Santa Barbara is a hip and trendy Southern California destination with easy access to the beach, lots of cultural attractions, and an exciting restaurant scene. Sure, there are plenty of amazing hotels in Santa Barbara to take care of all your needs with top-notch amenities. But alternatively, you can stay in an Airbnb here to really experience the city like a local and have a truly unique trip. Here are some of the coolest Santa Barbara Airbnb rentals to choose from.

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WOW! Patio Garden & Master Bedroom Room at Patio Garden & Master Bedroom
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Room at Patio Garden & Master Bedroom

WOW! Patio Garden & Master Bedroom

You’ll feel like you’re in a tropical oasis when you stay in this Santa Barbara Airbnb that is great for two guests. It has one bedroom and one private bathroom, and it’s filled with handmade art and lovely plants. The property is relaxing and offers a quiet environment where you can connect with nature while still having easy access to everything you want to do in town. There’s so much attention to detail here, from the Tibetan wool carpets to the light-filled airy spaces. Enjoy the wonderful six-person hot tub here that you can use and extra towels for the beach. For an extra charge of $25, you can rent out a six-speed cruiser bike to explore the area. There’s a bike path across the street that provides easy access to the University of Santa Barbara. Meanwhile, you can park your car for free in the driveway and next to the gate. This is a family-friendly option that offers an extra futon with bedding for children for an additional charge. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, and dishes and silverware.

Stunning Exclusive Yurt on 11 Acres Inside the Stunning Exclusive Yurt
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Inside the Stunning Exclusive Yurt

Stunning Exclusive Yurt on 11 Acres

For a truly unique place to stay, book this yurt on 11 acres of beautiful land that is just 12 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara’s popular attractions. This is a romantic and soulful place with a pool, hot tub, outside shower bathhouse, and stunning views of the hillsides. Here you’ll be surrounded by oak, walnut, and sycamore trees and love visiting during any season of the year. In addition to being close to town, you’ll also be able to get to the Santa Ynez backcountry within a half-hour and beach and mountain trails within minutes. The yurt is ideal for couples looking to relax and disconnect, and it has one bed and one bath facility. The pool and hot tub are open to guests and a real treat during the day or at night. Amenities include a fridge outside the yurt, French press, grinder, electric water kettle, and organic eggs from the 14 hens on site. It feels remote, but you’ll be only a couple miles from shopping malls, Whole Foods, and various restaurants.

Spacious Garden Hideaway in the Redwoods Inside Spacious Garden Hideaway in the Redwoods
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Inside Spacious Garden Hideaway in the Redwoods

Spacious Garden Hideaway in the Redwoods

Another top Airbnb is this spacious garden hideaway that’s great for two guests. It’s just minutes from downtown and the airport and also close to bike paths and beaches. Solo adventurers and couples enjoy staying in this studio with its own cooking area, washer/dryer, and microwave. This is a private studio that is not shared so you’ll have it all to yourself. It is a ground-level, attached studio that is very quiet and has free parking for one vehicle. Guests can also watch the large flat-screen television with HBO and other premium programming.

Hilltop Hideaway with Ocean View, Pool & Hot Tub Pool at Hilltop Hideaway
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Pool at Hilltop Hideaway

Hilltop Hideaway with Ocean View, Pool & Hot Tub

If you’re traveling with a large group up to eight guests, then this hilltop hideaway is a wonderful option in Santa Barbara. You’ll have the entire villa to yourself with four bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The property is charming and a French-style country retreat on an acre of land and just minutes away from the beaches. You’ll get amazing views of the ocean, mountains, and sunsets from here from the decks that surround this spectacular home. This Airbnb feels secluded but you’ll be within 10 minutes of top restaurants and boutique shopping. There’s an indoor fireplace, Wi-Fi, free parking, hot tub, pool, and kitchen here where you can prepare your own meals if you like.

Private Studio in Garden Setting Seating area at Private Studio in Garden Setting
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Seating area at Private Studio in Garden Setting

Private Studio in Garden Setting

An accommodating and budget-friendly place to stay for couples and solo travelers, this private studio has one bed and one bath. This small, rustic studio is peaceful, has a brick patio, and is in a quiet neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown. The space has nice views and is adjacent to the main house on the property with a shared driveway. The owner has a friendly Labrador retriever and offers all the essentials, like towels, sheets, soap, and Wi-Fi.

Cottage by the Sea, Walk to Beach Room inside Cottage by the Sea
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Room inside Cottage by the Sea

Cottage by the Sea, Walk to Beach

You can also stay in this quaint cottage by the sea that can comfortably fit up to four guests in two beds and with one bathroom. The cottage has a private entrance and is around the corner from Butterfly Beach and the Coast Village Road. You can walk to the beach, shops, and restaurants from here. An off-street parking space is provided, and there’s a fenced yard here to relax in.

Newly Renovated Downtown Victorian Inside Newly Renovated Downtown Victorian
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Inside Newly Renovated Downtown Victorian

Newly Renovated Downtown Victorian

Another great option for a large group is this Victorian home that can accommodate up to 12 guests with three possible bedrooms, four beds, and three baths. The property is charming with 100-year-old hardwood floors, bay windows, and a remodeled kitchen. Enjoy the shared enclosed backyard with a pond, patio, and barbecue. Pets may be accepted for a small additional fee.

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