Whether you are looking for a fun-filled family vacation, a romantic trip for two, or just need an escape from your fast-paced life, Santa Barbara California has something for everyone. Known for its pristine beaches, Santa Barbara has so much more to offer, including outdoor adventure, the arts, Spanish history and culture, and don’t forget the famous wine country. Save the expense and hassle of passports; Santa Barbara, frequently referred to as the “American Riviera”, allows you to enjoy all the pleasures of the Mediterranean without ever leaving the country.

With Santa Barbara’s moderate climate, it is truly the perfect travel destination for any time of the year, making it popular for tourists and celebrities alike. Santa Barbara, California is the perfect destination for a long trip or a quick weekend getaway. However, when planning your visit, do keep in mind that January through March is their rainy season.

Choosing Where to Stay: Rental Homes or Hotel Rooms

When deciding where to stay during your trip, there are two main options: hotels or vacation rentals. While staying in a hotel may seem like the cheaper option, rental homes come with a full kitchen, allowing you to save money and time by making your own meals. How many times have you laid in bed late at night in your hotel room, starving, but not wanting to pay the costly room service fees or have had to leave your relaxing day at the beach early just to clean up to go get lunch? You can save even more by splitting the cost of food and lodging when vacationing with friends or family.

Vacation rentals are homier, making it feel more like a way of life instead of a short trip. And who hasn’t dreamed of living in Santa Barbara, California? Only with our property management team taking care of your every need, you can live out your dream without all the hassles of being a homeowner.

Vacations are a time to relax and enjoy spending time with loved ones, but so frequently we spend this time stressed out, waiting on elevators or irritated by those around us. Rental homes allow you to avoid all this stress and noise. Sip on a cup of coffee or umbrella drink from the privacy of your own deck or patio. Float around in the pool without worrying about getting hit it in the head by some misdirected football. Renting a home allows you to truly get away from it all and find the serenity you have been searching for.

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What to Do During Your Stay: Popular Attractions in Santa Barbara

Outdoor Attractions:

Nestled between the majestic Ynez Mountains and the sparkling waters of the Pacific coast, Santa Barbara is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast or those that just like to bask in its splendor. For the more adventurous, take a trek to one of the most iconic destinations, Inspiration Point, which provides breathtaking views of both the surrounding ocean, islands, and mountains.

For the less experienced, check out the Douglas Family Preserve, named for its famous donor, Kirk Douglas. You can walk along romantic sea cliffs, enjoy a picnic at the Arroyo Burro Beach or possibly be lucky enough to catch sight of a passing whale or dolphin. If you enjoy marine life, the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve is another must-see. This is the best spot to watch the harbor seals as they play in the surf or lazily lounge in the suns along the rocky sea cliffs.

Make sure to visit Santa Barbara Harbor, where you can take a boat ride over to Stearns Wharf, the oldest wharf still in use in California. The wharf is a popular hangout, filled with beach shops and seafood dining. And of course, no trip to Santa Barbara is complete without a visit to the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, where you can bear witness to this large collection of rare and indigenous plant life and take in the immense magnitude of the famous redwoods.

Historical Attractions:

Santa Barbara is still greatly influenced today by its Spanish roots. You have to look no further than the everpresent red-tile roofs and stucco walls to see the evidence of its humble beginnings. The Santa Barbara Mission is one of the most popular historical sites, dating all the way back to 1786 when it was created by the Franciscan order. With its twin bell towers, it is one of the most photographed structures in the city, so make sure to bring your camera.

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is another historical attraction you won’t want to miss. With its Spanish-Moorish style architecture, large mural of the city’s history, and frequently photographed clocktower, it is definitely a tourist favorite. It doesn’t hurt that the courthouse is also the location of many free events and festivals.

Arts and Culture:

Santa Barbara is a city rich in arts and culture. Take a tour of the wine country, visit the nationally-recognized Santa Barbara Museum of Art, or check out California’s oldest performing arts theatre, the Lobero Theatre. When planning your visit, be sure to check the calendar of events. Santa Barbara draws in hundreds of thousands of tourists and celebrities each year for highly anticipated events, such as the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and the annual Summer Solstice Parade.

With all of the fun sites to see, make sure to leave time to relax in comfort at one of the many beautiful white sand beaches of Santa Barbara. Let our property management team take care of all your needs, while you live the life of a celebrity. Book your dream vacation today at one of our many luxurious rental homes in Santa Barbara California.