For our Southern California family, the majestic Big Sur has always been a top destination. Juggling the joys and challenges of traveling with six kids and often extended family, we’ve found our ideal solution in Airbnb. Big Sur, with its stunning vistas and serene nature, offers an array of Airbnb options that cater to our needs, especially our love for cooking and the comfort of a home away from home.
To help fellow families or groups seeking the perfect stay, we’ve explored and now present the 5 best Airbnb Big Sur options, each uniquely equipped to enhance your experience in this captivating region.
5 of the Best Airbnb Big Sur Options
- Accommodates 8 guests
- Large kitchen, cozy living room with fireplace
- Heated in-ground pool and spa
- Panoramic Pacific Ocean views
- $1530/night, 2-night minimum
With views straight from a postcard, this stunning property blends cabin chic with a modern aesthetic. Nestled behind a private gate sits both the main house and a guest house which come as a pair when renting this gorgeous abode.
For $1530 per night, you and seven other guests will be able to enjoy your own personal oasis complete with plenty of space, loads of amenities, and access to prime locations in Big Sur. The main house is decorated with warm browns, wood finishings, and beamed ceilings. It will make you feel as though you’re inside a luxury cabin that has been plucked from the forest and dropped in Californian paradise.
Inside you will also find a cozy living room, complete with a fireplace, and a grand kitchen perfect for whipping up breakfast for the family or dessert and drinks for your friends.
There are two bedrooms in the main house. The master bedroom even boasts an ensuite bathroom with a jacuzzi tub for supreme relaxation. Additionally, there is a bonus room/bedroom that can be accessed from a separate entrance.
The guest house comes with one bedroom, a sitting room, kitchenette, and bathroom.
Stepping outside, you will be stunned at the view before you. This property has panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the sandy beaches, and the lush green mountains. You can take in the sunset from the generously sized deck where a heated in-ground pool and spa await you.
If you can bear leaving this exceptional house, you are walking distance from Post Ranch, Neptune, and Ventana. Get some fresh air and exercise on the walking trails in the private oak forest located below the property.
The two-night minimum stay lends this rental to be ideal for an exciting weekend getaway or even for an extended stay.
In the event you book and must cancel, you will receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of booking. A 50% refund will be granted for each night booked if you cancel a week prior to your arrival date, but there are no refunds for last minute cancellations.
With its coveted location in the “Coastlands,” tons of amenities, and sweeping views, this rental is a real Big Sur dream home!
- 1960s-inspired treehouse design
- Sleeps up to 6 guests
- Three decks with forest and ocean views
- Close to Capitola Beach & Santa Cruz Boardwalk
- $435/night, 2-night minimum
If you want to stay in a unique space, removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this chic 1960’s 1960s-inspired treehouse is the one for you. Built into the surrounding trees you’ll find a 2-bedroom home that comes in at $435 per night with a 2-night minimum.
This property can sleep up to six guests. The interior design competes with the exterior for the title of “most exquisite.” The unusually shaped exterior is constructed with wood, metal, and stone while the inside has softer finishes like a delicate spiral staircase and Japanese screen doors for extra privacy.
This refined rental has a gigantic modern kitchen with bar top seating, a capacious sitting room with a flat screen TV, a walk-in shower, and Wi-Fi throughout the property. Each room has large windows to let in natural sunlight to light up this stylish residence.
Step outside onto one of three decks where you will be greeted by the lush greenery of the forest or the salty air of the ocean. You also have free reign over the 1.5-acre land the house sits on.
In addition to being secluded, it is also located in a quiet neighborhood next to Nicene Redwood Forest State Park. So, the only noise you’ll have to worry about is the wind rustling through the trees or crickets in the evening.
Capitola Beach & Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk, and a dog friendly beach are all less than a 10-mile drive away.
Unlike some other rentals, this host requires the renter to be at least 25 years old in order to book a stay. A full refund will be given if you need to cancel no more than 48 hours after booking with a 50% refund given if your reservation is canceled a week prior to your arrival.
Unique in both architecture and design, this treehouse is truly one of a kind that needs to be experienced firsthand.
