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The 15 best Airbnbs in Santa Barbara

Make the most of Californian coastal living at these seriously swish Airbnb stays

Georgia Evans
Alex Floyd-Douglass
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Georgia Evans
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Looking for the best places to stay in Santa Barbara? Well, you're in the right place. Enjoy long, sunny days lazing by a pool, or out exploring the bustling cultural scene this seaside city has to offer. From unique airstream stays to romantic beachfront getaways and trendy downtown apartments, we've got you covered for every kind of vacation. Have a look at our top picks of homes in Santa Barbara and book a Cali vacay to remember. 

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Best Santa Barbara Airbnbs

The coastal home in Carpinteria
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1. The coastal home in Carpinteria

This coastal Airbnb is a must for parents with little kids. Mainly because you're literally steps away from the beach, so they'll always be entertained. The little ones will be able to sleep in their own bunk beds, while mom and dad enjoy the luxury of a king-sized bed. Build sandcastles, have a slash in the ocean, and enjoy more ice cream than most stomachs can handle throughout your stay. It's even a short drive into the city if you fancy a day of metropolitan exploration. 

The cozy bohemian oasis near Hope Ranch
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2. The cozy bohemian oasis near Hope Ranch

This desert-inspired home is made for romantic getaways, solo staycations, and comfortable work holidays. You'll spend your time here hanging out in the lounge with the french doors wide open, rustling up delicious dinners in the modern kitchen, and topping up your tan in the garden. You're a little while away from the bustle of downtown, but it's perfect for when you just want a little peace and quiet. 

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The clay house in Santa Barbara
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3. The clay house in Santa Barbara

Oozing architect vibes from the green, foliage-adorned walls to the plush velvet seating in the kitchen, this place is like something from a magazine. Professionally designed, the Clay House is found one block from the State Street Promenade, conveniently close to restaurants, coffee houses, and shopping destinations that suit your VIP edge. One for city slickers looking to unwind a little, this home is perfectly suited to those who are enjoying the life of Riley. 

The 1974 Airstream on an organic ranch in Carpenteria
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4. The 1974 Airstream on an organic ranch in Carpenteria

After something a little bohemian? This Airstream is one of the most unique Airbnbs in Santa Barbara. Inside, the hardened metallic edges come offset by warm tan leather and cowhide touches, while the queen bed acts as a cozy nook at the back of the space. Cook up a hearty breakfast every morning at the stove while admiring views of the surrounding countryside, before enjoying alfresco on the porch. You've even got a firepit for the evenings – a dream! 

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The blackrock beach house in Santa Barbara
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5. The blackrock beach house in Santa Barbara

Want your own private beach kind of luxury? Oh ok, Ms Fancy Pants. Here's something that might peke your interest. When you're not strolling along the waterfront or having a splash in the ocean, you've got the trails of More Mesa not too far away, so you can go gallivanting through the wilderness whenever you please. And if you're traveling as a group? You have to have at least one dinner out in the spacious dining area in the garden, it's pretty spectacular at sunset.

The ocean-view tiny house in Carpinteria
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6. The ocean-view tiny house in Carpinteria

If you're after a Santa Barbara Airbnb by the ocean, this is the spot for you. Enjoy a vacation by the water from your very own tiny house. Perfect for couples and solo travelers, this custom-made space is just a mile from downtown Carpinteria and the state beach. While it may be small in size, there are high ceilings, full-sized appliances, and two spacious sleeping lofts. Make the most of the Cali lifestyle by enjoying some time outdoors by the BBQ. 

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The stillpoint sanctuary in Montecito
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7. The stillpoint sanctuary in Montecito

One of the best luxury Airbnbs in Santa Barbara, this bright and open home is found in Montecito, seven minutes from downtown and close to the beach – so surfers, you won't be disappointed if this home catches your eye. A private hideaway, this place is surrounded by 1.3 acres surrounded by trees and lush forest. As well as the standard BBQ outdoors, this place goes the extra mile with a hot tub. So you can stargaze with a vino to hand during your stay. 

