Destination guide

Explore the beachside setting in Downtown Santa Barbara

The area's live music and festivals are just some of the reasons to come on holiday to Downtown Santa Barbara. This walkable city is known for its shopping, restaurants and beaches. Take in top local attractions such as Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Are you looking for specific amenities for your getaway? Many of our holiday rentals feature full kitchens and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in and around Downtown Santa Barbara

Do you want to discover top things to see and do in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Downtown Santa Barbara a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Santa Barbara Zoo (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Ty Warner Sea Center (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Santa Barbara Golf Club (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens (7.6 mi / 12.3 km)
  • Glen Annie Golf Club (10.1 mi / 16.2 km)
  • Sandpiper Golf Club (11.9 mi / 19.1 km)
Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Downtown Santa Barbara

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Downtown Santa Barbara is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Santa Barbara Botanical Garden (2.6 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Lotusland (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Moreton Bay Fig Tree (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Alameda Park (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Alice Keck Memorial Garden (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Downtown Santa Barbara

Fly into Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), the closest airport, located 7.8 mi (12.5 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), which is 25 mi (40.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Downtown?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 190 holiday lettings near Downtown. From 85 Houses to 49 Flats, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Downtown for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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

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 Downtown:

  • East Beach: 164 holiday homes
  • Lower State: 110 holiday homes
  • Riviera: 135 holiday homes
  • Foothill: 62 holiday homes
  • Santa Barbara Beach: 144 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 Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Downtown. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Susan Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Museum: 797 holiday lettings
  • Granada Theatre: 792 holiday lettings
  • Arlington Theater: 792 holiday lettings
  • Paseo Nuevo Mall: 802 holiday lettings
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara: 801 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway 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 Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 85 Houses in Downtown. Our other popular types of Downtown holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 49 self catering accommodations
  • Studios: 30 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 23 self catering accommodations

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 14 holiday homes with pool available in Downtown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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