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Dreamy small cottage in tropical garden setting

Keep it simple at this peaceful and centrally-located place.

$110 per night
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SURFERS! WRITERS! ARTISTS! 1 bdrm close to beach

A getaway for surfers, artists, writers, or anyone else seeking a bit of solitude. 10 doors away from the BREATHTAKING 78-acre Douglas Family Preserve on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. WALK to Mesa Lane Beach and Hendry's Beach, watch paragliders from the back yard at at world famous gliding spot Elings Park (or paraglide / hang glide yourself). Walk to Mesa Shopping Center.

$50 per night
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Downtown Walking•• Distance, shared bathroom

My home is located in an excellent area for exploring Santa Barbara by foot. Public transportation less than 1 block away. If you are visiting for business, afternoons are quiet for relaxing after a busy workday.

$60 per night

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Stay near Santa Barbara's top sights

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Stearns Wharf23 locals recommend
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Santa Barbara Zoo73 locals recommend
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Shoreline Park33 locals recommend
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Mission Santa Barbara39 locals recommend
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Santa Barbara Harbor37 locals recommend
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Butterfly Beach55 locals recommend

Santa Barbara vacation rentals

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Private studio in garden setting
$65 per night
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Romantic Downtown Getaway ❤️❤️❤️❤️
$237 per night
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Great place to relax with private courtyard.
$118 per night
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Downtown Santa Barbara furnished apt heart of town
$76 per night
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Stunning 1 Bedroom Guest House!!
$147 per night
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Small Space
$55 per night
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Adorable studio guest house with hot tub and sauna
$113 per night
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Santa Barbara Sunset Suite (New Listing)
$144 per night
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Natural Wonders/Privacy and Peace. Stay awhile!
$51 per night
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Designer's 2 BD Patio Home
$139 per night
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NATURAL WONDERS #2/PEACE & PRIVACY Stay awhile!
$51 per night
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West Beach Oasis
$145 per night

Santa Barbara summer vacation rentals

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Charming Private Coastal Suite-Steps to the Beach
$182 per night
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Modern studio near beaches and downtown
$127 per night
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Downtown Beach Home
$202 per night
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Sweet Mesa Suite-2 blocks to beach!
$150 per night
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🌞Brand New Beautiful Cottage Near Beach & Downtown
$178 per night
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Fabulous Studio/Suite W Private entrance and Patio
$101 per night
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Santa Barbara Mesa Garden Retreat
$125 per night
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Quiet &Close to everything &Private Entrance Q bed
$88 per night
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lovely space
$68 per night
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Camino Mini Studio plus local taxes ask re health.
$89 per night
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Santa Barbara/Goleta Suite with Private Entrance
$91 per night
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Clean Tranquil Guesthouse Near SB Mission
$84 per night

Santa Barbara winter vacation rentals

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Zoe’s Cottage Beautiful Near Beach & Downtown
$182 per night
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The Santa Barbara Bungalow
$145 per night
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Downtown Private Gem
$182 per night
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Quiet, Peaceful Retreat 3 min. to Beach & Downtown
$45 per night
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Casa Bonita Queen
$50 per night
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Cozy room w/private bath in Shared Condominium
$96 per night
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Foothill Suite - Quiet Location Near Town
$142 per night
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Private MicroStudio Steps2State St,Beach &FunkZone
$170 per night
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Modern Private Studio #8, Downtown Santa Barbara
$129 per night
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Santa Barbara Private Studio Apartment
$85 per night
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Steps to Beach Bluff Trails. Plus local taxes.
$89 per night
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Walk to the More Mesa Beach
$74 per night

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.