10 Best Vacation Rentals In Santa Barbara County, California - Updated 2023

Trina Joy Cassey
Trina Joy Cassey 

Santa Barbara County is a charming region that nestles on the southern side of California. It is home to numerous lovely cities, towns, and municipalities such as Montecito, Solvang, Isla Vista, Lompoc, Summerland, Orcutt, Los Alamos, Cuyama, as well as a city that has the same name, Santa Barbara. Come to Santa Barbara City and swim in saltwater and fall in love with Spanish architecture. On the other hand, Solvang has an abundance of Danish structures. Unwind in Channel Island of California and reconnect with Mother Earth. Swing by Santa Ynez and have some flavorful rose wine from Sunstone Winery. Planning to explore Southern Cali? Browse below for a list of the best vacation rentals in Santa Barbara, California.

1. Iconic 1974 sanctuary with kitchen (from USD 225)

Have an unforgettable holiday in Carpinteria when you book this laid-back dwelling that is an iconic 1974 Airstream with a bunch of delightful amenities. It has one sleeping area and a private bathroom waiting for you. It also has a living room with dainty seatings and a little coffee table. The kitchen has a granite sink and cooking appliances. Additionally, it has laundry facilities, a sun deck, and an outdoor dining area. Parking space is available for guests. The best part? You’ll have magical views of the mountainous backdrop of Carpinteria.

Camper/RV in Carpinteria · ★5.0 · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath
Carpinteria, California, United States
271 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Camper/RV 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

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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
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
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
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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2. Upscale Danish home with sweeping sea views (from USD 836)

This gorgeous guesthouse is an impressive Danish-style retreat with breathtaking sea views that can be enjoyed from indoors thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows. Everything is well-curated, from the interiors to the selection of furniture. It showcases an open-plan living room with a Smart TV. There is also another seating area facing the waters and a terrace with furniture. Additionally, this luxurious abode is equipped with a contemporary kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and a dining table for four. It also features two bedrooms with huge closets, a seating area, and access to sweeping sea views. Two and a half baths are housed in this Danish home.

"Strand Hus" An Ocean Front California Dream
Summerland, California, United States
104 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

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(shelly thoughtfully brought us an electric space heater
the bathrooms were beautiful and the property was filled with stylish and comfortable furniture
both beds are very comfortable and the kitchen is well-stocked with everything you need to cook a meal
perfectly clean and well appointed
this home was not only beautiful but perfectly clean and well stocked
host was so welcoming and friendly
the host shelly is amazing answering any questions you have and making you feel at home
her response time was amazing and she was always helpful
the best part of our stay however was the host shelly
easy check-in process and responsive host
it has a perfect location isolated on the beach
absolutely amazing place and location is to die for highly recommended it
excellent location directly on the ocean
fabulous location the view speaks for itself but the townhouse also has excellent access to 101 and shopping
beautiful property unbelievable location and very clean
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3. Budget-friendly room accommodation with pool access (from USD 124)

Are you looking for a superb accommodation for two in Montecito? If so, check out this budget-friendly haven that is complete with wonderful amenities. It has one spacious bedroom with fresh sheets and a private bathroom with toiletries. This accommodation will give guests their privacy as it has its own entrance. The room is equipped with a king-size bed, making it perfect for sharing with another person. Also, it has coffee-making equipment and towels. Aside from the room, guests have access to a common pool, a spa, and a parking space within the gated community.

Room 4 Two in Montecito/ Santa Barbara
18 reviews  Wifi Available
studio 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 30
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

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the bed was super comfortable
nice tables chairs and deckchairs to enjoy the sun and a laundry room
and the room is very well stocked
Carla was a great host and everything we could have asked for was available including a very comfortable king bed
Everything was quiet and we rarely saw the other guests
Carla and David are very nice and accommodating and the location works very well for us with great proximity to things we are doing in Montecito and Summerland
The property is amazing and the hosts were great
Carla is very accommodating and friendly
Carla was an amazingly gracious host and made sure we had everything we needed
Carla was a gracious host
but it's so peaceful and quiet
The beautiful well maintained property is situated conveniently between Santa Barbara and Carpinteria
Beautiful glass double doors opened out to a small garden
Extremely safe and quiet place to stay
Beautiful oasis in a lush landscaped setting
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4. Stylish cottage with rear deck (from USD 347)

This vacation rental is an interior design masterpiece. It boasts a modern Hamptons interior design with aesthetically pleasing white walls, stunning hardwood flooring, furniture in muted tones, and high-end appliances that make the place even sleeker. It is perfect for families as it can accommodate up to six guests, housing two lovely bedrooms and a spotless bathroom. It also has an adorable living room with a stunning fireplace, a fabulous dining area by the window, and a state-of-the-art kitchen. More so, it has a rear deck where you can meditate and witness picturesque views of nature.

