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How can I pay for my rental car?
Payment for a rental car should preferably be made by credit card. It is possible to pay by debit card, however at the rental counter you will need a credit card issued to the main driver in order to secure the deposit for your rental car.
Who is allowed to drive the rental car and what are the conditions?
A rental car can be driven by a main driver, that is the person registered in the booking. Additional drivers may be added to the reservation at extra fee. The main and additional drivers are to present a valid driving license, which they have been in possession of for at least one year (please refer to the rental conditions), and a valid identity card/passport. Additionally, the main driver is to present a valid credit card issued in their name.
Do I have to pick up and return the car at any time? What happens if I am late for pick-up?
We recommend that you pick up the car at the agreed time as the availability of the car cannot be guaranteed in case of a delay. As a rule, local suppliers keep vehicles available up to 30 or 60 minutes after the agreed time. If a delay is inevitable, please contact the rental agency (you will find their contact details on the voucher).
What documents are required to pick up the vehicle?
When picking up the vehicle, the main driver is to present the following documents: the printed voucher, their identity card or passport; their driving's license and their valid credit card.
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Santa Barbara Attractions and Travel Tips

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Sandwiched between glorious mountains and sea, Santa Barbara offers fantastic natural excursions and homegrown attractions. With whitewashed stucco buildings and tremendous seafood restaurants, the city is picturesque. The real star, however, is the greater country area. You can explore a wealth of sumptuous wineries, with rental cars from Santa Barbara, or hug the coastal roads for striking seaside views. Find out what to explore with a rental car in Santa Barbara.

How do you book the best car rental in Santa Barbara?

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1. What kind of vehicle should I rent in Santa Barbara?
Santa Barbara is an eco-conscious city with a range of hybrid cars available. A convertible car hire in Santa Barbara is also ideal, especially when exploring the wine country. 

2. What is the cancellation policy?
You can cancel your low-cost car hire in Santa Barbara up to 48 hours before pick-up, free of charge. 

3. What is the speed limit in Santa Barbara?
As with other Californian cities, the speed limit here is 25 mph. This increases to 55 mph and 65 mph on highways. These speeds increase to 70 mph on some signposted highways.

4. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ-section.

Santa Barbara’s top attractions

Easily accessible with car rental, Santa Barbara hosts several extremely pretty museums and galleries in and around State Street. Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a tidy gallery housing fine European and American paintings and Asian artifacts. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a beautiful colonial revival building with lovely gardens and several murals inside. Then there's Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Set in a charming adobe courtyard, the museum details the city's history through some 80,000 objects. At the end of the street toward the coast, you'll find MOXI, a first-rate science museum with three floors of tech.

Santa Barbara has a delightful shorefront, which houses the nineteenth-century Stearns Wharf, a pier lined with shops and snacks. You'll find the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum there on the harbor front, which offers a treasure-trove of maritime artifacts and displays. Two of the city’s greatest attractions are best approached with a Santa Barbara car hire. The Old Mission Santa Barbara is the city's iconic stone church, perched upon a hilltop with great views of the city. Further north is the contemplative Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a truly beautiful trail of native Californian flora, spread across forty acres. 

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Tip: You can’t visit Santa Barbara without a trip to the Galapagos of California, the Channel Islands National Park. With abundant flora and fauna unique only to the islands, this chain of eight truly captivating islands offers a glimpse into California’s past. Drive your car hire from Santa Barbara to Oxnard or Ventura for sailing departures.

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Kids activities in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a charming coastal town with plenty of fun activities and excursions for little ones. The most popular is sure to be the Santa Barbara Zoo, which is renowned for its highly entertaining Humboldt penguins. It is also home to the once-extinct California condor. Owing to its top-rate interactive exhibits and light and color shows, the MOXI science museum is also a big hit with children. Lastly, the Santa Barbara Channel is home to breathtaking whale and dolphin migrations. Whale watching trips depart from Santa Barbara harbor with family-friendly guides. 

Day trips in Santa Barbara County

With a Santa Barbara car rental, Santa Barbara County offers untold adventures. For one, the area is renowned for its wine. Rancho Sisquoc, Foxen, Presqu'ile, Babcock, and Sanford Winery, among a hundred others, are dotted through the gorgeous Foxen Canyon and Santa Rita Hills areas. It would be remiss not to take a winemaking tour, which is easily reachable with car rentals from Santa Barbara. Active excursions like hiking, mountain biking, and, of course, kayaking and surfing, are a must. You can reach trails in the impressive wilderness areas of San Rafael, Wind Wolves, Sespe, and Dick Smith in the Los Padres National Forest with a rental car from Santa Barbara.

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