The Top 10 Places In California To Visit For The Holidays

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It’s getting cold in most parts of the country… very cold, in fact. And if another freezing holiday season seems like more than you can bear, perhaps it’s time to take it as a sign and book a little getaway this year. After all, who needs a white Christmas when you can sink your toes into the sand and bask in the sunshine?

There’s still plenty of time to make those last-minute travel reservations. And if you’re flying into San Francisco, Burbank or LAX, consider Super Cheap Car Rental for your car rental reservations Los Angeles. Our independently owned company can often beat the rates of some of our corporate competitors, and we offer deals on Orange County long-term car rental terms.

But where should you go once you’re flight has landed and you’re ready to drive off into the sunset in your rental car? That’s up to you. The 10 places in California to visit on this list are always beautiful choices. Visit one or try to explore as many as possible.

Mendocino

If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway in Northern California, look no further than Mendocino. There are no chain stores in the entire village, and every shop and restaurant in town offers something unique. If you’re there for the Festival of Lights, prepare for an unforgettable experience. The Old-Time Coastal Christmas Celebration lasts all December and includes Christmas Train rides, a seasonal Model Train Show and Christmas at the Ford House Visitor Center, with decorations, cinnamon rolls and a roaring fire.

Solvang

California’s Danish village is gorgeous during the holiday season. Their annual Solvang Julefest brings Old World traditions to the modern wine country, while the Julefest Wine & Beer Walk offers the perfect opportunity to sample local brews and vino. There’s even a living nativity reenactment.

Fresno

The charming city of Fresno is a true Christmas village thanks to the two miles of decorations along Van Ness Boulevard, better known as Christmas Tree Lane. The Fig Garden neighborhood also gets into the spirit, featuring over 140 decorated homes.

Newport Beach

If you can get to Newport Beach between December 14 and 18, you won’t be disappointed—their annual Christmas Boat Parade is a sight to behold. The tradition dates back more than 100 years and attracts people from all over the state. There are several charter boats you can take, or you can catch the sights from the shoreline.

Santa Monica

The Santa Monica community really gets into the holiday spirit, offering all kinds of craft fairs and holiday walks throughout December. Many of the local restaurants offer delicious Christmas menus, allowing you to leave the cooking to someone else. If you’re Jewish, you’ll appreciate the Menorah Lightings on the Third Street Promenade from December 24-January 1.

Big Bear Lake

Sometimes, in spite of the beautiful California sunshine, nothing but a white Christmas will do, In that case, take a few days off from the surf and sand and head to Big Bear Lake in the Inland Empire. With holiday lights glowing in the village and snow falling on the pines, Big Bear Lake makes a perfect Christmas escape just a couple of hours from Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

If you’ve never experienced LA during the holiday season, you’re missing out. The Original Farmers Market and The Grove bring out their decorations shortly after Halloween, and there are almost too many events and activities to count. From parades and tree lightings to holiday markets and plays, you certainly won’t be bored in LA in December. If you can make it to the city by December 16, head to the Music Center Plaza for their annual (free!) Holiday Sing-Along. There’s nothing like belting out “Silver Bells” with hundreds of strangers to lift your spirits.

Palm Springs

Aside from its mild climate and peaceful atmosphere, Palm Springs makes a great holiday destination because of their annual Robolights display. Robolights is an impressive 8.4 million light display that sits on four acres and impresses people of all ages.

San Diego

Head south to sunny San Diego and enjoy mild winter temperatures, a decorated downtown area and dozens of beautiful beaches to walk on. Many of the area’s top hotels, like the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, go all out with the decorating and menus. You’ll have your choice of festivals, parades and light displays, not to mention Skating by the Sea, Coronado’s outdoor rink. There is also an abundance of free family-friendly holiday activities in San Diego.

Julian

Located in San Diego County, Julian offers a hint of winter chill in a picturesque setting. The town’s 80 foot tall living Christmas tree stays illuminated from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. The entire historic gold-mining town is decorated to celebrate as well. Though it won’t be too cold to enjoy yourself here, you’ll definitely also enjoy spending your evenings by the fireplace.

Planning a road trip down the California Coast? There’s never a bad time to explore our beautiful coastline. See our article on The Top 10 Road Trip Stops On The California Coast.

