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RV Rentals in Santa Barbara

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RV Rentals in Santa Barbara

Discover Santa Barbara

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.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Things to do in Santa Barbara

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.

Keep your whole crew happy with a day out at the Santa Barbara Zoo. This compact 30-acre zoo is home to hundreds of animals from around the world. There are dozens of endangered critters on show, including Amur leopards, California condors, and western lowland gorillas. If you want a truly memorable experience, book an animal encounter and get up close to capybaras, Humboldt penguins, and Masai giraffes.

Santa Barbara is known for its seemingly endless coastline, and one of the best spots to appreciate it is Arroyo Burro Beach County Park. Shadowed by Santa Barbara's bluffs, Arroyo Burro Beach is a superb spot for surfing, swimming, and birdwatching. Arroyo Burro is also one of the best places to walk your dog, and the adjacent Douglas Family Preserve lets dogs play in the waves without a leash.

RV campgrounds in Santa Barbara

RV campgrounds in Santa Barbara

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. Sites at the Ocean Mesa Campground come with full hookups and max-amp electricity. During your stay, you can stroll down to the beach, cool off in the pool, or unwind with a massage. You'll also find a few home comforts around camp, like laundry facilities, bathrooms, and Wi-Fi access.


Alternatively, you can leave Santa Barbara behind and park up at the Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground. Situated 40 miles northwest of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley, this campground features sites with full hookups and max-amp electricity. You'll find many unique attractions near the Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, with the Danish village of Solvang and OstrichLand USA within 5 miles of camp. During your downtime, you can take a dip in the on-site pool or enjoy an adult beverage at the Sideways Lounge. Amenities include a general store, laundry facilities, and an off-leash dog park.

Frequently asked questions

How does RVezy work?

RVezy is a marketplace that connects RV owners with travelers looking to rent an RV. RVezy takes care of everything, including RV and renter verifications, payments, insurance, and customer support.

How much does it cost to rent an RV around Santa-barbara?

Motorhomes around Santa-barbara average $200/night while towable trailers are around $120/night. Most RV owners offer weekly and monthly discounts between 10 and 20%.

What’s included in the RV rental?

Most rentals include all the essentials you need for a great trip. From cookware, to linens, owners do their best to make you feel at home. Each RV listing will provide details around what’s included.

How far can I go with the RV? What’s the price for mileage?

Most owners offer either unlimited miles or very generous daily limits. The included mileage and extras appear on your booking estimate before you put in your booking request.

What’s required to rent or drive an RV?

In the majority of cases, RVezy rentals require a driver with an unrestricted license for 8 years and clean insurance profile. You don’t need a special class to drive most motorhomes.

How am I insured/covered during my rental?

Every RV rental is fully insured through our commercial fleet policy. You can also add-on our 24/7 roadside assistance at any time before your trip begins.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many owners allow pets in their RV. You can search for pet-friendly RVs or check the individual listings to see if there are any extra fees or deposits required for you to bring your furry friends.

How does RV delivery work?

As an add-on, most RV owners are willing to deliver and/or set up their RV to help simplify your trip. Ex: have a trailer delivered to a local campground so you don’t want to drive.

What do I do if I have additional questions?

RVezy’s customer support team is happy to answer any questions that come up before, during or after your rental. You can contact us anytime at help.rvezy.com.

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