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BMW i8 2016 — Car rental alternative in San Diego, CA 92108
BMW i8 2016

5.0

(288 trips)

All-Star Host

US$215/day
Dodge Challenger 2017 — Car rental alternative in Irvine, CA 92614
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Dodge Challenger 2017

5.0

(248 trips)

US$63/day
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Find an affordable rate on Turo and explore San Diego’s sandy beaches

Get beached in San Diego

It’s always a perfect day in San Diego — however you like to vacation. The city is known for its immaculate weather, sparkling coastline, with beaches perfect for surfing, sipping cocktails, and even hang gliding.

When you’re done chowing down on great Mexican food, book a car in San Diego to go check out the bevy of museums in town that offer an array of exciting experiences, equally thrilling to adults and kids.

San Diego favorites

The secret to making the most of San Diego is simply to enjoy the outdoors. Road trip itinerary: catch a meal al fresco at sunset, tackle the mountains, and take a dip in the Pacific.

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Balboa Park

Covering more than 1,200 acres, laced with hiking trails, and home to museums, theaters, restaurants, and the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park is much more than your average city green. Absorb San Diego’s culture and legendary sunshine.

Cabrillo National Monument

There are many ways to do the beach, but nothing beats a day trip to wander the tidepools and meet all the sea creatures. You can find your preferred type of vehicle in San Diego at a low daily rate, then head down to the shore.

USS Midway Museum

In Downtown San Diego, this retired aircraft carrier gives you a taste of the Top Gun life. Hang out on the flight deck of the USS Midway, explore the aircraft, and test your fortitude in the flight simulator.

Top hosts in San Diego, CA

Christopher W.

Christopher W.

All-Star Host

300 tripsJoined Feb 2015
Great service. Great communication. Very clean car. Will definitely rent from him and his fleet of cars again! Thank you
Kevin J.- 11 October 2021
Pickup and drop-off were seamless. Vehicle drove smooth and had no issues. Was clean upon pickup. Very comfortable ride. Would rent again. Mahalo Christopher for making this trip another great experience with Turo!
Ryan G.- 25 October 2021

Christopher W.’s vehicles

Lexus ES 350 2015 — Car rental alternative in Spring Valley, CA 91977
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Lexus ES 350 2015

5.0

(102 trips)

All-Star Host

US$49/day
Joe P.

Joe P.

All-Star Host

279 tripsJoined May 2015
The car was so fun and the owner was the most responsive ever. So easy and so much better than the big rental companies!
Grant G.- 10 October 2021
Renting Joe's Fiat was a great experience. The car is in great shape and lots of fun. While all our friends were in boring grey rental boxes we were cruising with the wind in our hair. Pickup and dropoff were leagues better than the rental counter, as Joe notes. This process was Just. So. Easy. Highly recommend!
David L.- 19 October 2021

Skip the car rental counter

Hit the road

Book a car in San Diego on Turo to travel out of town along the stunningly gorgeous coastline, and head into the mountains or desert for an entirely different Southern California experience. Avoid the rental car center and take the scenic route with a convertible car rental alternative.

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Carlsbad

Take the hour drive north past Torrey Pines in your San Diego car rental alternative to take in the famously beautiful Carlsbad State Beach, explore the lagoons, or go wild at Legoland.

Borrego Springs

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the desert and discover the unique collection of sculptures tucked into the landscape. Take a road trip out to this touristic location 80 miles south of Palm Springs — the weather is warm any time of year.

Julian

Find your preferred type of vehicle in San Diego, then head an hour out from the city into the mountains to pick your own apples, indulge in a slice of pie, and take a tour of Julian’s 1870s gold mine.

Recent reviews

Jason M.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

Carolina was very easy to work with and the rental process was super easy! Loved the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Will definitely rent one of her cars again when coming back to San Diego!

Jason M.
- 13 October 2021
Joseph S.
Toyota Highlander 2015

Best priced rentals in the San Diego area. Great rental experience! Highly recommended!

Joseph S.
- 17 August 2021
Gifty B.
Tesla Model X 2016

Eric had great communication from pick up to drop off process. The car was flawless and I would definitely rent princess cici again for future trips instead of dealing with car rental companies.