The Top 10 Road Trip Stops On The California Coast

Road Trip Stops On The California Coast

Planning a road trip down the California Coast? There’s never a bad time to explore our beautiful coastline, so if it’s something you’ve never done, consider adding it to your bucket list. Super Cheap Car Rental can take care of your car rental reservations Los Angeles needs easily if you’re flying to California or if you just don’t want to drive your own vehicle. And if you’re under 25, don’t worry—we don’t charge extra for our underage car rental Los Angeles clients.

Of course, you can’t spend every moment of your trip in your awesome rental car. The coast is full of great places to stop, and you should take full advantage of them. We consider these to be some of your best bets.

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg

Talk about finding beauty in the most unlikely of ways. Glass Beach is located in MacKerricher State Park, and it’s full of sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of town. Over the years the pounding waves cleaned up the beach and broke down everything but the glass and pottery, resulting in tiny shimmering pieces of glass that look beautiful.

Bodega Bay

This scenic fishing village was the setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Birds,” but it’s not nearly as ominous in real life. If you’ve seen the movie, stop by the 150 year old Potter School that’s located about five miles south of town behind St. Theresa’s Church. It’s a private residence, but occasionally they open for tours.

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is located about 28 miles south of San Francisco in the westernmost portion of San Mateo County. Between its historic downtown area, charming shops and scenic stretch of beach, you may want to spend an entire afternoon here. If you’re not driving or can take a long break, taste some local wine at the Barterra Winery or the ENO Wine Tasting Room at the Ritz Carlton.

Santa Cruz

To know Santa Cruz is to love it. The area is full of hiking trails, great attractions, beaches and the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. If you’re there around lunchtime, head to The Picnic Basket and enjoy a casual meal right on the beach. You’ll feel like a kid again when you visit this charming place.

Big Sur

This sparsely populated and undeveloped region is described as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” It’s a breathtaking place that almost seems surreal, and to drive by without stopping and exploring would definitely be a mistake.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon

Anyone who has ever dreamed about visiting a castle but has never seen one would love the castle in San Simeon. It was designed for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and it has a whopping 165 rooms along with gardens, pools and terraces.

Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve

This open space park is situated above ocean waves and has plenty of trails with breathtaking views. The trails also lead to the bluff’s edge and overlook the Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery, where hundreds of seals give birth to their pups along the shoreline. Pupping season is typically December through May.

Malibu

Are you hoping to spot some celebrities on your road trip? Malibu is where many of them live, and if you visit, you’ll certainly see why. This gorgeous beach town is a great place to people watch. Zuma Beach and Malibu Creek State Park are amazing, and the Malibu Farm restaurant serves incredible food.

Long Beach

Long Beach is a place where you could easily spend an entire day. Besides the beautiful beach itself, you’ll find the Aquarium of the Pacific, The Pike roller coaster, the Los Cerritos Ranch House and the infamous RMS Queen Mary in this Orange County beach town.

Lemon Grove

Have you ever wanted to take your picture in front of a giant lemon? Who hasn’t? You’ll find Lemon Grove, the world’s largest lemon, in San Diego County. If nothing else, it makes a great backdrop for a selfie.

These are just a few of the hundreds of fabulous places you’ll find in close proximity to the California Coast. Take plenty of time to stop and smell the roses (and the fresh salty sea air)… after all, it’s more about the journey than the destination. Browse the site to see more about automobile information and more related rental details.

SUPER CHEAP CAR RENTAL WINS 2016 RENTER RATED AWARD

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October 11th, 2016

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LOS ANGELES, CA — Super Cheap Car Rental, a trusted car rental company serving Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orange County, has won a 2016 Renter Rated Award from ExpressITech Inc. in the category of Most Recommended To Others. ExpressITech Inc. is a rental management system and the founder of CarRentalExpress.com.

“We are seriously honored and, while pleasantly surprised, we also completely understand how we could have won the Renter Rated award for Most Recommended to Others,” said the owner of Super Cheap Car Rental. “We work very hard to make the rental experience as pleasant and easy as possible. Being a small independent agency gives us the ability to be truly hands on with our customers. We just get it.”

Renter Rated is a program developed by ExpressITech.com that gives renters the opportunity to share their experiences. After their rental experience, the customers are encouraged to rate the agency one to five stars based on nine criteria. All the ratings are tallied, and the more ratings an agency has, the more accurate the star rating value will be.

