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Recently Booked Santa Monica Car Rentals from $ 18.21/day

Economy

(Chevrolet Spark or Similar)

economy
  • 2
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 18.21 /day

($ 72.84 total)

Compact

(Nissan Versa Note or Similar)

compact
  • 4
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 20.83 /day

($ 20.83 total)

Intermediate

(Honda Civic or Similar)

intermediate
  • 5
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 22.89 /day

($ 91.56 total)


Fullsize

(Kia Optima or Similar)

fullsize
  • 5
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 23.42 /day

($ 257.61 total)

Standard

(Hyundai Elantra or Similar)

standard
  • 5
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 26.80 /day

($ 187.61 total)

Premium

(Chrysler 300 or Similar)

premium
  • 5
  • 2/4
  • Auto
  • A/C
$ 37.74 /day

($ 150.97 total)


Prices are based on bookings made during the previous 42 days. Price is dynamic and varies based on the date of the booking, length of rental and car class. There is no guarantee this price will be in effect at the time of your search.

Santa Monica Car Rental Reviews

Car rental rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 377 ratings

Fox

"The car was "good" but we only rented and Economy. What did we expect? The staff was great and the rental process easy. Thanks." BILL

(Reviewed on October 10, 2015 )

Sixt

"We had a great experience with the car however, the driver of the shuttle back to the airport was very difficult to EVERYONE on the bus - threw around our luggage, and actually ended up breaking mine. Overall, I was thrill..." Read more HEATHER

(Reviewed on October 09, 2015 )


Thrifty

"All-around this was a good experience!!" REGNALD

(Reviewed on October 07, 2015 )

Advantage

"It was a pleasant experience." ANDREW

(Reviewed on October 06, 2015 )


Sixt

"When I returned my car I was very pleased with the person helping me out. She went out of her way to make sure I was happy. I believe her name was Araceli. Thank you for a great experience." SEAN

(Reviewed on October 04, 2015 )

Sixt

"One of my best experiences renting a vehicle" PRESTON

(Reviewed on October 03, 2015 )


Budget

"I had a rental at fox for a Full size car. They did not have a full size only a Jeep. They referred me to Budget, who saved the day. THANKS BUDGET" ROBERT

(Reviewed on October 01, 2015 )

Enterprise

"Excellent, Thank you," CHARLOTTE

(Reviewed on October 01, 2015 )


AMPM

"Rosa the CSR at the location was SPECTACULAR! Seamless, super fast, would have paid more just for her quality of care and attentiveness." PETER

(Reviewed on September 30, 2015 )

E-Z

"Overall excellent experience." SEELAN

(Reviewed on September 27, 2015 )


Enterprise

"I was very satisfied with everything thank you very much." OLIVIA

(Reviewed on September 25, 2015 )

U-Save

"Excellent service, I'll use this company again for sure on my next car rental!" ROLANDO

(Reviewed on September 23, 2015 )


Fox

"The first car rental was a great experience. The second care rental, the gentleman wasn't very friendly and didn't know how to use my credit card so it was "declined". He advised me that he had to run a soft credit c..." Read more MARY

(Reviewed on September 23, 2015 )

NU

"Awesome value. Easy location compared to other car rental locations. Honored CarRentals.com rate for additional days. Great customer service. Agent was Tee." SUROJIT

(Reviewed on September 20, 2015 )


Your Guide to Santa Monica, CA

On your next visit to the Golden State, stop in Santa Monica for some fresh sea air and a ride on its iconic Ferris wheel. Just a few hours spent in this city will make the reasoning behind its motto, “Fortunate people in a fortunate land,” absolutely clear, as it’s full of gorgeous oceanfront territory and a charming, restored downtown to explore. Get around this lovely locale at your own pace with a cheap Santa Monica car rental.

Steer Through Santa Monica

One of the biggest draws in the city is the Santa Monica Pier. It’s been a landmark for the area since it opened in 1909, and is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. While on the pier, you can visit Pacific Park—an amusement park that sits over the water—and ride a solar-powered Ferris wheel, visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and sample fare ranging from seafood to burgers and fries. Of course, the pier is also a natural spot for fishing, and the nearby beach is full of barbecue areas if you’d like to roast up your lunch or dinner fresh from the ocean.
Just a few blocks northeast of the pier is the Third Street Promenade. You can safely spend all day here, though you can also stop by for just lunch and a quick scan for souvenirs. Wander through numerous upscale stores, enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants, or just keep an eye out for live musicians, magicians, and dancers who keep things lively during the day and at night.

More Than Santa Monica

When you rent a car in Santa Monica, you can see all of the Greater Los Angeles Area on your own time. Depending on what season you visit in, you can watch these local favorites take on all the competition: Just 15 miles east of Santa Monica is Staples Center®, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Kings.
Twenty-five miles east of Santa Monica is Pasadena, the city that is home of the Rose Bowl. If you’re visiting during the New Year, try to catch a glimpse of the Tournament of Roses Parade. Otherwise, steer your car rental to Colorado Boulevard, the main thoroughfare. You can test out some of the many gourmet restaurants, roam independent bookstores, and duck onto side streets to check out its beautiful architecture, some of which dates back to the early 1900s.
If you’ve got the kids with you, no trip to the L.A. area is complete without a visit to Disneyland® in Anaheim, located about 40 miles south of Santa Monica. Get your picture taken with your favorite character, check out Cinderella’s castle, and watch the fireworks show as your day comes to a close.

History of Santa Monica

For much of the 1800s, Santa Monica remained a quiet beachfront settlement, only sparsely inhabited in comparison to other nearby communities. Buildup began in earnest in the 1870s, with business lots and residential lots being sold off rapidly, and in the 1880s the first hotel arrived. The advent of the Southern Pacific Railroad led to a competition between Santa Monica and San Pedro Bay over where the Pacific seaport would be; San Pedro—since renamed the Port of Los Angeles—won out in the end, but Santa Monica had managed to attract a great deal of attention, as well as new settlers.

The Weather

The phrase “Sunny Southern California” might as well have been coined in Santa Monica, as the area enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year. You’ll see morning fog thanks to the proximity to the ocean, but this quickly burns off. The Pacific also keeps temperatures relatively steady, although winter storms do occasionally occur. In the summer, you can expect average highs in the 70s, though the 80s are not unheard of. In winter, average highs remain steady in the 60s. The area only receives about 12 inches of rain per year, most of it falling between January and March.

Get Your Car and Go

Don’t leave your Southern California adventure at the mercy of public transportation or expensive cabs. Browse the available vehicles on CarRentals.com for the perfect rental car in Santa Monica and take advantage of our great rates. Save money, see the sights at your own pace, and get ready to enjoy a wonderful Santa Monica vacation.

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Dollar car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Thrifty car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Enterprise car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Budget car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Avis car rental locations in Santa Monica

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National car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Alamo car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Hertz car rental locations in Santa Monica

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Midway car rental locations in Santa Monica

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