Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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Where to stay around Santa Barbara, CA?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 932 vacation rentals near Santa Barbara. From 512 houses to 95 condos, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Santa Barbara for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Bottoms up! Bubbly and beaches galore in Santa Barbara

Mornings in the American Riviera are for sunbathing or surfing in the sandy beaches, afternoons are for kicking back with a glass (or five) of bubbly, and nights are for enjoying some jazz at the historic Lobero Theatre—established in 1873, it's California's oldest theater. Santa Barbara vacation rentals are a great base for getting to know this SoCal sweetheart. There's much to ground to cover, from the specialty boutiques of historic State Street to the street art and converted warehouses of hip Funk Zone, so slap on the suntan and let's get this holiday started.

Beach, please—Santa Barbara's got you covered

No matter what kind of seaside shenanigans you're seeking, there's a Santa Barbara beach that's sure to hit the spot. Family-friendly East Beach has a ton of beach volleyball courts, while Leadbetter Beach is best for surfing and stand-up paddle-boarding. At the latter, head up to Shoreline Park for great views over the surf scene and of The Channel Islands. Stay until dusk for the gorgeous sunset views at Butterfly Beach, or take your pupper to flat Arroyo Burro Beach, also called Hendry's Beach, for a sandy game of fetch.

On a Mission to see Santa Barbara's sights

If you have kids in tow, the interactive art, science, and technology exhibits at Moxi Museum will keep tantrums at bay, and the rooftop glass ceiling makes for a unique Instagram-worthy family shoe-fie. Mission Santa Barbara, nicknamed the Queen of the Missions, holds court on a hill just north of the downtown area. There are historic gardens, a museum, a cemetery, and a 19th-century stone church with a twin-bell tower. You don't have to wander far from your Santa Barbara vacation rental to sample this wine country's best, as there are dozens of tasting rooms in town.

Yep, the sun rises and sets on Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has a mild climate year-round, with an annual average temperature of 62 degrees. Summer highs reach the mid-70s from July to October, while temps from December to March max out at about 66 degrees. Regardless of your trip dates, bring a sweater for chilly early mornings and late evenings. Santa Barbara vacation rentals are likely to be cheapest in the winter, but be ready for some wet days from December to March. The rest of the year pretty much guarantees abundant sunshine—although summer days also promise massive crowds.

Park life in Santa Barbara: Walks and whale-watching

Santa Barbara locals might argue that the best place to commune with nature in Southern California is at the beach, but there are parks and preserves, too, if you want to stay on land. The oceanfront Douglas Family Preserve has scenic walking and hiking trails, as well as lookout points for dolphin- and whale-watching. The family dog can come, too, as there are canine-friendly areas in the preserve. Turtles and koi in the artificial pond at the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens will delight animal-loving tots, and the block-sized park has winding paths nestled amidst lush greenery.