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Honda Accord 2014 — Car rental alternative in Oxnard, CA 93036
Honda Accord 2014

5.0

(37 trips)

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US$59/day
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Fall in love with Santa Barbara

Set between the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is one of California’s most picturesque and historic cities. This artsy town grew up around the 1786 Franciscan Mission, which you can still visit today, and its storybook downtown area still reflects its Spanish roots.

But there’s more to this charming destination than just history. Upscale shops and fine dining go hand-in-hand with gorgeous beaches and perfect weather, making it all too easy to fall in love with this delightful seaside city.

Santa Barbara favorites

Tour the Old Mission, make a reservation at an incredible seaside cafe, and prepare to lose your heart in Santa Barbara’s shady streets.

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Old Mission Santa Barbara

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Old Mission is a living national historic landmark with a fascinating museum, colorful parish church, storied mausoleum, and more. Take a self-guided tour of the mission and grounds, then visit the gift shop for exquisite jewelry and art.

Santa Barbara Downtown

The beating heart of Santa Barbara is its downtown: where magnificent Spanish colonial architecture meets hip outdoor cafes and gelato vendors. Shop at the upscale Paseo Nuevo shopping center, taste some wine at the Funk Zone, and catch live entertainment at the gorgeous Arlington and Granada Theatres.

Stearns Wharf

At scenic Stearns Wharf, you can ride a water taxi, explore marine life, sample seafood with views of the harbor, and watch for pelicans. After dining with a view, satisfy your sweet tooth at Mother Stearns Candy Shop or the Great Pacific Ice Cream Company.

Top hosts in Santa Barbara, CA

Jj L.

Jj L.

All-Star Host

173 tripsJoined Apr 2018
seamless rental process; JJ really went above and beyond and all for an incredibly reasonable rate!
Ryan M.- 6 July 2022
JJ’s car was perfect!
Bryan M.- 28 September 2022

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Martin R.

Martin R.

All-Star Host

461 tripsJoined Oct 2019
Just what we needed in a rental.
Byron M.- 25 September 2022
Martin is great at communicating and takes care of his vehicle very well. Very smooth and easy working with him. Thank you!
J H.- 27 September 2022

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Hit the road

Fun cities, pastoral towns, and a range of interesting sites surround Santa Barbara. A ferry ride away at the Channel Islands, you can hike in search of amazing views and dolphin sightings. Or stay on land and enjoy the natural beauty of nearby Cachuma Lake and the Santa Ynez Valley. If you’re into architecture and don’t mind putting up with a few tourists, check out Danish Solvang or the stunning Hearst Castle.

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Solvang

In just about 40 minutes, you can travel from Spain to Denmark without leaving the state of California. After admiring Santa Barbara’s Spanish colonial vibe, head to Solvang to enjoy captivating Danish architecture, an 1800s Franciscan church, and the fabulous Hans Christian Andersen Museum.

The Santa Ynez Valley

Take a picture-perfect drive through the Santa Ynez Valley, home to quaint little towns like Santa Ynez and Los Alamos. Full of vineyards, art galleries, and even an ostrich farm, the valley is both calm and surprising.

Hearst Castle

It may be a longer road trip, but seeing William Randolph Hearst’s jaw-dropping hilltop mansion is worth the 137-mile drive. Featuring an indoor roman pool with ornate details, a massive collection of art, and landscaped grounds populated with zebras and bison, Hearst Castle is truly something you won’t see every day.

Recent reviews

Matthew M.
Mitsubishi Mirage 2017

Great little car to buzz around the Santa Barbara area!

Matthew M.
- 19 September 2022
Heidi J.
Ford Mustang 2019

Car was clean and ran perfectly.

Heidi J.
- 21 July 2022
Sarah M.
BMW 2 Series 2017

Great car, great communication.

Sarah M.
- 12 August 2021
Byron M.
Ford Fiesta 2015

Just what we needed in a rental.

Byron M.
- 25 September 2022
Robert M.
BMW 4 Series 2018

Had a great time cruising around Santa Barbara!

Robert M.
- 30 May 2022
Colbert K.
Kia Optima 2018

Anthony was very helpful in coordinating the pickup of the car at the Santa Barbara airport.