Super Cheap Car Rental is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Their first location opened in Los Angeles in 1996 with the goal of appealing to young and international renters by offering them flat, all inclusive car rental rates. The company began to make a name for itself right away, and by the year 2000, students, interns and foreign workers were taking the bus from Orange County and San Diego to rent through Super Cheap. There are now offices in San Francisco and Orange County in addition to the original Los Angeles location.

One thing that sets Super Cheap apart from other car rental companies is their lack of extra fees for renters between the ages of 21 and 24. Most companies will either not rent to people under the age of 25 or they’ll charge them extra fees. Super Cheap’s rates are not higher for 21-24 year old renters, and their fees for ages 20 and under are nominal.

Car Rental Express awards rental agencies annually for their excellent Renter Rated ratings. This is the first award of its kind for Super Cheap Car Rental.

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Underage Car Rental and Asterisks

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We were recently on the Hertz website and saw this:

It’s a common misconception that drivers have to be at least 25 years old to rent a car. The truth is – Hertz rents cars to those 20 years old and up.*

Well Hooray for Hertz! But it got me thinking – do you see that asterisk? You see it, the one right there. Well, that little asterisk is loaded time bomb. And that bomb usually goes off at the car rental counter right at the moment when you are picking up your car.

Dictionary.com defines asterisk this way:

a small star-like symbol (*), used in writing and printing as a reference mark or to indicate omission, doubtful matter, etc.

Read that again…

to indicate omission, doubtful matter, etc.”

OK so they are going to rent you a vehicle but it’s probably going to be much more expensive the quote you received. Almost all car rental agencies will charge you the dreaded Underage Car Rental Fee that could be as high as 20 to 25 (or more) dollars a day when you hire a car from them. You may also find that promotions and discounts, (mysteriously) no longer apply to you. Make sure you research vehicle information or see info about our automotive rentals.

This is from the SIXT site:

A fee* will apply for rentals at every location in the United States. Please check how much you will be charged if you are a driver under 25 at our branches across the US.

See that asterisks? While a little more specific, it still is uncomfortably vague. How much??????

Here at Super Cheap Car Rental, we do not have any asterisks. Super Cheap Car Rental prides itself on transparency. NO surprises when you rent a vehicle from us. It’s fairly simple, good drivers drive well. So again to make it perfectly clear, Super Cheap Car Rental has no extra underage car rental fees if you are renting a car and you are a 21 to 24 year old who can prove he or she can legally drive. With that said we look forward to seeing you when you hire a car or rent a car or want a car rental or whatever you call it. We will take care of you. Have fun and be safe.

Renting A Car With A Foreign License

We get this a lot: “ Hi, I’m from Ireland or Japan or Singapore or Jupiter or from wherever you are from and all I have is my Irish license. Is that ok? Do I need an international drivers license?”

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The short answer is YES and NO. YES you can use your Irish drivers license and NO, you do not need an international drivers license. That’s it. Plain and simple. As long as you can prove that you can legally drive in your country or on this planet, then you can rent foreign license car rentals in California. The International License charges with rental cars are a real scam. In most cases, it is expensive and unnecessary.

International Drivers License

While an international drivers license can be helpful for translation purposes, it isn’t required anywhere in California or the United States. Any rent a car company that tries to tell you different or charge you a fee for using the license from your country is not to be trusted. They are tacking on unnecessary fees.

Here it is in black and white, as quoted directly from the official California Vehicle Code section 14608(a):

  • A person shall not rent a motor vehicle to another person unless both of the following requirements have been met
  • The person to whom the vehicle is rented is licensed under this code or is a nonresident who is licensed under the laws of the state or country of his or her residence

There you have it. Try to be on the look out for foreign license car rentals and vehicle information close to your area. Have fun and be safe!

The Top 10 Cars To Rent For A California Road Trip

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Many people don’t give much thought to the type of vehicle they rent for a vacation, signing up for the most inexpensive option to save money. And that may be fine if you won’t be driving very much during your visit. But when you’re planning a road trip, obviously the car you rent matters. While every vehicle at a car rental agency must pass inspections and be in good working order, that doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t be particular about which one you choose. When hundreds of miles are involved, the wheel you get behind matters.

