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Top-rated vacation rentals in Santa Barbara

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Entire guest suite · Mesa
Modern studio near beaches and downtown
This unit has a private entrance and is perfectly located under a mile to downtown or the shore. Breathtaking views (as shown) from the street and just outside your door! Parking for one vehicle is available. Upstairs owners are very friendly and can share all of the must-dos in Santa Barbara. Internet / WiFi is available in the unit. Bed is a twin and will pull out to a king width, if desired.
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Private room · Santa Barbara
Great place to relax with private courtyard.
This 1 bedroom and 1 full bath suite is the perfect place to visit SB. My place is very close to everything. Just 3 blocks from the 101 onramp. 30 minutes walk to the Santa Barbara Mission. Funk zone, waterfront, trails and more. Relax on the patio with a cup of coffee or an afternoon drink. Feel comfortable in the bedroom the bed is supper comfortable. The patio is safe if you are traveling with a dog.
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Entire home · Santa Barbara
Private studio in garden setting
Very small rustic studio has relaxing, peaceful vibe. Super comfortable bed for a good nights sleep. Outdoor brick patio with seating, private enclosed shower. In the foothills above SB Mission, 10 minutes from downtown & beach. Safe, quiet neighborhood.
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Stay near Santa Barbara's top sights

Photo of Stearns Wharf
Stearns Wharf23 locals recommend
Photo of Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo76 locals recommend
Photo of Mission Santa Barbara
Mission Santa Barbara39 locals recommend
Photo of Shoreline Park
Shoreline Park34 locals recommend
Photo of Santa Barbara Harbor
Santa Barbara Harbor39 locals recommend
Photo of Butterfly Beach
Butterfly Beach57 locals recommend

Santa Barbara beach vacation rentals

Private room · Goleta
Cozy Room in the Goodland!
Entire home · Waterfront
Dreamy Beach Cottage ~ 2 Blocks from Ocean
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Entire guest suite · Santa Barbara
Detached guest studio
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Entire guesthouse · Santa Barbara
Secluded Panoramic Coastal View
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Entire condo · Waterfront
Historic West Beach Studio 2 blocks to Beach &Town
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Entire guest suite · Santa Barbara
Serene Beach get-away. With private Beach Access.
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Entire guesthouse · Montecito
Petite Retreat; Artist Studio
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Entire guesthouse · Waterfront
Zen Cottage Near Beach
Entire guest suite · Santa Barbara
Downtown Private Gem
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Private room · Waterfront
Fabulous Studio/Suite W Private entrance and Patio
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Entire guesthouse · Summerland
Ocean View Garden Studio
Entire cottage · Mesa
Lighthouse Keeper's House, close to the beach
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Santa Barbara house rentals

Private room · Mesa
Near Downtown •••• Clean & Cozy Bedroom
Entire home · Waterfront
Luxurious Studio With Private Entrance
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Private room · Mesa
Near Downtown ••• Clean & Cozy Bedroom
Private room · Santa Barbara
Elegant room w/ private bathroom downtown
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Private room · Santa Barbara
Bright and Spacious Studio
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Entire home · Santa Barbara
CASA LUNA - Home away from Home
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Private room · Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara/Goleta Suite with Private Entrance
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Private room · Santa Barbara
Downtown Sightseeing Master room w/bath
Private room · Mesa
Santa Barbara Mesa Garden Retreat
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Private room · Santa Barbara
Cozy Room On The Lower Rivera
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Private room · Santa Barbara
Private Room and Bath near to UCSB
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Entire home · Santa Barbara
Cozy Downtown Santa Barbara 2BD Cottage

Santa Barbara summer vacation rentals

Entire guest suite · Santa Barbara
Private Cozy 1 Bedroom Attached Separate Entrance
Entire guest suite · Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Bungalow
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Entire guesthouse · Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Ocean View Suite (New Listing)
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Entire condo · Santa Barbara
Lounge Modern + Ultra Clean
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Entire rental unit · Santa Barbara
2 ppl cabin w/jacuzzi,kit Wi-Fi -10 min2 town
Entire guesthouse · Santa Barbara
Prívate, Cozy, Detached Studio
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Entire guest suite · Santa Barbara
Bright Spacious Studio Near Beach and Downtown
Entire guest suite · Santa Barbara
Mission Canyon Cottage Studio
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Entire rental unit · Santa Barbara
Modern Private Studio #8, Downtown Santa Barbara
Entire guest suite · Mesa
Modern suite with ocean view
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Entire guest suite · Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Sunset Suite (New Listing)
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Private room · Santa Barbara
Comfortable space
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Your guide to Santa Barbara

All About Santa Barbara

Palm-studded Santa Barbara sits on a pristine stretch of California coastline, bringing together the area's Spanish influence, laid-back beach vibe, and upscale sensibility. The city is home to breathtaking nature, inspiring arts and culture, and an incredible variety of food and wine. Known for broad sandy beaches, you can sunbathe or enjoy a breathtaking sunset at East Beach — a favorite located east of State Street, Santa Barbara’s main thoroughfare for boutique shopping and world-class dining. Head over to Leadbetter Beach for surfing, boogie boarding, and paddle boarding.

Outside town, you’ll find an abundance of vineyards and wineries set in the valleys of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and just off the shore is Channel Islands National Park, where you can kayak through caves, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, and hike among wildlife. Sitting at the doorstep of Los Padres National Forest, the nearby Romero Canyon Trailhead offers great opportunities for further hiking or mountain biking. Back in town, history buffs can explore the city’s Spanish heritage at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History or the Santa Barbara Historical Museum before refueling at one of the city’s many dining options, from harbor-side classics, stylish hot spots, and cozy State Street cafes.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Santa Barbara?

Those looking for a classic beach vacation will want to come during the summer months, as July and August are when the sun and water are their warmest for swimming and sunbathing. The shoulder seasons — March to May and September to November — are also great times to visit. The weather is still warm, and Santa Barbara vacation home rentals are easier to find. Winters are chilly and wet — December through February sees the most rainfall — but you will be able to enjoy the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January, along with the buzz of Restaurant Week. No matter what time of year you visit, be sure to pack layers as morning and late evening temperatures tend to be cooler.


What are the top things to do in Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara Scenic Drive

Hop in your car and explore the riotous colors and classic California scenery of Santa Barbara on this self-guided tour. The Santa Barbara Scenic Drive covers 25 miles of immaculate shoreline beneath the towering Santa Ynez Mountains and through palm-lined roads. The drive itself only takes about one hour, but give yourself half a day to explore the city from Santa Barbara Harbor and marvel at the spectacular mansions in Montecito.

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Step back in time for a glimpse into Santa Barbara’s origins when you visit this California mission. The mission now hosts a museum featuring artifacts of the time and early photographs of the area. Explore the mission grounds, spanning 13 acres, on a leisurely self-guided tour. Don’t miss La Huerta, a garden showcasing flora dating back to the mission's early years.

The Funk Zone

It’s all about the art in the Funk Zone. Once a manufacturing hub and industrial area where artists, surfboard makers, and urban winemakers set up shop, the Funk Zone is now home to hip restaurants, boutiques, wine-tasting rooms, and galleries. Walk the 13-block neighborhood and check out the colorful murals adorning the walls. Grab an Urban Wine Trail map and make your way through the area’s wineries before finishing the day with tacos and burritos on one of the neighborhood’s many patios.