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Santa Barbara

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34 E Montecito St.
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Santa Barbara Guide

Santa Barbara is a charming city with strong Mediterranean Spanish influences. Located on California’s Pacific central coast, it is graced with wonderful white sand beaches, and its history is preserved in beautiful old buildings.

The city’s most outstanding feature is its beaches. East Beach and West Beach are both extremely popular, with designated picnic areas and volleyball courts adding to their natural attractions.

Santa Barbara’s historical highlight is the Santa Barbara Mission, built by the Chumash Indians over 200 years ago. It is perched on a hilltop, with wonderful views over the city and the Pacific Ocean. The building itself is a superb blend of Spanish and Indian architectural styles, and is aesthetically pleasing.

Another point of historical interest is El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, where the oldest building in Santa Barbara &endash; and the second oldest in California &endash; is located. More contemporary attractions are the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, featuring the Gladwin Planetarium, and the gorgeous Santa Barbara Orchid Estate.

The Santa Barbara waterfront area is home to Stearns Wharf, the state’s oldest functioning wharf, and to the Waterfront Arts and Crafts Show, held every Sunday. This is an excellent place for shopping, with arts and crafts of all descriptions on display. Alternatively, the wharf is a great place to observe the comings and goings of the fishing boats, or to take a gentle stroll.

Just outside of the city are Leadbetter and Arroyo Burro beaches, both offering great bodysurfing and surfing. Arroyo Burro Beach is an exquisite white crescent beach nestled below rugged cliffs.

Los Angeles is easily accessible from Santa Barbara, and is only an hour away by car. This fabulous city has unlimited offerings to excite and delight visitors, with delectable restaurants, endless entertainment venues, and the enticing suburbs of Hollywood, Malibu, Venice Beach and Beverly Hills all within its limits.

Santa Barbara is located on US 101, the fastest direct route to the city from the north or south. I-5 and I-10 are alternative routes into the city. Santa Barbara is serviced daily by Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses, both of which have extensive networks across the country. Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is located in Goleta, about 10 minutes north of central Santa Barbara. Additionally, Los Angeles’ airport is also located nearby.

Practical information

  • Currency
    United States Dollar
  • Driving direction
    Right
  • City speed limit
    32 - 128 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    40 - 128 km/h
  • Language
    English
  • Popular car category
    suv
  • Popular rental companies
    Dollar Rent a Car

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Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).