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$160
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Vacation rental for 2 people, with garden2 pers., 1 bedroom, 1.3mi to the beach
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$602
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Apartment for 4 people, with terrace4 pers., 1 bedroom, 1.4mi to the beach
4.3
(8 reviews)

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$673
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Apartment for 6 people, with garden6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1.4mi to the beach
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4.9
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$180
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Vacation rental for 4 people, with garden and jacuzzi as well as pool, with pets4 pers., 1 bedroom, 1.7mi to the beach
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4.0
(602 reviews)

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$859
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Vacation rental for 6 people, with terrace and pool6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 2,497ft², 2.4mi to the beach
4.7
(19 reviews)

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$554
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Vacation rental for 6 people, with garden6 pers., 4 bedrooms, 2.2mi to the beach
3.8
(2 reviews)

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$423
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Vacation rental for 4 people4 pers., 1 bedroom, 3.8mi to the beach
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4.8
(6 reviews)

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$356
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Vacation rental for 4 people, with garden, child-friendly4 pers., 2 bedrooms, 2.1mi to the beach
5.0

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$437
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Vacation rental for 6 people, with garden6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1.3mi to the beach
4.4
(16 reviews)
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$119
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Apartment for 2 people, with view and garden, child-friendly2 pers., 1 bedroom, 1.2mi to the beach, Pets allowed
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4.6
(21 reviews)

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$452
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Apartment for 6 people, with pets6 pers., 2 bedrooms, 1.2mi to the beach, Pets allowed
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5.0
(20 reviews)

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$402
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Vacation rental for 7 people, with pets7 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1mi to the beach, Pets allowed
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4.7
(20 reviews)
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$1,251
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Vacation rental for 8 people, with jacuzzi and garden as well as pool8 pers., 4 bedrooms, 1mi to the beach
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4.5
(21 reviews)

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$282
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Apartment for 6 people, with balcony6 pers., 2 bedrooms, 1.8mi to the beach
4.0
(20 reviews)

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$486
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Vacation rental for 6 people, with jacuzzi and balcony6 pers., 3 bedrooms, 1,798ft², 3.7mi to the beach
4.5
(21 reviews)
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Vacation Rentals with Air Conditioning
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$251
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Vacation rental for 2 people, with view and terrace as well as pool, with pets2 pers., 1 bedroom, 1.4mi to the beach
4.3
(115 reviews)

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$193
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Vacation rental for 2 people2 pers., 1 bedroom, 1.1mi to the beach
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4.3
(20 reviews)

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$510
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Vacation rental for 4 people, with terrace4 pers., 2 bedrooms, 1,647ft², 1.2mi to the beach
5.0
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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 26
Balcony/Terrace 21
TV 26
Air conditioning 15
Garden 5
Parking 19
Washing machine 14
Jacuzzi 5
Heating 20

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Prices and availability

Prices

June
July
August
September
October
$610
May 15 - May 22
$375 per night
May 22 - May 29
$459 per night
May 29 - Jun 05
$554 per night
Jun 05 - Jun 12
$492 per night
Jun 12 - Jun 19
$452 per night
Jun 19 - Jun 26
$515 per night
Jun 26 - Jul 03
$610 per night
Jul 03 - Jul 10
$568 per night
Jul 10 - Jul 17
$480 per night
Jul 17 - Jul 24
$533 per night
Jul 24 - Jul 31
$500 per night
Jul 31 - Aug 07
$472 per night
Aug 07 - Aug 14
$511 per night
Aug 14 - Aug 21
$524 per night
Aug 21 - Aug 28
$371 per night
Aug 28 - Sep 04
$278 per night
Sep 04 - Sep 11
$356 per night
Sep 11 - Sep 18
$440 per night
Sep 18 - Sep 25
$539 per night
Sep 25 - Oct 02
$482 per night
Oct 02 - Oct 09
$402 per night
Oct 09 - Oct 16
$492 per night
Oct 16 - Oct 23
$551 per night
Oct 23 - Oct 30
$355 per night
Average price per week

Availabilities

June
July
August
September
October
46 %
May 15 - May 22
0 %
May 22 - May 29
0 %
May 29 - Jun 05
0 %
Jun 05 - Jun 12
3 %
Jun 12 - Jun 19
15 %
Jun 19 - Jun 26
7 %
Jun 26 - Jul 03
11 %
Jul 03 - Jul 10
15 %
Jul 10 - Jul 17
23 %
Jul 17 - Jul 24
19 %
Jul 24 - Jul 31
23 %
Jul 31 - Aug 07
26 %
Aug 07 - Aug 14
26 %
Aug 14 - Aug 21
30 %
Aug 21 - Aug 28
30 %
Aug 28 - Sep 04
34 %
Sep 04 - Sep 11
34 %
Sep 11 - Sep 18
42 %
Sep 18 - Sep 25
46 %
Sep 25 - Oct 02
30 %
Oct 02 - Oct 09
34 %
Oct 09 - Oct 16
34 %
Oct 16 - Oct 23
38 %
Oct 23 - Oct 30
42 %
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

On average, how much do vacation rentals in Santa Barbara cost?

Based on our data, Santa Barbara has an average price of $481.35 per night, a relatively high one for a city in the USA.

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

After analyzing our data from last year, the months that allow you to save the most in Santa Barbara are December, January and April, with average prices of $403.92, $413.51, and $437, respectively.

In which months is it more expensive to rent a vacation rental in Santa Barbara?

When booking a vacation rental in Santa Barbara, the highest prices can usually be seen in the month of September (with an average of $563.01 per night), followed by July ($547.78), and August ($545.15).

Is Santa Barbara a good location for a last-minute getaway?

When visiting Santa Barbara, it is necessary to be proactive as 93% of rentals are usually booked, according to last year's data.

Which months offer the highest availability?

In 2020, the months with the largest number of properties available of the year in Santa Barbara were April, May and March, with average availabilities of 20.75%, 15.6%, and 11.75%, respectively.

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

The month with the highest average booked rental figures is July (only 1.75% of properties were available on average in 2020). Followed by October (1.8%), and September (2%).

Are there many vacation rentals in Santa Barbara?

In Santa Barbara we collaborate with 5 different providers to give you a choice of 500 properties, so you will not be short of options!

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