Find Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara

Highlights Santa Barbara

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

Best Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara

Guests agree: these stays are highly rated for location, cleanliness, and more.
more...
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
Vacation Rental • 592 ft² • 1 Bedroom
4.7
(20 reviews)
Renovated in 2010 and newly furnished, this unique sun-lit unit is part of a historic triplex in the desirable West Beach area. Your doorway is just 1-1/2-blocks from the sands and volleyball courts on West Beach near Stearn’s Wharf. The Funk Zone area only a block away! and easy walking distance to downtown State St. shops and restaurants. Also very close is the Amtrak station; no need for a car at all, especially if arriving by train!**A second 2-level 1-BR unit in our triplex has been serving as a vacation rental since 2008. See vrbo #255189. And a larger 1-BR unit (#512066) is spacious ...
from $199 / night
more...
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
Vacation Rental • 398 ft² • 2 Bedrooms
5.0
(16 reviews)
A luxurious 400 square feet suite. Large private patio, fountain, fire pit table and beautiful landscape. Perfect hideaway for 2 guests. There is a queen size bed that features an extra thick mattress topper. Sonos audio with in wall speakers in the living room and audio in the bathroom. The unit has a powerful A/C and heater. There are two skylights, one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. The bathroom features floor to ceiling beautiful mosaic tile, glass shower, rain shower, body sprays, toto bidet toilet, washer n dryer, and mirrored closet.Location-4 blocks from downtown State Stre...
from $159 / night
more...
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
Vacation Rental • 2992 ft² • 3 Bedrooms
4.7
(19 reviews)
From the sweeping heights of the Santa Barbara foothills, this mid-century modern home commands breathtaking views of the city and the sea beyond. It's sleek architecture and distinctive craftsmanship, combined with the use of natural materials in the open, uncluttered interiors, have created a serene environment bathed in natural light. Proudly, the home was featured in Seasons Magazine and carries the distinguished honor of having won the AIA Award (American Institute of Architects) for October 2011.Steps down along the water saving landscaping welcomes you to the main level Great Room/Li...
from $331 / night

Other property types in Santa Barbara that might be interesting:

Prices and availability

Vacation rental prices Santa Barbara

$477for 3 Dec - 10 Dec
$512 annual average
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Average price per week

Vacation rentals availability Santa Barbara

22%for 3 Dec - 10 Dec
26% annual average
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
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.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara

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

Based on last year, Santa Barbara had an average price of $480 per night, a relatively high one for a city in the USA.

When are vacation rentals cheaper in Santa Barbara?

According to the previous year, the months that allow you to save the most in Santa Barbara are January, February and May, with average prices of $407, $425, and $455, respectively.

When are vacation rentals more expensive in Santa Barbara?

When it comes to looking for a vacation rental in Santa Barbara, the most expensive months are, in order of highest to lowest, November, August and April, with average prices per night of $564, $521, and $515, respectively.

Is it necessary to plan a trip to Santa Barbara well in advance?

So you don't run out of accommodation options in Santa Barbara, we recommend you to be proactive as 91% of rentals are usually booked, according to last year's data.

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

Last year, the months with the largest number of available properties of the year in Santa Barbara were August, October and January, with average availabilities of 16%, 16%, and 15%, respectively.

How many rentals does Holidu have in Santa Barbara?

Holidu offers around 160 accommodations in Santa Barbara from 3 different providers, so find the perfect type of accommodation you are looking for. You can count on us!

Holidu compares hundreds of websites to find your perfect holiday rental for the best price.

Booking.com Vacation Rentals in Santa BarbaraBooking.com Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara
Airbnb Vacation Rentals in Santa BarbaraAirbnb Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara
Vrbo Vacation Rentals in Santa BarbaraVrbo Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara
Bookiply Vacation Rentals in Santa BarbaraBookiply Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara
FeWo-direkt Vacation Rentals in Santa BarbaraFeWo-direkt Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara
Abritel Vacation Rentals in Santa BarbaraAbritel Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara
HRS Vacation Rentals in Santa BarbaraHRS Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara
500+ more
  1. Vacation Rentals
  2. USA
  3. California
  4. Southern California
  5. Central Coast
  6. Santa Barbara