Discover a selection of 1,500 vacation rentals in Santa Maria, 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 $100 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Santa Maria. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Santa Maria offers wine and Californian-style BBQs

Set to the sizzling scents of BBQ grills, and surrounded by sweeping fields of flower farms and vineyards, there's much more than meets the eye to little Santa Maria. It's set up on the hills that rise to meet the San Rafael Mountains from the salt-washed coast of the Pacific Ocean, and comes with some charming inns, pool-peppered villas, and stylish Santa Maria vacation rentals that'll let you tour the cellar doors of the local wine area while tasting Pinquito beans and oak-crackling Tri-Tip meals. What’s not to love?

Things to do

Wineries galore in Santa Maria

It's no secret that the main attraction of the Santa Maria area is its vineyards. These come in all shapes and sizes as they pepper the hillsides of Santa Barbara County, while some of the most famous are located along the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. Aside from that – and hitting the local BBQ joints in the evening – Santa Maria vacation rentals are also perfectly placed for travelers who want to scale the heights of the Los Padres National Forest to the east, or explore the wave-buffeted cliffs of the Point Sal State Beach to the west.


Get tasting and grilling in Santa Maria

There's no question about it: Santa Maria's biggest draw is its culinary heritage. Hailed as the home of the California Tri-Tip barbeque grill, it's the perfect place to learn how to sizzle up chorizo over live oak briquettes, refry those Pinquito beans, and channel the Spanish-flair of the old Cali ranch cooks. That's just half the story though, because Santa Maria vacation rentals also offer access to one of the state's famous wine regions. You can hop from cellar door to cellar door tasting whites and reds, wondering at the sweeping valleys of the Santa Ynez as you go.


Year-round fun in Santa Maria

Because of the soothing Mediterranean-type climate of southern California and the steady temperatures of the region, Santa Maria is a real year-round destination. You'll find its famous vineyards and wineries stay open for most all seasons, and BBQ shindigs happen all the time. That said, it might be worth thinking about searching for those Santa Maria vacation rentals in the harvest time of fall, around October. That's when the grape growers assemble to celebrate the completion of picking, and food festivals pop up on the city streets.

Natural features

Between the Pacific and the Cali peaks in Santa Maria

The east and the west of Santa Maria are home to 2 immensely different regions. On the one side is the roaring Pacific Ocean, with surf swells crashing against the shore and beautiful golden sands running from Pismo Beach to Point Sal. To the east are the mountains of the mighty San Rafael range, where gray pines and chaparral sweep across the ridges. Hiking is best done in the depths of Los Padres National Forest, though. There, rare condors swoop in the skies and American black bears peer out from the canyons.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Santa Maria

Fly into San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP), the closest airport, located 22.9 mi (36.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Santa Maria, CA (SMX-Santa Maria Public), which is 3.7 mi (5.9 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Santa Maria Station.

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

Whatever you're seeking in a vacation, you'll find a rental property in or around Santa Maria that's right up your alley. Take a peek at these favorites:

  • Take advantage of conveniences like pet-friendly services and an iron and ironing board at "Triple B Ranch - Uncork And Unwind In Santa Ynez". Located around 30 miles from Santa Maria, this quality property has 2 bedrooms and is a hit with guests.
  • "Just Steps From The Beach" also promises a memorable getaway, offering 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, cookware, dishware and utensils and more. It's around 55 miles from Santa Maria.

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

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

We all deserve to slow down and take a break from time to time. If you're eager to spend a couple of long mornings in a cushy bed with a coffee and the morning paper, we've got some excellent weekend getaways in and around Santa Maria. Here are two of our favorites:

  • "Relax In Private And Tranquil 2 - Story Cottage. . . . 10 Minute Walk To Los Olivos" is perfect for a weekend of enjoyment and rest. It comes with a host of amenities, such as an iron and ironing board and nearby museums, and is located around 25 miles to the southeast of Santa Maria.
  • "In The Heart Of Los Olivos - Luxury Wine Country" is another excellent option to consider. It's located 30 miles to the southeast of Santa Maria and comes with a stovetop, a living room and more.

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

Studio apartments may be on the smaller side, but they sure pack a punch when it comes to convenience and location. Throw your bags down at one of these welcoming studio apartments in and around Santa Maria:

  • One of our favorite picks is "Charming Santa Ynez Farmhouse". Book a few nights or more at this popular apartment and you'll have access to an oven and a fridge.
  • "Comfy, Independent 1 Bedroom Guest Suite In Orcutt" is another top stay, providing all you could want for the perfect Santa Maria getaway. Convenient amenities here include a stovetop and coffee and tea making facilities.

