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Santa Barbara is a dynamic city with a perfect blend of historical elements of Spanish heritage and spectacular views, ideal for exploring with an RV rental. Just imagine walking or jogging down the beach, seeing whale spouts on the horizon, hearing bird-songs and ocean breeze in the background and enjoying picturesque hills that stretch into the Santa Ynez Mountains and wine country. This is what this “American Riviera” has to offer.

Being 90 miles north of Los Angeles, most movie stars choose Santa Barbara as a perfect getaway. If you admire the wonders of nature and want to take an RV somewhere you can relax, forget about everything, and enjoy every single day, then choose an RV rental by owner in Santa Barbara. You will never regret it. Red-tiled rooftops, splendid beaches, Spanish-style architecture, and leafy streets combined with luscious food, unique boutiques, trendy stores, fascinating wineries – is there anything more RV renters could wish for?

The Great Outdoors

When you book an RV in Santa Barbara, be sure to visit the epic State Street where you can find a lot of interesting cuisines, enjoy the renowned architecture, and visit many chain stores, local boutiques and unique shops that will keep you busy all day long.

If you would like to have a nice picnic with your family or friends on a lovely sandy beach with a spectacular view then visit the Leadbetter Beach. If you prefer biking then you can go riding along the Pacific coast from this beach at Shoreline Park all the way to Montecito by taking the Cabrillo Bike Path.

If you like to enjoy wildlife and incredible scenery than you can choose a tour and enjoy whale watching and learning about the natural features of the area. If you are a beach person and would like to visit a hidden haven, think about visiting the dream beach for dogs and take your best friend to the Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. You will find lots of activity, playgrounds, and sports for everyone on East Beach. In case that you would like to enjoy some breathtaking views and don’t mind the stairs then visit the one-of-a-kind Thousand Steps Beach. Just 10 minutes away from Santa Barbara are Butterfly Beach and Miramar Beach that are well worth the visit.

Another attraction this lovely RV rental city offers is the Santa Barbara Zoo. It is very small, but don't let the size fool you! When visiting this zoo, you will see a lot of happy animals and wonderful views. Plus there are also lots of activities and interactions for children.

While in Santa Barbara, don’t miss out on famous indoor and outdoor attractions such as Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History and the Sea Center, Lotusland, Shoreline Park, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Salt Cave  and El Paseo.

RV Parks

Santa Barbara offers a number of RV parks available both in the downtown area and less urban places.  

Just next to the Highway 101, you will find Sunrise RV Park which is a very urban park that is just a few minutes away from the downtown and beaches. The best thing about parking your RV rental in this park is that you will be able to leave the vehicle and go explore the city easily. Most attractions are very near or easily accessible from this park. Other RV parks that are around this area are Rancho Oso RV & Camping Resort, AutoCamp Santa Barbara, and Earl Warren Showgrounds. There are a number of gas stations nearby as well.

If you would like to be in a more quiet area, you can park your RV rental near Santa Barbara at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan. It is just above the El Capitan State Beach, half a mile away. It is also very close to the freeway and 20 minutes away from the heart of Santa Barbara. Located 19 miles from Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean and situated in the Los Padres National Forest, Los Prietos Campground is your perfect choice if you enjoy hiking, biking, and horse riding as it gives you an access to a number of outdoor adventures. If you would like to enjoy both Spanish and Danish style, then your perfect choice would be to drive your RV rental to Cachuma Lake Recreation Area which is nestled between the charming city of Solvang and picturesque beaches of Santa Barbara. You can also think about parking your RV rental in Refugio State Beach, Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground or Rincon Parkway Campground.

Exploring the City

Santa Barbara is very famous for the astonishing festivals that are organized throughout the year. With an RV rental in Santa Barbara, you will be able to attend and enjoy the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Earth Day Festival, the three-day California Wine Festival, the Old Spanish Days Fiesta, the Harbor & Seafood Festival and many other delightful events. If you add marvelous scenery, luscious food, incredible history, glorious Spanish architecture to that, you won't find the better place to rent an RV!

