Top 12 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Montecito, California - Updated 2024

Rienz Althron
Rienz Althron 
Contributing Writer
| 4 min read

Located in the county of Santa Barbara, Montecito is a coastal community that is a great destination to spend time with your family or friends. It is known for being surrounded by mountains, which means that visitors will have awe-inspiring views all throughout their stay. This also means that there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and nature tripping. Aside from that, as a coastal neighborhood, there’s plenty of opportunities to get sun-tanned skin at one of its three major beaches, East Beach. There are many attractions and things to do that await your visit here, so booking accommodation should be part of your plan. To help you start, scroll down and take a look at our list of the top Airbnb vacation rentals in Montecito, California.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 07, 2024.

1. Lovely abode with a ping pong table (from USD 517)

Stay in style and comfort at this lovely abode with a cozy patio to enjoy the refreshing ambiance while drinking some beverages. Relax in the living area and watch movies on the wall-mounted TV, which provides access to streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, or browse through your smartphone connected to the free Wi-Fi.

Take advantage of the beautiful weather by playing ping pong outside. The availability of a travel crib, toys, a high chair, a baby bath, children’s dinnerware, and even babysitting recommendations will make staying with children a more manageable experience giving you more freedom to run some errands.

Stayed at this property?
Montecito, California, United States
2.76 km (1.8 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
249 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is also a pretty view of the mountains from the windows behind the bed
the beds were really comfortable including the pull out sofa
my two boys and my husband and i were very comfortable and really enjoyed the outdoor amenities
noise machines in room were great for toddler
i liked how cool the temp was at night very comfortable to sleep with all the windows open
very clean and comfortable
clean and thoughtfully decorated
very clean and well decorated place
very clean and exactly as described and pictured
very clean and decorated very nicely
truly amazing and kind people
hosts are super communicative and very friendly
she was very responsive and helpful with local recommendations too :)
great private space responsive + accommodating host
bobbie and greg are such kind hosts
the location is ideal
location is amazing for everything
great location & cozy stay
the location is amazing for walking to the downtown strip beach etc
excellent place to stay location is amazing and it is located in a charming neighborhood
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2. Chic studio near the beach (from USD 343)

Spend your vacation in this chic studio near the beach. While you are inside, you will have access to both air conditioning and heating so that you can stay at a temperature that is comfortable for you. Relax in the plush furniture while you catch up on your favorite shows on the flat-screen tv. If you have come here to take care of some business-related matters, there is free Wi-Fi and a designated workspace where you can work peacefully.

Relax in the serene atmosphere of the patio, which is outfitted with cozy seating, while taking in the fresh air around you. Guests staying here can access free parking, adding more convenience to their experience.

Stayed at this property?
Montecito, California, United States
4.68 km (3.0 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
90 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful apartment with peaceful courtyard
and the large picture framed window to enjoy the out side courtyard while relaxing on a comfy bed
very comfortable bed and bedding
very clean and well equipped
very clean and comfortable bed
this was a great place beautiful and very clean
the cottage was well equipped very clean great decor and very comfortable
hosts are reliable and friendly
the management team was very responsive
hosts were very responsive and helpful
very responsive hosts regarding check in
the host was proactive about finding us a place to stay and making sure we were safe
it is so close to all the cute shops in montecito and an easy drive to ojai
great location and private/quiet set up
this place is perfect for what we wanted
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3. Stylish cabana surrounded by nature (from USD 472)

This cabana’s stylishness can be attributed to the warm-colored furnishings and the overall tropical paradise theme of the entire property. It has one bedroom, one bath, and can sleep up to three guests. You’ll also love the lush greenery and lovely flowers surrounding this vacation rental in Montecito. Additionally, the home is nestled in a secluded area but it is close to Montecito’s beaches, top attractions, and establishments.

Stayed at this property?
Montecito, California, United States
6.18 km (3.9 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
236 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

4. Well-decorated beach house for six (from USD 2249)

This spacious and modern beach house is ideal for families or a small group of friends. This charming renovated abode comes with three homey bedrooms, a total of five beds, and two bathrooms. One of the rooms has a king-sized bed, while the other rooms have two single beds each. The kitchen has almost everything you need for cooking or baking.

The place also has a great location because it’s just minutes away from Miramar Beach and Coast Village Road. Nearby dining and shopping options are available. This rental in Montecito is also just a five-minute drive from Santa Barbara’s downtown area.

Stayed at this property?
Montecito, California, United States
3.19 km (2.0 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
32 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

5. Studio close to popular local eateries (from USD 341)

This Airbnb accommodation is one of the best picks for travelers who want the convenience of being able to explore local eateries in Montecito because it’s just five minutes away from the community’s best restaurants. Perfect for couples, this rental has one bathroom fitted with a queen-sized bed and a shower. A complimentary kayak, boogie board, and a long soft board are also available. Fur parents need not worry, because this rental is dog-friendly, too.

Stayed at this property?
Montecito, California, United States
2.52 km (1.6 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
605 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

6. Palm Cottage (from USD 458)

You’ll surely include your stay in Palm Cottage as one of your most memorable travel moments. It has all the functional amenities you need for an excellent vacation. Inside the house, you’ll be welcomed by bright interiors and modern furnishings. You can have the remodeled house all to yourself during your stay because it is located in a private and gated area. There’s also a private patio and a private yard.

