Santa Barbara

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What Our Customers Say:

  • 10 out of 10

    The service is good and quick. They had no diesel cars left, but we could choose from several gasoline cars. The only minus - too many scratches on all doors, roof ...

    2013-11-26
    Andrey
  • 10 out of 10

    It was a little unclear at first after coming through passport control in the arrival hall, but found the rental place very quickly, bus service ok. Service was excellent, very friendly person, taking the time to explain the contract. I knew about the full tank of petrol, which I don't like, but have to accept. Also the insurance was explained. The car hire was very cheap so I wasn't expecting too much, the car had a few marks on it, but was in perfect working order. Tires could do with a renewal soon. The car was clean, radio working,so all in all I was happy.

    2013-11-26
    Marijke Phillips
  • 10 out of 10

    Very good service.

    2013-11-27
    Frank Hemsworth
  • 10 out of 10

    Yes everything was good

    2013-11-27
    Susan O

A Quick Guide to... Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California, USA is sometimes dubbed the Riviera of the West and is defined by its wide beaches and resorts, its legendary wineries and the mild Mediterranean-type climate and greenery. Only 100 kilometres from Los Angeles this city of barely 90,000 is vastly different from its big neighbour to the south, although its residents enjoy the sort of amenities and services such as can only be found in the big cities. The city lies between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Barbara is a major tourist destination and as such it is serviced by Santa Barbara Airport, Amtrak (both the Pacific Surfliner to San Luis, Obispo and San Diego and the Coast Starlight to Seattle and Los Angeles) as well as US highway 101 from Los Angeles and San Francisco in the north. The Greyhound buses ply the 101 to and from the city to Goleta, Carpentaria and LAX.

The city (and the region) got its name from Sebastian Vizcaino who in 1602, after surviving a storm in the Santa Barbara Channel on December 3rd the eve of Saint Barbara decided to give it the name Santa Barbara after the saint.

Some of the major sights in the city include the long list of museums, the Santa Barbara Mission on Laguna Street, a catholic mission built in the classic Franciscan Spanish Architecture, the Botanical gardens, Stearns Wharf which dates from 1872 and has been restored umpteen times, and of course, the beaches.

The city centre is cosy and compact enough to walk from one place to another, and on weekends, the State Street becomes a pedestrian walkway. But for the serious sightseer arriving through Santa Barbara Airport car rental is a very good option through Budget and Hertz. Within the city itself several other car hire options exist but for the visiting tourist your best option will be Anycarhire.com. With Anycarhire.com you get the opportunity to compare services regarding car hire in Santa Barbara and find out which cars will be available when you get to the town; this will take the guesswork out of your travel plans.