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Santa Cruz Car Rentals

On your next adventure in Santa Cruz, California, don’t waste a single second trying to read bus timetables or hailing down a taxi. Instead, reserve a rental car in Santa Cruz to make the most of your vacation time. With your own set of car keys, you have the freedom to drive from the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum to the Wilder Ranch State Park in less than 20 minutes—a trip which would take much longer via public transportation. While you’re in town, do yourself a favor, and book a Santa Cruz car rental to make the most of your vacation.

Experience Santa Cruz

If you’ve booked flights to Santa Cruz, more than likely you’ll land at Mineta San Jose International Airport, which is roughly 30 miles north of the beach town. If you browse our selection of rental cars in Santa Cruz and book in advance, you can have a vehicle waiting for you at the terminal.

From the airport, hop on the CA-17 S to arrive in Santa Cruz. Feel the California sunshine on your skin and the sea salt in the air as you zip around in your rental car. Roll down the windows to feel the ocean breeze, or blast the AC if the temperature gets too toasty. With your own car rental in Santa Cruz, spend the morning surfing the waves at Cowells Beach, and then drive over to the Mission Santa Cruz to learn about the city’s history. Discover the lack of gravity and all its kookiness at the Mystery Spot, and then cruise over to the famous Giant Dipper Roller Coaster on the boardwalk.

When you have your own car rental in Santa Cruz, you don’t have to stick within the city limits. Venture out and see the nearby sights. Head down California State Route 1 for scenic views of the coastline, or take a road trip along the CA-17 N and 1-280 N to arrive in San Francisco.

Book with Expedia Today

Do yourself a favor, and reserve your Santa Cruz rental car in advance right here. At, we’ll pair you up with a vehicle that suits not only your preferences, but your wallet, too. Browse our selection to discover luxury whips and family-friendly mini vans that fall within your price range. You can also sort through our Santa Cruz hotels, and then bundle your lodging and car rentals to save up to $570. Make your reservations today to jet off into the California sunset tomorrow.

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