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If your trip to Santa Cruz is all organized but your travel itinerary is a little on the empty side, let us give you a few hints and tips.
Think of Santa Cruz and then say the first thing that comes into your head. Bet you said "Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk," right? Being such a famous landmark, you just can't miss it. Hurl your gear into the car and check it off your bucket list.
If your friends ask why you're heading here, just show them a few images of Main Beach and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. These notable attractions will ensure you have a memorable trip.
Stop by Pacific Avenue. It's one attraction you'll usually find on many travelers' must-do lists. If you still have space on your travel itinerary, Santa Cruz Wharf and Pasatiempo Golf Course will keep you on the go as well.
You don't have to spend all your time in Santa Cruz, particularly when famous landmarks are right on your doorstep. About 25 miles away in San Jose, Winchester Mystery House lures the masses all year round. Why not visit and see what all the fuss is about?
No matter what the weather forecast is like, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of some of the lovely beaches near Santa Cruz from the comfort and freedom of your own rental car. As you travel along, keep your eyes open for seagulls soaring over these stunning stretches of coastline:
If you're planning to do some serious business networking in the convention centers of Santa Cruz, it'd be good to book a rental car. That way, you'll be able to go for a spin, check out the surrounding area and be sure that you'll make it to your event on time. You'll most likely be heading to one of these buildings:
With your own wheels, Santa Cruz is all yours to discover. People make their way to this alluring city for a wealth of reasons, and here at CarRentals.com we have a different car for each of them. The number one priority for large families is space. Depending on the number of family members, that could mean anything from a full-size car to a 12-passenger van. Budget travelers usually go for the great mileage and affordability of our smaller vehicles, such as a mini or an economy. If you're hoping to make an impression in Santa Cruz, you could even browse our special category for a ride that'll make any car lover dizzy with excitement.
Sometimes it's all about the journey, which makes your car choice important. If you're about to head off on an amazing road trip around Santa Cruz, a spacious SUV could be the best solution. If you'd like the cheapest price possible and plan to stick to city driving, an economy car is a smart pick. All you have to do is choose what's going to be the best fit, throw your bags in the trunk, and clock up those miles.
There's way more to getting on the road in Santa Cruz than simply jumping in the driver's seat and firing up the engine. Familiarize yourself with a few important rules and regulations here:
In Santa Cruz, motorists stick to the right side. When road-tripping someplace new, it's always a wise idea to book an automatic vehicle. That way, you can concentrate on the road and not stress about gear changes.
As with most destinations, roads get busy in the hours before and after work. However, thanks to its smaller population of about 59,900, traffic jams aren't a big issue in Santa Cruz.
Finding a place to park in Santa Cruz can take time. That's why many opt for a hotel that has its own parking. When leaving the car around the city, make sure you pay attention to the signage. Overstaying the time limit could get you a large fine.
There sure are. In Santa Cruz, speed limits range from 15 mi/h to 70 mi/h. Residential areas have a default speed limit of 25 mi/h unless otherwise indicated.
Most of the time, your car rental company will bill the fined amount to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may share your contact details with local authorities so they can send a fine straight to you.
Yes, so buckle up. Although, there are a couple of exceptions for certain vehicles run by public transportation systems.
If you have Bluetooth or similar functions enabled, you can use your cell phone while driving a car in Santa Cruz. But ensure you keep your eyes on the road.
In Santa Cruz, it's a criminal offence to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content) in excess of 0.08%. If you're planning to have a drink or two, you'd be wise to leave your rental car at your hotel.
Road rules in Santa Cruz allow drivers at a red light to turn into the lane nearer to them, without having to wait for a green signal. Before doing so, the car must completely stop and the driver must be certain that the way is clear before continuing on.