Seashell Cottage - Charming Hideaway at the Beach
22 reviews
cottage 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 0
Refund Policy :

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a grab bar in the bathroom bath would be a good improvement
the bed was terrific the kitchen well-equipped and the fireplace was enjoyed
great spot close to the beach and close to lots of fun things to do
casual compfortable short walk to the beachwish they had a wagon
comfortable quiet well-located and well-equipped
beach is close and safe for kids
darling cottage with a great location
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5. Spacious guesthouse with a pool (from USD 592)

For tourists who are looking for spacious accommodations that can be the venue for their family escapades, this luxurious vacation rental might interest you. It is roomy and has a bunch of delightful amenities. In total, it houses four bedrooms and two baths with provided essentials. It is kid-friendly and pets are also welcome to stay. Besides a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, and common spaces, this abode has a gorgeous outdoor pool, a hot tub, barbecue facilities, and a parking space. Plus, it is a safe space for people with disabilities.

Santa Barbara 4BR 2BA, Pool, Hot Tub, Beaches,Wineries, Sleep 11, Best Value!
122 reviews  Wifi Available
House 12 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 12
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

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Spacious plenty of room for every one
I recommend upgrade the bed of one of the bedrooms
The kitchen is large and has almost everything you would need
Everything in the Living Room Pool & Jacuzzi and Kitchen was OK
Great Kitchen Lots of extras with games and TV
The house was clean and fully stocked with everything we needed
Rick was immediately responsive and was a great host
We had a great time and rick the owner was available and helpful
Older property but nice Owner very accommodating
First experience with an Airbnb Great house with lots of room
We had our kids and grandkids stay with us
It was a great property inside and out
Minutes from Santa Barbara airport and shopping
Good location - quiet very nice
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6. One-bedroom abode with patio (from USD 127)

Nesting in the center of Santa Barbara’s Landmark District, this vacation rental is perfect for tourists who are into sightseeing and city walks. The area is bustling with tourist attractions, dining spots, and must-visit shops. As for this guesthouse, it is a fully furnished abode with one comfortable bedroom and one spotless bathroom. High-speed internet is accessible for guests’ convenience. Also, it is equipped with a kitchen, a dining area, laundry facilities, and a lounge place with a flat-screen TV. Additionally, it has a patio with charming furniture, alfresco dining, and garden views. Parking space is provided for guests traveling with their cars.

Downtown Retreat - Fabulous 'outBACK' Cottage
26 reviews  Wifi Available
cottage 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 30
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

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Amenities & Room:
there is a great porch complete with table chairs and chandelier
it has been beautifully updated and the furnishings/bedding are very comfortable
comfortable bed full kitchen and bath great porch parking space 4 blocks to state street
bright comfortable and quite roomy for a small place
where do we begin? the cottage is charming gorgeously decorated very comfortable and walking distance to everything
exceptionally clean well-appointed and elegantly simple
it is very new and very clean
the home was clean and very nicely decorated
spotlessly clean comfortable bed beautifully decorated and very much a labor of love
the place is fully equipped and impeccably clean
they were very responsive to any of our questions or requests
debbie was a great host highly recommended
we found debbie the owner to be so friendly and helpful
and to top it off the owners are delightful helpful accessible and personable
debbie was very helpful and friendly
the cottage's privacy yet close walking proximity to all that downtown santa barbara has to offer is ideal
great location yet tucked back away from any distraction or bustle
what a relaxing place to spend time in santa barbara
cottage is in a great location walkable to everything
) of course there you can find the best restaurants and shops and entertainment
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7. French country-inspired home with beautiful garden

Fall in love with Santa Maria as you breeze through the city and try its local dining spots. Make this beautiful French country-inspired dwelling the cozy haven to go home to after a long day downtown. This sophisticated abode has a relaxing ambiance that you’ll love, aside from its pretty interiors and delightful amenities. It has one comfortable bedroom with a huge TV and books, a dining table, and a private bathroom. Outside, there is gorgeous alfresco dining and a seating area adorned with gorgeous blooms along with a fire pit.

