7 Tips For An Amazing Budget-Friendly Los Angeles Vacation

Los Angeles, California is one of the best vacation destinations on Earth. People come from all over the world to get glimpses of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, Santa Monica and the hundreds upon hundreds of tourist attractions. Visiting the City of Angels is an experience like no other.

But it’s well known that Southern California is not always an affordable place to visit. While Super Cheap Car Rental definitely has the Los Angeles inexpensive car rental you’ll need while you’re here, there are plenty of other ways to save your cash during your vacation. Check out our Los Angeles car rental packages to find the right ride, then use some of our other tips to ensure your vacation stays budget-friendly.

 

  1. Consider AirBnB, VRBO or HomeAway for your accommodations.

While it’s not impossible to find budget-friendly hotels in the Los Angeles area, you can often save more money if you consider renting someone’s private apartment or guesthouse instead. Companies like AirBnB offer some very impressive rentals, including luxury beachfront condos and high rise apartments in the heart of Beverly Hills.

But if housekeeping services are a must, sites like Hotwire and Kayak will save you money on hotel rooms. And remember, booking rooms during the week will probably get you a lower rate than a weekend stay.

 

  1. Plan ahead and make a budget.

Before you begin your trip, research the Los Angeles area and decide what you’d really like to do. By prioritizing your must-see attractions versus things you would enjoy but that aren’t mandatory, you’ll be able to budget accordingly. Knowing where to splurge and where to save is important.

 

  1. Save money on your meals by researching neighborhood happy hours and specials.

Los Angeles restaurants and bar have some excellent happy hours. If you’re near the beach on a Taco Tuesday, you can enjoy a taco feast for a fraction of the normal cost. The best part of planning ahead is that you will be able to research the restaurants in your neighborhood of choice. You may find that a breakfast joint near your hotel offers a weekly all-you-can-eat pancake feast that your whole family can enjoy.

Also, check the events calendar on a site like Discover Los Angeles for food festivals and events. For example, DineL.A. is a 15-day event that takes place twice a year and is meant to showcase some of L.A.’s finest restaurants by offering a reduced price prixe fixe menu.Over 300 local restaurants participate, and the next DineL.A. event is July 14-28.

 

  1. Prepare your own food when you can.

Another benefit to renting an AirBnB is the full kitchen you’ll have. Dining out is part of the Los Angeles vacation experience, but the cost of three restaurant meals a day can really add up. Go grocery shopping and buy the basics, and check out the neighborhood Farmers’ Market for local meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.

If you’re staying at a hotel, fill your mini fridge or cooler with fruit, veggies and yogurt, and stock up on easy to store snacks like popcorn. Treating yourself to a few nice meals is essential when you visit L.A., but it will be much easier to stick to your budget if you have snacks on hand and eat at “home” a few times.

 

  1. Embrace all the free attractions around you.

It seems that the phrase “the best things in life are free” is especially true in Los Angeles. Some of L.A.’s top free attractions include Griffith Park and the infamous Griffith Observatory, The Getty Center, cruising down Rodeo Drive and walking down the Santa Monica Pier.

Some of Hollywood’s top attraction, like the Walk of Fame, require nothing more than your own two feet to enjoy. Runyon Canyon Park is a great place to go to get a little free exercise. Unless you want your Los Angeles vacation to be nothing but theme parks, the entertainment should be the most affordable part of your trip.

 

  1. Hit the beach.

By law, the beaches in California are all public. And by luck, Los Angeles County has a few that are spectacular. The Venice Beach and Santa Monica communities each have their own unique character, and Malibu is laid back and stunning. Hermosa Beach, Long Beach and Manhattan Beach are also beautiful options.

While you’ll find gift shops, restaurants and other attractions in every beach town, spending time on the beach itself doesn’t cost a thing. And since part of the point of taking a vacation is having some downtime, we highly recommend staking out a spot by the ocean and spending a day by the sea sunbathing, reading a good book or playing some beach volleyball. Just don’t forget to invest in some sunscreen.

 

  1. Experience the arts.

Los Angeles is a mecca of arts and culture. And believe it or not, most of their museums are affordable to explore – some, like the Getty Center and the Hollywood Bowl Museum, are free. Others have discounted dates or at least one free day per month.

Los Angeles might be the land of the rich and the famous, but it’s entirely possible to enjoy a luxurious vacation here without breaking the bank. We look forward to helping you make that happen.

 

 

Our Top 10 Tips For International Visitors Traveling To Southern California

At Super Cheap Car Rental, we welcome visitors from all over the country and all over the world. We know that international travel is a bit more intimidating than visiting more familiar places, especially when any kind of car rental reservations Los Angeles are involved.

But visiting California from a foreign country should never be scary. In fact, we love showing off our state, and we encourage anyone who wants to visit to do so. We hope these 10 tips will help our customers have a wonderful experience.

