Coastal Homes in the Heart of California

Santa Barbara is the quintessential California beach town, complete with picturesque palm trees and Spanish buildings with red tile roofs. Just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has all the beauty of Southern California with the welcoming, laid-back ambiance of the Central Coast. Staying in Santa Barbara coastal homes gives you the freedom to fully experience the region's charms. You’ll also have access to convenient amenities like parking, Internet access, washing machines, hot tubs and outdoor grills.

Playing on Santa Barbara Beaches

Santa Barbara's coastline is home to some of California’s best water recreation. Enjoy a spirited game of beach volleyball at East Beach; surf at Refugio State Beach, or test your balance with stand-up paddle boarding at Leadbetter Beach.

Experience the Queen of the Missions

Beautifully preserved, Mission Santa Barbara is often called the Queen of the Missions. Fascinating local history is explored in the mission’s nine-room museum and its expansive stretch of historic gardens. Hundreds of local Native American gravesites are honored in the mission’s cemetery, including one for Juana Maria, whose life inspired the popular novel, "Island of the Blue Dolphins."

Attractions for the Whole Family

From the skeleton of a massive Blue Whale to fossilized mammoth remains, the Natural History Museum is a delight for visitors of all ages. You can explore the galaxy at the museum’s planetarium or enjoy hands-on sea life exhibits at the museum’s Sea Center on Stearn’s Wharf. Santa Barbara Zoo offers another day full of fun and learning. For glimpses into California history, head to El Presidio, where families can explore the old Alta California military outposts.

Exploring State Street

At the heart of downtown, there’s nothing cookie cutter about State Street. It's the unique place to go for browsing chic boutiques and upscale chain stores, eating at local bistros and enjoying lively bars and pubs. Historic Arlington Theater and Granada Theatre are also located on the historic street, providing a full calendar of live performances.

Days of Wine and Roses

Santa Barbara’s wine region is one of California’s gems, and it stretches all along the Central Coast. Just northwest of Santa Barbara is the prolific Santa Ynez Valley wine region, offering more than 120 wineries producing varietals like Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

Mediterranean Climate in Central Coast Style

Santa Barbara is blessed with a temperate coastal climate and nearly 300 days of sunshine a year. Summers see average highs in the 70s, and daytime winter temperatures stay comfortably in the mid- to high-60s. May and June often bring in the May Gray and June Gloom marine layer, but temperatures usually remain in the 60s and 70s. To experience the city at its sunniest and least crowded, the best time to visit is in the spring and autumn.

Getting Here is Half the Fun!

State Route 101/Highway 1 runs directly through Santa Barbara, so it’s easy to get here via private car or rental car. If you’re driving up from Southern California, the most scenic route involves a drive north along the Pacific Coast Highway until it merges with 101. If you’re coming from San Francisco, it’s a straight shot down 101. If you want to enjoy the ocean views without the responsibility of driving, Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner runs along the coast and drops you in downtown Santa Barbara. If flying is more your speed, Santa Barbara is home to an easily navigated and convenient airport.

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                                                              A lovely home away from home

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              We had the most wonderful family vacation here and it had everything to do with this home. The location is great as you can walk to multiple beaches and parks and it's relatively close to downtown. The views are extraordinary and we decided that the backyard is better than the beach, all the beauty without the chaffing sand. The inside is just as lovely, a great layout, incredibly clean and every amenity you could want or need, we were even greeted with some delicious munchies! The kitchen is beyond, a chef's dream, I just wish I had more desire to cook while on vacation. Seriously, I have to go get my knives sharpened now because I realize how dull they are after using the ones here. Everything is made very easy, it was truly the best rental experience we've ever had.
                                                              • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
                                                              • Stayed: Apr 2016

                                                              Fabulous Retreat

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                                                              The property was better than the pictures. Amenities included were a special touch, everything necessary in addition to ample savory indulgences. Anne and Barry were delightful hosts. The space was exceptionally clean, with luxury bedding, comfortable beds and well appointed. The views from bedroom and patio were breathtaking, the area quiet and the landscaping was beautiful. The communication was easy, no challenges with meet greet, or access to property. I recommend this property highly.
                                                              • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
                                                              • Stayed: Apr 2016

                                                              Charming and updated home

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                                                              My husband and I, along with our two kids (ages 11 and 13) stayed in this beautiful home for four nights over Spring Break. The photos in the listing give some idea of how nice the house is, but we were still blown away when we walked through the front door. The house maintains all of the character you'd expect from a Santa Barbara home in this neighborhood, but everything has been updated and is kept meticulously. It seemed that every detail had been thought through - we especially appreciated the beach towels and chairs for our outing to Butterfly Beach, as well as the board games, cards and books for our one rainy afternoon. The location is ideal for walking into town for coffee or dinner, and is just a short distance from the Santa Barbara Mission, the Mission Rose Garden (which boasts a huge grass area), and the Natural History Museum. The property also has a very helpful binder with plenty of information about things to do, restaurants, wine tasting, etc. My only suggestion would be to include the Paradise Cafe on the list of great restaurants. We look forward to staying here again!
                                                              • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
                                                              • Stayed: Apr 2016