Discover some of the finest beaches in California with a camper rental in Santa Barbara. One of the Golden State's top vacation destinations, Santa Barbara is often called the American Riviera, thanks to its pristine beaches, sublime mountains, and Mediterranean climate. Stroll along the Santa Barbara Harbor, tour the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara, plan a wine tasting at a local vineyard — with so much to do, it's easy to see why Santa Barbara is one of the most popular spots on the West Coast.
As with most of Southern California, Santa Barbara is ideal for year-round road trips. Visit in the spring when temperatures are in the high 60s. You’ll also get to catch top events like the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show and the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Festival. Or visit in the fall during wine season and enjoy the best wine tastings and tours in the region.
Before taking your Santa Barbara RV rental downtown, it's worth checking the local traffic and where to park. Santa Barbara is a relatively small city, and while there is the occasional traffic jam during rush hour, it's nothing compared to the likes of Los Angeles. In addition, several parking lots in the city allow oversized vehicles, including Leadbetter, Harbor West, Palm Park, and Garden Street.
Santa Barbara has a long history, and campers can learn more about the city's past at the Old Mission Santa Barbara. The mission was founded in 1786 by Spanish missionaries trying to convert the indigenous Chumash-Barbareño peoples to Catholicism. The tenth of California's 21 missions, the Old Mission Santa Barbara is the only one to be continuously managed by Franciscan Friars. Visitors can take a guided tour of the mission, including the mausoleum, before picking up a keepsake at the gift shop.
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With over 280 sunny days a year and mile after mile of beautiful countryside, Santa Barbara is home to some wonderful RV parks. One of the best RV campgrounds near Santa Barbara is the Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort. This campground is tucked away in the mountains near the Santa Ynez River, around 30 minutes from Santa Barbara. Sites come with full hookups and 15/20/30-amp electricity. Rancho Oso offers plenty of activities to keep campers entertained, including guided horseback rides, a mini-golf course, and live entertainment. Pets are welcome, and there's an on-site dog park. Amenities include laundry facilities, bathrooms, and a dump station.
If you'd prefer to camp along the coast, consider staying at the Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitán. Located 20 miles from Santa Barbara, the Ocean Mesa Campground is ideal for hitting the beach, with El Capitán State Beach and Refugio State Beach a stone's throw from camp...
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