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Chevrolet Camaro 2019 — Car rental alternative in Santa Barbara, CA
Chevrolet Camaro 2019

4.93

(15 trips)

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$85/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

805 RIDES ..

805 RIDES ..

All-Star Host

265 tripsJoined Jul 2021
I couldn’t think of a better ride for Santa Barbara and California coast. Just a GREAT choice for our trip, I highly recommend
Jordan W.- June 21, 2022
Smooth pick and drop off, the car was well maintained- no issues whatsoever! I’ll definitely be using 805 rides in the future!
Laura G.- June 11, 2022

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Ford Mustang 2020 — Car rental alternative in Santa Barbara, CA
Ford Mustang 2020

5.0

(33 trips)

All-Star Host

$115/day
Christopher D.

Christopher D.

All-Star Host

142 tripsJoined Dec 2020
We had the best trip using Chris’ Tesla. It was a great choice accounting for current gas prices, supercharging was quick, easy and cost efficient. The car was extremely clean and well kept. Excellent trip overall, will definitely contact Chris again for future trips.
Mars W.- March 29, 2022
Amazing experience renting with Christopher! Loved the car and ease of pickup/drop off.
Lindsay M.- June 22, 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

Peter G.
Jeep Wrangler 2017

Great Jeep! Perfect for going around Santa Barbara and surrounding areas.

Peter G.
- May 17, 2021
Guy R.
Infiniti QX60 2017

The best car was well kept and maintained. Meeting this family makes want to return to Santa Barbara. Thank you guy's for everything 🙏🏿

Guy R.
- January 11, 2022
Paul N.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2018

First time Turo user, and had a great experience with Tony! What a warm welcome to our Central Coast bachelor trip weekend. Tony picked us up right at the Santa Barbara airport arrivals with refreshment options, and upon dropping himself at his lovely home in Santa Barbara, went in to gift us a bottle of local rose his buddy makes. His VW was the perfect car for the three of us flying in SB, lovely drive up to Pismo, and all the outings around the area, including directly onto a beach or two. Tony was there for a hassle-free airport drop right where he picked us up. Sincerely couldn’t recommend more.

Paul N.
- June 6, 2022
Jenn U.
Tesla Model Y 2021

Beautiful Tesla. Can’t wait to rent again from Wesley. He made dropoff and pickup convenient. Such a beautiful way to enjoy the Santa Barbara sunshine.

Jenn U.
- February 17, 2022
Kris S.
BMW X3 2020

Luis was great. He made it super easy to get and drop the car off. The car was perfect with tons of room and great pep to it, being an M4. Highly recommend this experience if you are in Santa Barbara.

Kris S.
- April 25, 2022
Delene M.
Chevrolet Equinox 2019

An absolute joy to drive. Paul and his wife were wonderful. She even left me a welcome gift! The car was immaculate. Paul helped me load/unload my luggage and showed me where everything was on the car. He was so friendly. If I ever am lucky enough to fly into Santa Barbara again, (which I highly encourage,) or even anyplace close, I will definitely use Paul again.

Delene M.
- June 9, 2022
Joseph S.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

Jess was very friendly and accommodating. The Jeep was waiting for us right outside the Santa Barbara airport terminal. Drop off just as easy. Fun car to drive around the beach!

Joseph S.
- March 1, 2022
Susan S.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2015

This was my first time using this APP~and Miguel (was beyond) fabulous from start to finish! The rental was seamless…I would highly recommend Turo-Specifically, Miguel~for all future rentals in Santa Barbara area! Bravo!! Great Service!

Susan S.
- September 1, 2021
Parlette T.
Jeep Wrangler 2017

Kristi was absolutely amazing ! The jeep definitely made our trip easy and smooth. Highly recommend reserving a car. Drop off and pick up at the Santa Barbara airport was flawless. Would definitely use again!

Parlette T.
- May 2, 2021
Alan P.
BMW X5 2014

My experience with Kyryl and his car was excellent! Pick-up and drop-off was a breeze, and the car was perfect for the weekend trip around Santa Barbara / Santa Ynez. Would definitely recommend!

Alan P.
- August 31, 2021
Grace S.
Mazda CX-5 2016

Alek's Mazda CX-5 was the perfect ride to get us around Santa Barbara and Ventura. The airport pickup and drop off was a breeze. The car was clean and comfortable. Thanks for the great ride, Aleks!

Grace S.
- February 5, 2022
Chris H.
Tesla Model Y 2021

This is hands down one of my best Turo rentals and it's all due to Wesley's fantastic attention to detail. The price was right and the Y was all you could ask for. Accessories are fantastic and milage allowance is fair. This will be my go-to rental each time I'm in SB! Fantastic communication as well.

Chris H.
- May 31, 2022
Jeremy O.
Jeep Wrangler 2017

Our trip with Kristi’s Jeep was great! The Jeep was in great condition and super clean when we arrived. The handoff of keys and drop off at the end of our trip were seamless. I’d definitely rent Kristi’s Jeep on future trips to Santa Barbara!