The property comes with one spacious bedroom and can easily fit up to four persons. The room has a king-sized bed while the living room has a sofa bed. The kitchen is fully equipped with all you need for preparing luscious meals. Free Wi-Fi and parking are included as well.

Stayed at this property?
Montecito, California, United States
2.8 km (1.8 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
255 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

7. Quaint cottage surrounded by greenery (from USD 175)

Experience a laidback vacation with nature by staying in this beautifully decorated cottage. This studio-type abode comes with one bedroom with a queen-size bed, a bathroom with a shower, a patio with a seating area, and a full kitchen. Here, you can spend your days appreciating a variety of flowers and oak trees surrounding the property. Ideal for a couples getaway in Montecito, this vacation rental is excellent for an intimate vacation.

Stayed at this property?
Montecito/Santa Barbara, California, United States
2.63 km (1.7 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
71 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

8. Cozy accommodation close to Butterfly Beach (from USD 485)

Located about 150 meters (492.13 feet) from Butterfly Beach, this guest house for rent in Montecito can sleep up to 4 guests. It comes with one bedroom, a total of three beds, a kitchen, and one bath. Other amenities are also included, such as free Wi-Fi, laundry essentials, TV, and home safety devices.

You can spend leisurely time with your loved ones by snuggling near the fireplace or having a barbecue picnic in the property’s backyard. If you wish to explore the area, there are nearby cafes, shops, restaurants, and a grocery store.

Stayed at this property?
Montecito, California, United States
1.9 km (1.2 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
88 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

9. Two-bedroom cottage with bright interiors

This cottage boasts classic decorations and cool-colored wall paints. It has two bedrooms that can sleep up to four persons. It also comes with a fully equipped kitchen and a clean bathroom. Comfort during your stay is guaranteed because the property has air conditioning and heating units. There’s free Wi-Fi and a TV to keep you entertained before heading to bed. Best of all, Miramar Beach is nearby.

Stayed at this property?
Montecito, California, United States
3.28 km (2.1 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
114 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire bungalow 5 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

10. Pet-friendly cottage near the beach (from USD 341)

This place is perfect for fur parents who are longing for a remarkable vacation in Montecito. Just make sure to inform the host before finalizing your booking, as only small and medium pets are allowed. Meanwhile, this studio cottage for two is within walking distance of Butterfly Beach. Restaurants and shops abound in the property’s area. While here, you can enjoy amenities, such as Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, a full kitchen, and a patio with a bistro table.

Stayed at this property?
Montecito, California, United States
2.6 km (1.7 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
352 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

11. Gorgeous suite with a shared pool

A romantic vacation awaits you in this guest room for two that features a shared pool and spa. It comes with a king-sized bed, a private bath, and a kitchenette. Inside the property, you’ll be welcomed by well-lit spaces, thanks to natural lighting. You can spend your afternoons browsing the internet or watching shows on cable TV. There’s also a dedicated workspace in the room for those who need it.

Stayed at this property?
Santa Barbara, California, United States
5.86 km (3.7 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
204 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
PRIVATE ROOM IN HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

12. Modern cottage with a private garden

This superb one-bedroom accommodation gives you access to a private garden patio with fantastic views. Up to two guests can enjoy this spotless vacation rental with plenty of functional amenities. The furnishings are modern and well-appointed. The bathroom comes with a glass shower.

Overall, this property exudes an urban living vibe but in a quiet location. You won’t get bored while you’re here because there’s free Wi-Fi. The place is also close to Montecito’s iconic beaches, such as Miramar Beach and Butterfly Beach.

Stayed at this property?

3.0 km (1.9 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo
343 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi was strong for those who cannot unplug but the beautiful of montecito is all one needs
a very cozy and romantic cabin with a private courtyard
i appreciated the amenities like nice towels a comfortable bed and soft pillows
our favorite part was the adorable private courtyard to enjoy a quick breakfast or a glass of wine
very clean and stylish little beach cottage
we loved this place super clean and comfortable
the place was clean quiet safe and peaceful
clean comfortable and convenient to downtown and beaches
the place was very clean & cozy and boasted a full kitchen and private patio
jill was a wonderful thoughtful host
our host jill was very responsive and helpful
jill was extremely responsive and friendly
some airbnb hosts don't put much effort into things like soft sheets and i appreciate those details
great location - comfortable accommodation
great location just a short walk to the beach and a very short drive to restaurants and shopping
best location in montecito walking distance of shops and restaurants and the beach
stylish space and perfect location
super cute beach cottage less than a five minute walk to the beach
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Have a beach retreat at Montecito

Montecito offers plenty of pristine beaches every couple or every family will surely love. You don’t need to worry about where you want to stay here, as many beautiful vacation rentals are available. Don’t just dream of a lovely beach getaway in this Californian community, visit this place and book one of the top Airbnb vacation rentals for a comfortable stay.

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Rienz is a former office-based employee who entered the world of travel writing. His ultimate dream is to be able to travel the world and experience as much of it as he can. By pursuing his dreams,...Read more

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