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Santa Barbara Information

About Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a charming coastal town known for its incredible surf breaks. Santa Barbara also sits at the crossroads of Northern and Southern California, giving the town its own distinctive culture. Sometimes called the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara is said to have a Mediterranean climate, which is characterized by mild winters and warm summers. There’s never a bad time to pay this beach town a visit!

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Get your suntan lotion and surf wax ready! Santa Barbara beaches have a reputation for being quiet, clean, and spacious. The most popular and lively spot is East Beach, which offers activities ranging from volleyball and a children’s play area to weekly drumming performances and art shows. Other favorites include serene Butterfly Beach, a few miles from downtown, and dog-friendly Arroyo Burro Beach. Window shop and dine on State Street in the heart of downtown or go wine tasting along the “Urban Wine Trail.” For dining with panoramic ocean views, head down to Stearns Wharf, the longest deep water pier between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Kids will love the Ty Warner Sea Center and Santa Barbara Zoo, while the adults in the party will enjoy perfecting their swing at one of the championship golf courses. Don’t forget to spend some time exploring the mountainside! La Cumbre Peak has breathtaking vistas and Red Rock offers a refreshing dip in a swimming hole after a day of hiking.

Santa Barbara Accommodations

You can fly in directly to the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport or drive into town along scenic Highway 1. The seemingly ubiquitous Spanish Colonial Revival architecture around Santa Barbara goes in perfect harmony with the town’s historic roots, the centerpiece of which is the well-preserved Mission Santa Barbara. It is easy to find a vacation rental with a pool and ocean views, but more quirky properties are also available. From the Scarface Villa to the Ablitt House, an artistic masterpiece, you are sure to find something to suit your travel needs on!

Weather in Santa Barbara

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Vacation Rentals in Santa Barbara

Save hundreds with a vacation home rental from and forget the hotel room. For the ultimate getaway, Santa Barbara offers 718 affordable vacation rentals with a price to match your budget and accommodation needs. Prices in Santa Barbara start at an average price of $451 a night with long-term rentals averaging $18824 a month.

These vacation rentals offer a range of amenities, so you’ll feel right at home. For those looking to stay in a corporate rental, 646 of Santa Barbara’s rentals offer high speed WiFi Internet so you can easily keep in touch with your company or team. Go for a swim at one of the 154 properties complete with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with a night of cable TV in any of our 619 vacation home rentals.

Traveling with your dog or cat? Choose from 161 pet-friendly rentals in Santa Barbara that allow you to bring your extended family’s home rentals offer far more room and comfort than a hotel, providing a safe and spacious place for you and your pets. Many properties allow you to book directly online, so once you find that perfect vacation rental, you’ll be all set to go!

Search properties from 9 vacation rental sites in Santa Barbara where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Expedia, and There are 450 HomeAway rentals, 63 Expedia short term rentals and 55 vacation rentals.