Jeremy O.
- June 30, 2021
Matthew G.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

First time using Turo and the process was very simple. Couldn’t have asked for a better host in Jess. She was super responsive before and during the trip. Her Jeep is in great condition and was the best way to enjoy a few days in Santa Barbara. Highly recommend both Turo and Jess. Thank you!

Matthew G.
- March 23, 2022
Brandi G.
Infiniti QX 2013

Chris was amazing to deal with! The vehicle was immaculate and in perfect running order, great size for 4 of us and our belongings. The rental process was smooth and he made it easy to return the car, they even drop it off to you curbside when/where you need it. I highly recommend Chris.

Brandi G.
- May 11, 2022
David P.
Infiniti QX 2013

Great car, very clean and comfortable. Excellent customer service and I appreciate Chris’ consideration on the parking situation. Courtesy waters and greetings made us feel right at home. We had 11 family members arrive from various cities for our Mother’s 90th birthday—our immediate family if five (with 2 child seats) fit beautifully in the car. So glad we didn’t use a rental car company. Highly recommend Chris to anyone arriving in Santa Barbara.

David P.
- March 2, 2022
Brittany L.
Jeep Cherokee 2019

Daniel’s Jeep Cherokee was the perfect vehicle for our trip out to Santa Barbara! It was clean, great on gas, and we could connect our own music! Daniel was excellent with communication, airport pick up and drop off was easy & flexible. 5 stars, would highly recommend!

Brittany L.
- September 18, 2021
Derek R.
Audi Q5 2018

The car was clean and the gas tank full. Elissa met us at the airport and was very friendly and accommodating. We LOVED the Q5! We own 2 Audis, so we were right at home. If you're visiting Santa Barbara... this is your car.

Derek R.
- May 30, 2021
Erik R.
Honda Pilot 2019

Zera’s Honda Pilot was awesome! We fit 5 adults and luggage 4 large bags, 2 carry on bags, 4 backpacks, and we could should see out the back (so hardly any stacking)! Even with all of that weight, the car accelerated and handled very well! We were also able to fit 8 adults in the car to attend a college graduation event that restricted participation to a single vehicle. Zera was so accommodating with dropping the car off at the Santa Barbara Airport and met us when we arrived at passenger drop off. What exceptional service! I will definitely rent from Zera when we return to the area!

Erik R.
- May 24, 2022
Scott M.
Land Rover Range Rover Velar 2018

Ameer is an excellent host. He assured smooth, quick and easy handoff and start and end as well as very helpful and available anytime during trip for local ideas and information. The car perfect and a joy to drive and to use while enjoying Santa Barbara. I look forward to my next trip to SB and will use one of his cars. Thank you Ameer!

Scott M.
- November 15, 2021
Wendy L.
BMW X1 2018

Christopher was an amazing host! He was very responsive and accommodating. When his first car was canceled because of a recall, he immediately messaged me not to worry and got me another beautiful car. His car was clean, luxurious and he made it SO easy to pick up and drop off. He also accommodated my travel locations and allowed me to tailor my trip, which was extremely helpful. I will rent from him any day and look forward to working with him again in the future!!! Highest recommendation! 👍

Wendy L.
- June 13, 2022
Toni S.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2015

This was my first experience with Turo, and Miguel was an AMAZING host! The Jeep was beautiful and very well-maintained. He really went above and beyond - we rented a stroller (perfect size!), a car seat (already installed in the car), and Miguel also let us borrow a pak ‘n’ play. Everything made our trip fun and relaxing. Thank you, Miguel!!

Toni S.
- June 20, 2022
David H.
Mazda CX-5 2016

Great rental, great communication, thanks so much Aleks!

David H.
- June 17, 2022
Giulio D.
Tesla Model Y 2021

Fantastic host. It was a pleasure renting from Emily!

Giulio D.
- June 20, 2022
Simon W.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

Exactly what we had expected. Super easy and convenient. Car owner was pleasant via messages. She is the reason why I would keep renting from Turo and her. Thank you Jess!

Simon W.
- June 5, 2022
Lela M.
Lexus NX 200t 2017

Very nice, clean, smooth ride! Darren was super hospitable and communicative with a treat bag and well wishes for a great trip!

Lela M.
- June 14, 2022
Lauren I.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2015

This was out first experience with Turo and we will definitely do it again! Miguel was a gracious, communicative host who made the whole process easy. He walked me through adding a second driver, answered questions and even met us at the airport. The car was great - exactly as described and it was an extra bonus for is to have a high-end carseat as well. It saved us lugging ours through the airport. Thank, Miguel!

Lauren I.
- June 15, 2022
Michael C.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

I didnt actually get to complete my rental with Jess, due to the airline re-routing my trip. Throughout the process of changing my rental Jess was helpful, quick to respond, and understanding, which was very nice on a stressful day.