RV Rentals in Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Santa Barbara. Outdoorsy's Santa Barbara RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Santa Barbara, CA

Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Santa Barbara Waterfront Santa Barbara, CA
Shoreline Park Trail Santa Barbara, CA
Thousand Steps Trail Santa Barbara, CA
Elings Park Sierra Club Trail Santa Barbara, CA
Parma Park Trail Santa Barbara, CA
Arroyo Burro Beach Trail Santa Barbara, CA
Rattlesnake Canyon Santa Barbara, CA
Rattlesnake Canyon Trail to Tunnel Trail Rattlesnake Canyon Park, CA
Douglas Family Preserve Santa Barbara, CA
Stevens Park Trail Santa Barbara, CA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park Santa Barbara County, CA
Cachuma Lake Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Ventura Beach RV Resort Ventura County, CA
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Ventura Ranch KOA Ventura County, CA
River Park Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Jalama Beach Campground Santa Barbara County, CA
Valencia Travel Village Los Angeles County, CA
Castaic Lake RV Campground Los Angeles County, CA
Wading Pines Camping Resort Burlington County, NJ

Popular Nearby Parks

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Recommendations for Santa Barbara, CA from Outdoorsy Owners

Santa Barbara

Great ocean view. Campfires. Walking the beach. Flying kites. Watching the stars at night.

Sep 20, 2019
Santa Barbara

Beautiful ocean view. Camping. Walking the beach. Swimming. Making smears by the campfire. Amazing!

Sep 20, 2019
Cachuma Lake

Beautiful camping area. There are tenting sites, huts, RV spots, a play area for the kids. Great customer service.

Aug 24, 2019
Rincon Parkway Campground

This iconic section of the California golden coast is perfect for scenic sunset views. This spot off PCH is a haven for surfing. There are no hookups or tent camping.

Jul 27, 2019
Carpinteria State Beach

Carpenteria Beach is popular with families because the gentle slope of the ocean floor makes it one of the safest beaches on the Southern California coast. Enjoy the ocean, starry nights & tidepools.

Jul 27, 2019
Faria County Park

Fun small campground right on one of the best surf spots in Ventura. Great little restaurant with the best breakfast!

Jul 23, 2018
Carpinteria State Beach Campground

Our favorite camping of all. Dolphins and seals every day, awesome tidepools, nice waves, lots of sand, and a great little town.

Jun 19, 2018
Carpinteria State Beach Campground

Amazing beach, never crowded, dry camping or hook-up options, and restaurants and stores within walking or bike ride distance. But best part is the beach. Nice waves, lots of sand, amazing wildlife!

Dog-friendly Cheap
Jun 19, 2018
100 El Capitan Terrace Ln

Great all-round, well rounded RV park to stay in. Bit pricey but good value.

Dog-friendly Ocean View Swimming Pool Onsite Laundry
Apr 7, 2017

Recent Outdoorsy trips to Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara

Started off at Ocean Mesa campground - great location, lovely hikes and lots of amenities

Local Fave Dog-friendly Ocean View Swimming Pool
Jan 5, 2020

Camping with friends!

Dec 20, 2019
Santa Barbara

Parked at Malibu and watched the surf.

Dec 16, 2019

Beach camp site..

Dec 9, 2019
Santa Barbara

Enjoy family and friends

Dec 5, 2019
Santa Barbara

Surfed, slept, ate, read, explored, relaxed!

Dec 1, 2019
Santa Barbara

Camped for three nights and four days while our house was being tented for termites.

Has Air Has Coffee Elbow Room Most Beautiful
Nov 5, 2019
Santa Barbara

Chilled at the Ocean Mesa Campgrounds (awesome place) and took a day trip to Solvang.

Has Coffee Glamping Ocean View Quiet Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Onsite Laundry Family Friendly Most Beautiful Kid-friendly Good weather Pricey Scenic
Nov 3, 2019
Santa Barbara

Horse show

Oct 27, 2019

Lacrosse Tournament for the weekend! Great accommodations for 4 adults at night, and for the coaches during the days!

Oct 23, 2019
Santa Barbara

Took our time going down the pacific coast

Overnight Scenic
Oct 21, 2019