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Top Glamping Options In and Around Santa Barbara, California - Updated 2020

Glamping In and Around Santa Barbara
Chia Han Keong
Chia Han Keong
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If you are feeling overwhelmed by the massive urban jungle of Los Angeles, head northwest towards Santa Barbara for a much-needed reprieve from the unrelenting traffic and smog. Less than 100 miles (161 kilometers) away from Downtown LA, the seaside resort city is a great change of pace with mild climate, wide beaches, highly-rated wineries and historical attractions. And it has shed its previous reputation as a playground only for the rich and famous by offering excellent glamping options, either along the Pacific coast or around the Santa Ynez Mountains north of the city limits. So don’t just plan for a mere day trip from LA. Instead, check out these great glamping sites for a few days’ of wonderful relaxation around Santa Barbara.

1. Yurt retreat on private plot of land (from USD 330)

While Santa Barbara is justifiably renowned for its beautiful beaches facing the Pacific Ocean, there is plenty of spectacular panoramic scenery amid the Santa Ynez Mountains, just a few miles inland and north of the city center. You can find hiking trails, lookout points and recreational areas all over the mountain range, including this fantastic yurt retreat on a private and exclusive 11-acre (4.5-hectare) plot of land. You will find a DVD player and fridge inside the yurt, while there is a swimming pool, hot tub, private bathhouse and even a swing overlooking the mountain range on the premises.

STUNNING EXCLUSIVE YURT ON 11 ACRES
Santa Barbara, California, United States
347 reviews
Yurt 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the best part no wifi or service
showering under the stars was the highlight
the space is massive very charming and cozy
the hot tub and swimming pool were great
Cleanliness:
outdoor bathroom that was beautiful and clean and had hand wash and oils
super clean awesome mattress just all things amazing
clean and can't complain about the water temperature
Host:
beautiful scenery and wonderful host
she is super accommodating of pets and so quick and kind with her responses
i can completely see why she is a super host
jennifer is a wonderful host very attentive and warm
this is a special spot with a fantastic host
Location:
amazing location and beautiful spot
amazing little gem close to everything but yet far enough to get away
perfect location near all the good restaurants and beaches
amazing place in a very unique setting within close driving distance to downtown sb
special place eclectic and unique
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2. Trailer accommodation in Carpinteria (from USD 175)

The Santa Barbara urban area stretches along the Pacific Coast to include smaller cities like Goleta in the west and Carpinteria in the east. While Goleta is known for being home to the University of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria’s state beach is where you can find seals and sea lions basking amid the mild weather between December and May. You might even spot the occasional gray whale from the beach. This snug Airstream trailer accommodation for two guests is located in Carpinteria and is housed in a backyard with BBQ grill. There are wifi and TV inside the trailer, and the host has also provided beach essentials such as towels, umbrella and snorkeling gear.

Airstream Dream 'White Sage'
Carpinteria, California, United States
69 reviews
Camper/RV 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen and grill were better than i expected
the animals on the property are a bonus and the bed was super comfortable
Cleanliness:
the airstream was clean comfortable and had everything we needed
nan’s place was quiet and clean and unlike anywhere i’ve ever stayed
the trailer was charming and clean nan was warm and welcoming and the animals were very friendly
the airstream itself was perfect very clean and cozy
it was just wonderful space for me my husband and my 2 yrs old son so clean inside
Host:
man and her husband were great hosts and very quick to respond
nan was also a wonderful host and responded extremely quickly to any questions we had
nan was a friendly and welcoming host
nan was an excellent host
nan was a great host she communicated well & quickly
Location:
the location is great too
its close to many beautiful places
this is a great location from which to go on a 20-40 mile bike ride
beautiful location with friendly animal neighbors
good location: 5ish mins to carpenteria 30min from ojai & 15 from santa barbara
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3. Converted RV in back of property (from USD 145)

Santa Barbara has a unique urban wine trail, with a number of wineries all within blocks of downtown that are open to public for wine tasting. If you prefer visiting the rural vineyards, then the Santa Barbara back country also has a great collection of wineries near the towns of Solvang and Buellton, northwest of the city. All the wineries can be conveniently reached by car, so you can base yourself in accommodations such as this converted RV in the back of a property near Carpinteria. It hosts a king-sized bed, full kitchen, and seating area, while shower and toilet facilities are adjacent to the patio. And since there is free parking on the premises, you can go ahead and rent a car to explore the region.