When looking at your car rental reservations Los Angeles, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind. Your comfort is very important, so pick something that was built for an enjoyable ride. Gas mileage is also a factor, of course, but it’s not the only one—if you’re traveling with a group, you may have to forego saving money on gas for a more comfortable and spacious SUV. Storage space is also an issue, so book something that will hold your luggage, a cooler for snacks, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.

Last but not least, make sure you’ll feel confident behind the wheel of your rental car. Most rental vehicles have automatic transmissions and are fairly easy to drive, but you should still feel comfortable, and not nervous, cruising down the road. If you can’t rent something you’re familiar with, practice driving down deserted roads before you hit the highway or consider letting someone else do the driving. Once you decide on something that fits all these categories, you can look up car rental packages including underage car rental Los Angeles reservations.

Some vehicles are definitely more highly recommended than others for road trips. If you need some help deciding, take a look at this top 10 list to narrow down your options.

These are the top 10 suggested vehicles for road trips:

1) Chevrolet Cruze

  • Chevrolet is still a trusted name in the auto industry, and the Cruze is both versatile and easy to drive. This is considered a compact car, but it’s roomy enough for four to fit comfortably… three if no one packs light.

2) Ford Mustang

  • Are you envisioning a romantic coastal road trip for two with your hair blowing in the breeze? There’s nothing like a convertible, and when it comes to coastal cruising, there’s nothing like a Ford Mustang. It’s got class-leading fuel economy, topping 30 miles per gallon on the highway even though it’s a 300-horsepower sports car.

3) Toyota Sienna

  • All minivans have serious road trip potential, but the Toyota Sienna is in a league of its own. We’d like to pretend it’s because of the excellent fuel efficiency and the comfortable ride, but really it’s the fact that Toyota calls it a “swagger wagon” than wins us over.

4) Subaru Outback

  • The Subaru Outback is the car for explorers. It shines the most when your road trip destination is a trailhead or mountain lodge, but it’s an all-terrain type of vehicle.

5) Toyota Camry

  • The classic, reliable Camry is a top choice for its driveability and comfort. Make it a hybrid model if you can for the added fuel efficiency.

6) Toyota Corolla

  • Much like the Toyota Camry, the Corolla is classic and reliable. The Corolla is a bit smaller than the Camry, but as a whole, it tends to get better gas mileage.

7) Honda Accord

  • With a roomy interior, comfortable ride and easy driveability, the Honda Accord is a classic choice.

8) Kia Sorento

  • The Kia Sorento is a great SUV hiding in plain sight. This mid-sized crossover is a perfect pick for a family of five or a small group of friends, offering an elegant exterior and a roomy interior. The rear seats are padded and comfortable, even for adults.

9) Ford Focus

  • Whether you wind up with a sedan or a hatchback, you’ll have a nice, comfortable ride when you go with a Ford Focus. A responsive 160-horsepower, four cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission earned the car a “very good” rating from Consumer Reports.

10) Nissan Quest

  • Another minivan makes the top 10. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, this powerful road trip wagon is a great choice for families or a group of friends. The auxiliary audio jack ensures your crew can listen to their own music, and there are plenty of cup holders for each passenger to enjoy.

This is an excellent list of some of the top rated rental cars for a California road trip… but remember, in the end, your comfort is the ultimate deciding factor. If you don’t see what you like here, you’ll have numerous other options to take you on your journey. Do your research, be mindful of your budget, and consult anyone else who will also be a driver. That way you’ll end up with the right rental car for everyone involved. Click here for vehicle info on our selection of car rentals.

Happy driving!

Romantic Getaways On The California Coast

Romantic Getaways On The California Coast

When was the last time you treated your special someone to a beach vacation? The California coast makes the perfect destination in any season. The beach is romantic, it’s almost always warm, and it’s definitely always gorgeous. Now that fall is in full swing, the beach towns won’t be nearly as crowded. This is a beautiful time of year on the coast, and you may be able to find some hotel specials since it’s the off-season.

You also might find a deal on Los Angeles car rental packages. Super Cheap Car Rental’s all inclusive packages rate makes it easy to determine your costs. Your quote will include liability coverage, collision coverage, unlimited mileage and all taxes. Enter the dates for your car rental reservation Los Angeles and find the right vehicle for you. For a romantic getaway, we suggest a luxury car rental to enhance the experience.

Nothing kicks off a romantic getaway like a scenic drive to a beautiful beachside hotel, resort or bed and breakfast. So once you land in Los Angeles and pick up your rental car, cruise over to the coast for some relaxation with the one you love.

