Destination guide

Explore the beachside setting in Santa Barbara

The area's history and wineries are just some of the reasons to come on holiday to Santa Barbara. Travellers to this walkable city praise the beaches, seaside and cycling. Local cultural sights include Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, Stayz has a great selection of holiday homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in Santa Barbara

Are you searching for things to do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Santa Barbara a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Santa Barbara Zoo (1.8 mi / 3 km)
  • Ty Warner Sea Center (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Santa Barbara Golf Club (2.5 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (7.7 mi / 12.4 km)
  • Glen Annie Golf Club (10.1 mi / 16.3 km)
  • Sandpiper Golf Club (11.9 mi / 19.2 km)

Seasonal weather in Santa Barbara

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, September, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 23°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is famous for its beautiful ocean views and beautiful gardens. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Santa Barbara is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Santa Barbara Botanical Garden (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Lotusland (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Moreton Bay Fig Tree (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Alameda Park (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Alice Keck Memorial Garden (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Santa Barbara

Fly into Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), the closest airport, located 7.8 mi (12.6 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), which is 25 mi (40.3 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Santa Barbara Station.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Santa Barbara?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 857 holiday rentals around Santa Barbara. From 31 resorts to 468 holiday houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Santa Barbara is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Santa Barbara?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Santa Barbara:

  • Mission Canyon: 180 holiday homes
  • Downtown: 268 holiday homes
  • Waterfront: 150 holiday homes
  • Riviera: 112 holiday homes
  • Alta Mesa: 191 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Santa Barbara?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Santa Barbara. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Santa Barbara Orchid Estate: 814 holiday rentals
  • Moreton Bay Fig Tree: 835 holiday rentals
  • Santa Barbara Channel: 835 holiday rentals
  • Earl Warren Showgrounds: 823 holiday rentals
  • Rancho San Marcos Golf Course: 829 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Barbara listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Resorts in Santa Barbara?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 31 Resorts in Santa Barbara. Our other popular types of Santa Barbara holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 468 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 156 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 67 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bed & breakfasts and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Santa Barbara?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 201 holiday homes with pool available in Santa Barbara. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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