Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Carpinteria, CA that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $192 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Carpinteria. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Top rated rentals — Carpinteria
Destination guide

Laid-back life and long beach days in Carpinteria

The sun shines down on Carpinteria – one of Southern California's lesser-known but no less loved beach resorts. Spilling into the salt wash of the Pacific Ocean, the cool and compact place is packed with buzzing beach bars, laid-back foodie shacks, and characterful Carpinteria vacation rentals that ooze surfer vibes. Long, lazy days on the dune-backed sands are the top draw for sure, while Tex-Mex food fests, local eateries, and more quirky trinket boutiques than you can shake a spicy tomato salsa at make it a truly unique and interesting summertime destination.

Things to do

Carpinteria flaunts its sands and seal-spotted bays

If you're lucky enough to bag one of the coveted Carpinteria vacation rentals along the beachfront, you'll have front-row seats over the town's main attraction: Carpinteria State Beach. Protected by a large sandbank out in the bay, it's quiet, calm, powdery, and perfect for the whole family. Surfers don't clog up the waters, and the city puts out bobbing platforms for swimmers to recline on between dives in the Pacific. Nearby, the Carpinteria Harbor and the rugged Carpinteria Bluffs offer seal spotting, while the Los Padres National Forest is packed with waterfalls and walking trails.


Beaches, boutiques, and beautiful dolphins in Carpinteria

Whether you come here to hop between the cool boutique shops of Linden Avenue or sip beers in the local microbreweries of the center, to laze on the powdery beaches for hours on end or enjoy the wonderful scenery of Southern California, you can rest assured this chilled-out town has you covered. A Carpinteria vacation rental can also be your ticket to dolphin spotting and whale watching along the coast of Santa Barbara, while the rugged heights of the nearby hills offer hiking, biking and camping opportunities aplenty.


Seasonal weather in Carpinteria

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, September, October and July are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 66°F.

Natural features

Located between the mountains and the Pacific swells

Few towns in the United States can boast such an enviable location as Carpinteria. Nestled on the oceanside of the Pacific just north of LA, it’s overlooked by the rising peaks and woods of the Santa Lucia Range and the Los Padres National Forest. That all adds up to create a destination that offers beach life and whale watching on the one hand, and wild hiking, camping, condor spotting, and trekking on the other, not to mention technicolor sunsets of pink and red that are sure to make the heart skip a beat.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Carpinteria

Fly into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), the closest airport, located 18.2 mi (29.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Oxnard, CA (OXR), which is 22.5 mi (36.2 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Carpinteria Station.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Carpinteria?

Whatever vacation experience you're seeking, you'll find a rental in or around Carpinteria that fits you like a glove. Here are some of our faves:

  • Around 9 miles from the center of Carpinteria, it's hard to beat "Just Steps From The Beach". It has 2 bedrooms and a range of conveniences like a dining table and golf.
  • "Triple B Ranch - Uncork And Unwind In Santa Ynez" also promises an awesome stay, offering 2 bedrooms, wheelchair accessibility, a kitchen and more. It's around 35 miles from Carpinteria.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Carpinteria vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Carpinteria?

Nothing's better than a quick break to revive your spirits. Pack your carry-on bag and settle into one of these awesome weekend getaways in and around Carpinteria:

  • Located 11 miles to the west of central Carpinteria, "Luxurious Guest Casita With Stunning City And Mountain Views" is popular with nature lovers and adventurous types. Keep busy by exploring nearby outdoor attractions, such as Gaviota Peak and Global Gardens. If you still have time, try some mountain biking or windsurfing.
  • Alternatively, unpack your bags at "Location - Location - Location Unique House In Beautiful West Beach". Approximately 10 miles west of Carpinteria, fun activities around here include mountain biking and sailing. Rather go sightseeing? Make a detour to Emma Wood State Beach and Buenaventura Golf Course.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Carpinteria?

Immerse yourself in the energy and culture of Carpinteria from the comfort and privacy of your own studio apartment. Whether you're eager to take a break on your own or have fun with a few friends, you'll find the perfect studio apartment in and around Carpinteria:

  • Put your bags down and your feet up at "5 - Star Beach Bunny Cottage Vacation Rental In Santa Barbara 2". Amenities including a stovetop and a playground will help you feel at home here.
  • Another appealing option is "Cabana Las Floras - A Tropical Cabana Paradise With Pool". Take advantage of a porch, an ice maker and other handy amenities during your stay.

With the money you save on your studio apartment, you can afford to explore even more of Carpinteria. Cultural attractions like Granada Theatre and Santa Barbara Bowl will help you get a feel for the personality of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Carpinteria?

