Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Montecito, 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 private pools. Prices start at $125 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Montecito. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Discover elegant Montecito on the California Coast

Nestled between the brilliant-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of the wildlife-rich Santa Ynez Mountains, Montecito serves up upmarket shopping, delicious dining, cultural delights, and an array of exciting attractions. It's an idyllic destination for a chic getaway, whether catching up with old friends for the weekend or enjoying a longer break with family. Looking for the perfect place to call home during your stay? Montecito vacation rentals are just the thing. From quaint seaside bungalows to Spanish-style villas, you'll find many rentals place you just steps from the beach.

Things to do

Family delights and cultural treats near Montecito

There are plenty of must-see attractions within easy reach of Montecito vacation rentals but if you're short on time, make sure you tick a trip to Lotusland off your bucket list. The brainchild of the late Madame Ganna Walska, and home to Japanese, theater, and topiary gardens, this 37-acre nirvana is likely to be one of the most fanciful botanical gardens you will ever see. Got a little more time? Old Mission Santa Barbara is a 18th-century cultural treat while a trip to Santa Barbara Zoo is a surefire way to earn some serious brownie points from the kids.

Natural features

Find inspiring natural landscapes near Montecito

While the stars of the show in Montecito are the area's pretty beaches, the surrounding landscape has plenty to entice more adventurous travelers. Los Padres National Forest offers idyllic surroundings for nature lovers, with mountains, rivers, and scenic byways all on the menu. To the east, wildlife enthusiasts can explore the trails that wind through the 53,000-acre Sespe Condor Sanctuary, while for those willing to spread their wings a little further, it's certainly not out of the question to squeeze in a trip to the Channel Islands National Park during a stay in a Montecito vacation rental.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Montecito?

Whether you're seeking a cozy escape for you and your love or someplace roomy to fit all your friends, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Montecito. Here are a couple we think you'll like:

  • "Just Steps From The Beach" is a guest favorite. Around 2 miles from Montecito, it has 2 bedrooms and plenty of amenities to help you feel at home, including free WiFi and a dishwasher.
  • "Fully Remodeled Spanish Beach Casa Steps From The Beach" is another winner, offering 3 bedrooms, a desk chair, games and more. It's around 4 miles from Montecito.

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

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

At Vrbo, we think weekends were made for fun. Stay in one of these weekend getaways in and near Montecito and enjoy all the fantastic things to do close by:

  • "Luxurious Guest Casita With Stunning City And Mountain Views" is a top-rated option around 5 miles west of the center of Montecito. You'll never have to travel far to find a memorable experience around this vacation rental. Get outdoors and explore South Jetty Beach and Chase Palm Park. Activities like fishing and windsurfing will add a nice finishing touch to your whirlwind stay.
  • Alternatively, switch your mind to vacation mode at "Location - Location - Location Unique House In Beautiful West Beach". Approximately 4 miles southwest of Montecito, activities around here include surfing and boogie boarding and rock climbing. More into sightseeing? Plan an excursion to Global Gardens and Elverhoj Museum of History and Art.

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

Studio apartments are hard to match when it comes to location, convenience and character. Escape to one of these studio apartments for rent in or near Montecito and experience a taste of the buzzing local vibe:

  • Toss your bags down and put your feet up at "5 - Star Beach Bunny Cottage Vacation Rental In Santa Barbara 2". Amenities including a nearby beach and heating will make you feel right at home here.
  • "Cabana Las Floras - A Tropical Cabana Paradise With Pool" is another good choice. Stay here and enjoy the use of shopping, concierge services and more.

With the money you save on your studio apartment, you'll be able to see even more of Montecito. Cultural sights like Santa Barbara Bowl and Granada Theatre will help you understand the character of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Montecito?

