Montecito, California is a beautiful small town located near Santa Barbara on the coast of California. Montecito is a very luxurious town with many great estates including homes owned by Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Jeff Bridges, Drew Barrymore and more, but it’s also known for being peaceful, quiet, and not too flashy. Montecito has great soft sand beaches, a charming downtown area and many beautiful gated estates.
While there are plenty of legendary Montecito estates that you can't visit, there are a handful of historical sites that you can tour. Schedule a trip to the Casa del Herrero to view a classic Spanish Colonial Revival home that's remained essentially unchanged since its construction in 1925. And don't miss Ganna Walska's famed botanical haven, Lotusland, where the deceased opera singer/heiress has created a fantastical universe of unusual blooms and blossoms. Food and foodie culture are very popular in Montecito. While no one style defines the area, the quality of the city’s food is universal. For the freshest sushi, try Sakana, or make a reservation at Tre Lune, Via Vai, or Pane e Vino for great Italian food. For breakfast, nothing beats the legendary Sunday brunch at the Bella Vista, a restaurant at the Biltmore Hotel. Grab a seat on the patio for an ocean view and you may even spot some dolphins. There are great beaches to enjoy in Montecito like the beautiful Butterfly Beach, Hammonds Beach and Miramar Beach. Enjoy the quiet soft sand beaches and the bright blue waters of the Pacific.
Montecito is also a great place for fashion lovers with its great shopping options. Coast Village Road in Montecito is the place to go for great shopping. Visit Dressed to see collections from top designers like Yves St. Laurent and Stella McCartney. Or try their sister store, Ready, for more relaxed denim and streetwear pieces. You’ll spot many other great fashionionable stores along the way.
There are some great day trip options when vacationing in Montecito. Santa Barbara is located just 10 minutes from Montecito and there are all kinds of things to do and places to go there that could fill up a day. You can enjoy swimming and relaxing at the beautiful beaches on the Pacific Coast and a great walk down the Stearns Wharf Pier. The scenery in Santa Barbara is stunning with the beautiful palm trees that can be showcased at Shoreline Park. You should also plan to visit the Santa Barbara Zoo and the Old Mission Santa Barbara church before enjoying a day of shopping and dining throughout the beautiful downtown district.
Another great option if you’re looking to take in a big city is to visit Los Angeles, which is about an hour and a half away. The City of Angels is the second-largest city in America and is known for being the home of Hollywood and you can immerse yourself in all kinds of tourist fun in a fun-packed day trip.
If you’re travelling to Montecito for a vacation, we offer a great selection of short-term vacation rentals for great rates in the area and in the Santa Barbara area as well. On Tripping.com, you can find a wide variety of beautiful homes to fit your needs and your budget so you can live like a local during your stay. It is fun to stay near downtown Montecito to get the most out of the beach, but you’ll enjoy any of the quiet, residential streets with their lush gardens and beautiful trees. Book your Montecito vacation on Tripping today!
It’s definitely a good idea to have your own car when in Montecito so you can get around easily and to surrounding areas like Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. You can rent vehicles if you travel in by plane. Santa Barbara County also has a public bus system and taxi services that you can use. Nearby Carpinteria has an Amtrak station that will allow you to take the train to Los Angeles, which is a fun alternative to driving and offers beautiful ocean vistas along the way.
Find the best Montecito vacation rentals on Tripping.com. With over 261 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Montecito range from $89 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.Vacation home rentals found on Tripping.com offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 231 homes in Montecito offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 70 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 199 homes with cable TV.For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Montecito offers 73 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on Tripping.com.Search properties from 7 vacation rental sites in Montecito where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Booking.com, and PerfectPlaces. There are 172 HomeAway rentals, 29 Booking.com short term rentals and 22 PerfectPlaces vacation rentals.