Gifty B.
- 13 October 2021
Eric P.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

Awesome ride; awesome car. Perfect for a long weekend in San Diego.

Eric P.
- 25 October 2021
Elizabeth G.
Jeep Wrangler JK 2018

This was the best rental car experience I've ever had! Our host was very responsive, met us at the airport, and the rate was far lower than anything I could find online through traditional rental companies. The Jeep was so fun to drive! We had such a great experience. Will rent from this host EVERY time I'm in San Diego. Thank you!

Elizabeth G.
- 28 July 2021
Sara W.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

Directions were very clear. Very clean car! Perfect for cruising around San Diego.

Sara W.
- 19 October 2021
Andy C.
Lexus NX 200t 2015

Josh’s car was perfect for our vacation in San Diego, and he made the process super easy!

Andy C.
- 9 October 2021
Aurelio P.
Jeep Wrangler 2016

Jocelyn's Jeep was amazing. So much fun to drive around in the San Diego sun.

Aurelio P.
- 10 October 2021
Jairo N.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2018

Very Responsive. An amazing vehicle to explore San Diego. Will definitely rent again when I go back to visit ! Thank you

Jairo N.
- 19 October 2021
James S.
Jeep Wrangler 2015

Abraham was a great guy who provided a simple and easy rental process! He accommodated me whenever my plans had changed and needed to update my trip time. I would definitely rent with him whenever I am back in the San Diego area! Thanks Abraham!!

James S.
- 7 June 2021
Cheng Z.
Kia Soul 2021

Great car, super clean, and great for San Diego. You see a lot of Kia Souls in San Diego. Laura is responsive and accommodating. Would rent again for sure.

Cheng Z.
- 8 September 2021
Darrell Demont L.
Jeep Wrangler 2017

Abraham was amazing, very helpful and lenient. He definitely have my business when I return to San Diego.

Darrell Demont L.
- 27 September 2021
Jessica W.
Jeep Wrangler 2015

Great jeep. Very fun for driving around San Diego.

Jessica W.
- 18 August 2021
Jacob S.
Jeep Wrangler 2016

Great host! If we’re back in San Diego in the future we will use one of Nick’s cars again!

Jacob S.
- 3 October 2021
Taylor J.
Chevrolet Trax 2021

Alka and her husband were the sweetest! The car was so perfect! I definitely will rent from them every time I’m in San Diego

Taylor J.
- 11 October 2021
Ryan S.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

Fantastic trip in a great car. Was perfect for the San Diego weather

Ryan S.
- 30 August 2021
LaTia C.
Kia Soul 2021

Friends and I traveled to San Diego from GA, and we needed a car to use while on vacation. The entire process with Laura was amazing! Pick up and drop off was very smooth. She responds well and in a timely manner to messages. Will definitely recommend to others traveling or needing a car in San Diego.

LaTia C.
- 27 September 2021
Jeremy H.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

I'm a returning renter of Jesus' san diego vehicles. The jeep was exactly as described and pick up / drop off is zero hassle. Highly recommend

Jeremy H.
- 11 October 2021
Sergey P.
Porsche Macan 2018

Loved our trip in Kristoff’s Porsche Macan. His car was absolutely new, super clean and shiny. I strongly recommend him if you are in San Diego!!!

Sergey P.
- 5 October 2021
Courtney R.
Volkswagen Atlas 2021

The owner was so communicative, process was easy, vehicle was clean, super nice and ran great! Has extra features that make driving around San Diego easier. Best way to rent a car!

Courtney R.
- 23 October 2021
Robert B.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2020

MIke was great to work with and the Jeep was perfect. Will definitely repeat next time we are back in San Diego.

Robert B.
- 6 October 2021
Jonathan P.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

Beautiful car. Great for San Diego. I had someone scrap the back of the car and Burri helped me deal with it quickly and easily. Would recommend 100%

Jonathan P.
- 21 October 2021
Lawrence W.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

Amazing car and perfect for San Diego living. Great features and host.

Lawrence W.
- 24 August 2021
Daniel S.
Tesla Model Y 2020

Khalid was super easy and professional to work with. Would 100% rent with again on next San Diego trip.

Daniel S.
- 5 September 2021
Bill S.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2018

The car was in great shape. Got us to Temecula and back to San Diego. Had no issues with pick up or drop off.

