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Explore the beachside setting in Goleta

The beaches and other outdoor surroundings create an inviting atmosphere in Goleta. Renowned for its restaurants, sporting events and shopping, this city welcomes all visitors. Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. A vacation rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Sightseeing in and around Goleta

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Goleta a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santa Barbara Zoo (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Glen Annie Golf Club (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Sandpiper Golf Club (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Santa Barbara Golf Club (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
  • Rancho San Marcos Golf Course (8.1 mi / 13 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Goleta

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, August, September, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 74°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Goleta

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Goleta is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santa Barbara Botanical Garden (6.9 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Lotusland (9.6 mi / 15.5 km)
  • Goleta Beach (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Santa Barbara Orchid Estate (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Goleta Point (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Coal Oil Point Reserve (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Goleta

The nearest airport is in Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), located 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), which is 18.4 mi (29.6 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Goleta Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Goleta?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 657 house rentals around Goleta. From 400 Houses to 76 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Goleta is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Goleta?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Goleta:

  • West Beach: 108 vacation rentals
  • Santa Barbara Beach: 150 vacation rentals
  • The Mesa: 507 vacation rentals
  • Eastside: 74 vacation rentals
  • Riviera: 116 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Goleta?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Goleta. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Zodo's - Bowling and Beyond: 784 home rentals
  • Goleta Butterfly Grove: 746 home rentals
  • Goleta Beach: 779 home rentals
  • Rancho La Patera and Stow House: 799 home rentals
  • Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens: 793 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Goleta listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Goleta?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 400 Houses in Goleta. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Goleta include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 76 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 56 lodging choices
  • Villas: 16 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Goleta?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 166 vacation homes with pool available in Goleta.