  1. Make sure you have all of your required documents early. This could simply mean having a current passport and an up-to-date ID. But if you’re coming to California on a Temporary Worker’s Visa or you will be an international student, you’ll have a lot more paperwork to worry about. Plan ahead to make sure everything goes smoothly.
  2. Follow the six month passport rule. If your passport is less than six months from expiring, you might want to consider updating it before you visit. The USA lets you use your passport until the day it expires, but there are a few countries who will deny travelers entry if the passport expires soon in case they get stuck overseas longer than expected. And even though that won’t happen here, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. And yes, we do think it’s possible that you will fall in love with California and extend your trip. It happens!
  3. Do a little research. Some spontaneity when you’re traveling is great, but you should still look at maps of the Los Angeles area and familiarize yourself as much as possible. Decide what your must-see attractions are as soon as you can, then figure out exactly where they are. Getting familiar with the area you’re visiting will help ease some of the anxiety you might feel about traveling to a foreign country.
  4. Remember: The longer you stay, the more discounts you can receive. It may seem counterproductive, but sometimes extending your vacation can actually make your trip more affordable. Many hotels and other vacation rentals offer long-term discounts. Check out our Los Angeles car rental packages or call our office and ask about our long-term rentals for international guests.
  5. Don’t try to do it all. California is a massive state, and there are beautiful things to see in every county. If seeing San Francisco and San Diego are both on your list of places to see, you’ll either need to stay for quite awhile or plan a second trip. Don’t worry, we will always welcome you back.
  6. Choose your beaches wisely. When you’re visiting the Los Angeles area, spending some time at a beautiful beach is a must. Santa Monica and Venice Beach are both gorgeous, but they also get very crowded, especially during the summer. To avoid the massive crowds and experience an authentic California beach experience, head to Manhattan Beach, Malibu or Long Beach.
  7. Go hiking in the city. Not only will you get some great exercise, but you’ll see some of the best views of the Los Angeles area. Griffith Park is one of the best places to hike, especially with their amazing observatory. Runyon Canyon is another popular place for locals to go—you might even see a celebrity sweating next to you on the trail.
  8. Expect to eat a little differently here. No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a trip (or several) to In N Out, their most famous chain. Food trucks are very popular here, especially if they serve street tacos. The city always seems to be testing the limits with unique and exciting restaurants. Some of these dining experiences may seem strange at first, but don’t be afraid to be adventurous. The food here is delicious.
  9. If you want to visit one of Southern California’s theme parks, plan ahead and prepare to spend more time and money than you’d anticipated. There’s a reason so many Southern California locals have annual passes to Disneyland. It’s truly the “happiest place on Earth.” But it can also be very expensive and crowded. Avoid peak times, like weekends and school holidays, and see if it would be more cost effective to buy a multi-day pass. Do the same for SeaWorld, Universal Studios or any other park you’d like to see.
  10. Speaking of spending money, always look for free activities. From parks and Farmers Markets to shows and lectures, the Los Angeles area is full of ways to entertain yourself without spending any money. As a first-time visitor who will be trying to do as much as possible, finding a few free activities will definitely help you save some cash.

Coming to California might seem a little intimidating at first, especially Los Angeles. But the entire West Coast is full of notoriously laid back locals, not to mention millions of international visitors and expats. Most people who visit end up falling in love with it.

 

The Top 10 Family-Friendly Attractions In The Los Angeles Area

School is nearly out for the summer all across the country, and that means both tourists and locals will be out and about in Southern California with their families. Whether you have children of your own or you’re a grandparent or a nanny in charge of little ones, you’re about to have some energetic young people in your care all day who will be ready to have some fun.

There are so many amazing things for families to experience in the greater Los Angeles area. From our beautiful beaches to our internationally known theme parks, the children in your life will never be bored when you’re here. We’d like to suggest a few of our favorite family-friendly attractions, all of which are less than an hour from downtown Los Angeles.

Of course, in order to experience L.A. at its finest, you’ll need reliable transportation. Super Cheap Car Rental’s Los Angeles car rental packages are affordable and convenient, helping you get to where you need to go. If you’re a nanny or an au pair, you’ll be happy to know that our company has many underage renters as customers. In fact, we are the best company for underage car rental Los Angeles deals.

When you and your little ones are ready to explore LA, start with a few attractions from this list.

  1. The Santa Monica Pier

Kids of all ages (and kids at heart) love the Santa Monica Pier. While it definitely gets crowded, especially during the summer, you can avoid long lines and a packed boardwalk if you go during the week and get there earlier in the day. And even if you have to share the space with many others, you’ll still enjoy the carnival rides, carousels, arcade games, ice cream and people-watching.

And when the kids have had enough (ha!), you can take them down to the beach to run off some of their energy or enjoy a nice picnic. Santa Monica is a beautiful little city, and the beach is the perfect place to be on a hot day.

 

  1. El Matador Beach

If you’re looking for something a little more secluded than Santa Monica, you’ll love the vibe at El Matador Beach. Located in Malibu just north of Zuma, this spot is known for its sea caves and unique rock formations. It does get pretty popular here during the summer months, but it’s nowhere near as packed as Venice or Santa Monica. The kids in your care will love being able to roam free and explore.