Here are some of the best places to stay on a romantic vacation:

The Sea Otter Inn, Cambria

Cambria is a quiet seaside village in the San Luis Obispo County about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The charming Sea Otter Inn offers spacious rooms with ocean views, fireplaces and access to a refreshing outdoor pool. You and your sweetie can wander along the scenic Moonstone Beach Boardwalk to take in the views of the coastline.

Petit Soleil Bed & Breakfast, San Luis Obispo

For a touch of European charm on the coast of California, head to San Luis Obispo and stay at Petit Soleil. The owners have lived in Europe, so they really know how to recreate the feeling of being overseas. Their cobblestone courtyard will remind you of Provence, and their rooms are reminiscent of a small Italian family hotel.

Sea Cliff on the Bluff, Gualala

If you really want to get away from it all and you also happen to be on a budget, the Sea Cliff motel is a great choice. This Northern California gem sits right on the ocean and has 16 rooms and suites, some of them with jetted tubs. While the town of Gualala is small, it does have some fine dining options, a beautiful golf course and the option of horseback riding on the beach.

Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach

You won’t have to drive far from the airport to reach Hermosa Beach—this hotel is just 10 minutes from LAX. Even though this area is an urban oasis that’s close to everything the city has to offer, the hotel itself is peaceful and relaxing. You and your sweetie will love the oceanfront rooms and onsite spa.

Little River Inn, Mendocino

Nestled along the Mendocino Coast, the Little River Inn overlooks the ocean. For five generations, this has been the place to go for a peaceful getaway. It’s a destination resort which means you’ll have dining options, a golf course, tennis courts and an onsite salon and spa.

Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica

Shutters on the Beach is the best of both worlds: comfortable and luxurious. Their oceanfront suites are like pristine bedrooms you won’t want to leave… but if you do, you’ll have access to several restaurants and lounges, a fitness center, a spa, and of course, the beach.

Inn at Moonlight Beach, Encinitas

This adorable bed and breakfast overlooks the ocean in Encinitas. The rooms are immaculate, the prices are reasonable, and you’ll have your own private deck with a hot tub if you’re lucky enough to land the Penthouse Suite. Homemade breakfast is served each morning in the Sunroom, which you can use to relax in all day.

Hotel Del Coronado

You’ll find this indulgent hotel minutes from downtown San Diego. Their Victorian rooms are located in their iconic Victorian building and have a historic bed and breakfast vibe. They also have modern resort rooms, oceanfront rooms and beautiful suites. Enjoy a famous Sunday brunch in the Crown Room, indulge in a spa treatment and rent bikes to ride down the boardwalk… if you can pry yourself away from the stunning pool, that is.

The Avalon Hotel, Catalina Island

There’s no sunset quite like a Catalina Island sunset, and you’ll love taking in the views from the Rooftop Deck at the Avalon. You’ll choose between a garden view and ocean view room when you stay here, and neither view disappoints. The island is a picturesque place, so you and your significant other should allow yourselves plenty of time to explore it.

The Ultimate California Coast Restaurant Tour

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There’s so much to love about California’s beautiful beach towns. Aside from the white sand, roaring surf and perpetually sunny weather, there are some seriously delicious dining options… and many of them have incredible water views. You could plan an entire road trip around where you’ll eat on the California coast—and in fact, we recommend that you do just that.

Of course, the first step to any road trip is securing a good rental car. We specialize in Los Angeles underage car rental, so if you’re under 25, you don’t need to worry about paying extra. Look up local Los Angeles car rental packages to find the deal that’s right for you. Because whether you head north or south to begin, LA is always a wonderful place for a road trip to start.

We suggest heading straight to Santa Monica to begin your food tour, then heading south all the way to San Diego. You’ll have plenty of beaches to choose from, and every beach town you pass will have some amazing food options. And while you could do the entire trip in a weekend if you wanted to, you’ll enjoy it a lot more if you give yourself four or five days to experience it. That way when you’re heading home to LA, you can eat at the places you were too full to try on your way down.

