Montecito, CA, USA

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Montecito, CA, USA

Montecito vacation rentals

Discover elegant Montecito on the California Coast

Nestled between the brilliant-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of the wildlife-rich Santa Ynez Mountains, Montecito serves up upmarket shopping, delicious dining, cultural delights, and an array of exciting attractions. It's an idyllic destination for a chic getaway, whether catching up with old friends for the weekend or enjoying a longer break with family. Looking for the perfect place to call home during your stay? Montecito vacation rentals are just the thing. From quaint seaside bungalows to Spanish-style villas, you'll find many rentals place you just steps from the beach.

Shopping and stargazing in Montecito

Fashionistas will feel right at home in Montecito, not least along Coast Village Road, where designs from the likes of Stella McCartney will help you dress to impress, whether you plan to rub shoulders with celebrities at the area's sophisticated watering holes or mingle with the stars at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. More of an outdoor kind of traveler? Head to the top of Montecito Peak to watch an epic sunset over the Pacific and indulge in a little stargazing, before heading back down to enjoy a moonlit stroll along the golden sands of Butterfly Beach.

Family delights and cultural treats near Montecito

There are plenty of must-see attractions within easy reach of Montecito vacation rentals but if you're short on time, make sure you tick a trip to Lotusland off your bucket list. The brainchild of the late Madame Ganna Walska, and home to Japanese, theater, and topiary gardens, this 37-acre nirvana is likely to be one of the most fanciful botanical gardens you will ever see. Got a little more time? Old Mission Santa Barbara is a 18th-century cultural treat while a trip to Santa Barbara Zoo is a surefire way to earn some serious brownie points from the kids.

Soak up the sun in Montecito

With almost 300 sunny days each year, topping up your tan comes easy in Montecito. The best of the weather is served up over the summer months of June through August but does mean you'll pay a little more for rentals and likely encounter larger crowds. If you're eager to get a great deal on your getaway, still-pleasant weather and less visitors mean that breaks in spring or fall can be a good bet. Winter along the coast generally comes with a fair number of rainy days, less than ideal for strutting your stuff along exclusive Hammond's Beach.

Find inspiring natural landscapes near Montecito

While the stars of the show in Montecito are the area's pretty beaches, the surrounding landscape has plenty to entice more adventurous travelers. Los Padres National Forest offers idyllic surroundings for nature lovers, with mountains, rivers, and scenic byways all on the menu. To the east, wildlife enthusiasts can explore the trails that wind through the 53,000-acre Sespe Condor Sanctuary, while for those willing to spread their wings a little further, it's certainly not out of the question to squeeze in a trip to the Channel Islands National Park during a stay in a Montecito vacation rental.