 

  1. The California Science Center

The California Science Center is full of interactive exhibits, live demonstrations and rotating displays, all meant to awaken children’s interest in Science and support learning. Kids love the IMAX theater, but the biggest draw is the space shuttle Endeavor, which is on display in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

The science center is open daily from 10 AM until 5 PM, and believe it or not, admission is free.

 

  1. Griffith Park

Most people have heard of the Griffith Observatory, which is amazing—but there’s so much more to Griffith Park. You can hike to the Hollywood Sign, explore the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, or ride a historic merry-go-round.

But the best part of this park for children has to be the Griffith Park Pony Rides. For just $3 each, the kids can ride a slow, medium or fast pony. The park also has three different train rides and a tasty sandwich shop, the Trails Cafe.

 

  1. Kidspace Children’s Museum

With more than three acres of interactive exhibits that include a huge ant colony climbing structure and an interactive greenhouse, Pasadena’s Kidspace Children’s Museum is one of the top destinations for LA youngsters. The highlight of the museum has to be the Arroyo Adventure area, where the kids can learn about ecosystems in the best way: By building dams and getting dirty in a mud kitchen. Needless to say, it’s best to bring each child a change of clothes if you visit.

 

  1. Grand Park

You’ll find Grand Park on Grand Avenue in downtown LA between the Music Center and City Hall, and this urban oasis is a great place to cool off on a hot day. There’s plenty of green space, fountains and a splash pad here, plus a perfect playground.

 

  1. Descanso Gardens

Some days, it’s nice to just relax and let your kids roam free and explore. You can do that at Descanso Gardens, which is located in Flintridge (near Glendale and Pasadena). Not only does this urban retreat have gorgeous gardens you’ll surely appreciate, but it also has events and attractions for little ones.

Don’t miss the Enchanted Railroad, daily story times and the live musical performances that are always family-friendly. Music on the Main takes place on Thursdays from June 15 – August 3 at 6 PM.

 

  1. La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

Located in Beverly Hills, the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum has the world’s most famous fossil site from the Ice Age. Children can take an excavator tour of the tar pits to check out the things that scientists are digging up, then explore the museum. There’s even a fossil lab here where your little scientists can see what happens when fossils are found in the tar.

They’re open daily from 9:30 AM until 5 PM. Admission is $12-$19 for adults and $5-$11 for kids, depending on how much you’d like to see.

 

  1. Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Since 1963, LA families have enjoyed coming to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, which is the oldest ongoing puppet theater in the country. The show features hand-crafted puppets your kids are sure to love.

 

  1. Disneyland

Sorry, parents, nannies and au pairs… we could never leave the Happiest Place on Earth off this list. It may be chaotic, crowded and expensive, but Disneyland is amazing. Taking your little ones to the Magic Kingdom is a rite of passage, and they’ll never stop thanking you for it.

Super Cheap Welcomes International Guests With Temporary Worker Visas

Summer is on its way, and that means people from other countries will be coming to the United States (especially California) to work with their temporary worker visas. Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wants to enter the United States must first obtain a temporary visa. Once the visa has been approved, the foreign citizen will be free to stay in our country for a season to work and enjoy life.

Of course, getting to and from work often requires reliable transportation. Also, we highly encourage our foreign visitors to do some traveling while they are with us. After all, California is a big, beautiful state with a lot to see and do. Super Cheap Car Rental welcomes our friends here with temporary worker visas, and our goal is always to make it as easily as possible for them to rent our vehicles.

Here at Super Cheap Car Rental, we have extremely competitive underage car rental Los Angeles rates. We do not charge extra for people who are 22-24 to rent cars from us, and our rates for 20 and 21 year olds are still very low. The rates for our Los Angeles car rental packages include all taxes and fees so our customers are never surprised. We believe in keeping things simple, so you’ll never feel like you’re getting tricked when you rent from us.

Most of our foreign visitors who come here on temporary worker visas stay for the summer and do some local traveling until it’s time for them to return home. And while it would be impossible for them to see everything Southern California has to offer, we do have some suggestions on things they should see while they’re here. These are a few of our favorite spots, loved by tourists and locals alike.

 

Hollywood

No matter what country you’re joining us from, you’ve probably seen plenty of Hollywood films, so visiting Hollywood is a must while you’re in California. Walk the Walk of Fame, taking pictures of your favorite celebrities’ stars, visit the Chinese Theatre and snap some photos of the famous Hollywood sign.

 

Long Beach

Long Beach is located about 45 minutes south of LA, and it’s called an urban waterfront playground for a reason. From the Aquarium of the Pacific to the Long Beach Museum of Art, you’ll find all kinds of activities, shopping, restaurants and bars right on the waterfront. Don’t pass up the chance to tour the Queen Mary, the legendary haunted ship that’s now a beautiful hotel.

