12 Under-The-Radar California Beach Towns To Visit This Year

12 Under-The-Radar California Beach Towns To Visit This Year

Part of the fun of a California vacation is exploring places that are off the beaten path. The tourist towns certainly have their charms, but for an authentic California experience, we highly recommend going a little off the grid. Some of our best hidden gems can be found in our less popular spots.

Before you plan your full itinerary, make sure you get into a good rental car that will go the distance. Our car rental reservations Los Angeles can get you from LAX into a brand new car in a short period of time. And since Super Cheap doesn’t discriminate based on your age, we’ll have plenty of underage car rental Los Angeles options as well.

Once you’re behind the wheel of your perfect rental car, you’re free to explore the state. Here are 12 under-the-radar towns on the California Coast we recommend visiting.

Point Arena

Point Arena is a mecca for lifelong hippies and old school Californians. Once a prominent fishing village, this sleepy little town is a charming place with a pier to the south and the Pacific Coast’s tallest lighthouse to the north. It’s located up in Mendocino County about three hours north of San Francisco, so you’ll want to plan a multi day road trip if you visit.


You might feel as if you’ve stepped into a little New England town when you enter Pescadero, another Northern California gem located about an hour south of San Francisco. Its 19th century buildings and white picket fences are like nothing else on the coast. Pescadero is locally famous because of Duarte’s Tavern, a 120-year-old establishment that serves some seriously scrumptious food.


Capitola is the oldest seaside town in California, and its rows of colorful Venetian inspired bungalows give it the kind of old world charm you just don’t see anymore. It’s a lowkey place, but it has all the shops, restaurants and hotel amenities you’ll need. You’ll find Capitola in Santa Cruz County next to several other charming towns.


Also located in Santa Cruz County, Davenport was founded in 1868 and named after a sea captain. You can taste wine at the Bonnie Doon Vineyard, taste jam at the Swanton Berry Farm, and relax on Davenport Landing Beach.


Carpinteria is a delightful beach town with friendly residents, amazing scenery and arguably the best cupcakes in California (from Crushcakes). It’s only a 15 minute drive from Santa Barbara and also happens to be home to the “world’s safest beach.”


Oxnard is laid back, unpretentious, and beautiful. It’s located in Ventura County about an hour’s drive from Santa Monica, and it’s a great place to visit if you’re on a budget. Channel Islands National Park remains perpetually uncrowded.


Oceanside isn’t as “under the radar” as the rest of the places on this list—it’s the third largest city in San Diego County. But it’s lacking the hint of pretense than most modern Southern California beach towns seem to embody, but it has everything you could hope for in a coastal city. If you’re there on a Thursday evening, don’t miss the notoriously amazing Sunset Market.


Located off Highway 1 between Morro Bay and Cambria, Cayucos lies nestled on the Central Coast. This resort destination has somehow remained immune to overdevelopment despite its white sandy beaches and amazing wine nearby. Cass’ Wharf, the free public fishing pier, is a great place to people watch.

San Pedro

San Pedro is technically part of LA, and in fact, it’s only about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It’s full of casual-fast seafood, coastal walking trails and coves, art galleries, vineyards and shops, as well as middle class locals who are living the good life without paying (quite) as much as others.

Avila Beach

In the late 90s, a disastrous oil leak forced the people of Avila Beach to bulldoze and rebuild the entire beachfront area. But this may have been a blessing in disguise, because it’s now even more appealing than it used to be. This funky Central Coast gem is full of wine bars and tasting rooms, and the Avila Pier is beautiful.

Playa del Rey

Playa del Rey (not to be confused with the more well-known Marina del Rey) is a mere 15 minutes from LAX, though you’d never know it. This coastal enclave is quiet, relaxing and fun. The 20 mile stretch of white sand beach is located just a few blocks from the restaurants, markets and shops.

Dana Point

This picturesque place has lofty bluffs, coves and stunning beaches, making it one of Orange County’s most photogenic places. The early surf mecca vibe has never quite faded from this place, and it’s got a few timeless dive bars as well as stunning mansions and yachts. Dana Point is conveniently located in between Los Angeles and San Diego, so if you go on a road trip, it’s a perfect place to stop.


17 Roadside Attractions To Put On Your California Bucket List In 2017


Good news: It’s time to say sayonara to 2016 and welcome a brand new year. Great news: Your New Year’s resolutions can be anything you want them to be, even traveling plans. You could visit California 100 times and have 100 different experiences, so we hope that you’ll be able to join us on the Golden Coast and see some of our most beautiful attractions in the year to come.