Bill S.
- 11 October 2021
Scott U.
Tesla Model Y 2021

Great car, great host! We thoroughly enjoyed driving Juan's Model Y. Juan was a great host. Very friendly, communicated quickly, and was a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend anyone wanting to drive a Tesla, to get it from Juan. It was our first experience renting through Turo and first time to drive a Tesla. We took a short vacation in San Diego and decided to make it more fun by driving a Model Y. Could not have been more fun. Thank you Turo and Juan for making our trip to San Diego a lot of fun!!!

Scott U.
- 4 October 2021
Jason L.
Chevrolet Suburban 2016

Karim is a very professional and responsive vehicle host. He has thought of everything. Working with him is a smooth experience. Suburbans are difficult to source through traditional rental companies. But sometimes that is the type of vehicle one needs. I’m so glad I found Turo and Karim!

Jason L.
- 11 September 2021
Tobeeb L.
BMW X3 2019

Alejandro was polite, communicative and responded to messages quickly. His BMW X3 drove like a dream. If you’re ever in the :San Diego area, I highly recommend renting from him.

Tobeeb L.
- 3 October 2021
Dylan H.
Porsche Cayenne 2014

Jonathan’s Cayenne was perfect for getting around San Diego. Recommended! Thanks a lot!

Dylan H.
- 21 September 2021
Rob S.
Porsche Macan 2018

Had a wonderful time in Brians Porsche. Airport pickup was easiest way to arrive and depart San Diego. super cute Macan was clean and sporty!! Brian was an Amazing host and Turo kicks the rental agencies butts!!!

Rob S.
- 1 October 2021
Jane P.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2019

The owner was very attentive and accommodating. The Jeep was perfect for our trip. When we are back in San Diego again, we will get this Jeep if it is available!!

Jane P.
- 13 October 2021
Carlton B.
Chevrolet Equinox 2020

Everything was great an this was so much easier than any cat rental agency. I will use Turo from now on!!!

Carlton B.
- 28 March 2021
Samuel F.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

This Jeep was so fun to drive. Carolina is a top notch host! Will definitely be looking her up next time I fly to San Diego.

Samuel F.
- 24 October 2021
Tim K.
Toyota Sequoia 2018

Great vehicle for our trip in San Diego. Would definitely rent from Molly again!

Tim K.
- 15 June 2021
Luis P.
Tesla Model X 2018

Awesome experience, super easy if your flying in from San Diego airport, highly recommend

Luis P.
- 11 August 2021
Susan W.
Chevrolet Equinox 2020

We totally enjoyed exploring San Diego area with Curtis’ Eqinox. Curtis was very responsive!

Susan W.
- 1 August 2021
Candice H.
Jeep Wrangler 2011

This Jeep is fantastic and McKenna is a phenomenal host. She was very easy to communicate with and made pick up and drop off a breeze. The Jeep is just what we needed to explore San Diego. It gave us lots of room in the back to store 2 ebikes as well. Will definitely book again next time I’m in San Diego!

Candice H.
- 16 October 2021
Michele B.
Audi Q5 2019

A++! Ravi was awesome and accommodating and the car was clean and gorgeous! I won’t hesitate to contact him again the next time we visit San Diego!!

Michele B.
- 18 October 2021
Jason R.
Jeep Wrangler 2016

Jeep was great!!! Definitely draws attention when your driving! Would definitely rent again if I’m in San Diego.

Jason R.
- 27 August 2021
Kristen B.
Jeep Wrangler 2018

We couldn’t have picked a better vehicle to experience our San Diego vacation! Rodolfo was an excellent host!

Kristen B.
- 4 August 2021
Erin B.
Audi Q7 2017

I had another great experience renting from Don. Great car, clean, and as usual Don was very helpful and responsive! Will continue to rent from him when I am in the San Diego area.

Erin B.
- 27 September 2021
Mitch S.
Jeep Wrangler 2018

Mustafa was an excellent host and very responsive to all my questions. The Jeep was a perfect and fun vehicle for a few sunny days in San Diego.

Mitch S.
- 18 October 2021
Wiley M.
Hyundai Tucson 2014

Great car to get around the San Diego area!

