Destination guide

The charming city of Isla Vista awaits you

Enjoy the live music and other features of Isla Vista. This romantic city is known for its beaches, seaside and university setting. Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Sightseeing in and around Isla Vista

Are you hoping to find attractions to see while you're in town? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Isla Vista a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santa Barbara Zoo (11.1 mi / 17.9 km)
  • Glen Annie Golf Club (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Sandpiper Golf Club (2.8 mi / 4.6 km)
  • Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Santa Barbara Golf Club (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
  • Rancho San Marcos Golf Course (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Isla Vista

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Isla Vista. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Santa Barbara Botanical Garden (9.2 mi / 14.9 km)
  • Lotusland (11.7 mi / 18.9 km)
  • Coal Oil Point Reserve (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Goleta Point (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Goleta Beach (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Goleta Butterfly Grove (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Isla Vista

Fly into Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), the closest airport, located 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), which is 18 mi (29 km) away.

Where to stay around Isla Vista?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 441 vacation rentals near Isla Vista. From 271 Houses to 62 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Isla Vista for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Isla Vista?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Isla Vista:

  • Downtown: 186 vacation rentals
  • Padaro Lane: 21 vacation rentals
  • Mission Canyon: 153 vacation rentals
  • The Mesa (Beach Area): 503 vacation rentals
  • West Beach: 93 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Isla Vista?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Isla Vista. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of California-Santa Barbara: 755 vacation rentals
  • Coal Oil Point Reserve: 680 vacation rentals
  • Goleta Beach: 756 vacation rentals
  • Gainey Vineyard: 173 vacation rentals
  • Solvang Festival Theater: 151 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Isla Vista listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Isla Vista?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 271 Houses in Isla Vista. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Isla Vista include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 62 rentals available
  • Villas: 14 rentals available
  • Cabins: 41 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Isla Vista?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 94 vacation rentals with pool available in Isla Vista. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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