Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Summerland, 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 $225 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Summerland. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

The picture-perfect image of laid-back seaside living

Just six miles east of Santa Barbara on the south-facing Pacific coast, the quaint seaside town of Summerland feels light years away from big city life. Perched on bluffs overlooking the sandy beach and ocean below, the relaxing enclave originally settled by Spiritualists is made up of quaint shops, eateries, and antique stores dotted among Victorian houses and Craftsman-style bungalows. A Summerland vacation rental has something for everyone, from surfing at the local beaches and hiking in the nearby mountains, to exploring the historical sights of Santa Barbara and sipping the fine vintages of some of California's most vibrant wine regions.

Things to do

Your mission, should you choose to accept it

You can sample some of the best wines in the state at Summerland Winery, or go wine-tasting further afield in the Santa Ynez Valley or on the Fox Canyon Wine Trail. Santa Barbara is home to the famous Mission Santa Barbara, dating from 1786, as well as attractions like the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, featuring Spanish military outposts built in 1782. Get your exercise and hike up to Knapp's Castle in Los Padres National Forest, a landmark ruined mansion that makes for an excellent photo op.

Activities

To hike or not to hike, that is the question

There's no shortage of ways to soak up the fresh sea air at your Summerland vacation rental. Toro Canyon Park has plenty of trails, with even more in the sprawling Los Padres Forest beyond. If hiking's not your thing, head to the beach for some swimming, suntanning, and surfing, or enjoy a scenic horseback ride along the surf (sunrise and sunset are particularly great times). You might even spot some whales off the coast. Film buffs will want to visit during the annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. In town, you'll find plenty of shopping and some prime antiquing.

Weather

So much summer, they had to name it Summerland

You'll be treated to pleasant temperatures and nearly year round sunshine at your Summerland vacation rental. Highs are pleasantly in the 60s and 70s all the time. Lows can dip into the mid-40s overnight between December and February, so be sure to pack layers, especially if you plan to catch the stunning sunrises and sunsets. You'll see almost no rain between June and September, just warm ocean breezes (all the better for those outdoor activities). They might get snow way up in the mountains, but you'll almost never see the white stuff in town.

Natural features

Bluff your way into the perfect vacation

Summerland sits on coastal bluffs above the beaches and crashing ocean waves. To the north you'll find forests and mountains that are home to black bears, bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions. The areas east and west of town are both prime wine-producing regions. Off the coast to the south are the Channel Islands, dotted with oaks and Torrey Pines, and home to sheep and goats, migrating birds and bald eagles, and waters full of rays, fish, eels, sea lions, and hosts of other sea creatures. The area produces a natural black tar, so bring sturdy shoes.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Summerland

The nearest airport is in Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), located 13.7 mi (22 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Oxnard, CA (OXR), which is 27 mi (43.4 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Summerland?

Whether you're after an intimate retreat for you and your honey or somewhere roomy to fit the family, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Summerland. Here are a couple to get you thinking:

  • Make use of conveniences like nearby whale-watching activities and golf at "Just Steps From The Beach". Located around 4 miles from Summerland, this unique property has 2 bedrooms and good guest reviews.
  • "Triple B Ranch - Uncork And Unwind In Santa Ynez" is another top pick, offering 2 bedrooms, off-street parking options, coffee and tea making facilities and more. It's around 30 miles from Summerland.

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

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

Clock out on Friday afternoon and then forget the real world. If you're chasing some relaxation and fun, these properties in and around Summerland promise an unforgettable weekend getaway:

  • Located 6 miles to the west of the center of Summerland, "Fully Remodeled Spanish Beach Casa Steps From The Beach" is popular among adventurous types and nature buffs. Get out and discover nearby attractions, including Pratt Trail Loop and El Capitan State Beach. If you're up for some fun activities, try cycling or horse riding.
  • Alternatively, leave your troubles behind at "Luxurious Guest Casita With Stunning City And Mountain Views". Stay in and relax, or get active and try horse riding and cycling. When it's time to discover more of the area, plan a visit to Miramar Beach and Seaside Gardens. This fantastic vacation rental is around 7 miles west of Summerland.

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

Discover the energy and culture of Summerland from the privacy and comfort of a studio apartment. Whether you're eager to kick back on your own or have some fun with pals, we'll help you find the perfect studio apartment for rent in or near Summerland:

  • Explore your surroundings and then sleep soundly at "5 - Star Beach Bunny Cottage Vacation Rental In Santa Barbara 2". This property is a fantastic base for sightseeing and comes with amenities including a restaurant dining guide and a nearby beach.
  • "Cabana Las Floras - A Tropical Cabana Paradise With Pool" is another awesome option. Get cozy and take advantage of a porch, a firepit and more.

