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Santa Ynez is one of five communities that formed the foundation of the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, California. Surrounded by rolling hills, wildflowers, and rows of grape vines and not far from the magnificent Pacific Ocean coast, the area offers visitors a mix of natural beauty, cultural history, and eclectic communities.

The Old-West cowboy era town is located about 25 miles from Santa Barbara, so after you book an RV in Santa Ynez, you have the option of a relaxing getaway roaming around the tiny town and beautiful Valley, or spending time amidst the beaches and bustle of the “American Riviera."

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The Great Outdoors

Santa Ynez offers endless opportunities to hike, bike, or horseback ride inland around the valley, forests, and ridgelines, as well as all kinds of beach vistas and activities found at the coastal shores. Spend a day experiencing the solitude of ranch or mountain trails in the wild Los Padres National Forest, stretching across towering Ponderosa pine covered mountain-tops in the east and into Salinas Valley, and along the Pacific Ocean from just south of Santa Barbara through just north of Big Sur through Carmel Valley.

After you pick up your RV rental near Santa Ynez set out for a day-trip to Cachuma Lake, located off scenic Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley midway between Santa Barbara and the Danish community of Solvang. There’s no swimming here given that it’s a domestic water source, however, the reservoir is set amidst acres of wilderness and offers hiking trails, fishing piers, and a boat and kayak rental fleet available, so you can pass time on the glimmering water surrounded with panoramic views of the city and the San Rafael Mountains.

If you have time, you can discover the 75-mile long stretch of Big Sur coastline, one of the most spectacular environments in the world offering visitors a wide variety of recreation and nature/selfie photo ops under canopies of ancient redwoods or along the majestic coast. Cruise throughout Santa Barbara County to experience the wonder and beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Surf or SUP with sea otters, watch for whales, lounge on a sandy beach, or explore the wildlife and ocean environment further at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

RV Parks

When it comes time to choose where to park your Santa Ynez motorhome rental, there are plenty of beautiful places to set up camp throughout this region either close to town and daily life or off the beaten path and in the heart of nature.

There are multiple RV parks dotted along the Santa Barbara South Coast, making it easy to settle in by Central California’s pristine shoreline. If a beachside park beckons you, about an hour away from Santa Barbara is Jalama Beach County Park, a campground offering sites that overlook the Pacific Ocean and come equipped with electrical hookups, a picnic table and BBQ pit, and nearby showers and water. Should you need any supplies or services, the Jalama Beach Store and Grill offers conveniences ranging from food to firewood to fishing bait.

Head inland in your Santa Ynez camper rental to seek refuge and a more rustic camping experience in the mighty Los Padres National Forest. You may wish to consider staying at McGill, which is the area's largest and most RV-friendly campground. There are no hookups offered, but this is a great place to be if you want to step right out your RV door and have immediate access to the forest environment. There are several convenient, short hiking trails leading away from the campsite, including the McGill Campground Trail Exploration Trail and Mt. Pinos Trail.

You also have the option of staying at the Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park, a small and friendly family-run RV park with full hookups and water/sewer, plus free WiFi and cable available at every space. Sunrise is located right in the city, making this site a great place to enjoy the comforts of a more urban accommodation with close access to everything in Santa Barbara.

Exploring the City

When you rent an RV in Santa Ynez, explore the town to be transported back to a bygone era while also enjoying plenty of modern-day conveniences. Stroll the charming streets of downtown to see 1880s-era wood building facades, walkways embedded with horseshoes and hitching posts, honkytonk saloons and feed stores, as well as contemporary shops and galleries with Western-inspired artwork and memorabilia.

Don’t miss a visit to the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Parks-Janeway Carriage House, where you can learn about the Valley’s deeply rooted history from an artifact collection, exhibits, and educational programs that teach about the indigenous Chumash people and the early Spanish settlers and pioneers that established the county's five towns. Experience more of the area’s Old West heritage by taking a hike in fresh mountain air to Manzana Schoolhouse and Dabney Cabin, one of the area’s turn-of-the-century homesteads.

See the lay of the land and try your skills at horsemanship by saddling up for a magnificent ride through the surrounding hills and vineyards, or experience the region from a bird’s eye view with a ride in a hot air balloon. Early birds and night owls can find 24/7 indoor fun at nearby Chumash Casino Resort, where you can catch a live show or try your luck at the slot machines and table games at a venue nestled in the wine country.

After a day of adventuring, seek refuge at tranquil vineyard settings and savor famous Central Coast wine paired with a picnic, or when hunger strikes you’ll find delicious culinary delights to please any palate, ranging from casual country-style feasts to five-star dining experiences.

If you’re dreaming of a laid-back lifestyle and country-western adventure, consider a Santa Ynez travel trailer rental and enjoy California’s peaceful landscapes and historical towns. Rent a luxury motorhome in Santa Ynez and head out on an amazing outdoor recreational adventure.

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