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Vacation house for 3 people, with garden
3 pers., 2 bedrooms, 840ft², 0.7mi to the beach
4.9
20 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$158per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with garden and pool as well as jacuzzi
8 pers., 4 bedrooms, 2,799ft², 3.3mi to the beach
4.9
20 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$192per night
Bungalow for 4 people, with garden
4 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,098ft², 0.7mi to the beach
5.0
15 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$200per night
Cottage for 5 people, with balcony/terrace
5 pers., 1 bedrooms, 969ft², 0.7mi to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$432per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with balcony/terrace
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 2,497ft², 2.6mi to the beach
5.0
19 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$460per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with pool and garden as well as jacuzzi
6 pers., 2 bedrooms, 2,196ft², 3.6mi to the beach
4.8
20 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$330per night
Vacation house for 9 people, with pool and garden as well as jacuzzi
9 pers., 4 bedrooms, 2,390ft², 650yd to the beach
5.0
7 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$980per night
Manor for 10 people, with garden
10 pers., 4 bedrooms, 0.9mi to the beach
5.0
13 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$501per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with garden and jacuzzi as well as pool
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 2,992ft², 3.5mi to the beach
5.0
16 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$822per night
Apartment for 3 people, with balcony/terrace
4.9
40 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$235per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with garden
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,690ft², 0.9mi to the beach
5.0
5 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$629per night
Studio for 3 people, with garden
3 pers., 1 bedrooms, 258ft², 1.2mi to the beach
4.9
20 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$220per night
Vacation house for 5 people, with balcony/terrace
4.9
40 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$264per night
Apartment for 4 people, with balcony/terrace
4 pers., 1 bedrooms, 797ft², 3.4mi to the beach
4.8
20 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$134per night
Apartment for 4 people, with garden and pool
5.0
150 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$290per night
Villa for 6 people, with garden
6 pers., 2 bedrooms, 1,399ft², 0.6mi to the beach
4.9
20 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$469per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with balcony/terrace and pool
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 2,497ft², 2.4mi to the beach
4.7
20 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$863per night
Vacation house for 10 people, with garden
10 pers., 4 bedrooms, 2,680ft², 4.1mi to the beach
4.8
11 reviews
Montecito, Southern California
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$876per night
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Highlights in Santa Barbara

  • Fantastic Beaches
  • Surfing
  • Family attractions
  • The Santa Ynez Mountains
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Excellent wine bars and restaurants
  • Superb climate

Most popular in Santa Barbara

Internet 367
Balcony/Terrace 309
TV 352
Air conditioning 160
Garden 184
Parking 331
Washing machine 322
Jacuzzi 99
Heating 335

Prices and availability

Prices

February
March
April
May
June
July
$497
Jan 25 - Feb 01
$361 per night
Feb 01 - Feb 08
$380 per night
Feb 08 - Feb 15
$360 per night
Feb 15 - Feb 22
$337 per night
Feb 22 - Feb 29
$298 per night
Feb 29 - Mar 07
$342 per night
Mar 07 - Mar 14
$402 per night
Mar 14 - Mar 21
$412 per night
Mar 21 - Mar 28
$395 per night
Mar 28 - Apr 04
$392 per night
Apr 04 - Apr 11
$402 per night
Apr 11 - Apr 18
$356 per night
Apr 18 - Apr 25
$336 per night
Apr 25 - May 02
$443 per night
May 02 - May 09
$484 per night
May 09 - May 16
$406 per night
May 16 - May 23
$343 per night
May 23 - May 30
$345 per night
May 30 - Jun 06
$372 per night
Jun 06 - Jun 13
$395 per night
Jun 13 - Jun 20
$476 per night
Jun 20 - Jun 27
$497 per night
Jun 27 - Jul 04
$437 per night
Jul 04 - Jul 11
$434 per night
Average price per week

Availabilities

February
March
April
May
June
July
33 %
Jan 25 - Feb 01
9 %
Feb 01 - Feb 08
12 %
Feb 08 - Feb 15
11 %
Feb 15 - Feb 22
8 %
Feb 22 - Feb 29
15 %
Feb 29 - Mar 07
15 %
Mar 07 - Mar 14
15 %
Mar 14 - Mar 21
17 %
Mar 21 - Mar 28
15 %
Mar 28 - Apr 04
15 %
Apr 04 - Apr 11
19 %
Apr 11 - Apr 18
22 %
Apr 18 - Apr 25
22 %
Apr 25 - May 02
25 %
May 02 - May 09
28 %
May 09 - May 16
30 %
May 16 - May 23
28 %
May 23 - May 30
27 %
May 30 - Jun 06
33 %
Jun 06 - Jun 13
20 %
Jun 13 - Jun 20
16 %
Jun 20 - Jun 27
28 %
Jun 27 - Jul 04
25 %
Jul 04 - Jul 11
28 %
Percentage of available rentals

Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals

Rent a Vacation Home Near the California Coast

Santa Barbara is one of California’s premier vacation destinations and offers plenty of options if you need to be near the beach. You can rent spacious coastal villas with swimming pools, large car holds, outdoor terraces, within walking distance of the vibrant downtown neighborhood or the Pacific shore.

