The coastal county of Santa Barbara is a Californian paradise nestled between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and Pacific Ocean. Vacation rentals reflect the gorgeous architecture of 16th century Spain, with red-tile roofs, double-hung windows, white stucco exteriors and sleek iron trim. Luxurious house rentals boast petite outdoor balconies with picturesque views of the city below, mountains yonder or cerulean sea ahead. Hillside lofts and beachfront condos offer outdoor activities for both leisure and recreation.
It’s a uniquely alluring region of the Golden State, referred to as the “American Riviera” for its all-encompassing excitement, beauty and culture. White-sand beaches, legendary vineyards, historic museums, world-class restaurants, family-friendly attractions and flawless vacation rentals occupy the 20 miles of land that defines Santa Barbara.
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Clear skies, sunshine and year-round warm weather make Santa Barbara a top vacation rental destination for families. Activities abound in the ocean and on land – from beaching, kayaking, snorkeling and watersports to hiking, biking, golfing, sightseeing and city tours.
Hop aboard the Condor Express in Santa Barbara Harbor for whale and dolphin watching excursions. Take a boat cruise to Channel Islands National Park – an archipelago uninhabited by people, home to secret caves and wildlife found no where else on Earth. Snorkel the emerald waters or boogie-board on the beach.
House rentals in Santa Barbara have no shortage of adventure, or relaxation, right at your fingertips. With condos lining some of the west coast’s most prestigious golf courses – like the Sandpiper Club and Rancho San Marcos – you can squeeze in a bit of leisure with friends or family.
Vacation rentals in downtown Santa Barbara along the famous State Street put you in the city’s cultural hub. Here you’ll enjoy fine dining options, many of which are locally owned and operated, like the Savoy Café and Deli with the freshest homemade salads in the valley. There’s diverse cuisine like the Japanese Arigato Sushi Bar, the Italian Olio E Limone Ristorante and of course, Mexican-inspired taquerías. Lounges and pubs also host live bands on a nightly basis.
Eight farmers’ markets take place in or around Santa Barbara every week. Fairview Gardens in the neighboring town of Goleta is located on one of the oldest organic farms in California, while Apple Lane Farm and Morrell Nut & Berry Farm have the juiciest fruits you’ll find. Enjoy a home-cooked family meal in the kitchen of your vacation rental, knowing that your ingredients are fresh as can be.
Shopping enthusiasts choose from major retailers to specialty boutiques as they wander along elegant outdoor plazas and brick-lined sidewalks. Dozens of art galleries and historical museums tell the story of Santa Barbara’s sculptured past.
House rentals offer easy access to amazing attractions, making a day trip not only convenient but also highly encouraged. Head south to Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park in Los Angeles, or continue to Disneyland in Anaheim.
You don’t have to leave Santa Barbara to be amazed. The Santa Barbara Zoo will leave the whole family in awe, and a vineyard journey from Captain Jack’s Wine Tours is the perfect way to end an afternoon.
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