Locating a short-term rental in and around Carpinteria won't be a problem if you only have a couple of nights available. Whether you're looking for an apartment just for you or a property that'll fit your extended family, you'll find the perfect place on Vrbo. Here are two of our best options:

  • Located not far from the center of Carpinteria, "Ca Dreaming In Wine Country" is perfect for a short break. Use it as a base to check out top nearby attractions like Chumash Casino.
  • Also centrally located, "Luxurious Guest Casita With Stunning City And Mountain Views" is another fabulous option. Looking for some sightseeing ideas during your stay? Gainey Vineyard is a good start.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Carpinteria?

Forget chocolates and roses. Sometimes all you need is a weekend away, just the two of you. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around Carpinteria that would make even old Cupid green with envy. Here are some to tempt you:

  • Put on some soft tunes and kick back together at "Just Steps From The Beach". Around 9 miles from Carpinteria, this property has everything you could want for a romantic getaway, including beauty services and winery tours.
  • Another option where you can enjoy a few precious days together is "Fully Remodeled Spanish Beach Casa Steps From The Beach". Around 10 miles from Carpinteria, winery tours and a nearby marina add to the ambiance here.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Carpinteria?

Share your stay and have even more fun. Whether you're planning an epic escape with your besties or a family reunion, there's no shortage of large group vacation rentals in and near Carpinteria:

  • A range of amenities including a fireplace and a garden make "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean" a standout. This popular getaway has 4 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 people. From central Carpinteria, it's around 7 miles away to the west.
  • Invite as many as 12 of your favorite folks to "Santa Barbara 4bedroom 2ba, Pool, Hot Tub" and fill its spaces with love and laughter. This top option has 4 bedrooms and is around 18 miles to the west of central Carpinteria. It's crammed with features to keep a large group happy and comfortable, such as a kitchen and a garden.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Carpinteria?

A pool is often a must-have when deciding where to stay, especially if you're traveling with kids who are full of beans. Browse these houses with a pool in or near Carpinteria and fill your days with laughter and fun:

  • Switch to vacay mode at "Location - Location - Location Unique House In Beautiful West Beach", where your main priority will be spending time in the pool. Amenities such as books and coffee and tea making facilities help make this retreat a guest favorite.
  • Alternatively, enjoy a more leisurely pace of life at "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean". Along with an invigorating pool, you'll also have use of a dining table and a porch.

Unsure how to pack your suitcase for your Carpinteria getaway? This impressive destination has a mediterranean climate. During the summer months, you can expect average temperatures of between 55 ºF and 80 ºF. Browse our selection of Carpinteria vacation rentals by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to get more ideas about where to stay.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Carpinteria?

Whether your ideal escape is out in the country or by the ocean, you'll have so much more fun if you share it with loved ones. Consider one of these large family vacation rentals in or near Carpinteria and bring the whole crew:

  • Sleeping as many as 12 guests in 4 bedrooms, "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean" is the ideal place to spend quality time with the family. This getaway is 7 miles to the west of Carpinteria and has amenities that include towels and nearby whale-watching activities.
  • "Santa Barbara 4bedroom 2ba, Pool, Hot Tub" is also a top pick for families. It's around 18 miles to the west of Carpinteria, has 4 bedrooms and accommodates up to 12 guests. Handy amenities here include a smart TV and a fenced yard.

If you're in the mood to sightsee, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions nearby to put on your to-do list. Santa Barbara Zoo, Stearns Wharf and Upper State Street are excellent places to start.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in or near Carpinteria?

Take a dip anytime you want at one of our large rental houses with an indoor pool. Grab your swimsuit and consider these properties in or near Carpinteria that come with this brag-worthy perk:

  • With 4 bedrooms that can fit up to 8 guests, "Montecito Estate - Pool And Spa, Walk To Butterfly Beach And Cvr" is the perfect place to hang out with close friends. Take advantage of this getaway's range of amenities, including a swimming pool and a kitchen.
  • Another enticing property is "Until The 1st March 2022 All Prices Are Open To Negotiations". With 3 bedrooms sleeping up to 8 guests, you can invite all your friends to hang out and swim. A swimming pool and a fireplace are other amenities you'll find here.

If you need more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Carpinteria vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Carpinteria?

There sure are. You'll find a good variety of one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Carpinteria. If you don't need a lot of space, one of these popular properties is sure to be a perfect fit:

  • Good things come in little packages, and "Beautiful Condo Steps To The Beach Ocean View First Floor Unit 1" is a fantastic example of this. This one-bedroom vacation rental can be found just a short distance from the center and offers amenities like a kitchen and a swimming pool.
  • Or maybe "Luxury Retreat Downtown - Walk To Shops And Beach" matches your style better. Another conveniently located one-bedroom option, this place has a garden, a kitchen and more.