Santa Monica

This laid back, family friendly coastal LA neighborhood makes an amazing first stop. Stretch your legs on the Santa Monica Pier and work up a sweat (and an appetite) with a beach jog before deciding where to dine. Here are a few great options:

  • Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie on Wilshire Boulevard for some tasty Tex Mex lunch.
  • Reds on Pics Boulevard for the best pizza in the area.
  • Society Kitchen on Ocean Park Boulevard for a little bit of everything: Brunch, pizza, and American classics.
  • Tar & Roses on Santa Monica Boulevard for a contemporary fine dining experience you won’t soon forget. They’ve been voted one of the best restaurants in LA!

Venice Beach

Are you more of a Venice Beach person than a Santa Monica person? If you relate more to the laid back surfer or artist lifestyle than anything else, you might be. Here are your best best for a Venice Beach meal:

  • Toyaca Organica on Pacific Avenue for fresh, healthy Mexican food with plenty of vegan options.
  • Wild Poke on Ocean Front Walk for the best raw bar in town.
  • Barrique on Main Street if you’re craving a classic Italian meal with a nice glass of wine.
  • Pono Burger on Rose Avenue when nothing but a burger will do.

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is a beautiful, clean little coastal city full of shops, great bars and, of course, delicious restaurants. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Manhattan Beach Post on Manhattan Avenue for those moments when you’re too indecisive to choose an entree… it’s a tapas / small plates place.
  • Fishing With Dynamite on Manhattan Avenue for some scrumptious seafood.
  • Manhattan House on Manhattan Beach Boulevard for a modern gastropub experience.

Long Beach

Long Beach seems to have something for everyone. It’s rich in arts, culture and music, and there are lots of unique festivals throughout the year. The city welcomes people from all walks of life… and of course, there are some wonderful restaurants. Here are our suggestions:

  • Cesar’s Bistro on East Pacific Coast Highway for delicious Latin-American fusion food (make a reservation on a weekend!).
  • 39 Degrees on Redondo Avenue for excellent sushi.
  • HashTag Burgers on Atlantic Avenue for a casual burger and beer meal.
  • Pier 76 Fish Grill on Pine Avenue for tasty lobster rolls or sandwiches.

Newport Beach

This is a slightly quieter area that some of the livelier beach towns, but it’s a pristine and beautiful place. Here’s where to eat when you park your car in Newport Beach:

  • Ike’s Love & Sandwiches on Macarthur Boulevard, a brand new sandwich shop with an outstanding reputation.
  • Crocker’s The Well Dressed Frank on Marine Avenue is worth checking out for the name alone, but also happens to have tasty (and affordable) American classics.
  • Wild Taco on 31st Street when nothing but fancy tacos will do.
  • Mama D’s Italian Kitchen on Newport Boulevard when a pasta craving strikes.

Laguna Beach

Have you ever been to a place so beautiful, it’s almost surreal? Laguna Beach is one of those magical places. This is a perfect place to spend a couple of days and relax for the final stretch of your road trip before turning around. And it should come as no surprise that this place is a mecca for foodies (not that you have to be one to love dining here). When you visit, check out some of these spots:

  • The Grove on Forest on Forest Avenue for an absolutely delicious brunch and great coffee.
  • Slapfish on Broadway for casual seafood classics like fish & chips.
  • Laguna Beach Brewery and Grill on Ocean Avenue, which is new and already well-loved, for tasty Mexican food and excellent beer.
  • Watermarc on the South Coast Highway for tapas and small plates.
  • The Deck on Luna Beach on Sleepy Hollow Lane for a laid back dining experience with stunning beach views.

Be sure to see an informative page for vehicle rental quotes and information. Happy road-tripping, and non appetit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Things To Do In California Before You’re 30

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There are hundreds—actually, thousands—of adventures to have in California at any age. Shopping, sightseeing, beaches, music and entertainment are amazing whether you’re 21 or 61. However, there are some things that are better experienced for the first time before you turn 30… not because you grow too old to do them, but because the sooner you can do them, the better.

Everything on this list is fine for the over 30 crowd. But since Super Cheap Car Rental specializes in underage car rental Los Angeles and doesn’t charge extra fees for anyone over 21, we thought we’d make a list for the young and the young at heart. Enjoy these 30 adventures anytime, especially if you’re under 30.

But first things first: When you fly into LAX, the last thing you should be thinking about is securing reliable transportation for your trip. Search Los Angeles car rental packages through Super Cheap Car Rental ahead of time so you’ll already have a vehicle ready and waiting.

