Destination guide

The Citrus Capital of the World

Santa Paula vacation rentals sit amid the fertile farmlands of the Santa Clara River Valley in California, not far from Los Angeles. Orange, lemon, and avocado orchards dot the countryside around this historic town. Downtown Santa Paula has Wild West vibe, with many structures dating back to the late 19th century. Its age and charm has attracted filmmakers for years who come to shoot period movies and advertising. Annual events including the Citrus Festival, the Classic Balloon Festival and the Hot Summer Jazz & Art festival keeps visitors coming into town all year round.

Things to do

Aviation, art, and theater

The Aviation Museum of Santa Paula chronicles the history of flight in California, while the Santa Paula Train Depot and Railroad Plaza Park dates back to the 19th century and offers a step back in time. Daily afternoon tours take small groups to these local museums and past the historic town murals which depict the history of the region. At the Theater Center, you can see live community productions all year round and the town's Art Museum exhibits works from local and international artists. The Six Flags Magic Mountain, a sprawling and thrilling theme park, isn't far away and offers the kids a fun day out.


Santa Paula pleasures for all ages

Kids and families will love visiting Santa Paula, especially when ziplining through the forested canopies and walking along the Bigfoot Nature Trail in search of this elusive beast. Love nature? The beautiful coastline along Ventura is just a short distance away. Here, you can enjoy views over the Pacific Ocean and islands from one of the longest wooden piers in the country and gorge on freshly caught seafood in one of the local restaurants. If you're looking for adventure, head up to the mountainous Los Padres National Forest to hike, bike, camp, and fish.


Summer and winter escapes in Santa Paula

The warm days between March and May make hiking, or beach walks away from the crowds, very appealing. The summer months are hot and dry, but the cool breeze off the ocean keeps the temperature down and allows for outdoor activities. It's unsurprising that this is the busiest time in town, so book up your Santa Paula vacation rental early. In fall, you can see the orchards being harvested. The temperature never really drops below freezing in winter and rain is not uncommon between January and February, but there are plenty of museums and excellent eateries in town to keep you busy.

Natural features

Orange groves and sweeping mountains

Santa Paula town is located in county blessed with fertile land used to produce luscious fruits. These flat lands are backed by the mountainous Los Padres National Forest, home to countless miles of trails to hike and bike. American black bears amble through the forest, solitary mountain lions and bobcats creep around the mountain ridges, and Californian condors and American peregrine falcons circle overhead looking for prey. The beaches that fringe Ventura County are some of the most scenic, with rocky coastlines that tumble down onto golden sand. It is here that many of the Santa Paula vacation rentals are located.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Santa Paula

Fly into Santa Paula, CA (SZP), the closest airport, located 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Oxnard, CA (OXR), which is 13.6 mi (21.9 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Santa Paula?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 43 vacation rentals near Santa Paula. From 18 Houses to 5 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 Santa Paula for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Santa Paula?

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 Santa Paula:

  • Hollywood Beach: 110 vacation rentals
  • Oxnard Shores: 167 vacation rentals
  • Pierpont Bay: 152 vacation rentals
  • Channel Islands Harbor: 137 vacation rentals
  • Western Malibu: 85 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 Santa Paula?

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

  • Museum of Ventura County: 535 vacation rentals
  • Santa Paula City Hall: 543 vacation rentals
  • Santa Paula Theatre Center: 538 vacation rentals
  • Santa Paula Art Museum: 551 vacation rentals
  • Veterans Memorial Park: 543 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Paula 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 Santa Paula?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 18 Houses in Santa Paula. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Paula include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 5 rentals available
  • Villas: 2 rentals available
  • Cabins: 5 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 Santa Paula?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 21 vacation rentals with pool available in Santa Paula. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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