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

Whether you're looking for a cottage for you and a friend or a vacation home big enough for the whole family, short-term rentals are easy to find in and around Santa Maria. These properties make the perfect base for a quick trip:

  • If you only need to stay a night or two, "Ca Dreaming In Wine Country" is a good choice. It's close to the center of Santa Maria, so you'll have easy access to all the best attractions.
  • Another great option is "Luxurious Guest Casita With Stunning City And Mountain Views". Gather a few friends and enjoy a comfortable stay close to the heart of Santa Maria.

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

Whether spent in a cottage, a cabin or a condo, a romantic weekend getaway is a fantastic way to say "I love you." Whisk your partner off for a couple of relaxing days at one of these popular escapes in or near Santa Maria:

  • Put on some relaxing music and chill together at "Los Olivos Dream Farmhouse". Around 25 miles from Santa Maria, this property has everything you could want for a romantic weekend getaway, including a fireplace and beauty services.
  • Alternatively, spend a few days sipping wine and canoodling at "Ca Dreaming In Wine Country", around 30 miles from Santa Maria. Winery tours and beauty services will help set the scene for romance.

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

Share your stay and boost your odds of having fun. Whether you're organizing an active escape with buddies for a family get-together, you'll have your pick of large group vacation rentals in and around Santa Maria:

  • Providing privacy, space and comfort, you'll get everyone's nod of approval at "Epic Hilltop Estate On 7 Acres". Up to 12 people can be accommodated at this escape which has 6 bedrooms, a kitchen and mountain views. This top pick is around 30 miles to the southeast of Santa Maria.
  • Nothing's more important than being together with loved ones, and "Modern Farmhouse" makes it easy to do that. Located around 19 miles to the south of Santa Maria, as many as 14 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 7 bedrooms. A swimming pool and a fireplace are among the numerous amenities here.

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

A pool is often a necessity when deciding where to spend your vacation, particularly if you're getting away with the kids. Check out these houses with a pool in or near Santa Maria and spend your days splashing around:

  • Get your vacation on at "Hidden Views Mission Style House On 10 Acres", where your highest priority will be pool time. Amenities including a barbecue grill and a balcony help make this retreat a favorite with guests.
  • Otherwise, spend your break at "Entire House - Central Coast Getaway". In addition to its inviting pool, you can also make use of a smart TV and free toiletries.

Curious what the weather's like in Santa Maria? It has a mediterranean climate, with average temperatures in summer ranging from 55 ºF to 75 ºF. If you'd like more inspiration on where to stay in this epic destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to check out our entire range of Santa Maria vacation rentals.

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

Whether your ideal getaway is out in the country or by the ocean, you'll have so much more fun if you share it with loved ones. Stay in one of these large family vacation rentals in or near Santa Maria and bring the whole crew:

  • Get your nearest and dearest together at "Epic Hilltop Estate On 7 Acres", which has 6 bedrooms sleeping up to 12 guests. This retreat is around 30 miles to the southeast of Santa Maria and features amenities such as a stereo and towels.
  • "3 Bedroom 2. 5 Bath 2, 200 Sf Within Solvang Danish Village" also has the space you need to connect with loved ones. This option is around 30 miles to the southeast of Santa Maria, and accommodates as many as 8 guests in its 3 bedrooms. Coffee and tea making facilities and a dining table will help keep everyone content and comfortable.

When you want to explore your surroundings, there are lots of family-friendly attractions in the area to keep everyone entertained. Santa Barbara Zoo, Stearns Wharf and Upper State Street should be top of your list.

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

Add a dose of grandeur to your getaway by staying somewhere with an indoor pool. These amazing large houses in or near Santa Maria have a swimming space that's just for you, along with plenty of room for whoever is fortunate enough to be coming with you:

  • Invite your closest friends over for a leisurely paddle around at "Montecito Estate - Pool And Spa, Walk To Butterfly Beach And Cvr". This rental has space to spare, with 4 bedrooms comfortably sleeping up to 8 people. A sauna and a garden are other things your squad will love about this place.
  • Another excellent 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 gang to stay, hang out and swim. A swimming pool and a garden are other amenities your guests can enjoy here.

Use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find more outstanding Santa Maria vacation rental options for your next big getaway.

Are there vacation rentals with fire pits in or near Santa Maria?

If you like the idea of singing songs around a campfire but aren't really into the "camp" part, a vacation rental with a fire pit will tick all your boxes. Enjoy the comforts of home at one of these options in or near Santa Maria that come with this cozy perk:

  • Gather with the ones you love around the fire at "Great Home To Enjoy With Your Family And Friends". A fireplace and a kitchen are other useful amenities you'll find here.
  • "Cuatro Vientos Vineyard Hacienda In Los Olivos" is another top property where you can spend your nights socializing around a nice, warm fire. It also features mountain views and a swimming pool.