Once you’re behind the wheel, you’ll be ready embark on your 30 by 30 California bucket list:

  • See a show at the Hollywood Bowl. The venue is beautiful and the experience is like no other.
  • Go to the Griffith Observatory at sunset. Then stay for awhile and watch the stars and the LA skyline shimmer.
  • Hike the Runyon Canyon. All the celebrities are doing it (at least that’s what you’ll tell yourself to make it through).
  • Hike the Hollywood sign. If you want to hike to the sign, there are three main routes you can take. The Brush Canyon Trail is 6.4 miles round trip, the Hollyridge Trail is 3.5 miles round trip, and the Wonder View Trail is a 3 mile loop.
  • Eat your way through the Los Angeles Original Farmers Market. Between the onsite restaurants, the treats like Pinkberry and the various produce stands (not to mention the bars), this is best done while you’ve got your youthful metabolism on your side. We recommend crepes from the French Crepe Co. and a falafel sandwich from Moishe’s to start.
  • Drive along the entire California Coast. Obviously this will take some time and some planning… and on a short visit, you may have to choose your favorite stretch of the 101 to drive. But our coastline is gorgeous from the northern shores all the way to the southern tip, and it’s absolutely worth making the drive.
  • Spend a day at Venice Beach. You’ll have hundreds of amazing California beaches to choose from, but Venice Beach caters to young urban artist types. Stroll the Venice Boardwalk, go thrifting near Pacific Avenue and enjoy a cocktail at the beautiful High Rooftop Lounge.
  • Have a drink at the bar of the Chateau Marmont. It’s so celebrity-studded in there that taking photos is actually banned, so your friends will have you take your word for it when you wear you spotted several A-listers. Even if it’s a quiet evening at Bar Marmont, you’ll still enjoy the experience. And when you’re in your thirties or forties and (hopefully) making better money, you can set a goal of having a meal at the restaurant.
  • Visit Black Beach in San Diego. Head south of LA to the notorious nude beach. It’s a steep and challenging hike, so it’s best done when you’re young. And if you decide to drop trou, you’ll have your youth on your side. But no matter what your age is, please remember your sunscreen.
  • Go surfing. This can be done at almost any California beach. Even if you have no interest in surfing, one lesson won’t hurt. You just might have an amazing time.
  • Take a craft beer tour in San Diego. San Diego’s brewery scene is excellent. Park your rental car for the day or let someone else do the driving while you sip.
  • Have a beach bonfire. Check the rules of the beach you select, but you’ll find that most of them are open to bonfires at certain hours in set locations. For an unforgettable experience, save the bonfire for your last night and invite the new friends you’ve met on your California vacation.
  • Go to a rooftop pool party. Yes, these exist, especially in the Gaslamp district of San Diego. And they’re just as wonderful as they sound.
  • Take a road trip to Santa Cruz and relive your youth. Stroll the boardwalk, ride the rides and vow to never grow up.
  • Eat your way around San Francisco. San Francisco Food Tours offers a culinary walking tour in three different neighborhoods for $59.
  • Go wine tasting in Napa or Sonoma. You might think this is mainly for the over 30 crowd, but you’d be mistaken. Sip, swirl and learn about your favorite vino.
  • Visit the Glass Beach in Fort Bragg. Three words: Rainbow colored sand.
  • Watch a sunset at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. It’s unforgettable.
  • Go camping in Big Sur. If you’re not the camping type, go glamping instead.
  • Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. Do it while you’re young (or young at heart).
  • Take a ferry to Catalina Island. Feeling adventurous? Go snorkeling or scuba diving.
  • Visit the Joshua Tree. it’s a quintessential California experience.
  • Eat a cheeseburger from In-N-Out. While you’re at it, make it a Double Double.
  • Eat all the food in San Francisco’s Mission Bay District. You may never fully enjoy a burrito anywhere else again (sorry).
  • Visit The Broad in Downtown LA. This contemporary art museum is a real stunner.
  • Go to Disneyland. We know. It’s expensive and the lines are long. Go anyway.
  • Go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Over 35,000 sea creatures call it home.
  • See a movie at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Since 1926, this historic Hollywood venue has been a local icon.
  • Attend an awards show. Attending the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes or the Grammy Awards isn’t as difficult as you might think. You can get free bleacher seats to watch the Academy Awards stars walk the red carpet if you sign up for them in advance.
  • Go clubbing in LA. Your 20s are a time for clubbing. The Avalon, DragonFly and Sound are a few amazing options.