Oak & Avo Grotto-Mountain Views!
Carpinteria, California, United States
165 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it's cozy and comfortable; warm enough without the space heater on 60-degree nights
he easily fit in the giant bed too
the spot is beautiful and the outdoor fenced patio is very comfortable and enchanting
the shower stall feels like a (sizable) room transported outside; there's a beautiful tiled sink furniture linens electricity
i needed a chair in the shower tim made sure there was one
Cleanliness:
the rv bathroom and yard were all clean and ready for our visit
spacious bed and fantastic outdoor shower
the place itself was great feels very secluded and spacious
Host:
tim is a great host
our host was kind and made himself available and easy to reach
tim is a good host and the private space is really cool to hang out in
great stay tim checked in to make sure everything was ok and was a great host
tim is a great host and we look forward to returning
Location:
location was great
this was the ideal getaway location for me
great location to explore the area
great location the town is very sweet and super close by
great location very private and rustic
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4. Cozy trailer in quiet neighborhood (from USD 72)

Families will love Santa Barbara’s kid-friendly attractions like the Santa Barbara Zoo, which has over 600 animals on its premises, and the city’s Museum of Natural History, an underrated attraction with an awesome life-size skeleton of a blue whale. The beautifully landscaped settings of the Botanical Gardens are also worth a visit. After a day of sightseeing, it would be great to relax amid this cozy and private trailer in a quiet neighborhood in Goleta, near the municipal airport. It has a queen-sized bed and a sofa bed, wifi, and a well-equipped kitchen.

Private space in Goleta
Goleta, California, United States
118 reviews
Camper/RV 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
both beds were very comfortable which made for a nice stay
very tidy comfortable trailer with plenty of space and a lot of privacy
the beds were honestly more comfortable than those in most hotels i've stayed in
bed is comfortable as are the sheets and pillows
there were fresh towels bedding toiletries and kitchenware (which was a huge plus) upon our arrival
Cleanliness:
very clean and quiet
clean and pleasant rv experience
it's very clean and comfortable
it was very clean comfortable and spacious
rv was clean and well supplied
Host:
the hosts were very responsive and helpful
dave was a great host
awesome place dave was a great host
awesome stay and great host i enjoyed the privacy very much
dave was a great host and check in was easy
Location:
also loved the location and neighborhood
safe location and convenient to santa barbara
the location was perfect for us
super comfy bed location is fabulous
nice and quiet good location
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5. Tent provider for camp-outs (from USD 100)

You have found a great campground around Santa Barbara, but do not have a comfortable tent for glamping? No worries, thanks to this tent provider based in the community of Montecito, just east of Santa Barbara. This tent is spacious and well crafted for most terrain, and the host has also included amenities such as beds, futons, lighting and outdoor cooking supplies. All you have to do is to give the host a call, and the tent will be delivered and set up at the location of your camp-outs.

Tent Glamping -
Montecito, California, United States
Tent 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

6. Bright trailer in Summerland

In addition to overlooking a great coastline, Santa Barbara’s downtown area is also a shopping and eating paradise. The main thoroughfare road, State Street, offers more than a mile stretch of all kinds of retail stores, from trendy boutiques to popular chain stores. The city’s cultural status also attracts high-powered chefs from all over the world, and the selection and sheer variety of food is astonishing. This bright and clean trailer accommodation is in the Summerland neighborhood just east of downtown and has air-conditioning, wifi, private fire pit and DVDs for your recreational enjoyment. It is just a few blocks away from the coast, where you can enjoy great views of the Pacific Ocean.

Explore Summerland!
Summerland, California, United States
163 reviews
Camper/RV 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a great camper that had more room than we expected
the next morning we had an awesome breakfast at another spot
bed was really comfortable: we dubbed it “the cloud
it's a bit like camping with tv a good bed and plumbing
Cleanliness:
the trailer itself was clean and cozy
the goat is quaint clean and beautifully decorated
quiet clean and so cozy
very clean and cozy 10/10 would recommend and stay again
crescent’s place is clean cute and centrally-locates
Host:
the host is great
friendly welcoming host nearby
crescent is an excellent host who was readily available for my questions
crescent is a lovely host
crescent was such a great host we didn't have any problems checking in or out
Location:
the location was great near the beach and cute shops
great location and great yard
great stay in a great location
so convenient and close to great sights and day trips close by
it's a short walk to the beach and there are interesting stores and restaurants in the neighborhood
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7. An iconic 1974 airstream on an organic ranch (from USD 198)

If you are looking for a unique and pleasant experience in California, this is the kind of accommodation you need to book. Unwind inside an iconic 1974 Airstream that has been fully furnished to ensure your maximum comfort. Situated on an organic ranch, not far from Ojai, the Airstream welcomes solo travelers or couples, as it provides one bedroom and one bathroom. Pour yourself a glass of wine at night and enjoy it on the small patio that provides a peaceful atmosphere in which to relax.

Kick Back in an Iconic 1974 Airstream on an Organic Ranch
Carpinteria, California, United States
108 reviews
Camper/RV 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
our stay was very comfortable with helpful additional amenities (e
the air stream and entire grounds were beautiful quiet and comfortable
i absolutely loved their dogs very private and had everything you need pots pans coffee towels tv wifi
then we would retreat inside and fall asleep on the super comfortable queen sized bed
the bed was so comfortable bathroom are excellent
Cleanliness:
everything is clean and kept nicely manicured
incredibly relaxing impeccably clean and stylish
it was clean roomy and so very peaceful
such a lovely place very clean
the airstream itself is clean spacious and beautifully decorated
Host:
perfect host perfect space
the host was responsive and helpful and made us feel very welcome
delia was an amazing host and gave us very fast responses with any concern we had
delia is a wonderful host
delia was a great host responsive and kind
Location:
the location is ideal
this location is convenient and gorgeous
location and accommodations were superb
the airstream is perfectly situated- private and secluded yet close to town
great location up in the mountains with just a short drive to carpenteria beach
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8. A beautiful camper van (from USD 160)

Travel along the coast and enjoy the views of the mountains by driving this beautiful 1986 camper van. Everything about this VW camper van is so practical, you are going to want to drive it for a long time. Facilities offered include one bedroom, a stove-top, a fridge and a pull-out shower. If you are a solo adventurer or a traveler with a partner, you are welcome to book this camper van. You may also bring your little furry friends with you.

