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Popular Accommodations in Santa Barbara

Cottage for 2 people
2 pers., 2.1mi to the beach
5.0
1 review
Santa Barbara, Southern California
from
$2,225per night
Apartment for 2 people
2 pers., 2.5mi to the beach
Santa Barbara, Southern California
from
$208per night
Vacation house for 5 people, with terrace
3.8
10 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
from
$1,313per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with garden
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,690ft², 1.5mi to the beach
3.8
1 review
Santa Barbara, Southern California
from
$530per night
Log cabin for 1 people
3.8
19 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
from
$285per night
Cottage for 5 people, with balcony/terrace
5 pers., 1 bedroom, 969ft², 0.7mi to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$422per night
Vacation house for 3 people, with terrace and balcony/terrace
4.4
31 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
from
$373per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with balcony/terrace
4.4
28 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
from
$685per night
Cottage for 2 people
2 pers., 1.4mi to the beach
Santa Barbara, Southern California
from
$772per night
Vacation house for 8 people, with balcony/terrace
8 pers., 3 bedrooms, 2,497ft², 2.6mi to the beach
5.0
23 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$568per night
Vacation house for 4 people, with terrace and balcony/terrace
4.4
51 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$321per night
Vacation house for 6 people, with balcony/terrace and jacuzzi
6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,991ft², 2.9mi to the beach
5.0
20 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$461per night
Vacation house for 2 people, with jacuzzi and pool
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$136per night
Apartment for 5 people, with garden and pool
5.0
156 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
from
$227per night
Vacation house for 2 people, with balcony/terrace
4.9
20 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$181per night
Log cabin for 2 people, with balcony/terrace and terrace
4.4
19 reviews
Santa Barbara, Southern California
from
$295per night
Vacation house for 8 people
8 pers., 4 bedrooms, 350yd to the beach
Santa Barbara, Southern California
from
$917per night
Cottage for 4 people
4 pers., 1 bedroom, 3.8mi to the beach
Santa Barbara, Southern California
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$588per night
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Highlights 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 419
Balcony/Terrace 342
TV 388
Air conditioning 180
Garden 220
Parking 372
Washing machine 352
Jacuzzi 114
Heating 370

Prices and availability

Prices

June
July
August
September
October
$485
May 23 - May 30
$360 per night
May 30 - Jun 06
$357 per night
Jun 06 - Jun 13
$384 per night
Jun 13 - Jun 20
$419 per night
Jun 20 - Jun 27
$425 per night
Jun 27 - Jul 04
$454 per night
Jul 04 - Jul 11
$454 per night
Jul 11 - Jul 18
$458 per night
Jul 18 - Jul 25
$481 per night
Jul 25 - Aug 01
$485 per night
Aug 01 - Aug 08
$456 per night
Aug 08 - Aug 15
$451 per night
Aug 15 - Aug 22
$473 per night
Aug 22 - Aug 29
$406 per night
Aug 29 - Sep 05
$373 per night
Sep 05 - Sep 12
$374 per night
Sep 12 - Sep 19
$363 per night
Sep 19 - Sep 26
$375 per night
Sep 26 - Oct 03
$403 per night
Oct 03 - Oct 10
$406 per night
Oct 10 - Oct 17
$0 per night
Oct 17 - Oct 24
$398 per night
Oct 24 - Oct 31
$0 per night
Oct 31 - Nov 07
$436 per night
Average price per week

Availabilities

June
July
August
September
October
30 %
May 23 - May 30
3 %
May 30 - Jun 06
17 %
Jun 06 - Jun 13
20 %
Jun 13 - Jun 20
17 %
Jun 20 - Jun 27
19 %
Jun 27 - Jul 04
14 %
Jul 04 - Jul 11
15 %
Jul 11 - Jul 18
17 %
Jul 18 - Jul 25
17 %
Jul 25 - Aug 01
16 %
Aug 01 - Aug 08
16 %
Aug 08 - Aug 15
18 %
Aug 15 - Aug 22
22 %
Aug 22 - Aug 29
24 %
Aug 29 - Sep 05
25 %
Sep 05 - Sep 12
21 %
Sep 12 - Sep 19
23 %
Sep 19 - Sep 26
22 %
Sep 26 - Oct 03
25 %
Oct 03 - Oct 10
23 %
Oct 10 - Oct 17
23 %
Oct 17 - Oct 24
26 %
Oct 24 - Oct 31
27 %
Oct 31 - Nov 07
30 %
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.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about vacation rentals in Santa Barbara

What is the average price for vacation rentals in Santa Barbara?

Considering the average price of $402.31 per night, Santa Barbaralies at the upper end of the price range for vacation rentals in the USA.

What time of year offers, on average, the best vacation rental prices in Santa Barbara?

Travelers who want to be budget-friendly should travel to Santa Barbara in April, January, and March, the cheapest months of the year, with average prices of $355.53, $358.4, and $367.23 per night, respectively, based on data collected in 2019.

When does the price of vacation rentals in Santa Barbara go up the most?

When it comes to looking for a vacation rental in Santa Barbara, the months when it is most expensive are, in order of highest to lowest, August, July and June, with average prices per night of $472.36, $460.47, and $431.56, respectively.

Are there usually many vacation rentals available in Santa Barbara?

If you decide to put Santa Barbara on your bucket list, we recommend planning your vacation ahead of time because it tends to be very high in demand, with an annual average of 91% of rentals booked in the year 2019.

What time of the year can I find more free vacation rentals?

The months that offer the most accommodation options are, on average, May (with an availability of 17.25%), April (14.5%), and March (11.25%), according to the trends observed in 2019.

Which months is it more difficult to find available vacation rentals??

Vacation rentals in Santa Barbara reach their peak in demand in September, with an availability rate of 4.25%. The second most requested month is February, with 4.6%, and third is October with 5%.

How many rentals are there in Santa Barbara?

We have grouped together the offers from 7 different providers in Santa Barbara, so we can provide you with around 530 properties. You're going to have a hard time choosing!

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