Your Guide To Labor Day Weekend In Los Angeles

Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles

Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles is known as somewhat of a “last chance” for summer fun before fall kicks in. Needless to say, you should probably plan a vacation to an amazing destination to help ease yourself into the transition. And we might be a little biased, but to us, there’s no better place to spend a three day weekend than LA.

Labor Day weekend is rapidly approaching, so now is the time to make your travel plans. Look for the perfect hotel room or AirBnB apartment and search for the best Los Angeles car rental reservation packages. Renting a car will allow you to get from place to place easily without having to rely on expensive car services or slow public transportation. Once you’ve secured your car rental reservations Los Angeles, you’ll be ready to start planning your LA adventures.

It goes without saying that there are plenty of amazing events happening in LA that weekend. Combine a few of those with checking some classic Southern California car rental spots and you’ll go back to reality with a smile on your face.

Here’s how to spend the ultimate Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles:

Friday

Fly into LAX and pick up your rental car. Remember, Super Cheap Car Rental is the number one place for underage car rental Los Angeles, so you’ll never have a higher rate because of your age when you rent from us.

Check into your hotel or other accommodations. We recommend Hotel Bel-Air or The Garland for a romantic experience, The Redbury Hollywood or Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel for a girlfriends’ getaway, The Standard Hollywood for a weekend with the guys and Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica or Hotel Palomar in Beverly Hills if you’re traveling with the family.

Have a Hollywood evening. Stroll along the Walk of Fame and find your favorite stars, stop for drinks at the old school Frolic Room and enjoy dinner at the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, Musso & Frank Grill. Many famous faces have dined at Musso & Frank’s, and their menu is appropriate for an all-ages crowd and full of delicious Italian and American favorites.

Saturday

Head to Runyon Canyon and go on a morning hike. This 160 acre park boasts some of the best views in the city, and believe it or not, it’s a favorite low key celebrity hangout.

Once you’ve gotten your exercise for the day, spend your afternoon at the LA County Fair. Since 1921, this event has been a local favorite. Aside from the classic agriculture exhibits and carnival rides, you’ll find exhibitions, concerts, acrobats and even wine tasting.

After a day spent running around the canyon and cruising around the fair, you’ll surely be hungry. Drive over to Santa Anita Park’s Paddock Gardens and enjoy the lively 626 Night Market, which will have Asian street food, booze, live music and games until 1 AM.

Sunday

Sunday is Brunch Day in LA (and everywhere). Some of the hottest spots for a late morning meal are L’Ami Restaurant in Santa Monica, The Butcher’s Daughter (which is actually vegetarian), Winsome on Sunset Boulevard and the classic Toast Bakery Cafe. Arrive fairly early or make reservations if you can, because crowds are always common on Sundays.

Would it really be an LA vacation without a day at the beach? We highly recommend visiting the Santa Monica Pier. It’s close to the heart of Los Angeles, it’s beautiful, and it’s fun for all ages. You’ll find classic carnival rides, shops, restaurants and an old-fashioned soda fountain by the carousel on the pier, not to mention miles of sandy beaches. The nearby Venice Pier is also a great option.

Then, if you’re traveling with friends, head back to your hotel and dress in your Sunday Best. Your destination will be Skybar in West Hollywood, which is hosting Rhondesia on Sunday, September 4. A Club Called Rhonda creators DJ Goddollars, Alexis Rivera and Gregory Alexander are set to rock the rooftop. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, RSVP on the website ahead of time and get there early—parties like this reach capacity quickly.

Looking for a quiet, more mellow, perhaps family-friendly evening? The Old Zoo in Griffith Park is hosting a FREE Shakespeare performance of the The Tempest that evening at 7 PM. Take a picnic (save the alcohol for later) and enjoy the show.

Monday

We hope you arrived with a little room in your suitcase, because shopping in LA is a must. The Beverly Center offers every department store you can dream of as well as an array of boutiques and speciality shops. The mall is also close to more affordable options like TJ Maxx or the Goodwill and Catwalk on Fairfax.

Before you return your rental car and hop a flight home, don’t forget to stop at the classic California burger joint, In-N-Out. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, they’ll have you through the drive thru faster than you can say “Double Double.”

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend in LA!