Colbert K.
- 28 August 2022
Gary K.
Tesla Model S 2021

Great people - Amazing car… the entire rental experience was seamless and made the santa barbara visit a dream

Gary K.
- 1 October 2021
Zachary G.
Ford Mustang 2018

Perfect way to get around sunny Santa Barbara in style.

Zachary G.
- 24 August 2021
Nathan S.
Tesla Model 3 2021

Great car.

Nathan S.
- 23 May 2022
Kristin G.
BMW 4 Series 2018

Having this car made our trip to Santa Barbara that much more enjoyable for us.

Kristin G.
- 8 July 2022
Neal D.
Ford Cobra 1969

It was a super smooth experience & I would highly recommend renting this to enjoy Santa Barbara in style!

Neal D.
- 2 September 2022
Shannon M.
BMW 2 Series 2017

Beautiful car.

Shannon M.
- 19 April 2022
Luis C.
Honda Civic 2017

Amazing car even the insane gas prices everyone Is dealing with right now.

Luis C.
- 17 March 2022
Jordan W.
Ford Mustang 2020

I couldn’t think of a better ride for Santa Barbara and California coast.

Jordan W.
- 22 June 2022
Albert M.
Tesla Model 3 2021

Car was clean and in perfect working order and car was waiting for me when I touched down in Santa Barbara.

Albert M.
- 18 May 2022
Kevin T.
BMW 2 Series 2017

The car was immaculate and exactly as advertised.

Kevin T.
- 3 October 2021
Robert V.
Polaris Slingshot 2021

The Slingshot is a great ride for joy riding through the Santa Barbara country side and coastal area.

Robert V.
- 11 November 2021
Jennifer S.
Ford Cobra 1969

The owner, Layne was so helpful and was a great communicator through the whole rental process.

Jennifer S.
- 29 December 2021
Garrett B.
Hyundai Sonata 2016

She gave us great recommendations for food and fun things to do in Santa Barbara🌊🌞 she was on time and so helpful!!

Garrett B.
- 2 August 2021
William H.
BMW 8-Series 2020

Josef’s BMW was a great rental.

William H.
- 29 August 2022
Hayden W.
Toyota Camry 2012

Meaghan was a fantastic host with a super stellar car!

Hayden W.
- 25 June 2021
Geoffrey Teetor A.
Tesla Model 3 2021

Very nice and well-maintained car.

Geoffrey Teetor A.
- 3 November 2021
Mary Kay C.
BMW 8-Series 2020

Great car!

Mary Kay C.
- 1 October 2021
Amy F.
Ford Fusion 2016

The car was perfect for our trip and fit 4 people comfortably.

Amy F.
- 23 May 2022
Derrick T.
BMW 2 Series 2017

This Convertible was perfect for the great weather in Santa Barbara!

Derrick T.
- 8 February 2022
Sara B.
BMW 2 Series 2017

This is such a FUN car for the hills of Santa Barbara and Roy could not be a more gracious or communicative host.

Sara B.
- 4 September 2021
Bob M.
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2018

We especially appreciated her support when we had to reschedule our trip.

Bob M.
- 18 November 2021
Taylor G.
BMW 8-Series 2020

Everything with this trip was extra smooth, from the pickup and drop off, to the car itself!

Taylor G.
- 9 September 2022
David T.
Ford Mustang 2020

Beautiful car with an awsome V8 burble always in the background.

David T.
- 13 May 2022
Frederick C.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2017

No better car for Santa Barbara exploring than this one.

Frederick C.
- 16 August 2022
Kyle S.
BMW 4 Series 2017

Steven was a fantastic host on our recent visit to Santa Barbara/Isla Vista.

Kyle S.
- 12 June 2021
Greg J.
Tesla Model 3 2018

Highly recommend if you are in the Santa Barbara area.

Greg J.
- 20 July 2021
Lindsey T.
Maserati Ghibli 2020

Chris was the best and so was his car!!!

Lindsey T.
- 12 September 2022
Megan B.
BMW 2 Series 2017

Roy’s BMW 2 series convertible was perfect for our trip to Santa Barbara and Los Olivos!

Megan B.
- 4 June 2022
Mars W.
Tesla Model 3 2021

We had the best trip using Chris’ Tesla.