 

Griffith Observatory

There’s no better way to see the Los Angeles skyline than from the top of the Griffith Observatory. This free planetarium and museum is located in the heart of the city, and the views are incredible. The observatory is owned by the city, and they’re always hosting free or almost free events.

 

La Brea Tar Pits 

The La Brea Tar Pits happens to be the world’s only active, urban ice age excavation site. At the park, you can follow one of the suggested itineraries, visit the museum or just take a look at the pit.

 

The Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica is a beautiful beachside community with all the amenities of a big city and the atmosphere of a small town. It’s just a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, but it feels like a different world. The pier itself has a theme park, souvenir shops and an old-fashioned soda fountain with a carousel.

 

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area located in southeast California near Palm Springs. The park itself is slightly bigger than the state of Rhode Island. A large part of it is a designated wilderness area, and there are plenty of beautiful places to explore. The Little San Bernardino Mountains run through the southwest edge of the park.

 

The Getty Center

This massive museum is dedicated to the presentation, conservations and interpretation of the world’s largest artistic legacy. Through the collective work of some constituent programs like the Getty Foundation, this Los Angeles landmark stays pristine and full of art, architecture and gardens on display. We recommend making multiple visits to the Getty Center during your stay in California.

 

San Diego

Take a road trip to San Diego (about two hours south of Los Angeles) and you’ll be treated to relaxing beaches, a bustling downtown area, beautiful historic hotels and some of the most magical sunsets you’ll ever see. Plan to spend a few days in the city so you can eat plenty of street tacos and seafood, visit the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and SeaWorld, and enjoy the historic feel of Old Town San Diego.

The Top 10 Places In Southern California You Need To See This Summer

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The most wonderful time of the year, summer vacation, is quickly approaching. Whether you’re an international student or someone who hasn’t been in school for 30 years, there’s something special about that time of year when the days get longer and the nights get warmer.

Even though Southern California’s weather stays pleasant all year, summer is still the perfect time to go. Between the perpetual sunshine, the constant events and the miles and miles of white, sandy beaches, you’ll never want to leave.

We’ve compiled a list of, in our opinion, the top 10 places in Southern California everyone should see. And if you rent a car from Super Cheap, you’ll have time to see quite a few of them. Just look up our Los Angeles car rental reservation packages to see what’s right for you. And remember, Super Cheap Car Rental specializes in underage car rental Los Angeles packages, so you’ll never be discriminated against due to your age.

 

Santa Monica

Santa Monica is one of California’s most charming beach cities, and it’s also extremely popular—about seven million people visit every year. Between the beautiful pier and its amusement park and activities, the shops on the Third Street Promenade and the sophisticated dining scene, you’ll never run out of things to do. Santa Monica also offers some of the best sunset views on the coast, so time your trip accordingly.

 

San Diego

Located about two hours south of Los Angeles, San Diego is arguable one of the most visually stunning places in the world. If you can take a break from the pristine beaches that border the city, you’ll discover a beautiful downtown area and a well-preserved historic district, Old Town San Diego. There are also some beautiful parks and a major tourist attraction, SeaWorld, so allow yourself plenty of time to explore.

 

Channel Islands National Park

Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, Channel Islands National Park encompasses five ecologically rich islands. From sea caves to seals and rate Torrey pines, you never know what you might see here. While the mainland visitor centers in Ventura and Santa Barbara are accessible by car, you can only reach the islands by park concessionaire boats and planes or by private boat. Advanced planning is always recommended.

 

Universal Studios

Whether you’re enjoying California for the first time or you’re a veteran traveler, a trip to Universal Studios never disappoints. There’s a huge theme park, tons of attractions and a large plaza of shops and restaurants called City Walk, so allowing yourself more than one day to enjoy the studios is a good idea.

 

Solvang

A word of caution: You just might fall in love with Solvang at first sight. You’ll find California’s little Danish village about 33 miles north of Santa Barbara, meaning it’s right in the heart of wine country. Between all the tasting, hiking and boutique shopping, you’ll be charmed by this historic place.

 

Ojai 

Speaking of charming, make sure you allow a day to spend in the beautiful city of Ojai. Located about 83 miles from downtown Los Angeles, this quirky city is perfect for anyone who loves art and wine. Indie markets and vintage finds are big here, so if you’re interested in checking out an entirely upcycled “anti-mall,” this is definitely the place for you.

 

Catalina Island

No trip to Southern California should be completed without a day-long visit to Catalina Island. Known for its wildlife and outdoor activities, you can truly choose your own adventure here. Of course, if relaxing is all that appeals to you, you can always rent a cabana on the lovely Descanso Beach.

 

Hollywood

There’s no place in the world like Hollywood, and that’s exactly why we love it. Walk the Walk of Fame, take a tour of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and see if you spot any celebrities. And don’t forget to take plenty of pictures of the iconic Hollywood sign.

 

Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon Park is located just a few blocks from Hollywood, but when you get there, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. This 130 acre “urban wilderness” has plenty of paths to choose from, all with equally stunning views of Hollywood and the city of Los Angeles.