We firmly believe that the best way to see California is by car. Look into our Los Angeles car rental packages to find the deal the best fits your needs. After all, some of the best attractions in the state are found right off our highways and freeways. Remember, Super Cheap doesn’t discriminate based on age, so this is the place to find your underage car rental Los Angeles deals.

Once your set of wheels has been reserved, you can map your route. Here are 17 offbeat roadside attractions to put on your travel bucket list for 2017.

  1. Trees of Mystery. This roadside attraction is located in the top left corner of the state, in Klamath. The trees there range from cathedral trees you can actually get married in front of to trees shaped like lightning bolts.
  2. Bravo Farms, Traver. Bravo Farms in Traver was once known as the “Hitching Post.” Over the last 25 years, it has grown into quite the destination. It’s known as a “mini Knott’s Berry Farm” and has an amazing shop.
  3. San Luis Obispo’s Bubble Gum Alley. This somewhat hidden spot in San Luis Obispo is a great photo op for tourists.
  4. Santa Cruz Mystery Spot. This is a place that really has to be seen to be believed. Is it a hoax, or is it an actual phenomenon? Stop by and find out.
  5. Winchester Mystery House. If you’re in San Jose, you’ll definitely want to make it a point to see the world famous Winchester Mystery House. The house was built by a team hired by Sarah Winchester, who was never the same after suffering from the loss of her infant daughter and husband.
  6. Bottle Tree Ranch. This might be one of the most intriguing spots on the list. Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is located on Route 66 in Oro Grande, a true gem in the middle of the desert.
  7. Desert Christ Park. Located in the Yucca Valley, this park in the middle of the desert is an interesting roadside stop whether or not you’re a religious person.
  8. Salvation Mountain. Salvation Mountain is located in the lower desert of Southern California in Imperial County just east of the Salton Sea and a 90 minute drive from Palm Springs. Again, whether or not you consider yourself religious, it’s a pretty impressive sight.
  9. Charlie Brown Farms. There are shops, and then there is Charlie Brown Farms. You’ll find it in Littlerock on Pearblossom Highway, where you can stock up on souvenirs, tasty treats and things you didn’t know you needed.
  10. Underground Gardens. You can be familiar with Fresno and still not know that these underground gardens exist. Fresno’s best-kept secret includes a network of underground rooms, courtyards and passageways reminiscent of ancient catacombs.
  11. Nitt Witt Ridge. You’ll find Nitt Witt Ridge in Cambria, a quirky Tom Sawyer-like house you have to see to believe. Make an appointment to tour this home that has a sad and interesting history.
  12. Chandelier Drive Thru Tree. Located in the small town of Leggett, midway between the Canadian and Mexican border off Highway 101, this is exactly what it sounds like. Is your road trip really complete without driving through a giant tree?
  13. Toads Hollow. If you just happen to be driving through Davis, check out this quirky little underpass. Toads Hollow used to be a dirt road that was known by the locals to always have toads crossing. When the city decided to create a six lane highway, the locals demanded they create a way for toads to cross the street.
  14. Surfboard Museum in Taco Joint. This San Diego stop features a display of Taco Surf’s owner’s Sam McLarty’s personal collection of surfboards.
  15. The Queen Mary. If you haven’t explored Long Beach’s legendary haunted ship, The Queen Mary, make 2017 the year you check it out.
  16. Cat in the Hat Town. Pomona, California is known as the Cat in the Hat Town. For the 2003 version of the film starring Mike Myers, the production team transformed a few streets with bright paint and giant props. Some of the vibrant colors and accessories remain in Pomona’s antique district.
  17. Mission San Luis Rey. This former Spanish mission is located in Oceanside, and it has an interesting history that dates back to 1798. If you’re a history buff at all, you won’t want to miss learning more about it.

Happy New Year!

10 Places In California To Put On Your Travel Bucket List For 2017

10 Places In California To Put On Your Travel Bucket List For 2017

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What about the much more exciting option of making travel resolutions? They’re definitely a lot more fun to plan, especially when they involve traveling to California. And if you make it a point to set a goal, you’re much more likely to actually achieve it, right?

But since our beautiful state is so vast and full of wonderful places to visit, we thought we’d help you narrow down your list by featuring some of our favorites. Of course, most of these involve driving quite a bit. Especially if you plan to explore more than one destination on your vacation. Check Super Cheap’s Los Angeles car rental packages to see our great fleet of vehicles available for low rates. And remember, we don’t discriminate based on age—so if you’re looking for an underage car rental Los Angeles deal, you’ve found the right company.

