Destination guide

The charming city of Isla Vista awaits you

Enjoy the live music and other features of Isla Vista. This romantic city is known for its beaches, seaside and university setting. Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, HomeAway 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.


Sightseeing in and around Isla Vista

Are you hoping to find attractions to see while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Isla Vista a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Santa Barbara Zoo (11.1 mi / 17.9 km)
  • Glen Annie Golf Club (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Sandpiper Golf Club (2.8 mi / 4.6 km)
  • Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Santa Barbara Golf Club (7.2 mi / 11.6 km)
  • Rancho San Marcos Golf Course (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Isla Vista

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Isla Vista. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Santa Barbara Botanical Garden (9.2 mi / 14.9 km)
  • Lotusland (11.7 mi / 18.9 km)
  • Coal Oil Point Reserve (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Goleta Point (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Goleta Beach (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Goleta Butterfly Grove (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Isla Vista

Fly into Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), the closest airport, located 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), which is 18 mi (29 km) away.

Where to stay near Isla Vista?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 461 holiday rentals near Isla Vista. From 288 Houses to 68 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Isla Vista for a long holiday or a weekend break is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Isla Vista?

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 Isla Vista:

  • The Mesa (Beach Area): 516 holiday homes
  • Mission Canyon: 149 holiday homes
  • Hope: 21 holiday homes
  • Waterfront: 138 holiday homes
  • Padaro Lane: 18 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 Isla Vista?

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

  • Coal Oil Point Reserve: 695 holiday rentals
  • University of California-Santa Barbara: 779 holiday rentals
  • Devereaux Slough: 691 holiday rentals
  • Casa Del Herrero: 842 holiday rentals
  • Rancho San Marcos Golf Course: 788 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Isla Vista 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 Houses in Isla Vista?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 288 Houses in Isla Vista. Our other popular types of Isla Vista holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 68 holiday houses
  • Villas: 15 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 36 holiday houses

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Isla Vista?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 90 holiday homes with pool available in Isla Vista. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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