 

Huntington Beach

Ready to surf? If you’re curious at all about catching a wave (or if you’re a seasoned surfer), you won’t find a better beach than this one. Dubbed “Surf City USA,” this is a very board-friendly place. But even if you have no interest in surfing, you should still check out this friendly beach city. The oceanfront dining, surfer shops and gorgeous sunsets alone make it worth the trip.

These are just a few of the many, many tourist attractions and hidden gems you’ll find in Southern California. With thousands of places to see and things to do at your disposal, you’ll be planning your next vacation before you leave your first one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Reasons International Visitors Should Rent From Super Cheap Car Rental

10 Reasons International Visitors Should Rent

Visiting or relocating to a foreign country can be intimidating. Whether you’re coming to the USA on a temporary worker’s visa or as an international student, you’ll have a lot of things to do before you even land on US soil. And one important thing you’ll want to take care of is securing a rental car, especially when you’ll be staying in the state of California.

We happen to think, of course, that Super Cheap Car Rental is the best place for an international visitor to rent from. Our Los Angeles car rental reservation packages are very generous for long-term car rentals, and the longer you rent, the better the deal is that we can offer you.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. We’ll give you 10 good reasons why you should rent a vehicle from Super Cheap Car Rental if you’ll be visiting from a foreign country.

  • If you can prove that you can legally drive in your own country, then that’s good enough for us. You do not need an international driver’s license or a special United States driver’s license to rent a car from Super Cheap.
  • Age is just a number at Super Cheap Car Rental. Many car rental companies won’t rent to anyone under the age of 25, at least not for a hefty fee. But we provide underage car rental Los Angeles services to ensure that everyone who wants a rental vehicle can have one. There are no extra charges for anyone 21 and over. If you are 19 or 20, you can still rent from us, and the fee will be minor (for insurance purposes).
  • We want to communicate with you any way we can. We know that English probably isn’t your first language if you’re an international visitor. In addition to our English site, we also have websites in Korean, Japanese, Chinese Simplified and traditional Chinese. All of these sites are extremely easy to navigate and they include plenty of great information you’ll be glad you have.
  • You don’t have to worry about hidden costs or charges. Your quoted price always includes taxes and insurances. Super Cheap Car Rental has a business philosophy that not only allows them to keep business costs economical, but to also deliver full honesty to their customers. We do not want you to feel tricked or get an expensive surprise on your bill.
  • We love our international travelers. We see customers all the time with H1B visas, temporary workers visas, and international students here to learn. We appreciate your presence here in our country and we want to make things as easy for you as we can.
  • Our vehicles are very dependable. The United States is one of the largest tourist nations in the world, attracting visitors from nearly every country. At Super Cheap, we understand how important having a safe, reliable vehicle is to get you where you need to go. We take excellent care of our fleet so that our customers only drive the best cars.
  • Our prices are unbeatable. Super Cheap Car Rental is the most affordable car rental company in California for those who do not have car insurance in the US. You might see a competitor offer a lower base rate, but most base rates do not include taxes, mandatory fees and insurance costs. When you factor all that in, you’ll find that our “what you see is what you get” rental rates are actually significantly more affordable than our competitors.
  • We offer plenty of help with student resources. We have a page on our website dedicated to student resources. And beyond that, our team is always available to answer any questions you may have about temporarily relocating to California.
  • We know California well. We love it, and we hope you will too. Super Cheap has locations in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, two of our finest cities. You’ll find some information about these beautiful places on our website, but if you don’t see what you’re looking for and you think we can help, please don’t hesitate to ask.
  • We only buy vehicles that are known for their safety and reliability. The last thing you should ever have to worry about is having your car break down in a country that you’re not familiar with. We only invest in good quality cars and we maintain them well. Your safety is our top priority.

Super Cheap has been in business for over 20 years. Since we opened, our company has helped hundreds upon hundreds of international students, international workers, foreign tourists, au pairs and foreign businesses with their rental vehicle needs. We are proud to have earned the trust and respect of our clients, and that means the world to us. If you’ll be visiting the United States anytime soon, we would love to help you find the right rental car for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips For Renting A Car From Super Cheap As An International Student

Are you coming to California as an international student? Congratulations—you’re about to have an amazing experience. Of course, part of that amazing experience will involve as much local travel as possible so you can see all the beauty our state has to offer. To best get from place to place, you’re going to want to rent a car.

 

The Super Cheap Rental Process

Here are a few pieces of good news for you, international students:

  • If you can prove you can legally drive in your own country, you can legally rent a car from Super Cheap Car Rental. You do not need to get a new driver’s’ license when you come to the United States. You also do not need an International Driver’s Permit, or IDP, to rent a car in California.
  • Here at Super Cheap, we do not discriminate based on age. We specialize in underage car rental Los Angeles for renters who are under the age of 25. If you’re 21 and over, you won’t have to pay an extra fee. If you are 19 or 20, your fee will be minimal.
  • Some of our Los Angeles car rental packages include long-term car rental deals. The longer you rent a car from us, the better deal we can offer you.
  • When you get a quote from Super Cheap Car Rental, your rate includes liability coverage, collision coverage, unlimited mileage and all taxes. Everything is included in your quote, so there will be no surprises.