Just because you only have a day or two free doesn't mean you have to spend it in a characterless hotel room. Take a little vacation but still have the home comforts you love at one of these short-term rentals in or around Montecito:

  • If you'd love to be close to the action, "Best Ocean/island/city Views" will suit your style. It's within reach of the center of Montecito and a good base to explore sights like Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Mission Santa Barbara.
  • Hop out of bed, make a cup of coffee and then begin planning what to explore around "Charming San Roque Cottage Walking Distance To Everything". Presidio Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Zoo are must-do's if you choose to stay at this short-term rental.

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

Whether spent in a cabin, a cottage or a treehouse, a romantic weekend getaway is a fantastic way to spice up your relationship. Whisk your partner off for a couple of days at one of these escapes in or near Montecito:

  • Located around 2 miles from Montecito, "Just Steps From The Beach" is the perfect place for starry-eyed lovebirds. Skiing facilities and beauty services are some of the many amenities you'll find here.
  • Another place where you can enjoy a few relaxing days together is "Fully Remodeled Spanish Beach Casa Steps From The Beach". Located 4 miles from Montecito, winery tours and a dining table add to the ambiance here.

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

Share your vacation and have more fun. Whether you're organizing an adventurous getaway with buddies or a big family gathering, you'll have your choice of large group vacation rentals in and near Montecito:

  • A wealth of amenities including a fireplace and a garden make "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean" a top pick for groups. This spacious getaway has 4 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 people. From the center of Montecito, it's around 1 mile away to the southwest.
  • Nothing's more important than being with the people you love, and "Jacuzzi, Bocce Ball, Pool Table" makes it easy to do that. Located around 1 mile to the southwest of Montecito, as many as 12 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 5 bedrooms. A garden and a firepit are among the numerous amenities on offer here.

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

A pool is often a must-have feature of any unforgettable vacation. Enjoy splashing about or simply lazing by the water at one of these refreshing escapes in or near Montecito:

  • Pack your swimsuit and goggles and enjoy a fun stay at "Location - Location - Location Unique House In Beautiful West Beach". Other amenities here include a fridge and nearby whale-watching activities.
  • Alternatively, stay at "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean" and spend lazy days poolside. Childrens activities and outdoor furniture are other things your fam will love about this property.

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

A family get-together should be one to remember. Whether you're planning an action-packed escape with the kids or a party with relatives, our large family vacation rentals in or near Montecito offer a home away from home with ample space for everyone:

  • Invite your nearest and dearest to "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean", which has 4 bedrooms that sleep up to 12 guests. This getaway is around 1 mile to the southwest of Montecito and comes with amenities such as a TV and childrens activities.
  • "Family Friendly Villa - Close Walk To Downtown And Beach" is also a top pick for families. It's about 4 miles to the southwest of Montecito, has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 7 guests. Handy amenities here include towels and a dishwasher.

If you're chasing family-friendly attractions around the area, you have plenty of choice. Santa Barbara Zoo, Stearns Wharf and Upper State Street promise lots of fun for all the crew.

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

Often located in sought-after positions due to their compact size, a one-bedroom rental is a wise pick if it's just the two of you. Here's a taste of our range in or near Montecito:

  • Good things come in small packages, and "Cabana Las Floras - A Tropical Cabana Paradise With Pool" is no exception. This one-bedroom vacation property is close to the central streets and includes amenities like a swimming pool and a firepit.
  • Or maybe "Mariposa - One Bedroom Flat; Sweet Getaway By The Beach Newly Renovated Beauty" is more your style. Another conveniently located one-bedroom option, this place has a nearby waterfront, a beach view and much more.

Can I find two-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Montecito?

It's easy to organize a wonderful vacation with Vrbo. Whether you'd rather have a cozy cabin or a swish apartment, you'll find terrific two-bedroom options in or near Montecito: Here are a couple of our top picks:

  • "Vrbo Property" is a winning choice for smaller groups or families. As well as two bedrooms, this relaxing stay offers handy amenities like ski-in/ski-out facilities and mountain views.
  • "Best Ocean/island/city Views" is another popular two-bedroom property in the Montecito area. It provides convenient amenities like a swimming pool and a beach view.