Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Santa Barbara, 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 $188 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Santa Barbara. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Take in the beachside beauty of Santa Barbara

The area's wineries and history are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Santa Barbara. This walkable city is known for its beaches, seaside and shopping. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in Santa Barbara

Are you hoping to find things to do while you're in town? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Santa Barbara a fun place to get away. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santa Barbara Golf Club (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Santa Barbara Zoo (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club (8 mi / 12.9 km)
  • Sandpiper Golf Club (11.6 mi / 18.7 km)
  • Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (25.4 mi / 40.9 km)
  • River Course at the Alisal (27.4 mi / 44.1 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Santa Barbara

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, August, September, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 65°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Santa Barbara

Travelers enjoy Santa Barbara for its seaside and sunsets. Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Santa Barbara is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Leadbetter Beach (1.6 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Cabrillo Pavillion (2 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Lotusland (2.9 mi / 4.6 km)
  • Butterfly Beach (3.4 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Goleta Beach (7.5 mi / 12.1 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Santa Barbara

The nearest airport is in Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), located 7.6 mi (12.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Oxnard, CA (OXR), which is 32.3 mi (51.9 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is Santa Barbara Station.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Santa Barbara?

Whatever you're looking for in a getaway, you'll find a rental in or around Santa Barbara that suits your style. These are some of our top picks:

  • Take advantage of conveniences like off-street parking options and a coffee grinder at "Just Steps From The Beach". Situated around 1 mile from Santa Barbara, this unique property has 2 bedrooms and good guest reviews.
  • Another excellent choice is "Triple B Ranch - Uncork And Unwind In Santa Ynez", which is around 25 miles from Santa Barbara. Offering 2 bedrooms, a dryer and nearby birdwatching activities, it has everything you need to keep you content and comfortable.

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

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

Clock off on Friday afternoon and then forget all about the office. If it's time for some relaxation and fun, these rentals in and near Santa Barbara promise a memorable weekend getaway:

  • "Los Olivos Dream Farmhouse" is a top-rated option around 30 miles northwest of the center of Santa Barbara. You won't have to venture far to find something to do around this vacation rental. Get outdoors and explore Fern Falls and Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center. Activities like horse riding and basketball will nicely round off your quick break.
  • "Fully Remodeled Spanish Beach Casa Steps From The Beach" is another great property to consider. Around 1 mile southeast of Santa Barbara, use it as a base to do a little cycling or horse riding. Sunny Fields Park and Chase Palm Park also have to be on your itinerary while you're here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Santa Barbara?

Studio apartments are tough to beat when it comes to location and convenience. Check out these studio apartments for rent in or near Santa Barbara and take in the local culture:

  • Wake up, explore and then do it all over again at "5 - Star Beach Bunny Cottage Vacation Rental In Santa Barbara 2". This property is a terrific base for seeing the sights and offers amenities including a washing machine and nearby ecotour services.
  • Another awesome choice is "Cabana Las Floras - A Tropical Cabana Paradise With Pool". Make use of coffee and tea making facilities, beach sun loungers and other handy amenities during your getaway.

There are many sights around Santa Barbara to put on your must-do list. Satisfy the culture vulture within by visiting Marian and Severson Theaters and Lobero Theater.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Santa Barbara?

Locating a short-term rental in or near Santa Barbara won't be an issue if you only have a couple of nights free. Whether you're searching for a one-bedroom apartment for you alone or a property that'll fit your entire family, you'll find the right place on Vrbo. Here are two of our best options:

  • Book a few days at "Ca Dreaming In Wine Country" in central Santa Barbara. Here, you'll have easy access to attractions like Chumash Casino.
  • Or maybe "Luxurious Guest Casita With Stunning City And Mountain Views" is a better match. Visit nearby sights such as Gainey Vineyard during the daytime and then kick back in your comfy rental at night.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Santa Barbara?

