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Dreamy small cottage in tropical garden setting

Keep it simple at this peaceful and centrally-located place.

R1,782 ZAR per night
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SURFERS! WRITERS! ARTISTS! 1 bdrm close to beach

A getaway for surfers, artists, writers, or anyone else seeking a bit of solitude. 10 doors away from the BREATHTAKING 78-acre Douglas Family Preserve on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. WALK to Mesa Lane Beach and Hendry's Beach, watch paragliders from the back yard at at world famous gliding spot Elings Park (or paraglide / hang glide yourself). Walk to Mesa Shopping Center.

R815 ZAR per night
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Downtown Walking••• Distance, shared bathroom

My home is located in an excellent area for exploring Santa Barbara. Near by public transportation to the beach. If you are visiting for business, afternoons are quiet for relaxing after a busy workday.

R1,015 ZAR per night

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Stay near Santa Barbara's top sights

Photo of Stearns Wharf
Stearns Wharf23 locals recommend
Photo of Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo73 locals recommend
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Shoreline Park33 locals recommend
Photo of Mission Santa Barbara
Mission Santa Barbara39 locals recommend
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Santa Barbara Harbor37 locals recommend
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Butterfly Beach55 locals recommend

Santa Barbara vacation rentals

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Private studio in garden setting
R1,053 ZAR per night
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Romantic Downtown Getaway ❤️❤️❤️❤️
R3,977 ZAR per night
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Great place to relax with private courtyard.
R1,928 ZAR per night
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SPACIOUS SB PENTHOUSE: 2 BATHS, 2 SLEEPING AREAS
R3,109 ZAR per night
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Downtown Santa Barbara furnished apt heart of town
R1,231 ZAR per night
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Small Space
R889 ZAR per night
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Stunning 1 Bedroom Guest House!!
R2,326 ZAR per night
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Downtown SB • Private room, shared bathroom
R988 ZAR per night
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Adorable studio guest house with hot tub and sauna
R1,824 ZAR per night
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Hidden Gem Downtown Santa Barbara Private Rooms
R1,701 ZAR per night
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Modern suite with ocean view
R2,616 ZAR per night
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Natural Wonders/Privacy and Peace. Stay awhile!
R822 ZAR per night

Santa Barbara summer vacation rentals

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Santa Barbara Sunset Suite (New Listing)
R2,350 ZAR per night
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NATURAL WONDERS #2/PEACE & PRIVACY Stay awhile!
R822 ZAR per night
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Beautiful Private Guest Studio
R1,676 ZAR per night
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Designer's 2 BD Patio Home
R2,350 ZAR per night
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VERY CONVENIENT, QUALITY TWO BEDROOM CLOSE TO TOWN
R2,831 ZAR per night
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Charming Private Coastal Suite-Steps to the Beach
R2,940 ZAR per night
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Modern studio near beaches and downtown
R2,377 ZAR per night
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Sweet Mesa Suite-2 blocks to beach!
R2,382 ZAR per night
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🌞Brand New Beautiful Cottage Near Beach & Downtown
R2,854 ZAR per night
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Quiet &Close to everything &Private Entrance Q bed
R1,405 ZAR per night
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Camino Mini Studio plus local taxes ask re health.
R1,442 ZAR per night
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Santa Barbara Mesa Garden Retreat
R2,025 ZAR per night

Santa Barbara winter vacation rentals

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The Santa Barbara Cottage
R2,579 ZAR per night
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Fabulous Studio/Suite W Private entrance and Patio
R1,877 ZAR per night
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Downtown Beach Home
R3,197 ZAR per night
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Near Downtown ••• Clean & Cozy Bedroom
R870 ZAR per night
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Modern Private Studio #7, Downtown Santa Barbara
R2,014 ZAR per night
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Private Cozy 1 Bedroom Attached Separate Entrance
R1,590 ZAR per night
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Downtown Walking•• Distance, shared bathroom
R973 ZAR per night
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NEWLY LISTED KING SUITE
R1,905 ZAR per night
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The Santa Barbara Bungalow
R2,373 ZAR per night
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Near Downtown • Clean & Cozy bedroom
R907 ZAR per night
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Quiet, Peaceful Retreat 3 min. to Beach & Downtown
R729 ZAR per night
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Casa Bonita Queen
R805 ZAR per night

Your guide to Santa Barbara

All About Santa Barbara

Palm-studded Santa Barbara sits on a pristine stretch of California coastline, bringing together the area's Spanish influence, laid-back beach vibe, and upscale sensibility. The city is home to breathtaking nature, inspiring arts and culture, and an incredible variety of food and wine. Known for broad sandy beaches, you can sunbathe or enjoy a breathtaking sunset at East Beach — a favorite located east of State Street, Santa Barbara’s main thoroughfare for boutique shopping and world-class dining. Head over to Leadbetter Beach for surfing, boogie boarding, and paddle boarding.

Outside town, you’ll find an abundance of vineyards and wineries set in the valleys of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and just off the shore is Channel Islands National Park, where you can kayak through caves, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, and hike among wildlife. Sitting at the doorstep of Los Padres National Forest, the nearby Romero Canyon Trailhead offers great opportunities for further hiking or mountain biking. Back in town, history buffs can explore the city’s Spanish heritage at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History or the Santa Barbara Historical Museum before refueling at one of the city’s many dining options, from harbor-side classics, stylish hot spots, and cozy State Street cafes.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Santa Barbara?

Those looking for a classic beach vacation will want to come during the summer months, as July and August are when the sun and water are their warmest for swimming and sunbathing. The shoulder seasons — March to May and September to November — are also great times to visit. The weather is still warm, and Santa Barbara vacation home rentals are easier to find. Winters are chilly and wet — December through February sees the most rainfall — but you will be able to enjoy the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January, along with the buzz of Restaurant Week. No matter what time of year you visit, be sure to pack layers as morning and late evening temperatures tend to be cooler.


What are the top things to do in Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara Scenic Drive

Hop in your car and explore the riotous colors and classic California scenery of Santa Barbara on this self-guided tour. The Santa Barbara Scenic Drive covers 25 miles of immaculate shoreline beneath the towering Santa Ynez Mountains and through palm-lined roads. The drive itself only takes about one hour, but give yourself half a day to explore the city from Santa Barbara Harbor and marvel at the spectacular mansions in Montecito.

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Step back in time for a glimpse into Santa Barbara’s origins when you visit this California mission. The mission now hosts a museum featuring artifacts of the time and early photographs of the area. Explore the mission grounds, spanning 13 acres, on a leisurely self-guided tour. Don’t miss La Huerta, a garden showcasing flora dating back to the mission's early years.

The Funk Zone

It’s all about the art in the Funk Zone. Once a manufacturing hub and industrial area where artists, surfboard makers, and urban winemakers set up shop, the Funk Zone is now home to hip restaurants, boutiques, wine-tasting rooms, and galleries. Walk the 13-block neighborhood and check out the colorful murals adorning the walls. Grab an Urban Wine Trail map and make your way through the area’s wineries before finishing the day with tacos and burritos on one of the neighborhood’s many patios.