Renting a car from Super Cheap during your time in the USA will be easier than you think. Here are the steps you should take:

  • Visit the International Resources page of our website. We have sites in Korean, Japanese, Chinese Simplified and traditional Chinese for our customers who prefer to do business in a different language. We want to make the process as easy as possible.
  • Take a look at the cars and packages we have available. Driving in a new country can be a bit intimidating, so look for a vehicle that you’d be comfortable driving.
  • Call us! We are always happy to answer questions and help you with your reservation. Our website is full of information, but sometimes talking to someone helps. Call our team at 310-645-3993.
  • Once you’ve made your car rental reservation, check out our Student Resources There may be some information there that will help make your transition easier.

 

Where to Take Your New Rental Car

Once you’ve arrived in California and you have your new rental car, you’ll want to explore as much as you can. And if you are in Los Angeles or Orange County, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful and exciting things to see. Here’s a list of some of our top attractions and the destinations that young people love.

 

Santa Monica

In the 1990s, Santa Monica was best known as the setting for the TV show “Baywatch.” These days, it’s a laid back place with great surfing, long stretches of sand, charming shops and an amazing pier with an amusement park. This seaside resort community is not only beautiful, but it’s also a lot of fun. Whether you’d rather ride the roller coaster, work on your tan or enjoy some fine dining, you’ll find it here.

 

Joshua Tree National Park

Located in the Southern California desert about 140 miles east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is a beautiful place to go hiking, rock climbing or take amazing photos. This is an expansive park that has overnight camping areas, natural springs and plenty of places to sit and enjoy nature.

 

Hollywood

No matter what part of the world you live in, you’ve probably heard of Hollywood. As one of the most visited places in Southern California, this lively hub has been an international center for entertainment since the 1920s. You can walk the Walk of Fame, check out the historic Chinese Theater, reserve tickets to attend a TV show taping, or catch a show at the Greek Theatre or the Hollywood Bowl. You might even see someone famous while you’re there.

 

San Diego

San Diego is located about two hours south of Los Angeles by car, and it’s a great destination for a weekend getaway or Spring Break. With miles of sandy beaches, luxury resorts on the water, delicious restaurants, a great nightlife and popular attractions like SeaWorld, there’s something for everyone here. Check out the Old Town San Diego Historic District to learn about the local history.

 

Laguna Beach

Located in southern Orange County, Laguna Beach is a stunning coastal destination with a lot of great attractions. From art galleries and museums to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, you’ll have a lot to see if you can pry yourself away from the beach for awhile. If you go on a weekend, park your rental car for a while and hop on the Laguna Beach Trolley, a free weekend transportation system that runs along the South Coast Highway.

 

A Southern California Road Trip You Can Take On One Tank Of Gas

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Part of the fun of a California vacation is driving around and exploring new places. After all, there’s no road trip quite like a California road trip. But the cost of getting to Southern California is expensive enough without factoring in the price of gas once you’ve arrived.

Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful road trips you can take using just one tank of gas. All you’ll need to do is fill up once before you return your rental car and you’ll be good to go. Looking at Los Angeles car rental packages before your trip will help you determine the most cost effective option for you. At Super Cheap, we don’t discriminate based on your age, so you’ll find plenty of underage car rental Los Angeles options that won’t break the bank.

This road trip takes you from the Super Cheap building near LAX Airport down to coast to Carlsbad and back, stopping at many beautiful places along the way. The total duration of the trip is about 280 miles, which should be just about one tank of gas.

The Griffith Observatory

Start with a trip to the Griffith Observatory, which is about a 40 minute drive from the airport (with traffic). This iconic Southern California landmark is the perfect spot to begin a road trip. Access to the observatory is free, and nothing beats the incredible views of LA. If you have the time and want to stretch your legs, you can also take a hike through Griffith Park.

Torrance

Find I-110 South and drive 28 miles south to Torrance, a charming city in the South Bay region of LA. Walk through Wilson Park, check out the Chen Art Gallery or get a growler to go at Smog City Brewing.

Long Beach

Head south on I-405 for about 20 minutes and you’ll reach Long Beach, hopefully just in time for sunset. Long Beach has plenty to see, do and eat, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore. The Pier 76 Fish Grill serves delicious seafood, while Tequila Jack’s is a great place to go for Mexican food with harbor views. If you can swing it, you’ll never forget spending the night at the Queen Mary, California’s notoriously haunted ship. There are also several budget-friendly hotels in the area if you need to save your cash.

Balboa Island

The next day, head to Newport Beach where you’ll find Balboa Island. This is the perfect destination to make you feel as if you’re truly on vacation. Take a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk, and don’t forget to ride the Ferris Wheel if it’s open.