The shoreline retreat in Santa Barbara
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8. The shoreline retreat in Santa Barbara

This newly renovated Santa Barbara Airbnb is only six minutes from the beach, making it a must for swimmers, surfers, and sun tanners alike. Enjoy life by the water and all of its perks, like fresh sea air from a luxury stay that comes complete with indoor-outdoor features like bifold glass doors, a hot tub, a fire pit, and pristine landscaping. Inside, it carries a beach theme with soft furnishings in light hues and a gourmet kitchen for picnic-ready meal preparation. 

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The beachy blue hideaway in Summerland
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9. The beachy blue hideaway in Summerland

Channeling the ocean into every inch of its meticulous decor, this house is a must for beach lovers. Watch over the Pacific Ocean every day from the living room's curved window, or from the alfresco seating area on the decking. This blue beach house has you covered with all the living essentials too, from the chef’s gas BBQ to the fire pit with a built-in wrap-around bench. Made for families, the home comes complete with two double beds in one room and a king bed in the primary. 

The riviera regency in Santa Barbara
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10. The riviera regency in Santa Barbara

Welcoming up to six guests, this home is a great option for groups in Santa Barbara. Boasting views of the harbor, the Riviera Regency sits high above the city with views straight to the coastline and even out to the Channel Islands. The pier is well within reach, as is the beach and the Montecito celebrity neighborhood. And because you're in California, you can absolutely expect some dramatic sunrises and sunsets during your stay.

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The bungalow with ocean views in Summerland
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11. The bungalow with ocean views in Summerland

Located in the very charming-sounding Summerland, this stylish bungalow has some pretty impressive views that you can lap up from your own private patio. Kick back in the lounge space with a glass of iced tea and a good book as the water laps up onto the shore before you, with a fire pit and BBQ that make for memorable nights. Along with the big blue, you've got home stores, local restaurants, wine bars, and hiking trails all within easy reach. Setting your out of office has never been so tempting.

The studio by the beach in Oxnard
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12. The studio by the beach in Oxnard

Not looking for frills and fancy? This sleek studio in Oxnard is calling you. Let in the sea breeze every morning by opening up the sliding door, before settling down to catch the morning news on the Smart TV. The interiors have a seaside feel with a cream-tiled bathroom and crisp white linens, while the neat kitchenette is ideal for the more takeaway-style chefs.

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The guest suite with stunning views in Santa Barbara
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13. The guest suite with stunning views in Santa Barbara

This guest suite is all about views, views, views. And when you're not standing outside gawping at the panoramas around you, you've got a contemporary single-level apartment to enjoy. Boasting amazing vistas from every room, as well as chaise lounge chairs and a BBQ outdoors for sunset dinners, this place really makes the most of the natural landscape. Plus, you're close to the city for when you fancy checking out some of the local sights.

The stone hideaway in Santa Barbara
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14. The stone hideaway in Santa Barbara

Live out your beach house fantasy at this stone and slate-inspired home in Santa Barbara. Perfect for laid-back vacations, this home is less than a quarter-mile from the beach. Inside the house itself, you'll find cool neutrals, wooden accents, and sleek shutters, adding to the beachy vibe. The town nearby has all you'll need throughout your stay, so you won't need to ever take the car out. 

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The Hollywood beach escape in Oxnard
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15. The Hollywood beach escape in Oxnard

With its hacienda vibe, this home is found in Oxnard with sweeping views of the beach below. When you aren't tanning or barbecuing on the bamboo-enclosed balcony, you can take 40 steps out of the house and be on a gorgeous coastline. You'll see nods to the seaside location reflected in the decor, with touches such as white paneling really adding to the laid-back vibe. There are even bikes and helmets available to hire if you fancy a trip along the water. 

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