Michael C.
- April 26, 2022
Leonel C.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2019

Great service response very fast

Leonel C.
- June 5, 2022
Sean G.
BMW X3 2020

Great car and host -all as advertised!

Sean G.
- June 20, 2022
Reid H.
Mazda CX-5 2016

Great communication, easy pick up, car in good condition and got us where we needed to go. Would recommend and will be using again when back in the area!

Reid H.
- May 31, 2022
Rachel P.
Honda Pilot 2019

Love this car and host was very clear about pickup and drop-off instructions.

Rachel P.
- June 3, 2022
Courtney K.
Land Rover Range Rover Velar 2018

Ameer was wonderful to work with, very communicative and promptly responded to all of our messages. The car was clean and beautiful. We will definitely be working with Ameer again!

Courtney K.
- May 30, 2022
Katherine A.
Ford Explorer 2018

Great Host! Car was waiting for us at Airport! Highly recommend it was our first timing using won’t be last!!

Katherine A.
- June 21, 2022
Kayla B.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2019

Easy pick up and great car to drive.

Kayla B.
- June 13, 2022
Nicholas F.
BMW X5 2017

Great vehicle and excellent host. Couldn’t recommend more highly!

Nicholas F.
- June 22, 2022
Laura G.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2019

Clean, cozy car, and Caroline was a super responsive, chill host.

Laura G.
- June 22, 2022
Kristen R.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2018

Tony was reliable and kind. Car was lovely.

Kristen R.
- June 23, 2022
Greg J.
BMW X5 2017

Great car and Bryan was great to rent from. Amazing communication and easy drop off and pick up. Car is perfect for a family and was very clean and felt new.

Greg J.
- May 9, 2022
Brad B.
Nissan Xterra 2014

Our Trip was great with Kris’ car. Very clean, smooth ride. Perfect for our family trip.

Brad B.
- April 22, 2022
Adam B.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

This was my first time using Turo and I will be certainly be back. Jess was extremely quick to respond and made the experience very easy. Jess's jeep was very clean and is in excellent shape. Something about a Jeep always makes the trip more fun, don't pass up on renting this Jeep with Jess!

Adam B.
- May 3, 2022
Paul S.
BMW X5 2014

Great car at a great price. Kyryl was prompt and responsive. would rent from again.

Paul S.
- September 19, 2021
Francine G.
Honda Pilot 2019

This was our first experience with Turo and we couldn’t be happier. Zeta was on time, fast to respond to questions, and provided a clean car ready for us to drive. I’d definitely rent from her again. Awesome experience!

Francine G.
- May 9, 2022
Kerri B.
Jeep Wrangler 2017

Kristi was a terrific car host. Super fun car and she quickly addressed a question we had. Would definitely rent from her again!

Kerri B.
- August 13, 2021
Mallory H.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2017

This was so easy and such a great car to have on the Cali coast! It made our trip so much better

Mallory H.
- April 10, 2022
Marlowe L.
BMW X5 2014

Car was fantastic . Kyryl was great. Would rent again in a heartbeat.

Marlowe L.
- April 14, 2022
Brenyn M.
Tesla Model Y 2021

Wes made the process easy. Chill guy, look forward to renting from him again.

Brenyn M.
- April 3, 2022
Mike F.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2015

Great rental experience. Jeep was in great shape and well equipped including iPhone charging cables and XM radio. Perfect for our trip to Orange County and handled very well in the rain.

Mike F.
- December 28, 2021
Rosemarie B.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

Jess was very commutative and easy to deal with. Easy pick up and drop off!

Rosemarie B.
- April 13, 2022
Spencer B.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2019

Great car, great host, easy dropoff and pickup, what more could you want? Will definitely rent again

Spencer B.
- April 17, 2022
Jeremy M.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2019

Caroline was a great host. An excellent vehicle and flawless handoff. Thank you for making this trip even better!

Jeremy M.
- March 30, 2022
Sarah B.
Cadillac XT5 2019

This was my first time using Turo. It was convenient and the car was exactly as listed. Host was responsive and friendly. Thanks for a great trip! I would definitely use Nancy's car again.

Sarah B.
- May 4, 2022
Candace W.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

It was so seamless renting from Jess! Loved the Jeep…! Perfect for SB getaway!!! Will definitely rent again!

Candace W.
- May 25, 2022
Justin D.
Jeep Wrangler 2009

Great drive! Amazing sound system

Justin D.
- May 16, 2022
D P.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2019

Car was clean, filled with fuel and in the front row at the airport for us when we arrived. It was an excellent drive.

D P.
- April 10, 2022
Shaun W.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2018

Great car, super clean, James was really helpful and very responsive.

Shaun W.
- April 4, 2022
Catherine D.
Honda Pilot 2019

First experience with Turo and luckily it was with Zera who made pickup and drop off effortless. The Pilot was exactly what we needed for our stay in SB. Thanks!!

Catherine D.
- April 12, 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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