Destination guide

Delight in the beachside landscape of Montecito

The beaches and gardens create a pretty picture of Montecito. This city is romantic and welcoming, recognised for its restaurants, shopping and cycling. Presidio Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of holiday homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Sightseeing in and around Montecito

Do you want to discover attractions to see in the city? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Montecito a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Santa Barbara Zoo (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • Ty Warner Sea Center (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Santa Barbara Golf Club (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (11.4 mi / 18.4 km)
  • Glen Annie Golf Club (14 mi / 22.5 km)
  • Sandpiper Golf Club (15.8 mi / 25.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Montecito

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Montecito is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lotusland (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Santa Barbara Botanical Garden (4.7 mi / 7.6 km)
  • Butterfly Beach (1.6 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Andree Clark Bird Refuge (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Lookout Park (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Cabrillo Pavillion (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Montecito

The nearest airport is in Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), located 11.8 mi (19 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), which is 28 mi (45 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Montecito?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 713 holiday lettings around Montecito. From 403 houses to 141 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Montecito?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Montecito:

  • Santa Barbara Beach: 148 holiday homes
  • East San Roque: 40 holiday homes
  • Upper East: 140 holiday homes
  • Laguna: 156 holiday homes
  • Cielito: 51 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Montecito? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Montecito. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Casa Del Herrero: 759 holiday lettings
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute Ladera Lane Campus: 795 holiday lettings
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church: 758 holiday lettings
  • Soma Get Fit: 755 holiday lettings
  • Lotusland: 753 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Montecito listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Montecito?

Yes, of course. offers 403 Houses in Montecito. Our other popular types of Montecito holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 141 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 51 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 51 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Montecito?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 135 holiday homes with pool available in Montecito. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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