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5 Airbnb Santa Monica rentals for a stay near the beach

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

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
Danielle Goldstein

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 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 SM has some of the strictest vacation rental laws in the L.A. area, so expect a limited supply.

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5 Airbnb Santa Monica rentals for your next stay

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.

Relax in a bright an airy, vaulted-celinged, luxury home just 300 meters from the beach. There are great bars, cafes and shops nearby too, but you'll likely want to stick around and enjoy the soaking tub, balcony, gas barbecue on the terrace and outdoor heaters for cooler nights. There's even an electric charging point in the garage, which you also have use of.


If you don't mind a 20-minute walk or short cycle to the beach, then this adorable cottage in Venice Beach makes for a homely base during your visit to Santa Monica. The vibe is very much bohemian, with throws, scatter cushions, original artwork and even an acoustic guitar. It's a modest lodge, but with a fully equipped kitchenette and wet room, and a relaxing indoors/outdoors feel thanks to some French doors that open straight onto the tree-covered yard.

Tiny homes are oh so de rigueur don'tchaknow? 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, 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.


This basic one-bed bungalow in Ocean Park is just a five-minute walk to the beach and will comfortably sleep four, thanks to a queen-size in the bedroom and another queen-size pull-out in the living room. There's a fully equipped kitchen, the TV comes with Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV, and there's even some beach towels and chairs for use. There's also free parking for one car.

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