The Puffin Residence

monterey, california
4 bedroom - 3 bath
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$800 per night (USD)
excludes K&C fee
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
3 king
3 bunk bed
sleeps 2
2 travel crib

Perks for the Parents

This beautiful beach house, steps from the sand in Pajaro Dunes, between Monterey and Santa Cruz, is perfectly set up for a family beach vacation. Just pack clothes and food - the home is ideal for one or multiple families to share and comes with plenty of items to make your stay easier. The hosts provide 2 Pack’n’Plays, 2 high chairs and plenty of beach kit (chairs, umbrellas, pails, toys, sport balls, pump, coolers and even a beach cart). The owners made this rental the house they wanted to rent but could not find with a young family and understand first hand how to make a stay with young children easier.

Why Kids Love it

Kids love the house because there is so much for all ages to do - not just the beach, which is steps away, but also in the house there are toys for all ages, and even Minecraft on one of their loaner laptops. The blu-ray player connects to Netflix and Amazon Prime and there are plenty of DVDs and saved shows and movies of all genres on the DISH DVRs.

Things to Know

There is a child gate at the top of the stairs. There are wall heaters and space heaters that should be watched around children. The home is seconds from the beach, right across the beach stairs. There is a propane Weber grill, plenty of outdoor seating and BBQs and everything you could possibly need to maximize your enjoyment of the beach location. It is a quiet, gated community and there are very few people on miles of beach.

About the Location

Pajaro Dunes is located on Monterey Bay, halfway between Santa Cruz to the north and Monterey to the south. It is near the town of Watsonville, which allows for some food delivery for an even easier stay. Nearby attractions include the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Monterey Aquarium, hiking at Nisene Marks redwood preserve in Aptos, driving around wineries, surfing or kayaking nearby, deep sea fishing, whale watching or just enjoying the beach. The beach itself is a State Park and allows bonfires. Monterey Airport is an 35-drive away, while the closest international airport is in San Francisco, 1.5 hours away.

Accommodation Details

This 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is set over 2 floors and has a large family room, kitchen-diner, dedicated playroom and bathrooms with tub and shower. Two bedrooms have kingsize beds, 1 bedroom has a kingsize bed and a bunk bed, and there is a children’s dorm room with 2 bunk beds, sleeping up to 4, plus 2 travel cribs to add to any room. There is a raised deck with barbecue, seating and sea views.

Style Notes

Classic beach house. This house dates to the 1970s but includes all new furniture and amenities, with room darkening curtains, leather couches and dining chairs, Pottery Barn duvets and new, high quality linens and towels. Bedrooms are bright and comfortable while the open plan living/dining/cooking areas are great for a family. We love the sea views and the unbeatable location.

Stacey S.
Member since April 12, 2016
We are a family of three, and enjoy traveling and exploring - but found it difficult to jam the car full of all the things we'd need for every trip (with a then-toddler and preschooler). We set out to find the right beach house and stock it for everything families could need for a great vacation. We'd love to swap with other families with listings, as well as share our home with vacationers. Creating great memories can be stress free when you stay in the right home for your needs!

Monterey, California

Marine history and interactive museums

Monterey is a sensational city for families. The MY Museum is interactive and set up perfectly for young children, as is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which has penguins, sea otters and sharks. Don’t miss Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf for a little history (and ice-cream stores) and a walk along the Monterey Bay Coastal Path for views of dolphins and whales off shore.