Vacation Villas Overlooking the Pacific Ocean

Alternatively, you can look up into the hills around Santa Barbara. You’ll find a huge number of attractive, secluded vacation rental options in the arroyos and on the hillsides near the town. Many have gorgeous views over the city and the coast, affording incredible views of the sunset. It’s hard to imagine a better place to share a glass of wine in the evening.

Vacationing in Santa Barbara

A Classy Beach Town with Endless Attractions

Santa Barbara is a town of 90,000 people that is located around 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Nestled between the glittering waters of the Pacific Ocean and the pine covered slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara has a stunning setting.

Getting There

There are plenty of ways to reach a rental home in Santa Barbara. You can fly into the city’s Municipal Airport from a number of American cities. Route 101 passes through the city from Los Angeles as it snakes its way north, while the city’s Amtrak station is on the Pacific Surfliner route from San Diego to San Luis Obispo.

Getting Around

Getting around the city is simple. Motorists can take advantage of 75 minutes of free parking, while trolley buses ply the promenade, putting every inch of sand within easy reach. There are even water taxis between Santa Barbara harbor and Stearns Wharf – a great way to see the city from the sea.

Santa Barbara Pier
Santa Barbara Pier

Activities

One of California’s Most Appealing Family Destinations

Santa Barbara is a fantastic destination if you have a crowd of teenagers or young children to entertain. Attractions like the city zoo, the stores on State Street, the outdoor concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl and the beaches around town offer amusement and fun for all visitors.

A Superb Cultural Destination

The city is a major magnet for culture lovers, with a prestigious International Film Festival, classical concert series at the Bowl and galleries like the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, with its gorgeous ceramics collection and Asian art exhibits. It’s also a craft center, with the Arts and Crafts Show offering beautiful souvenirs every Sunday.

An Unbeatable Destination for Ocean Lovers

Above all, Santa Barbara is a place for people who adore the sea. It’s the kind of city where you can join whale-watching cruises, rent fishing boats, kayak, try out your surfing skills or just laze on the beach under the scorching hot California sun.

The waters between Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands host 20 species of whales and dolphins at certain times of the year.

Top things to do in Santa Barbara

1. Get Down to the Beach

The first priority of many visitors to South California is the beach, and in Santa Barbara there are plenty to choose from. Sunbathe until the sun dips below the horizon at Butterfly Beach, play volleyball with the locals at East Beach or find some solitude at El Capitan.

2. Tee Up at a Local Golf Course

The climate is ideal for year-round golfing while local courses like La Purisima, Sandpiper and Rancho San Marcos offer an incredible combination of high-quality, great service and stunning views.

3. See Historic Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara dates back to 1786, and you can still visit the original Spanish mission along with the Presidio, the 18th century fortress. After that, head to Stearns Wharf, once one of America’s busiest freight ports and now a wonderful place to dine.

4. Take Part in the Solstice Parade

On the summer solstice every year, Santa Barbara becomes a riot of color, with hundreds of floats and over 100,000 party-goers in the streets. The party afterwards is the biggest celebration of year. If you’re in town, don’t miss it.

5. Go Surfing!

When the breaks start to swell in early fall, beaches like Hammond Point and El Capitan attract hundreds of surfers. It’s a great time for an out of season escape, and could be the chance to finally ride the wave of your dreams.

West Beach, Santa Barbara
West Beach, Santa Barbara

Useful Information

Climate

Santa Barbara manages to escape some of the intense heat experienced by Los Angeles and other SoCaldestinations. Instead, between March and October, the city generally enjoys temperatures in the late 60sand 70s – plenty hot enough to swim and sunbathe, but not too hot.

Seasonality

Expect big crowds at the city beaches, the stores of State Street and the galleries and museums if you visit between June and early September. Instead, vacations in the shoulder seasons are a great idea (or even in winter if you are taking your wetsuit and board).

Hot Spots

Whenever you travel, there are some places to bear in mind. The “Funk Zone” near the Amtrak station is the epicenter of the town’s dining, wine bar and surf shop scenes and there are farmers markets downtown on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Check the schedules of the Santa Barbara Bowl as well, to avoid missing out on the season’s best shows.

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