Glamping is a relatively new term that was created by combining the ideas of ‘camping’ and ‘glamor’ to create a different style of vacation. Before the recent popularity of glamping, travelers were often forced to choose from staying in hotels or packing their own tents for private camping trips. Now, with glamping, it’s possible to enjoy the luxuries and amenities of hotels with the freedom and fun of camping. Glamping locations can feature all kinds of accommodation from yurts and cabins to tents or even treehouses, and will often come along with the sorts of furnishings and services you would normally expect of a good quality hotel room like comfortable beds, running water, showers, toilets, Wi-Fi, cooking equipment, electricity, and more.



There are a lot of great glamping locations to be discovered and enjoyed all around the United States. Glamping is most commonly associated with natural locations in the middle of nowhere, but can be enjoyed around urban areas too. The city of Santa Barbara, for example, plays home to some great glamping opportunities. Yurts, tents, and even old renovated Airstream trailers can be found at Santa Barbara glamping sites, with these locations being perfectly situated for easy access to the city itself and all of its attractions like beautiful beaches, the public market, and the nearby Channel Islands National Park and Los Padres National Forest.

Like many areas along the California coast, Santa Barbara enjoys beautiful sunny weather for most of the year, with especially high temperatures through the summer months. Some rain can fall in the area from November through to March, but temperatures remain quite mild even in the winter, so glamping in Santa Barbara can be enjoyed at almost any time. Popular activities for glamping enthusiasts in Santa Barbara include boating, fishing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and more.

Best Glamping in Santa Barbara

There are several great glamping and camping spots to find around Santa Barbara, each offering unique accommodation and amenities. These locations will help you have a great glamping time in one of California’s prettiest locations. Read on to learn contact information and brief overviews of the best glamping sites around Santa Barbara.

- AutoCamp Santa Barbara - 2717 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, Phone: 805-619-5604

With several locations all around the United States, AutoCamp offers a fun and fresh way to experience glamping. As the name suggests, this location uses old-fashioned Airstream trailers in place of cabins or tents, and it makes for a truly special experience. You've never seen a glamping site quite like this before! Each Airstream camper has been customized and fitted out with elegant interior furnishings and modern decoration. Clean, sleek design and light colors really make the most of the space inside the trailers, with different sizes of camper available for different parties.

The AutoCamp Santa Barbara park is perfectly situated in downtown Santa Barbara, with easy access to the city's beaches and attractions. Each camper is fitted with comfortable beds and bathrooms, along with a microwave, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, patio area with electric BBQ, filtered water, audio sound system, and more. These pet-friendly glamping trailers are ready and waiting to welcome you and your family for a Santa Barbara trip you’ll never forget.

- El Capitan Canyon - 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117, Phone: 805-685-3887

Located just a short drive outside of downtown Santa Barbara, the El Capitan Canyon provides a thoroughly unique and memorable glamping experience on the California coast. The ultimate example of modern day ecotourism, the El Capitan Canyon resort is located 20 miles north of the city on a beautiful patch of over 300 acres of land. Offering stunning views and luxurious lodging for all guests, this is a fine place for anyone interested in glamping to spend a few nights or weeks. Accommodation at El Capitan Canyon includes cedar cabins and safari tents, all grouped into little 'villages' with names like Stone Pine and Shaded Creek.

Each cabin is fitted out with comfortable willow beds, silky soft duvets, rustic-style furnishings, and more, while the tents are also equipped with many modern luxuries but offer a more simplistic and natural option. Whichever kind of accommodation you choose, you’ll be staying on one of the best glamping sites in the state with a whole host of scenic hiking trails, beautiful beaches, bike paths, and more all nearby. There's even an aerial adventure ropes course on site along with other activities like weekly barbecues, live music shows, a heated swimming pool, and soothing massages.