1986 VW Vanagon Camper Van + Campsite Near Beach!
Ventura, California, United States
35 reviews
Camper/RV 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
it’s clean runs great has awesome appointments and is just fun while being super comfy
Host:
highly recommended host and vanagon
friendly and super cool host
stephan was also an awesome host as he was very quick to respond in our communications
stephan was a great host
stephan was a great host— he took one of his vans to a really cool campsite
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9. Trailer housed in backyard with pool

Within the city limits, Santa Barbara is well known for its California Mission-style architecture and historic buildings. One great example is the Santa Barbara Mission building, which was built way back in 1786 and is well worth a visit to understand the native culture. There are also picturesque parks with great hiking opportunities around the city, and this glamping accommodation in a silver 1964 Airstream trailer is located near the Laurel Canyon Park, near the Santa Barbara Mission. It is housed in the host’s backyard, which has a pool and jacuzzi, viewing decks, a private yoga deck, and even a private park and hiking trail access.

Santa Barbara Airstream Getaway
Santa Barbara, California, United States
76 reviews
Camper/RV 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

10. Retro van for glamping at the lakes

There are two lakes near Santa Barbara that make for great day trips or campouts. The gorgeous Lake Cachuma is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of the city and offers activities like fishing, boating, sailing and lake cruising. No swimming though, as the lake doubles up as a reservoir for Santa Barbara. The other lake is Lake Casitas, about 25 miles (40.23) east of the city, and there is a small water park which is great for family outings. If you wish to go glamping in these lakes, you can try booking this retro camper van, which can be delivered to your preferred camping areas for a fee. It comes fully stocked with firewood, ice, drinks and snacks, beach towels, a portable speaker, solar charger, a propane grille and all the utensils you will need.

Urban/Mountain Glamping in a 70's VW Bus- "Fiona"
Santa Barbara, California, United States
Camper/RV 2 Beds 4 Guests 0 Bedrooms 0 Bathrooms

11. Comfy camper-van in seaside community (from USD 66)

On the last week of July or first week of August every year, Santa Barbara hosts its biggest festival, the Old Spanish Days Fiesta. This is a celebration of the city’s Spanish, Mexican and Native American history, and features plenty of music and dance events, equestrian parades and food booths all over town. This makes a great occasion to visit this city, and you can base yourself in this comfy camper van in the seaside community of Toro Canyon, just east of downtown. It has all the amenities you need: queen-size bed, a refrigerator, a four-burner gas stove, air-conditioning, separate shower, and toilet.

“Clean safe place to hang out! Home and Camper"
Carpinteria, California, United States
310 reviews
Private room in camper/rv 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
exactly as promised had small touches and amenities that made the stay very comfortable
the cozy rv definitely lived up to its name
i love rv’s and this was a gem – warm shower full kitchen etc
relaxed comfortable and equipped in a nice location--
not much room to move around but good for an overnight stay
Cleanliness:
a fun experience in a clean and cozy rv
the camper was clean comfy and cozy
it's a very clean and lovely camping car
nikki is very kind and all was very clean
super cozy and clean
Host:
nikki is a really nice host
nice place and nice host
owners are very sweet and accommodating
bed was comfy and host was very welcoming and accommodating
very friendly host and a very nice camper
Location:
loved this cute little little camper close to the beach
nice cozy place at great location
great place to stay near to sb with lot of transportation
an amazing camper in a great location
cute little place well located with a lovely accommodating host
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12. Quiet mountain getaway

Santa Barbara’s main draw is undoubtedly its beaches. Its most popular beach, East Beach, is a pristine stretch of white sand framed by postcard quality palm trees, surrounding hills and nearby harbor. At the western end of the beach is the breathtaking Stearn’s Wharf, a long pier built in 1872 with one of the best views in California at its end. This quiet mountain getaway may be up in the remote areas of the Santa Ynez Mountains, yet it is only a 30-minute drive away from the beaches. The camper van has two beds and a futon and not much else, but it is housed amid a property that has cooking, toilet, and shower access.

Majestic Mountain Retreat - 15' camper
Santa Barbara, California, United States
69 reviews
Private room in camper/rv 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Effortless cool amid beautiful backdrops

Santa Barbara exudes a kind of effortless cool amid its picturesque setting. Beaches, palm trees, mild climate, this intimate city has it all and knows it, with the relaxed vibe spreading all over the region. Whether you hit the seaside or hike the mountainous backcountry, you can be sure of beautiful backdrops and breathtaking views. So leave all your urban anxieties behind, and enjoy a whale of a good time in Santa Barbara.

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Han Keong is a former sports journalist in Singapore whose lifelong passions are travel and music.

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