Laguna Beach

Afterwards, cruise down to the visually stunning Laguna Beach, one of California’s most popular destinations. Over a decade ago, the Laguna Beach reality show introduced us to the cast of The Hills, but it was a popular place to see long before that. Its year round mild climate and arts-focused community make it a very desirable place. You can look through the charming shops and boutiques, or if you’d prefer to be near nature, head to the beautiful Crystal Cove State Park, where you’ll find hiking trails, tide pools and long stretches of sandy beach.

Carlsbad

39 miles south of Laguna Beach sits the lovely seaside city of Carlsbad. This area is best known for the Legoland amusement park, which can actually be a lot of fun. But if that isn’t your style, Carlsbad Village is a wonderful place to hang out and check out the shops, local art and dining options. And although it’s only open seasonally, the Carlsbad Flower Fields are absolutely stunning (and perfect for vacation selfies). Spend the night at the Beach Terrace Inn or the Ocean Palms Beach Resort.

Temecula

The next day, get on Highway 76 E and take I-15 N to Temecula, a mid-sized city that happens to be part of Southern California’s wine country. If you love wine, this is your place to taste and stock up on bottles to-go. They even offer wine tours through several privately owned companies. But you certainly don’t have to enjoy wine to enjoy Temecula. There’s also the amazing Old Town Temecula, a once sleepy part of town that has seen a revival in recent years.

Lake Elsinore

You won’t find many tourist towns on the final stretch of your road trip. But Lake Elsinore is worth visiting. The small city sits on the shores of the lake, which is a natural freshwater body of water and the largest natural freshwater lake in Southern California. The historic downtown area doesn’t have much going on, but it’s a great place to walk around before you have to climb back in the car.

Once you’re back in the Los Angeles area, you’ll want to fill up your car… if you started your trip with a full tank, it will be empty by the end. You’d be surprised by how many road trips you’re able to take on one tank of gas with proper planning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Off The Beaten Path California Destinations To Put On Your Bucket List

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Unless you’ve spent some time living in California, you probably aren’t aware of some of our most charming offbeat destinations. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with being a tourist, especially in this state, you owe it to yourself to explore a little more than a normal tourist would. The next time you visit the great state of California, go off the beaten path and try something new.

Of course, the best part of planning a road trip is figuring out which rental vehicle is right for you. Whether all you need is a compact economy car or you’d prefer something a little more spacious and luxurious, Super Cheap Car Rental has got your car rental reservations Los Angeles covered. Check out our Los Angeles car rental packages and ask us about our long-term rentals.

California is a massive state, and you’ll have hundreds of off the beaten path destinations to choose from. These 12 spots are especially recommended.

 

San Luis Obispo

Nestled in between Los Angeles and San Francisco is the quiet community of San Luis Obispo. Many tourists dismiss it as just another sleepy mission town, but if you visit, you’ll love the friendliness of the locals and the laid back vibe.

 

Temecula

You won’t have far to drive from Los Angeles if you want to check out the Temecula Valley—it’s just a short jaunt inland. If you’d love a glimpse of the Old West culture that used to dominate California, just walk down Main Street and stop at the Bank Mexican Restaurant and Bar, where you can enjoy a meal in an old safe.

 

Bodie State Historic Park

10,000 gold diggers once called this ghost town home, and large amounts of gold was mined here until 1876. Bodie became a state park in the 1960s. It’s located 20 miles southeast of Bridgeport near the Nevada border.

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park encompasses Lassen Peak, an active volcano. From snow-covered peaks to mud pots and hot springs, you’ll be amazed by the unique scenery. The remote park is located in Northern California, so if you plan to visit, make it during an extended stay.

 

Sculptured Beach

California beaches are amazing. The crowds are not. Sculptured Beach is a remote beach in the southern part of Point Reyes National Seashore, accessible by walking or mountain biking from the Point Reyes Hostel on the Coast Trail. Between the unique rock formations and the seclusion, you’ll be in paradise.

 

The Wave Organ

Have you ever seen a huge musical instrument played by the ocean? Now you can. The Wave Organ is located on a jetty in the San Francisco Bay. It consists of more than 20 pipes that extend down into the water of the bay. When the waves roll in, the pipes resound with liquid music.

 

Arcata

You’ll find Arcata near the small town of Eureka in Humboldt County. It’s a close-knit community of very caring and passionate people—the locals go out of their way to preserve the forests and protect the wildlife. Arcata is a scenic, unique place with quiet cafes, boutiques and beautiful Victorian buildings.

 

Placerville

Most people think of Napa and Sonoma when they think of California wine country. But Placerville has rolling hills of vineyards, not to mention a fascinating gold rush history. You may not think that wines and mines would be an interesting combination, but if you like a little history with your vino, you’ll love this place.

 

Point Reyes Station

Point Reyes Station is a small town in Marin County, about an hour long drive north of San Francisco. It serves as a jumping off point for anyone hoping to explore the Point Reyes National Seashore Region. You’ll see it all here: Redwoods, hiking trails, rugged coastline and waterfalls.

