Where to stay around Santa Barbara, CA?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 968 vacation rentals near Santa Barbara. From 477 Houses to 152 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Santa Barbara for a holiday or a weekend are on VRBO.

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

Whether you're traveling 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: 100 vacation rentals
  • Lower State: 121 vacation rentals
  • Mission Canyon: 146 vacation rentals
  • The Mesa (Beach Area): 487 vacation rentals
  • Oak Park: 104 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Santa Barbara?

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

  • Santa Barbara: 753 vacation rentals
  • Santa Barbara Orchid Estate: 766 vacation rentals
  • Moreton Bay Fig Tree: 800 vacation rentals
  • Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra: 785 vacation rentals
  • Rancho San Marcos Golf Course: 755 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Barbara listed on VRBO 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. VRBO has 477 Houses in Santa Barbara. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Barbara include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 152 rentals available
  • Studios: 101 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 86 rentals available

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

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

Yes, you can select your prefered vacation rental with pool among our 294 vacation rentals with pool available in Santa Barbara. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Bottoms up! Bubbly and beaches galore in Santa Barbara

    Mornings in the American Riviera are for sunbathing or surfing in the sandy beaches, afternoons are for kicking back with a glass (or five) of bubbly, and nights are for enjoying some jazz at the historic Lobero Theatre—established in 1873, it's California's oldest theater. Santa Barbara vacation rentals are a great base for getting to know this SoCal sweetheart. There's much to ground to cover, from the specialty boutiques of historic State Street to the street art and converted warehouses of hip Funk Zone, so slap on the suntan and let's get this holiday started.

    Beach, please—Santa Barbara's got you covered

    No matter what kind of seaside shenanigans you're seeking, there's a Santa Barbara beach that's sure to hit the spot. Family-friendly East Beach has a ton of beach volleyball courts, while Leadbetter Beach is best for surfing and stand-up paddle-boarding. At the latter, head up to Shoreline Park for great views over the surf scene and of The Channel Islands. Stay until dusk for the gorgeous sunset views at Butterfly Beach, or take your pupper to flat Arroyo Burro Beach, also called Hendry's Beach, for a sandy game of fetch.

    On a Mission to see Santa Barbara's sights

    If you have kids in tow, the interactive art, science, and technology exhibits at Moxi Museum will keep tantrums at bay, and the rooftop glass ceiling makes for a unique Instagram-worthy family shoe-fie. Mission Santa Barbara, nicknamed the Queen of the Missions, holds court on a hill just north of the downtown area. There are historic gardens, a museum, a cemetery, and a 19th-century stone church with a twin-bell tower. You don't have to wander far from your Santa Barbara vacation rental to sample this wine country's best, as there are dozens of tasting rooms in town.

    Yep, the sun rises and sets on Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara has a mild climate year-round, with an annual average temperature of 62 degrees. Summer highs reach the mid-70s from July to October, while temps from December to March max out at about 66 degrees. Regardless of your trip dates, bring a sweater for chilly early mornings and late evenings. Santa Barbara vacation rentals are likely to be cheapest in the winter, but be ready for some wet days from December to March. The rest of the year pretty much guarantees abundant sunshine—although summer days also promise massive crowds.

    Park life in Santa Barbara: Walks and whale-watching

    Santa Barbara locals might argue that the best place to commune with nature in Southern California is at the beach, but there are parks and preserves, too, if you want to stay on land. The oceanfront Douglas Family Preserve has scenic walking and hiking trails, as well as lookout points for dolphin- and whale-watching. The family dog can come, too, as there are canine-friendly areas in the preserve. Turtles and koi in the artificial pond at the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens will delight animal-loving tots, and the block-sized park has winding paths nestled amidst lush greenery.