Mars W.
- 29 March 2022
Christina M.
Ford Cobra 1969

An absolute dream car!

Christina M.
- 15 September 2022
Lena H.
FIAT 500 2016

So glad I got to use this car and have such a great experience for my first time on Turo.

Lena H.
- 10 June 2022
Brenna S.
FIAT 500 2016

My husband and I rented JJ’s Fiat for a long weekend in Santa Barbara and it was perfect!!

Brenna S.
- 24 July 2022
Keely P.
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2018

Alyssa was so easy to work with and her car was so fun to drive!

Keely P.
- 22 November 2021
Isaac B.
Chevrolet Camaro 2019

Fun car to drive in the Santa Barbara area.

Isaac B.
- 25 June 2022
Nathalie H.
FIAT 500 2012

Never any problems, I got the car delivered to a address closer to my hose which was very helpful.

Nathalie H.
- 6 July 2022
Gary Y.
Tesla Model 3 2019

The rental process went smoothly.

Gary Y.
- 14 April 2022
Ruben A.
Ford Mustang 2018

He accommodated the rental to our needs and the car was exactly as presented.

Ruben A.
- 29 June 2021
Teresa D.
Ford Mustang 2020

If we are back in Santa Barbara and in need of a car we will be looking for this host again.

Teresa D.
- 2 August 2021
Monte D.
BMW 8-Series 2020

He made my trip as easy as possible.

Monte D.
- 16 March 2022
Michelle I.
Lexus CT 200h 2014

Great communicator and went above and beyond giving us a ride after we dropped off his car.

Michelle I.
- 30 March 2022
Brian G.
Ford Mustang 2020

I would totally recommend Anthony Ford mustang when visiting Santa Barbara

Brian G.
- 15 August 2021
Charles E.
Tesla Model 3 2019

Excellent car, smooth process.

Charles E.
- 10 April 2022
Brian S.
Ford Mustang 1969

On top of the great rental experience he is also knowledgeable on places to go and things to do in the Santa Barbara area.

Brian S.
- 27 July 2021
Ron B.
Ford Mustang 2018

He was very responsive with communication, provided a very clean Mustang to drive while we were visiting Santa Barbara.

Ron B.
- 1 May 2022
Sarah S.
Chevrolet Spark 2017

Great little car, fun to drive, great gas mileage, and the small size made it easy to find parking!

Sarah S.
- 10 February 2022
Ana H.
Dodge Dart 2015

I really enjoyed this car.

Ana H.
- 4 May 2021
Arthur O.
Honda Civic 2017

Easy car pickup and drop off, real nice ride and affordable price.

Arthur O.
- 18 June 2022
Jordan J.
Scion tC 2014

Always available when in need of contact, very flexible with his time, and overall great price for a even better car.

Jordan J.
- 26 September 2022
Alex P.
Ford Mustang 1969

As for the car... it was an absolute dream!

Alex P.
- 30 May 2022
Alex B.
Dodge Dart 2015

Scott is a great host and has an amazing response time, we enjoyed our trip and this was such an easy and efficient reservation!

Alex B.
- 7 September 2021
Hope M.
Toyota Corolla Hybrid 2020

Great car & easy rental experience!

Hope M.
- 29 July 2022

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Best Santa Barbara driving roads

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Santa Barbara Scenic Drive

Give yourself two hours to explore this 25-mile drive through all Santa Barbara’s must-see sites. Starting from the Visitor Center, you’ll see beautiful beaches, charming neighborhoods, and a famous mission. For a truly perfect day, make a reservation at one of the many restaurants along the way.

Highway 154

Also known as San Marcos Pass, Highway 154 is one of Santa Barbara’s most iconic roads, and its ocean views are second to none. Fuel up for a windy drive along this mountain path that’s a perfect gateway to the Santa Ynez Valley, Lake Cachuma, and local wineries.

Alameda Padre Serra

Winding through the heart of Santa Barbara and along the riviera, a drive down Alameda Padre Serra provides up-close views of the city’s stone walls, downtown, harbor, and wharf. Start from the Old Mission and follow this classic road to Montecito, then hit up the beach for some rest and relaxation.

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