Santa Barbara, California

Visit the “American Riviera” of Santa Barbara when staying with Inspirato. Located in one of the most coveted areas of Montecito is the storybook English-style cottage Lilac, situated on an acre of tranquil gardens with its own pool and outdoor fireplace. Montecito also offers a California cottage-style home, Poppy, with a lush outdoor entertainment area and breathtaking mountain views.

Nearby, the Rosewood Miramar Beach stretches along the pristine Pacific coastline, offering an idyllic beachside retreat. And sitting on 500 acres in Southern California wine country is San Ysidro Ranch, a secluded getaway offering 17 miles of trails to explore.

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The American Riviera

Nestled in a temperate coastal valley 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has long been a haven for vacationers searching for an escape from city life. Also known as the American Riviera, the city and its surrounding Montecito area fuse the beauty of Mediterranean-style towns with the essence of California style. The climate is typical of the state's oceanfront communities, with breezes that keep winters warm and summers cool. The scenic Santa Ynez Mountain range serves as the perfect backdrop to the city's year-round beauty. Be sure to tour the city's Spanish-inspired architecture, culture, and boutique gastronomy.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)
  • Average temperature
    76°F in summer; 69°F in winter
  • Average water temperature
  • Closest big city
    Los Angeles
  • Car recommended?

Destination Highlights

  • Channel Islands Tour

    The stunning Channel Islands sit just off the coast of Santa Barbara. Day trips, wildlife cruises, whale watching, and birding excursions are just a few of the tours available to fully explore them.

  • Butterfly Beach

    Trace your feet along the Pacific tide on a quiet evening stroll. In Montecito, this narrow stretch of beach is rarely crowded and described by locals as the ideal backdrop for watching a sunset.

  • Stearns Wharf

    This historic pier, constructed in 1872, is home to a variety of restaurants and shops. Visit the Sea Center to touch manta rays and learn about the area’s wildlife, or take in a Santa Barbara sunset via yacht.



  • Forecasting Your Santa Barbara Vacation

    Generally mild and sunny with low humidity and seasonal temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees, Santa Barbara's weather mimics the subtropical climate of the Mediterranean. January is the city’s rainiest month, though it sees on average fewer than 38 days of precipitation a year.


Map of Santa Barbara

Google Maps satellite images are not always up-to-date, especially in non-U.S. destinations. Some Inspirato accommodations are located in developments built after images were last updated. Our pin placements represent our best location estimates, but actual locations may vary.

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