The most fun part of your trip, aside from actually experiencing it, will be choosing your destination (or destinations). And out of the dozens and dozens of dreamy destinations in California, these 10 will practically guarantee you a good time.

  1. Santa Monica

It may be located just a short drive from the LAX airport and downtown Los Angeles, but Santa Monica feels like a different world. Whether or not you’re traveling with children, a trip to the Santa Monica Pier is a must—the views are beautiful, and they’ve got plenty of fun activities for kids at heart. For a special splurge you’ll never forget, stay at the acclaimed Shutters on the Beach Hotel. Other great accommodation options are The Georgian, a historical landmark rumored to be haunted, and the Fairmont Miramar. The Third Street Promenade has wonderful shops and great restaurants, so plan to spend a full day exploring that area.

  1. Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera, and you may very well forget you’re in California when you walk through town. Golden hills melt into sparkling seas illuminated by almost constantly sunny skies. Santa Barbara is paradise for foodies. They even offer a self-guided Taco Trail. The Hotel Milo is a wonderful and a reasonably priced hotel. While the Belmond El Encanto is a beautiful option for those able to splurge.

  1. Palm Springs

This little city in the desert is a true gem, and that’s why it’s able to uphold such an excellent reputation. Palm Springs is an oasis for the outdoor adventurer, so if you’re into hiking, you’ll love it here. The mid-century modern architecture, Native American heritage, and Hollywood legacy make it the artsy city it is today. You’ll find a wide array of first class resorts and budget-friendly accommodations here.

  1. South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the largest lakes in the world, which sits in between California and Nevada. The lake activities like swimming and kayaking are amazing, but don’t think you have to visit during summer—this is a great home base for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. South Lake Tahoe is geared towards tourism, so you can expect some delicious dining options and cozy places to stay.

  1. Napa

Napa is best known for its world class wineries and vineyards, but it’s also a beautiful place to go and relax. Their award-winning spa resorts like The Meritage are perfect for a couple’s escape or a girlfriends’ getaway. Of course, if you’re a wine drinker, a wine tour is a must. You can go all out and book a limo tour or bike through the winding vineyard roads. Don’t forget to check out the neighboring Sonoma County while you’re there.

  1. Monterey

Monterey isn’t as popular of a place for out of state tourists, but that’s a good thing—if you visit at the right time, you’ll be greeted with reasonable hotel prices and smaller crowds than some of the more well-known beaches. This coastal town has a rich Mexican heritage and rugged landscapes, not to mention art galleries, museums and the world famous Laguna Seca Raceway.

  1. Fresno

Located in Central California in the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno is the largest city near Yosemite National Park. The city itself has a zoo, wine walks, Broadway shows and plenty of tasty restaurants, not to mention fun seasonal festivals. It also offers a great home base for travelers who want to see Yosemite and Sequoia National Park.

  1. Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is gorgeous and glamorous. It’s conveniently located right in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Inn at Laguna Beach, the Surf & Sand Resort and The Ranch at Laguna Beach are all amazing places to stay, and Splashes Restaurant is definitely one of the top seafood spots with a view in the entire state. Laguna Beach is the place to go to relax and pamper yourself, but you can also get plenty of outdoor exercise.

  1. Solvang

California’s charming Dutch village is a beautiful place to spend a day or a weekend. Between the excellent shopping, wonderful dining options and the wine tasting, you’ll feel miles away from the “real world.” The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is set on a 10,000 private acre ranch in the heart of Solvang, offering the experience of a true getaway.

  1. Crystal Cove State Park

If you’re more into camping and beach hikes, then you should start exploring big cities. Head to Orange County’s Crystal Cove State Park. The park features 3.2 miles of beach, an offshore underwater area and 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness. Also, a federally listed Historic District, which is an enclave of 46 rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930s. The cottages have been beautifully restored and are available to rent. Plan ahead because they are often booked about eight months in advance.

We hope your 2017 is full of exciting travels!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


October 11th, 2016

Steve: sf@supercheapcar.com


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.


Underage Car Rental and Asterisks

Black asterisk Underage Driver Car Rentals

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?”

Car Keys and Remote Foreign License Car Rentals

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

Black convertible California Road Trip car rental       White Mustang California Road Trip car rental

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.