 

Crystal Cove Beach Cottages

Want to feel as if you’ve gone back in time? Located in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District on the Newport Coast, this renovated seaside colony from the 1930s now consist of the most unique accommodations you’ll find anywhere. From dorm-style rooms to private cabins, you’ll find something to suit your preference and budget. But if you’d like to stay here, plan ahead… way ahead. They typically book up seven or eight months in advance.

 

Ojai

Ojai is a small city located in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles. From hiking at the Rose Valley Falls Trail to exploring the delicious Ojai Olive Oil Company, this place is perfect for escaping the chaos of L.A.

 

Whitewater Preserve

Located near Palm Springs, Whitewater Preserve is a hidden desert oasis in Southern California. It spans 2,800 acres and is open daily for those who want to experience the beauty of nature. Stop by the ranger station to get more information about which trails are best to take.

10 Hidden California Beaches Perfect For Escaping The Crowd

Hidden California Beaches on west coast

It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy time at the beach in California. Our mild winters mean there’s never a bad time to sink your toes into the sand (though you may want to leave your swimsuit behind for a few months). And better yet, the off-season means the beach will be quieter.

But even though tourist season hasn’t officially arrived in California, you’ll still see some good-sized crowds at our beaches, especially at our most popular destinations. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of lesser-known beaches that are off the beaten path.

Of course, before you cruise to the coast, you’ll need a good car rental Los Angeles. Seeing the beach in California means doing a lot of driving, so get something reliable and comfortable. Check out car rental Los Angeles to see if you can find a deal on a more long-term car rental.

These 10 beaches may take a little more effort to find than our most well known spots, but the peace and quiet you’ll enjoy will be worth it.

Russ Cove Beach

Russ Cove Beach is hidden near Half Moon Bay on the north side of Pillar Point. It’s located near the Bay Area, and although it isn’t as warm as summertime, you’ll still be able to enjoy the coastal hiking trails the area is known for.

Seal Cove

Also known as Cypress Cove, Seal Cove sits inside the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve at Moss Beach and has amazing tide pools to check out during low tide. You’ll also see a lush forest behind the beach with plenty of hiking trails.

Carmel Meadows Beach

Located on the outskirts of Carmel, Carmel Meadows Beach is the name of the small portion of Carmel River State Beach that is adjacent to the Carmel Meadows housing community. It’s a little rocky and rugged, but it’s much less crowded than the main Carmel River Beach.

Table Rock Beach

Table Rock Beach is a tucked away, locally loved place in south Laguna Beach. Skimboarders love the shape of the waves, but you won’t find big crowds of people here.

Pirates Cove Beach

Pirates Cove is a secluded beach in a small cove on the west side of Malibu’s Point Dume. You can access it from the southern end of Westward Beach, though it can be tricky to reach during high tide. But in an often crowded area like Malibu, sometimes a little seclusion is necessary.

Hidden Beach Park

This park is a small, hard to find place in the Rio Del Mar community in Aptos. It may seem like an obscure place to visit, but it’s located in a creek ravine that empties out onto a small but pleasant sandy beach.

Pinnacle Gulch Beach

Will you be visiting Bodega Bay? Head to the Bodega Harbor housing community, find the Pinnacle Gulch, and go straight to the bottom. This beautiful beach is for sure a must go to on our list of hidden California beaches. It begins with a wide mile-long trail and stairway that begins across the road from the parking lot. After you hike down to the narrow beach, you’ll find tide pools and beautiful large rocks.

Mesa Lane

Mesa Lane is located below the tall bluffs in Santa Barbara. The beach makes up a narrow band between the cliffs and the ocean, and it takes climbing down 241 stairs to reach it. Clearly, this is a beach best explored during low tide.

Fleener Creek Beach

Fleener Creek Beach is a beautiful hiking and beachcombing spot located near the quiet coastal town of Eureka. If you’re planning to road trip way up the coast to Northern California, this beach is a must-see. The Fleener Creek Trail is a nice, short half mile hike down a hill to the beach below the bluffs. To find it, start in the town of Ferndale and turn into Ocean Avenue until it becomes Centerville Road.

South Black’s Beach

The southern section of Black’s Beach, which is also known as Torrey Pines City Beach, is accessible through a gate at the intersection of Blackgold Road and La Jolla Farms Road. The beach has long, paved trails leading to it, and while parking is minimal, it’s usually easy to find.

Gray Whale Cove State Beach

Resting between the tiny town of Montara and Pacifica’s San Pedro Point, Gray Whale Cove is often missed by the tourists who pass it on Highway 1. While the beach tends to be a bit packed with locals on a clear and sunny day, it remains largely uncrowded on overcast days. Something to be aware of: You might see some nudity at Gray Whale Cove.

Luffenholtz Beach

Luffenholtz Beach is one of Northern California’s most solitary beach environments. Best during low tide, the beach is a great place to observe the beauty of the Pacific Ocean while relaxing and enjoying some peace and quiet.