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Santa Barbara Ocean View Suite (New Listing)
Experience paradise - ocean views from this suite are stunning from morning to night, from every angle - cozied up in bed, drinking coffee at the table, and washing up in the private 2-sink bathroom. Wake up to the mist of the sea blowing over the palm leaves as birds chirp and sing all around you. We are a half a mile from The Mission, one mile to Downtown and two miles to the water. Off-street parking is available in the driveway, shared with four cars. Quiet hours begin 10 pm to 6 am.
$168 per night
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Bright and airy Victorian with private sun deck
Unwind and soak up the sun in this spacious, top-floor apartment. Built in 1890, this historical home is located steps from the restaurants and nightlife of State Street and a 25-minute walk to the beach. You can easily explore the city by foot or rent a city electric bike around the corner. Just bring your suitcase—this place is stocked with everything you need to BBQ on the private patio, sip Santa Barbara Pinot over dinner, or recount the day's adventures from the sumptuous sofa.
$173 per night
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Boho Victorian Loft
Come stay in a dreamy light filled Victorian loft . We’ve tried to think of everything you’ll need to have a cozy and inspired stay in Santa Barbara. This is a one bedroom apartment with small kitchen that includes adorable vintage stove and full size refrigerator, spacious light filled bathroom and private outdoor patio space . We are a short and simple 15 minute walk to the main downtown area (state st.) A sweet and private space for two people .
$207 per night
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Stay near Santa Barbara's top sights

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Stearns Wharf48 locals recommend
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Santa Barbara Zoo170 locals recommend
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Butterfly Beach145 locals recommend
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Santa Barbara Bowl122 locals recommend
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Paseo Nuevo112 locals recommend
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Shoreline Park65 locals recommend

Santa Barbara beach vacation rentals

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Adorable Downtown Cottage
$273 per night
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The Coastal Cottage Studio
$187 per night
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Beach Bungalow One Block Away from West Beach
$216 per night
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Modern suite with ocean view
$131 per night
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2BR Beach Loft 1/2 Block to Beach and Pier
$168 per night
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Bright Spacious Studio Near Beach and Downtown
$142 per night
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Beautiful 1 Bedroom - Beach Side Guest Suite
$268 per night
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Private MicroStudio Steps2State St,Beach &FunkZone
$147 per night
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Papa Dux - A Playful Urban Penthouse
$268 per night
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Affordable Beach PH 2 Blocks to Beach & Town!
$354 per night
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Downtown Private Gem
$142 per night
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Private room in Santa Barbara
Private Modern Room Near East Beach and SB Bowl
$59 per night

Santa Barbara summer vacation rentals

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Private studio in garden setting
$65 per night
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Romantic Downtown Getaway
$132 per night
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Luxurious Studio With Private Entrance
$145 per night
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Island Loft/Walk Downtown/Bikes Available
$125 per night
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Private room in Santa Barbara
Bright and Spacious Studio
$116 per night
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Romantic Private Terrace -in the Heart of Downtown
$142 per night
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HONEYSUCKLE SUITE/KING Bed/WALK Downtown/BIKES
$124 per night
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Luxury Retreat Near Downtown SB
$238 per night
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The Sun Palm Suite
$200 per night
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NEWLY LISTED KING SUITE
$116 per night
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Serviced apartment in Santa Barbara Downtown
Glamorous Flat in the heart of downtown
$175 per night
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Private room in Santa Barbara
Elegant room w/ private bathroom downtown
$114 per night
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Downtown Santa Barbara vacation rentals

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BEAUTIFUL ROOM/BATH/LIVING AREA NEAR DOWNTOWN
$110 per night
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Private room in Waterfront
Santa Barbara Mountain View
$72 per night
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Delightful Cottage Near Downtown
$164 per night
Serviced apartment in Santa Barbara
Casa de Amor
$170 per night
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Beachy Cottage near Downtown
$192 per night
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Light & Airy Santa Barbara Guesthouse by the Beach
$110 per night
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Private room in Santa Barbara
Downtown Walk• Distance Master Room private Bath
$67 per night
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Private Farmhouse-style Studio Near Downtown
$190 per night
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Bungalow in Santa Barbara
GARDEN SUITE/BIKES/WALK Downtown
$110 per night
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Cozy boho nook with Mountain View
$182 per night
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Bungalow in Santa Barbara Downtown
Renovated 2 Bedroom Bungalow w/ AC in Downtown SB
$301 per night
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Downtown Beach Home
$191 per night
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Your guide to Santa Barbara

All About Santa Barbara

Palm-studded Santa Barbara sits on a pristine stretch of California coastline, bringing together the area's Spanish influence, laid-back beach vibe, and upscale sensibility. The city is home to breathtaking nature, inspiring arts and culture, and an incredible variety of food and wine. Known for broad sandy beaches, you can sunbathe or enjoy a breathtaking sunset at East Beach — a favorite located east of State Street, Santa Barbara’s main thoroughfare for boutique shopping and world-class dining. Head over to Leadbetter Beach for surfing, boogie boarding, and paddle boarding.

Outside town, you’ll find an abundance of vineyards and wineries set in the valleys of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and just off the shore is Channel Islands National Park, where you can kayak through caves, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, and hike among wildlife. Sitting at the doorstep of Los Padres National Forest, the nearby Romero Canyon Trailhead offers great opportunities for further hiking or mountain biking. Back in town, history buffs can explore the city’s Spanish heritage at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History or the Santa Barbara Historical Museum before refueling at one of the city’s many dining options, from harbor-side classics, stylish hot spots, and cozy State Street cafes.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Santa Barbara?

Those looking for a classic beach vacation will want to come during the summer months, as July and August are when the sun and water are their warmest for swimming and sunbathing. The shoulder seasons — March to May and September to November — are also great times to visit. The weather is still warm, and Santa Barbara vacation home rentals are easier to find. Winters are chilly and wet — December through February sees the most rainfall — but you will be able to enjoy the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January, along with the buzz of Restaurant Week. No matter what time of year you visit, be sure to pack layers as morning and late evening temperatures tend to be cooler.


What are the top things to do in Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara Scenic Drive

Hop in your car and explore the riotous colors and classic California scenery of Santa Barbara on this self-guided tour. The Santa Barbara Scenic Drive covers 25 miles of immaculate shoreline beneath the towering Santa Ynez Mountains and through palm-lined roads. The drive itself only takes about one hour, but give yourself half a day to explore the city from Santa Barbara Harbor and marvel at the spectacular mansions in Montecito.

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Step back in time for a glimpse into Santa Barbara’s origins when you visit this California mission. The mission now hosts a museum featuring artifacts of the time and early photographs of the area. Explore the mission grounds, spanning 13 acres, on a leisurely self-guided tour. Don’t miss La Huerta, a garden showcasing flora dating back to the mission's early years.

The Funk Zone

It’s all about the art in the Funk Zone. Once a manufacturing hub and industrial area where artists, surfboard makers, and urban winemakers set up shop, the Funk Zone is now home to hip restaurants, boutiques, wine-tasting rooms, and galleries. Walk the 13-block neighborhood and check out the colorful murals adorning the walls. Grab an Urban Wine Trail map and make your way through the area’s wineries before finishing the day with tacos and burritos on one of the neighborhood’s many patios.