With the cash you save on your studio apartment, you can afford to explore even more of Summerland. Cultural attractions like Wildling Museum and Lobero Theater will help you get a feel for the personality of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Summerland?

Yes, you sure can! Vrbo's short-term rentals in Summerland are a great alternative to a typical hotel room. Offering many of the conveniences of home, you'll be able to switch into vacation mode the instant you arrive. Try one of these fabulous rentals on for size:

  • Situated not far from the center of Summerland, "Ca Dreaming In Wine Country" is perfect for a short-term stay. Use it as a base to check out some nearby attractions such as Chumash Casino.
  • Also centrally located, "Luxurious Guest Casita With Stunning City And Mountain Views" is another option. Looking for a little sightseeing inspiration while you're here? Gainey Vineyard is a good start.

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

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a romantic weekend rendezvous. If you're longing to spend a couple of relaxing nights away with your other half, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Summerland that will whisk you off your feet:

  • Located around 4 miles from Summerland, "Just Steps From The Beach" is the perfect place for doting lovebirds. Beauty services and skiing facilities are among the many amenities here.
  • Otherwise, spend your escape canoodling and uncorking Champagne at "Triple B Ranch - Uncork And Unwind In Santa Ynez", around 30 miles from Summerland. Beauty services and winery tours will help set the mood.

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

Share your vacation and multiply the fun. Whether you're organizing an active escape with buddies or a big family gathering, you'll have your pick of large group vacation rentals in and near Summerland:

  • There's loads of space to spread out at "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean". Around 2 miles west of Summerland, this expansive retreat has 4 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 guests. Top amenities include a fireplace and a garden.
  • Invite as many as 12 of your friends to "Santa Barbara 4bedroom 2ba, Pool, Hot Tub" and fill the place with laughter and love. This popular option has 4 bedrooms and is around 14 miles to the west of central Summerland. It's crammed with features to keep your large group happy and comfortable, such as a swimming pool and a garden.

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

Nothing says fun like a pool does. Pull out your inflatable flamingo and check out these houses in or near Summerland that come with this vacation necessity:

  • Get comfortable at "Location - Location - Location Unique House In Beautiful West Beach", where your highest priority will be lounging by the pool. Amenities such as nearby whale-watching activities and free toiletries help make this retreat a guest favorite.
  • Spend laid-back days splashing about or enjoying peaceful moments beside the water at "Montecito Beach House With Spa - 1 Block From Ocean". This vacation home is another top choice and offers outdoor furniture, a smart TV and more.

Summerland has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging between 55 ºF and 80 ºF. But there's no need to wait until summertime to visit. Take a look at the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the ideal Summerland vacation rental and plan your escape for any time of year.

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

It's always more fun to share those memorable moments with the ones you care about the most. Whether you're planning a family escape or catching up with friends, we'll have a large vacation rental that's just right for you. Here are two of our best in and around Summerland:

  • 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 located 2 miles to the west of Summerland and comes with amenities such as a microwave oven and a garden.
  • "Santa Barbara 4bedroom 2ba, Pool, Hot Tub" is another popular option. It's around 14 miles to the west of Summerland, has 4 bedrooms and accommodates up to 12 guests. Useful amenities here include a separate dining area and a fenced yard.

If you'd love to sightsee, there are loads of family-friendly attractions nearby to add to your to-do list. Santa Barbara Zoo, Stearns Wharf and Upper State Street are excellent places to start.

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

Nothing says ooh-la-la like having a pool inside your house. Pack your swimsuit and take a dip in the privacy of one of these large vacation homes in or near Summerland:

  • With 4 bedrooms that can fit up to 8 guests, "Montecito Estate - Pool And Spa, Walk To Butterfly Beach And Cvr" is the perfect place to escape to with your nearest and dearest. Take advantage of this retreat's many amenities, such as a fireplace and a swimming pool.
  • Another outstanding property is "Until The 1st March 2022 All Prices Are Open To Negotiations". With 3 bedrooms accommodating up to 8 people, you can invite the whole crew to stay over and swim. A swimming pool and a kitchen are other amenities on offer here.

Want to see our full range of options? Find your ideal stay by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to find the Summerland vacation rental that's perfect for you.

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

Absolutely. You'll find a wide variety of one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Summerland. If you don't need a lot of space, one of these properties is sure to tick all your boxes:

  • Consider "Cabana Las Floras - A Tropical Cabana Paradise With Pool", a fantastic centrally located one-bedroom vacation property. A firepit and a fireplace are just a few of the useful inclusions here.
  • "Summerland Guest Cottage Just Steps To Downtown And The Beach Pet Friendly" is another comfy one-bedroom escape also a short distance from the center. When you're not out exploring the surrounds, enjoy an ocean view, a nearby beach and much more.