- Two-bedroom cabin on a working ranch
- Interaction with farm animals
- Ideal for families with young children
When staying at the farm in Big Sur, you will not just be a guest but be treated like a member of the host’s family. For them, it is not simply about renting out their quaint home to guests from all over the world. It is also about educating and getting to know their guests by welcoming them with open arms into their farm.
At $650 per night, you won’t just get to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the two-bedroom cabin. You will also be interacting with their farm animals, where you will learn the ropes about how to take care of them.
This private working ranch is home to cows, goats, chickens, horses, and sheep; all of which are known to be quite friendly to their visitors. Renting this property is a great opportunity to show both adults and children how to take care of animals and why that is an important responsibility to those who do it year-round.
When you’re done bottle feeding the kids (your own or the baby goats!), you can retire back to the cabin and take in a glorious sunset over the sprawling mountains from the large deck or the comfort of the master bedroom.
The cabin can accommodate up to four guests for a minimum of four nights, making this an excellent place for a family with young children to spend a vacation.
If you have a change of heart, you can receive a full refund if you cancel your reservation less than 48 hours after booking. You can get a 50% refund if you cancel a week before you are set to arrive. You will not get a refund if you cancel at the start of your trip.
This rental allows you to have a “working vacation” that you won’t want to end.
- Ideal for couples (2 guests max)
- Kitchenette, outdoor fireplace
- Views of working olive farm and valley
Modeled after Moroccan and Spanish architecture, this casita in Paso Robles is a romantic place for couples looking for some serenity. Upon entering this rental, you will be inside a private courtyard, which provides ample views of the working olive farm it resides on as well as gorgeous views of the valley.
At a 2-guest max with no minimum night stay required, you and your partner could spend as many days and nights as you want in this rental preparing meals for two in the kitchenette or having a glass of wine by the outdoor fireplace.
The queen-sized bed is tucked into an alcove for maximum coziness while the dining area has large doors which open up allowing in fresh air and sunlight while you eat.
You can bring your dog for no extra cost so your best furry friend doesn’t have to miss out. The cancellation policy for this property will give you a full refund if you cancel at least five days prior to your arrival with 50% back for each night booked if canceled on the day you’re supposed to arrive.
At $160 per night, this house offers you and a loved one some alone time away from the distractions of everyday life where you can appreciate the beauty around you as well as each other.
- 5-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom mega rental for 15+ guests
- Multiple living rooms, spacious kitchen
- Game room, basketball hoop, BBQ, fire pit
- Near Pebble Beach, Point Lobos, Monterey Bay Aquarium
- $450/night, 2-night minimum
Located in the heart of the highly-coveted neighborhood of Yankee Point is a mega rental capable of hosting your family, friends, and then some!
For $450 per night, you and at least fifteen other guests can rent out the entire 5-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home where you are just a short drive from downtown Carmel. Inside this home you’ll find a spacious kitchen, multiple living rooms, a walk-in closet, master bathroom with a large tub, and magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.
There’s plenty for adults and children to do inside and outside this property. You can get a little competitive in the game room and show your skills on the ping pong table, play some darts, or just watch TV.
Outside is a basketball hoop, a BBQ, and a fire pit where you can share stories or roast up some s’mores. Nearby you’ll find Pebble Beach, Point Lobos, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
After spending the day looking at colorful fish at the aquarium or chilling out at the beach, you can return home, head to the master bedroom, turn on the fireplace and watch the sunset from your bed.
This pristine home doesn’t allow pets, but with this much abundant space you can have the ultimate get together with every human you love in this stellar rental. It requires a two-night minimum stay and, if you should need to cancel, you will receive half of your payment so long as you cancel a week prior to your arrival. No refund will be given if you cancel on the day of your arrival.
This is definitely the place to book if you need tons of space while also having tons of things to do nearby!
Whether it’s a luxurious estate, a cozy cabin, or a unique retreat you seek, our curated list ensures that your stay in Big Sur is not just a vacation, but an unforgettable experience for your family. These Airbnb options are more than just places to stay; they’re gateways to creating lasting memories amidst the beauty of Big Sur.
I hope this list has helped you find your perfect match for an unparalleled getaway in the heart of California’s coastal wonder. Wherever you choose to stay, just don’t forget to grab a bite at Café Kevah at Nepenthe, it’s my favorite!
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