Santa Barbara County, CA, USA

Santa Barbara County, CA, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 946 vacation rentals near Santa Barbara County. From 523 houses to 96 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 County for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Santa Barbara County: Med-style on the California coast

Often described as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara County has a Mediterranean style, retaining the Spanish flair that was brought over by early settlers. Stay in Santa Barbara County vacation rentals and you can enjoy the cultural city, exploring art galleries, discovering local museums and enjoying wine tastings. Surrounded by mountains, you'll be close to many unforgettable hiking trails, taking you through dense forest and past lakes and waterfalls. The area is also surrounded by endless sandy beaches that are ideal for surfing or soaking up the Californian sunshine.

Wine tastings in Santa Barbara County

Many visitors to the area book Santa Barbara County vacation rentals so they can explore the local wine country. Made famous by the movie Sideways, Santa Barbara has a thriving wine scene, with over 100 wineries to explore. Grab a sidekick and enjoy driving past vine-covered rolling hills, stopping at rustic barns and grand stone houses that make up the local wine scene. Locally produced wines include light chardonnays and popular pinot noirs. If you don't want to worry about driving, try the Santa Barbara urban wine trail, which takes you through stylish downtown wineries for tastings and tapas.

Discover Santa Barbara County's Spanish influence

You can see signs of Santa Barbara's Spanish past all around you, with red-roofed white buildings giving the city a Mediterranean feel. Old Mission Santa Barbara is a classic example of a Spanish church, and is over 200 years old. Still home to Franciscan friars, the mission is decorated with Mediterranean-style tiles and historic Colonial features. Santa Barbara Historical Museum is also full of treasures from historic Santa Barbara, from Native American artifacts through to the 1980s social scene. Cases are full of clothes, decorative items and crafts, and on the walls are artworks that reflect the city's ever-changing landscape.

Year-round California sunshine in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County benefits from around 283 sunny days a year, so the odds are that you'll be soaking up the California sun. July and August are the hottest months, but not unbearably so, with temperatures settling at about 70 degrees. The winter months are mild and generally dry and sunny, so if you book a Santa Barbara County vacation rental during one of these off-peak times, you can still enjoy many outdoor activities.

Desert trails and mountain hikes in Santa Barbara County

A large chunk of Santa Barbara County is covered by Los Padres National Forest. With areas of desert-like rocky land, as well as lush green forest and wilderness, there are plenty of different trails to explore. Discover the Rose Valley Falls, over 300-feet high with a steep trail that gives you views across the forest, or hike the 7 Falls, through rocky canyons and past serene streams. Santa Barbara County also offers long stretches of coastline, with lively sandy beaches close to the city, and rocky areas such as El Capitan State Beach, beloved by surfers.