Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Goleta, 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 $151 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Goleta. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Tired of your go, go, go lifestyle? Go, go, go to Goleta

Inhabited for thousands of years by the native Chumash people, Goleta has a rich history that is truly Californian. The Chumash gave way to explorers and Mexican ranchos, who gave way to lemon farmers and oil drillers, who gave way to the tech and aerospace industry, yet the town has never lost its laid-back vibe. Now, this beautiful seaside locale is a haven for families, friends, surfers and honeymooners. Neighboring Santa Barbara may be the more famous beach destination in the area, but Goleta is the more relaxed.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in Goleta

Are you looking for attractions to see while you're in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Goleta a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Sandpiper Golf Club (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Santa Barbara Golf Club (5.1 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Santa Barbara Zoo (9.4 mi / 15.1 km)
  • Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club (15.1 mi / 24.3 km)
  • Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (18.8 mi / 30.3 km)
  • River Course at the Alisal (20.7 mi / 33.4 km)
Activities

Park yourself at Goleta Beach Park – it's got everything

The beach is where it's at in Goleta, and your vacation rental will give you access to several. Stretching across 29 acres, Goleta Beach Park is known for its 1,500-foot long fishing pier, its prime sunbathing and picnic spots, and its playground for the little ones in your life. El Capitan State Beach offers majestic bluffs and campsites. Want something off the beaten path? Lake Los Carneros is a hidden gem, surrounded by a mile-long walking path that's perfect for bird watching – even bird feeding. Bring crackers. The ducks will appreciate it.

Weather

Plan ahead! Or don't. You'll probably be fine

The California coast is known for its sun-drenched, Mediterranean climate, and Goleta is no exception. Temperatures are comfortable year-round, with summer highs in the 70s and 80s, and winter lows in the 40s and 50s. Most people can prepare for a trip to Goleta by chucking a bottle of sunscreen and a beach towel in a bag and taking off without a care in the world. If you're looking for a beautiful stay at a bargain price, book your Goleta vacation rental in spring or fall.

Natural features

Majestic mountain slopes and migrating monarchs

Your photos may focus on beautiful scenes overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but the Santa Ynez Mountains east of Goleta provide just as pretty a backdrop. The diverse plant and wetland communities provide roosting, foraging, and breeding habitats for birds and other wildlife. Monarch butterflies are a favorite. They migrate to Goleta each November through February, and are lovingly observed at Goleta Butterfly Grove. The grove is adjacent to the Ellwood Mesa open space, 137 acres set on coastal bluffs. The views from the mesa's walking trails are off the charts.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Goleta

The nearest airport is in Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), located 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), which is 18.4 mi (29.7 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Goleta Station or UC Santa Barbara Station to see more of the city.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Goleta?

Whether you want an intimate retreat for you and your sweetheart or someplace roomy to fit friends and family, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Goleta. Here are a couple to get your inspiration flowing:

  • "Just Steps From The Beach" is a hit with guests. Around 9 miles from Goleta, it has 2 bedrooms and plenty of amenities to help you feel at home, including a blender and nearby museums.
  • Another great option is "Triple B Ranch - Uncork And Unwind In Santa Ynez", which is around 17 miles from Goleta. Featuring 2 bedrooms, a dishwasher and a blender, it has everything you need to keep you comfortable and happy.

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

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

There's nothing like a short break to blow away the cobwebs. Pack your overnight bag and settle into one of these weekend getaways in and near Goleta:

  • Spend a few days at "Los Olivos Dream Farmhouse", which is around 25 miles to the northwest of central Goleta. There's lots of nature and adventure to keep you busy here. Try some hiking and biking and mountain biking or just wander around the sights of Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park and Lake Cachuma.
  • "Fully Remodeled Spanish Beach Casa Steps From The Beach" is another dream escape to consider. Around 8 miles east of Goleta, use it as a base to do a little hiking and biking or cycling. More Mesa Beach and Andree Clark Bird Refuge also have to be on your to-do list while you're here.

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

Studio apartments are a tough act to follow when it comes to location, character and convenience. Check out these studio apartments for rent in or near Goleta and discover the buzzing local vibe:

  • Make "5 - Star Beach Bunny Cottage Vacation Rental In Santa Barbara 2" your home away from home. This quality vacation rental features amenities including a barbecue grill and winery tours.
  • Another tempting choice is "Cabana Las Floras - A Tropical Cabana Paradise With Pool". Take advantage of towels, free WiFi and other convenient amenities during your vacation.

When it's time to step foot outside your studio apartment and sightsee, there's plenty to entertain you around Goleta. Into art and culture? Swing by Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Carriage and Western Art Museum.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Goleta?

