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11 Awesome Airbnbs In Santa Barbara

11 Awesome Airbnbs In Santa Barbara

From converted airstream trailers to Old World-style estates, here are a few of the best Airbnbs in Santa Barbara.


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August 18, 2021

Dust off that suitcase—a getaway's on the cards. And this time, we're heading off to the glorious American Riviera, where the sky's the limit when it comes to choosing an abode; even if temporarily. Santa Barbara homes are the best places to score design inspo to employ back at your own place. Whether it's an art piece, painting the walls, architectural salvaging, spa-like baths, or gourmet kitchens, we’re giving you a heads-up for serious eye candy. So without further ado, from converted airstream trailers to Old World-style estates, here are a few of the best Airbnbs in Santa Barbara.

The Best Airbnbs in Santa Barbara 

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1. The M Lounge 

Price: $174 a night 

Looking for a clean and affordable vacation rental in Santa Barbara? You may have found it. The M Lounge is a quaint little studio apartment tailor-fit for couples on a romantic getaway. Located just half a mile from the Old Mission Santa Barbara, this Airbnb gives you full access to the lower level floor and private terrace during your stay—it’s exactly what you need for an intimate weekend out of town. 

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2. Beach Estate in Montecito

Price: $4,577 a night 

Boasting 4,077 square feet of upscale living space, this Montecito Beach Estate is a coveted rarity in Santa Barbara—it's one of the very few rentals with direct access to the beach. You and your large group of guests (oh yes, the estate accommodates parties) can soak up the sun at your Santa Barbara Airbnb with an opulent pool, retreat to the chef's kitchen when hunger strikes, or relish in your own slice of Miramar Beach; a hidden gem of the American Riviera.

A Mediterranean estate with a lush backyard in the Santa Barbara hills is a dream come true.

3. 1920’s Mediterranean Estate 

Price: $1,452 a night

Renowned winemaker Bryan Babcock built an ever-so-enchanting 1920's-inspired Mediterranean home, and now you can rent it. Situated close to the beach, the four-bedroom Main House accommodates eight guests. But in case you have more people joining you, the guest cottage is also available for rent. Staying here is as close to a fairytale as you'll get in the American Riviera—the hills are alive in Santa Barbara! 

4. Restored 1974 Airstream Trailer

Price: $198 a night 

There are quite a few quirky Santa Barbara vacation rentals, but none as distinct as this restored 1974 Airstream trailer. Both modern and rustic, this trailer's metallic interior is expertly accentuated with cool leather furnishings. In addition to the trailer itself, you'll have private access to an outdoor patio and a small, quaint avocado orchard. Oh, and if you and your significant other are looking for a creative little getaway, why not combine the joys of trailer life with fresh guacamole? 

La Maison might be too comfy to leave, but don't that everything fun in Santa Barbara is a short walk away.

5. La Maison

Price: $854 a night 

One of the best and most sought-after Airbnbs in Santa Barbara, La Maison is all about location, location, location. The newly-renovated Victorian is a mere walking distance from all the quintessential Santa Barbara attractions—Stearns Wharf, West Beach, Leadbetter, and more. Standing tall and magnificent at 1700 square feet, La Maison boasts roomy accommodation and natural light over an open-floor concept perfect for friends and families to hang out and socialize.

6. Casa Castillo

Price: $793 a night

Convenient and comfortable, Casa Castillo is an Airbnb adjacent to a boutique hotel. If you choose to stay here, you'll have access to all the amenities of the hotel including a shared outdoor background with a delightful fountain. And as for the decor, well, in line with boutique allure, you're going to get white Spanish stucco-style walls, bright blue window panes, and greenery abound.

Everything about the Summerland Sea View Home screams Santa Barbara and summer.

7. Summerland Sea View 

Price: $924 a night 

Squeezed right in between the Pacific and the bustling county, the Summerland Sea View Home is the Santa Barbara beach house rental of your dreams. Its proximity to a number of beaches (including its namesake) is one of the reasons this property's in high demand, but it’s by far not the only reason. In addition to oceanfront vistas, the property is equipped with a gourmet kitchen, multiple patios, as well as a spa and a hot tub. So if you ever feel like you want to get away from it all, even for a little while, do it in style at the delightful Summerland Sea View Home.

8. Strand Hus Beach House 

Price: $855 a night 

This oceanfront Santa Barbara vacation house is as breathtaking as breathtaking gets. The Airbnb is one of those places you envision but never really think is attainable; except it is. Just about every ocean-facing wall is filled with glass windows—you can essentially spend the whole day watching the waves crash in the not-so-distance. And if luck strikes, you'll even see a couple of dolphins pop out of the water.

9. Blackrock Beach House 

Price: $914 a night 

Out-of-this-world interior, private beach access, fantastic location within the Riviera, and a host that's at your aid whenever you need—these are what the best Airbnbs in Santa Barbara are made of. Unsurprisingly, these are also the features of the Blackrock Beach House. Every room in this pristine rental is uniquely designed, with eye-catching white vaulted ceilings giving way to porcelain countertops and backyards full of avocado trees. And don't even get us started with the hot tubs… 

Your four-legged friend will enjoy the stay ate The Lower Riviera Home as much as you do.

10. The Lower Riviera Home 

Price: $271 a night 

Perfect for a Santa Barbara getaway with your BFFs, the Lower Riviera Home is too good to be missed. Its large rear deck has ocean and city views ready-made for a postcard—it’s perfect for sunbathing, outdoor dining, or just kicking it in the hot tub. The wooden interior is just the perfect addition to the outside beauty; it makes everything cozier and much more inviting. One other bonus is that the house is totally dog-friendly, because why should your four-legged friend miss out on experiencing the Riviera?

11. Lucie’s Montecito Cottage

Price: $175 a night 

Delightfully inviting, this studio "cottage" over verdant Montecito is flanked by oak trees, plants, and colorful bougainvillea. The space is drenched in natural light, and the cute patio makes for an ideal place to have breakfast or stargaze in the middle of the night. Also, Butterfly Beach is a few minutes away, in case you’re looking to splash around and view the sunset in near-seclusion.

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