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Explore the beachside setting in Santa Barbara

The area's history and wineries are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Santa Barbara. Travelers to this walkable city praise the beaches, seaside and biking. Local cultural sights include Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in Santa Barbara

Are you searching for things to do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Santa Barbara a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santa Barbara Zoo (1.8 mi / 3 km)
  • Ty Warner Sea Center (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Santa Barbara Golf Club (2.5 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (7.7 mi / 12.4 km)
  • Glen Annie Golf Club (10.1 mi / 16.3 km)
  • Sandpiper Golf Club (11.9 mi / 19.2 km)

Seasonal weather in Santa Barbara

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, 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 Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is famous for its beautiful ocean views and picturesque gardens. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Santa Barbara is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santa Barbara Botanical Garden (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Lotusland (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Moreton Bay Fig Tree (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Alameda Park (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Alice Keck Memorial Garden (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Santa Barbara

Fly into Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), the closest airport, located 7.8 mi (12.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), which is 25 mi (40.3 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Santa Barbara Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Santa Barbara?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 929 house rentals around Santa Barbara. From 527 Houses to 162 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 Santa Barbara is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Santa Barbara?

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 Santa Barbara:

  • 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 Santa Barbara?

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

  • Reagan Ranch Center: 823 home rentals
  • Casa de la Guerra: 815 home rentals
  • Leadbetter Beach: 821 home rentals
  • Andree Clark Bird Refuge: 831 home rentals
  • Cabrillo Pavillion: 831 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 527 Houses in Santa Barbara. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Barbara include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 162 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 76 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 76 lodging choices

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Santa Barbara?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 225 vacation homes with pool available in Santa Barbara.

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