple of nights. 

2. The colorful contemporary home in Ocean Park

Enjoy vaulted ceilings, colorful furnishings, and wood finishes in this uber-stylish three-bed, two-and-a-half-bath home that sleeps seven. You’ll have access to the entire place, including a two-car garage, but you may never need to use it since the house is mere blocks from the beach and Main Street’s shops and restaurants.

Rooms? Three bedrooms. Sleeps seven guests. 
The mood? Designer chic. Anyone else really dig the green rug?
Location perks? Forgotten something? Host Olga has taken care of your beach supplies along with bikes for getting around.  
Budget range? A luxury getaway best split between larger groups, thas is, unless you're on a splurging spree... 

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3. The chic loft near Montana Avenue

Or perhaps you would like to crash at this eccentric mezzanine mid-century loft? Full of color, style and good vibes, this artsy one-bed has all you need while you're on the coast, including a full kitchen, bath and a charming balcony when you're in want of a little more relaxation. 

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? Uber cool. 
Location perks? Ditch the car keys – this one's great for exploring on foot, by bike, or an electric scooter (just not on 3rd Street). Whatever your mode of transit, you're a short distance from  Montana, Santa Monica and Venice Beach. 
Budget range? A luxury price tag for a fabulous short stay.

4. The classic guest home near Santa Monica Beach

Want to be close to Main Street and the beach? Then you'll dig this very art deco guest house, just a short few blocks away. The spacious apartment is well appointed, boasting a large bathroom with ample storage, a fully furnished kitchen and dining area, a comfy queen-size bed and living with partial ocean views which we'd take any day over roads and stop signs. 

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? Cozy and calm. 
Location perks? Set in a historic neighborhood lined with aesthetic, old victorian houses, all within a short stroll to the boardwalk. 
Budget range? Moderately priced. 

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5. The sundrenched loft near Venice Beach

This loft is just wow. Like a glossy balayage of calming neutrals and warm tones owing to the sumptuous mochas, caramels, creams, and beiges sprinkled throughout this super stylish apartment. Ascend the spiral staircase up to the bedroom, where the comfort only continues with cozy, minimal furnishing and lots of light. But, of course, the real showstopper is outside on the expansive terrace, complete with a BBQ and a view overlooking Venice canals (which, by the way, is only a five-minutes from here). What a beauty. 

Rooms? One bedroom. Two guests. 
The mood? Ultra chic. 
Location perks? The view, duh. 
Budget range? A moderately-priced couple's stay. 

6. The cute cottage

Rent this entire cottage in the heart of Santa Monica that's within walking distance to the beach. It's super stylish and cute, perfect for a couple taking a trip away. As well as the usual mod cons, it has patio doors that open onto a decked area, leading to a private back yard with a barbecue. There's private parking, too.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Cute and cozy.
Location perks? It's just a few blocks from Main Street and the beach.
Budget range? Mid to high-range.

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7. The custom-built villa near Venice Beach

Hide away in this home-turned-sanctuary that has a whole lot to offer, inside and out. The contemporary, open-plan interiors make for a calming space to lounge around (especially by the fireplace) and cook a hearty meal for the whole family. Big double windows bring the outdoors in, and the backyard has furniture and a BBQ on the decking for alfresco affairs. 

Rooms? Two bedrooms. Sleeps four guests. 
Mood? Traquil hideaway. 
Location perks? You're within easy reach of the restaurants, bars and boutiques of Abbot Kinney, and four blocks from the beach.
Budget range? Quite the spend. 

8. The little oasis with a roof deck in Venice

You're guaranteed a comfortable stay at this understated California home with a private backyard and roof deck. The glass sliding door leading out to the yard takes up most of the back wall, showering the living room with plenty of natural light. Both outdoor areas are decked out with furniture to make sure everyone gets a seat – including a dining table for scenic dinners under the sun or stars. 

Rooms? Three bedrooms. Sleeps six guests. 
Mood? Homely, but still has that 'vacation spark'.
Location perks? In a quiet neighborhood but just a few blocks from nightlife hotspot Abbot Kinney – and a short drive from Malibu. 
Budget range? A price you'll want to split between as many people as possible. 

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