French Country Casita - Breakfast Included
Santa Maria, California, United States
1268 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

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i liked that all the apps on the tv were already logged in
the room holds a comfortable bed a roomy closet and a very well-kept bathroom
no a/c but it was fine with ceiling fans and cool night temps
the breakfast was such a thoughtful touch as well
such a nice and cozy place the photos on here don’t do it justice :)
it was clean comfortable and cozy
the space was clean comfortable and covid-safe
the casita is clean spacious and decorated well
the place was beautiful and clean
beautiful private clean and peaceful
mark is a great host also
great host and amazing accommodation
mark is a wonderful host
mark was very welcoming and a good host
beautiful home and welcoming hosts
such a cute & lovely place
perfect location about halfway between los angeles and san francisco
good location for east highway access
this place is in great location if you are traveling through
very nice location enjoyed the privacy
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8. High-end guesthouse for 12 (from USD 1800)

Imagine walking through a scenic path to the beach, and once you get there, you’ll swim in refreshing waters to your heart’s desire. You’ll also sunbathe until you have the tan that you dream of. Have a glass of champagne while you bond with your family building sandcastles. These are scenarios that are possible when you book this high-end guesthouse. It is perfect for big families as it can accommodate 12 people. It houses four comfortable bedrooms and four baths with bathtubs and walk-in showers. It has two living rooms, two dining areas, and a fully equipped kitchen with a huge breakfast bar. Additionally, it is equipped with flat-screen TVs, WiFi, and arcade games for indoor recreation. Aside from that, it has a majestic garden with outdoor furniture and a sun deck with stylish seatings.

Montecito Beach House w/ Spa - 1 Block from Ocean
208 reviews  Wifi Available
House 12 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 12
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

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kitchen has everything you need and more love the coffee station too
great house spread out nicely plenty of bathrooms
spent a lot of time cooking in the well equipped kitchen and loved the grill
all the towels and bedding were exceptionally clean
property was immaculately clean
it was beautiful clean spacious and a five-minute walk from the beach
owner was fantastic and i highly recommend this place
the owner was very responsive and kind and tried to remedy the situation
they were kind and very easy to work with
great host she has anything and everything you may need or want for this property
elizabeth is great to work with and is truly an awesome host we plan on coming back
the location is ideal
we loved the location of this house it's a short walk to butterfly beach and coast village road
easy access to a great beach and walking distance to a ton of restaurants
fantastic property in montecito walking distance to both the beach and coast village
this by far is the best place we have stayed at thru vrbo
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9. Modern, minimalist haven with a beautiful backyard

Enjoy the comforts and conveniences of this brand-new boutique retreat in Santa Barbara. It is bright, elegant, and has a modern, minimalist interior design that is popular with guests. It features one bedroom with fresh sheets and pillows and a private bathroom with shower essentials and a bathtub. The kitchen is a sparkling clean culinary haven with high-end appliances and a seating area for two. This accommodation also has a laptop-friendly workspace. If you wish to chill outdoors, you may enjoy the seating in the backyard and the barbecue facilities.

Brand New Boutique Stay - 10 min walk to State - Casa Castillo - Unit #2
Santa Barbara, California, United States
74 reviews
Entire condominium 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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great amenities and very comfortable bed
bed and linens were amazingly comfortable and we had amazing sleep
highly recommend this place the unit is incredibly spacious with very high ceilings nice furniture and comfortable beds
great little hotel room-style apartment
the bed was insanely comfortable and shower/bath was the best ever in my airbnb journeys
clean comfortable and easy parking
place was very clean and just like the pictures
it was super clean and gets great light
it was very clean and minimalist with plenty of storage to stowaway clothes
once inside the place itself is very clean and nice
perfect location close to everything
super close to everything
good location short drive away from downtown and the beach
the location was excellent: we were able to walk everywhere comfortably
beautiful space in a great location
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10. Luxurious retreat with mountain views and a gorgeous outdoor pool

Experience a luxurious holiday in Santa Barbara when you book this stunning accommodation. It will treat your eyes to unforgettable views of the area’s mountainous landscape and it will provide you with lots of amenities to enjoy. Three cozy bedrooms and three baths with expensive toiletries await guests. The open-plan living room with contemporary furniture is one of the main attractions of the house, as well as the state-of-the-art kitchen and fabulous rustic dining set with a view. Don’t forget the remarkable outdoor pool where you can enjoy a few laps or lounge by the poolside. This accommodation also has a hot tub and a modern fire pit.

Luxury Hilltop Home w/ Epic Views, Pool & Hot Tub
14 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire residential home 4 Beds 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 7

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amazing views from every room
though modern it was still cozy and comfortable
the house is just beautiful and location is fantastic
we loved the house and the location
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Have a happy holiday in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is an enormous county in the southern part of California that is home to many charming cities and small towns. It has diverse attractions that enchant tourists from everywhere, from gorgeous beaches to remarkable architectural wonders. Plan a visit to this Californian county and fall in love with it. Refer to this list of the best vacation rental in Santa Barbara when planning your next holiday.

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Trina is a preschool teacher, a working mom of a four-year-old girl, and a happy wife of an analyst programmer who loves to sing, cook, write and travel. She believes that travel is one of the best...Read more

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