Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals offer Winter Snowbird Rates

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Santa Barbara vacation rentals provider announces special, off-season monthly rates for "Snowbird" visitors, those who come from cold climates to occupy Santa Barbara vacation rentals in the more temperate climate of the Central Coast.

The long, cold, snowy winters aren't for us. We've been migrating down to the Santa Barbara area for the past twelve winters. We look forward to it.

Carpinteria Shores, a privately owned, beachfront Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals provider has recently announced special, off-season monthly rates for their seasonal "Snowbird" visitors. The special rates - low by Santa Barbara standards for an oceanfront vacation rental property - are meant to entice a greater number of so-called "snowbirds" that typically reside in colder climates to the temperate climate of California's central coast.

While offering only weekly rates during the summer high season from June to September, monthly "snowbird" rates begin as low as $2,000 per month for a two bedroom fully furnished oceanfront vacation rental. Like all Santa Barbara vacation rentals, Carpinteria Shores' properties are offered with fully equipped kitchens, telephones with local service, televisions and linen service. According to Gerald Ryckman, President of the association that manages the vacation rental operation, amenities is where the similarities end with other Santa Barbara Vacation Rental providers.

"You hear it all the time in real estate and it's equally true with vacation rentals in Santa Barbara," Ryckman says. "It's location, location, location. The fact that you can step out from your deck onto the sand makes this property unique. Our snowbird monthly rates are the best deal anywhere on the Central Coast for what you get."

Snowbirds are typically retirees from Canada, the Midwest and Northeastern US and even northern Europe who spend a significant portion of the winter months in warmer locations such as Santa Barbara. While a $2,000 monthly price tag may seem steep, Summer visitors routinely pay up to $3500 per week during the high season for the rare opportunity to spend a week on one of most beautiful beaches in the world. Carpinteria is nestled between the Los Padres Mountains and the ocean just 12 miles south of Santa Barbara.

Tom and Margaret Lapin are retirees from Quebec, Canada, one of the coldest cities in Canada during the winter months. "As we get older, we find we can handle the warmer, humid months quite nicely," says Tom. "The long, cold, snowy winters aren't for us. We've been migrating down to the Santa Barbara area for the past twelve winters. We look forward to it."

Margaret Lapin agrees. "We've tried other Santa Barbara vacation rentals before finding Carpinteria Shores. This property is stunning. The beach is beautiful and the sun sets over the beach each evening. We look forward to visiting with the other snowbirds that come to Carpinteria Shores each season. The rates are well worth the value."

The migration of snowbirds to the Central Coast is not a new phenomenon. Santa Barbara vacation rental properties count on snowbird business during the more mild winter months after the summer crowd of tourists have left town. While the city of Santa Barbara spends through a hefty budget to promote tourism, Carpinteria Shores doesn't advertise, relying instead on the word of mouth testimonials of tenants like the Lapins.

"We look forward to the arrival of the snowbirds, "says Ryckman. "They are the ideal tenants who really appreciate our charming seaside town. They form tight relationships with other snowbirds creating sort of a tight nit community during the off season."

"Every May, they throw some big barbeques and luaus on the beach with hugs and kisses all around and then they scatter to the winds only to come back in October, usually with new snowbirds in tow. It's like the swallows returning to Capistrano each year. We look forward to it."

About Carpinteria Shores Vacation Rentals: Nestled between the Los Padres Mountains and the blue Pacific Ocean on the "World's Safest Beach", Carpinteria Shores offers weekly and monthly beachfront vacation rental lodging.

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