Santa Barbara is often referred to as the American Riviera, and it’s easy to see why. Home to gorgeous beaches, beautiful ocean views, and fabulous shopping. It also has some of the best real estate in the United States. Find a selection of the best Santa Barbara Airbnb rentals on our pages and enjoy a vacation in this spectacular city. While you’re in town it’s worth checking out one of California’s oldest outdoor arcades, Paseo de la Guerra, visiting some of the area’s art museums or stroll around Stearn’s Wharf and enjoy a glass of wine. If ocean life is your thing, then there is no shortage of activities in Santa Barbara, surfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking are all very popular in the area and easy to arrange. Whatever you enjoy doing on your vacation, this magnificent coastal city has something to offer.
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We’ve chosen some of the best Santa Barbara rentals on Airbnb for you, right here:
8. A Sophisticated Designer Owned Renovated Home
Take a look at this beautifully renovated 3 bedroom home owned by a local architect/artist/designer. This spot can be found in a quiet tree lined area close to the 21 mile Obern biking trail. It features a private, secluded garden with heated pool and has a guest house, artist’s studio and orchard on the property. Nature lovers are in for a treat here too, this property is just a ten minute walk from More Mesa, the last undeveloped part of the Southern Californian coastline. Not at all bad for $268 per night!
7. A Peaceful Nature Retreat Ranch Home
Get close to nature in this Santa Barbara Airbnb rental. This gorgeous home is just half a mile from the beach and is on a massive 27 beautiful acres of greenery and good vibes. There’s a fruit orchard, a historic rose garden and a load of wilderness featuring a ton of different wildlife flying around the place. Butterflies, hummingbirds and hawks are all often spotted in there. Kids – both big and small alike – will also appreciate the garden’s zip line and rope swings (yep, swings plural!). It’s fully equipped with every amenity you could need for a reasonable $350 per night. What more could you ask for?
6. An Early 1900’s Historic Barn
This fully restored barn that was part of a 1900’s Mission Canyon estate. This unusual Santa Barbara rental home has 1 bedroom but can sleep 4 guests if you don’t mind a sofa bed! It is pet friendly because dogs need holidays too, and there’s a cool little patio you can watch the world go by from. It’d be hard not to enjoy the warm rustic feel and homely atmosphere of this historic home. $185 per night.
5. A Santa Barbara Traditional Beach Duplex
This charming, elegant Santa Barbara rental is just a few minutes walk from State Street and a hop, skip and jump from the beach. Elegant and tastefully decorated, this 2 bedroom duplex features spacious living areas, a fully equipped kitchen and a W Hotel branded king size bed, probably just in case you’re a new Airbnb user and not quite ready to leave that hotel atmosphere behind! There’s also a cute little room with matching single beds for the kids. $225 per night ain’t so bad for all this.
4. A Studio in a Prime Downtown Location
No room for kids in this 400 sq ft one bed Santa Barbara studio rental – it would be great for a couple taking a little romantic break away from their pesky offspring, in fact. It’s obviously packed with all the amenities you could possibly need, which is helpful. This small home features a large private patio area with seating, wifi, a super fancy Sonos sound system for any audiophiles out there, and it has its own separate entrance. It’s only a few few blocks from the popular downtown Santa Barbara area. It’s $190 per night.
3. A Cute Downtown Beach Cottage
For $300 a night, you get to hang out in this cute and light 2 bed cottage with a cool little patio, situated just 2 blocks to downtown Santa Barbara and close to beaches and Stearn’s Wharf. This place has got all the mod cons you could need for a chill few days away. Are you familiar with a place in Santa Barbara called the Funk Zone? It’s as fun as it sounds -the part of SB between the ocean and Highway 101, it’s a little district that features a ton of cool boutiques and restaurants, but in particular, a whole bunch of wine tasting rooms. Who knew wine tasting rooms were even a thing!? This place is right in the middle of all that, so go get involved!
2. A Romantic and Secluded Upscale Retreat
This peaceful, secluded Santa Barbara rental is located in the elegant and upscale Montecito area. Enjoy surfing, fishing, hiking, wine tasting and everything else that the city has to offer from this . This lovely home sits on a property filled with oak and eucalyptus trees next to a creek. $185 per night for all that really isn’t bad at all!
1. The Completely Amazing Whale House
OK guys, enough messing about: The Whale House is the absolute apex of Santa Barbara’s Airbnbs. Doesn’t it look magnificent? Built in 1978, this frankly out-of-control house was the brainchild of architect Michael Carmichael, who in turn was inspired by early 20th century architect Antonio Gaudi. Four floors of hand-made, Gaudi-inspired wobbly fun await the renters of this incredible space, at a perfectly reasonable $400 a night. Split between a possible nine guests, that works out as a pretty great rate for time spent in such an architectural marvel. Called The Whale House because it kinda looks like a whale, it has a 75 foot long pool running through the courtyard to the guest house that ties the property together the same way the rug tied Lebowski’s room together in the Big Lebowski. The pool even flows into a room connected to the guest house.