You'll find a selection of short-term rentals in and near Goleta. And the good news is, Vrbo has something for every style and budget — from sprawling homes with a garden and a pool to quaint studio apartments for an intimate weekend away. Here's a small taste of what's available in Goleta:

  • Positioned not far from the heart of Goleta, "Ca Dreaming In Wine Country" is ideal for a short break. Use it as a base to check out attractions like Chumash Casino.
  • Also close to the center, "Luxurious Guest Casita With Stunning City And Mountain Views" is another option. Looking for a little sightseeing inspiration while you're in the area? Gainey Vineyard is a good place to start.

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

Whether spent in a cabin, a cottage or a houseboat, a romantic weekend getaway is a perfect way to add some fire to your relationship. Whisk your partner off for a few days at one of these enticing escapes in or near Goleta:

  • Around 9 miles from Goleta, "Just Steps From The Beach" is an ideal place for starry-eyed lovebirds. Skiing facilities and winery tours are some of the many amenities here.
  • Otherwise, spend a few days enjoying each other's company at "Triple B Ranch - Uncork And Unwind In Santa Ynez", around 17 miles from Goleta. Beauty services and winery tours will help ramp up the romance.

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

Share your stay and multiply the fun. Whether you're planning an active escape with your best friends or an overdue family reunion, you'll have your choice of large group vacation rentals in and around Goleta:

  • There's loads of space to move around at "Epic Hilltop Estate On 7 Acres". Around 20 miles northwest of Goleta, this sizable retreat has 6 bedrooms that sleep up to 12 guests. Quality amenities include a garden and a chef.
  • Nothing's more important than hanging out with loved ones, and "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean" makes it easy to do that. Located around 11 miles to the east of Goleta, as many as 12 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 4 bedrooms. A garden and a kitchen are among the various amenities at hand here.

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

Nothing screams fun like a pool does. Blow up your inflatable flamingo and browse these houses in or near Goleta that come with this added perk:

  • Say hello to "Location - Location - Location Unique House In Beautiful West Beach", where your highest priority will be chilling by the pool. Amenities such as a TV and outdoor furniture help make this escape a guest favorite.
  • Alternatively, unpack your bags at "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean". Along with a refreshing pool, you can also make use of a nearby laundromat and childrens activities.

Goleta has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging from 60 ºF to 80 ºF. But there's no need to wait until summer to visit! Take a look at the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the ideal Goleta vacation rental and organize your getaway for whenever you like.

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

You'll always have more fun sharing the great times with the people closest to your heart. Whether you're organizing a family trip or reuniting with friends, Vrbo has a large vacation rental to suit your style. These are two of our best in and around Goleta:

  • Located about 20 miles to the northwest of Goleta, "Epic Hilltop Estate On 7 Acres" has 6 bedrooms and fits up to 12 guests. It comes with a range of amenities, including books and a DVD player.
  • Another popular choice is "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean". This vacation rental is 11 miles east of Goleta and features a fridge, a nearby laundromat and more. With 4 bedrooms accommodating up to 12 people, you won't have to leave anyone off your guest list.

If you want to see some family-friendly attractions around the area, you won't have far to go. Santa Barbara Zoo, Stearns Wharf and Upper State Street promise lots of fun for both adults and kids.

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

Nothing says "glamorous getaway" like having a pool right inside your house. Pack your swimwear and splash about in the privacy of one of these roomy vacation homes in or near Goleta:

  • With 4 bedrooms that can sleep up to 8 guests, "Montecito Estate - Pool And Spa, Walk To Butterfly Beach And Cvr" is the perfect place to reconnect with your nearest and dearest. Take advantage of this retreat's many amenities, such as a kitchen and a swimming pool.
  • Alternatively, whisk your crew away to "Until The 1st March 2022 All Prices Are Open To Negotiations", which has 3 bedrooms and accommodates up to 8 guests. Along with that fabulous pool nestled inside, a swimming pool and a fireplace will keep everyone comfortable and happy.

Eager for more options? Find your dream stay by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to find the Goleta vacation rental that's perfect for you.

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

Absolutely. You'll find a wide variety of one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Goleta. If space is not a priority, one of these popular properties is sure to tick your boxes:

  • Great things come in small packages, and "The Goodland Getaway Suite #b" is a fabulous example of this. This one-bedroom vacation rental is just a short distance from the center and offers amenities like a kitchen and off-street parking options.
  • Also within easy reach of the center of Goleta, "Breathtaking Couple's Getaway In Sb" is another popular one-bedroom option. After a day of exploring, come home and make use of a kitchen and a firepit.