Whether spent in a luxury condo or a rustic cabin, a romantic weekend getaway is a perfect way to spice up your love life. Whisk your other half off for a few days at one of these enticing escapes in or near Santa Barbara:

  • Sneak away on Friday for a few nights of passion at "Just Steps From The Beach". Located roughly 1 mile from Santa Barbara, this property comes with plenty of nice touches, including skiing facilities and beauty services.
  • "Triple B Ranch - Uncork And Unwind In Santa Ynez" is another terrific option that's guaranteed to impress. It's approximately 25 miles from Santa Barbara and comes with winery tours and beauty services.

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

Peep these large group vacation rentals in or near Santa Barbara and forget about leaving anyone off your guest list:

  • Offering privacy, comfort and space, you'll get everyone's stamp of approval at "Epic Hilltop Estate On 7 Acres". Up to 12 people can stay at this property which has 6 bedrooms, mountain views and a kitchen. This group favorite is around 25 miles to the northwest of Santa Barbara.
  • Invite up to 12 of your favorite folks to "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean" and fill the place with laughter and love. This option has 4 bedrooms and is around 3 miles to the east of central Santa Barbara. It's crammed with features to keep a large group comfortable, including a fireplace and a garden.

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

A pool is often a must-have when choosing where to stay on vacation, particularly if you're taking the kids. Check out these houses with a pool in or near Santa Barbara and fill your days with splashing good fun:

  • Make yourself comfortable at "Location - Location - Location Unique House In Beautiful West Beach", where your biggest priority will be spending time in the pool. Amenities including a microwave oven and childrens activities help make this retreat a favorite with guests.
  • Otherwise, enjoy a more leisurely pace of life at "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean". Along with an invigorating pool, make use of on-site watersports and a balcony.

Wondering what the weather is like in Santa Barbara? It has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging from 60 ºF to 80 ºF. If you're after more inspiration on where to stay in this impressive destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to scroll through our entire range of Santa Barbara vacation rentals.

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

Whether your ideal escape is out in the country or by the beach, you'll enjoy it even more if you share it with your favorite people. Stay in one of these large family vacation rentals in or near Santa Barbara and bring the whole gang:

  • Around 25 miles to the northwest of Santa Barbara, "Epic Hilltop Estate On 7 Acres" has 6 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 guests. It comes with lots of amenities, including a TV and a smart TV.
  • "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean" is also popular with families. It's around 3 miles to the east of Santa Barbara, has 4 bedrooms and accommodates up to 12 guests. Handy amenities here include pet-friendly facilities and a barbecue grill.

If you're looking for family-friendly attractions in the area, you won't have far to go. Santa Barbara Zoo, Stearns Wharf and Upper State Street offer fun for all ages.

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

Nothing says fancy-schmancy like your own indoor pool. Pack your bikini and go for a dip in the comfort and privacy of one of these large houses in or near Santa Barbara:

  • With 4 bedrooms sleeping up to 8 people, "Montecito Estate - Pool And Spa, Walk To Butterfly Beach And Cvr" is the perfect place to escape to with your favorite people. Make use of this retreat's range of amenities, including a swimming pool and a sauna.
  • In addition to its fancy indoor pool, "Until The 1st March 2022 All Prices Are Open To Negotiations" features a swimming pool and a fireplace. It has 3 bedrooms that can cater for up to 8 guests, so you can bring the whole gang along.

If you'd like to see even more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Santa Barbara vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Santa Barbara?

Absolutely. You'll find many one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Santa Barbara. If you don't require much space, one of these popular properties is sure to tick all your boxes:

  • Book "Comfortable Villa With Private Pool And Wonderful Sea Views In A Great Location" for a weekend. This one-bedroom vacation property offers guests a kitchen and a fireplace and is not far from the heart of town.
  • "Affordable Beach Penthouse - 2 Blocks To Beach And Town" is another comfy one-bedroom escape also not far from the center. When you're not out exploring the area's top attractions, take advantage of a swimming pool, a nearby waterfront and much more.

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