Wiley M.
- 13 June 2021
Joseph P.
Jeep Cherokee 2015

Sporty fun way to get about San Diego @ a fair price. Give em a try!

Joseph P.
- 7 October 2020
Nicole C.
Jeep Wrangler 2016

My favorite vehicle to rent in San Diego, always a great experience.

Nicole C.
- 17 May 2021
Anthony C.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

We loved the Jeep we got from Burri. The retractable roof was so much fun. We for sure will use Burri when we go back to San Diego.

Anthony C.
- 5 October 2021
Daniel G.
BMW X1 2019

It was a simple and impressive rental process.

Daniel G.
- 14 June 2021
Justin B.
Tesla Model Y 2021

Awesome car and very clean. When I come back to San Diego I will be renting from Adam again.

Justin B.
- 28 July 2021
Brooke P.
Mazda CX-5 2021

Great vehicle for all the fun things in San Diego

Brooke P.
- 29 June 2021
Theresa M.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2021

We really appreciated the well maintained and extremely clean car during our visit to San Diego. Hayder responded to all questions quickly and has excellent customer service skills. We would absolutely rent from him again! Sincerely, Theresa

Theresa M.
- 4 October 2021
Aaron C.
Tesla Model Y 2021

Best host in San Diego hands down. Don’t think twice - book with Ali

Aaron C.
- 20 July 2021
Jordan Z.
Jeep Wrangler 2018

Highly recommend Mustafa, his vehicles are great, and went out of his way to accommodate my pickup and dropoff. Felt like I was driving the coolest Jeep in San Diego!

Jordan Z.
- 25 October 2021
David G.
Toyota Sequoia 2018

Very clean and large SUV, perfect for a family road trip. Centrally located within San Diego and Molly is great.

David G.
- 1 June 2021
Bryon L.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2020

Jeep was very clean and perfect for San Diego. Steven made it easy for pick up and drop off. We will definitely be using him again for our next trip to San Diego.

Bryon L.
- 25 July 2021
Shelley F.
Tesla Model Y 2020

Renting from Ali was easy. He is a great communicator and is extremely helpful. His Model Y was clean and fun to drive. Definitely rent from him if you are coming to San Diego — I look forward to renting from him the next time we are in San Diego.

Shelley F.
- 23 August 2021
Michael G.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2013

Very clean and on time. Could not ask for better service! We will find him again next trip to San Diego

Michael G.
- 28 July 2021
Stephanie M.
Chevrolet Equinox 2020

Very responsive. Easy pick-up and drop off. Will definitely contact Boris again when in San Diego.

Stephanie M.
- 30 July 2021
Eric S.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

This Jeep is the way to go in San Diego. Julio was a great host! Highly recommended.

Eric S.
- 14 September 2021
Gavin P.
Toyota RAV4 2019

Clean and great driving vehicle. Was perfect to take to Joshua tree and ride through San Diego.

Gavin P.
- 14 August 2021
Kelly P.
Audi Q3 2021

Brandon was a great host! He made sure we were comfortable with the car and gave us recommendations to help us explore San Diego. Highly recommend Brandon’s beautiful Audi for cruising California.

Kelly P.
- 11 October 2021

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Best San Diego driving roads

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Highway 101

This epic highway is particularly astounding near San Diego. Grab a car and head north out of the bustling city to catch ocean views from Pacific Beach, Torrey Pines, Solana Beach, Encinitas, all the way past Oceanside.

Palomar Mountain Loop

For this challenging, scenic mountain loop, navigate your car rental alternative northeast of San Diego to catch Highway 76 out of Temecula into the Cleveland National Forest for thrilling views.

Old Highway 80

Book a car and hit Old Highway 80 to see the ghost towns and abandoned ruins along this two-lane highway, built in 1956 to connect San Diego all the way east to Savannah, Georgia.

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Rent cars on Turo with Commercial Hosts

Rent with Commercial Hosts on Turo and find the perfect San Diego rental car. Commercial Hosts are Turo-approved independent local hosts or boutique car rental companies in the US, Canada, UK, and all over the world.

To rent cars with Commercial Hosts on Turo, you may be asked to sign a rental agreement or provide a refundable security deposit. Commercial Hosts provide their own insurance and physical damage protection, so renting with a Commercial Host is a bit different than your usual Turo experience.

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