Discover a selection of 500 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 kitchens. Prices start at $150 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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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

Railroads and ranchos in a remarkable setting

You won't want to spend too much time indoors at your Goleta vacation rental, so it's a good thing that local historic sites offer both tales of the past and a taste of the area's natural beauty. Rancho La Patera and Stow House allows visitors to stroll through its dense clusters of exotic trees, shrubs, and plants imported from throughout the world. The South Coast Railroad Museum is a family favorite, with exhibits on the history, technology, and adventure of the railroad. Kids love riding the miniature train that tours the property.


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.


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, 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, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 718 vacation rentals around Goleta. From 370 house rentals to 79 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a seaside property in Goleta?

Filling your lungs with clean ocean air, soaking up the sun and losing track of time. Now that's the sort of escape you deserve. Fortunately, there are 227 beachside getaway properties to cast yourself away to. Of course, that may not be quite your vacation style. Luckily, Vrbo has heaps more options, including:

  • 199 mountain-view vacation rentals.
  • 185 city-center vacation rentals.
  • 126 beach vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Goleta?

You can forget about standardized, cookie cutter chain-hotel rooms. Our house vacation rentals offer a personal touch — and all the space you could ask for! There are 392 houses currently available on Vrbo. Prices begin at $60 per night. If that doesn't suit your crew's taste, we've got a number of other rental options to pick from, such as:

  • Cottage: 48 vacation homes. Prices start from $55 per night.
  • Hotel: 45 vacation homes. Prices start from $68 per night.
  • Apartment: 40 vacation homes. Prices start from $93 per night.

Can I stay in Goleta in a large group?

It can be difficult finding the time to catch up with friends and family members. A getaway is a great way to come together. If you were hoping to kick back under the same roof, Vrbo has options to suit. House vacation homes are the leading choice for big groups of guests, with 123 listed here. In and around the area, the rental properties that are suitable for large groups of guests include:

  • Are you looking for vacation homes that can hold 6 of you? We have 171 that will be suitable. Prices begin from just $100 per night.
  • If you have 8 in your party, you'll be happy to learn that there are 86 vacation homes perfect. You can book one for as little as $230 a night.
  • Hunting down vacation rentals catering to 10 guests? You'll be glad to learn we have 37 that'll be ideal. You can score one from just $147 a night.

You and the squad will be more than satisfied when you organize your Goleta travels with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Goleta?

Vrbo is here to help you come together with your posse. Offering a broad selection of reasonably priced rentals, you're sure to stumble upon a fabulous den that caters to one and all. West Beach is a fantastic area to investigate if you want to keep a handle on your budget. Vrbo has 116 rentals, and the average price is an affordable $238 per night. Downtown is another place worth considering. We've got 148 rentals here, and the average price is around $249 a night.

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