With its iconic look and unbeatable climate, Santa Barbara is a top choice for movie productions. All the filming locations here make cinematic tours by either a party bus or limo service popular here. With so many famous scenes appearing in movies, TV-series, music videos and more, we often get questions about filming locations for various movies. Besides our exclusive Santa Ynez wine tasting tours to all wineries visited in the movie Sideways (2004), we often get questions of what movies have been filmed in the various places of Santa Barbara County. On a Santa Ynez wine tour you can experience a bunch of more film locales as well. From Stearn’s Wharf, the Mission, State Street, – to acres of wine country, – the American Riviera is an exceptional place for film productions and our gorgeous city is featured in countless films and TV-shows.
Did you for example know that scenes from the Pirates of the Caribbean III: The World’s End (2007) was partially filmed at the beaches of Santa Maria? Or that both Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) as well as Friday the 13th Part III (1982) have scenes filmed in Santa Barbara? Many also don’t know that the actual location for Tony Montana’s (Al Pacino) home in the hit movie Scarface (1983) actually is located here in Santa Barbara! Let us present to you some of our favorite films and TV productions made right here on the American Riviera.
As most of the city burned down in the early 20th century, it laid the foundation for a brand new city. With architecture mostly based on its old Mission from 1780’s, Santa Barbara became the ultimate and maybe most iconic Californian city. As a local limo service for more than seventeen years, our Santa Barbara limousine hub can testify that it remains so still today. It didn’t take long from Hollywood to discover the natural beauty and quaintness. Movie productions began here already in the early 1900’s, and by 1920, already more than five movies had been made in the city, including titles such as Perils of Pauline (1914), Diamonds from the Sky (1915) and Rivers End (1919). In other words, long before the time of a limo service such as ours, which has served Santa Barbara since 1999. Have you ever been on a local whale safari or tour to the Channel Islands (National Park)? Santa Barbara limo services customers have numerous times mentioned how these beautiful islands, just off the Santa Barbara coast, are featured in the movies. One example could be San Nicolas Island, where Colonel Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) flies to save his daughter in Commando (1985). We have had a dozen clients ask us about where the Scarface final shooting scene took place, even people utilizing LAX airport transfers to visit the home of Tony Montana. For while the film is based in Miami, Florida, the actual location of Tony Montana’s mansion is at 631 Para Grande Lane in neighboring Montecito! Getting a Santa Barbara limousine to visit Montecito might not be the most popular, but tourists using LAX services have come here to check out Montana’s estate.
With various scenes filmed in the area, chances are you may recognize a place or two from the Friday the 13th trilogy. For while the kids in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter head to “Crystal Point” for a swim, the actual location of the lake (Zaca Lake) is situated in the San Rafael Mountains, a beloved destination for our exclusive Santa Ynez wine tours! Local limousine and party bus rental clientele have also noticed a striking resemblance between the coast of Libya depicted in the film G.I. Jane (1997) and its actual location, namely Guadalupe Beach. Furthermore, our local limousine service have appeared in numerous local TV-productions, including The Bachelor (in 2007), Keeping Up With the Kardashians (2009) as well as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2010). Would it not be cool to ride in a Santa Barbara limousine featured on TV? From The Amazing Race (2011), Top Gear (2012) and X Factor (2011), countless TV-series have been produced here. Another example could be the La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, featured in for example Ghost Adventures (2009) on Travel Channel, where many go for limos for rent to explore its haunted history. There are also supposedly haunted sites where we have taken wine-tasters on a Santa Ynez wine tour.
More interested in films that are actually based in Santa Barbara? For while many may have scenes made here, not all are actually based on storylines out of S.B. However, some of the movies taking place here include Cutter’s Way (1981), It’s Complicated (2009), The Graduate (1967), Demolition Man (1993), amongst others. Chances are you may have recognized various locations from It’s Complicated, for instance scenes shot by the Courthouse or elsewhere in the city. Also featured in this movie is the scenic wine country of inland-Santa Barbara County. This is also where the film Sideways (2004) is both based and filmed, and Santa Ynez wine tours to the movies’ many wineries are popular getaways. Having had a great impact on the blooming wine industry of the valley, wine tasting tours to the region are more popular than ever after this film. And from the Foxen Winery, Fess Parker Winery and Kalyra Winery, we are happy to service all wineries featured in this masterpiece. Not been on a wine tasting tour vacation yet? Seeing this movie is guaranteed to make anyone want to make an escape to our stunningly aesthetic vineyards. Ordering Santa Barbara limousine services to Santa Ynez Valley are more popular than ever. Other movies made in Los Olivos and the surrounding Santa Ynez Valley include Flying Lessons (2010) and Of Mice and Men (1992). All these movies, as well as It’s Complicated (2009), will showcase the valley’s beauty with its rugged, green rolling hills and picturesque wine country. Book your Santa Ynez wine tour today! Bring 20 friends or family members along by renting a party bus! What could be more fun?
So what are the favorite film locations of our Santa Barbara limo services? Besides wine touring the trail of Miles and Jack in Sideways, many like to see where Emma goes to her sister’s wedding in the film No Strings Attached (2011). While the resort depicted in the film is the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore, the indoor scenes of the resort were filmed at the Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades. Of course the Montecito mansions featured in Scarface and Bedazzled (2000) also are trending movie destinations. The Gainey Ranch, featured in Of Mice and Men (1992), as well as various locations from Batman the Movie (1966) are well worth a visit. In fact, our limousine service have several times been parked at the approximate location of the Batmobile, right outside Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearn’s Wharf! Want to walk in the footsteps of Meryl Streep instead? The Santa Barbara County Courthouse may not always have an outdoor market in front, but you will definitely recognize its iconic red-tiled roof and architecture in the movie It’s Complicated (2009). A recent trend for tourists have been to order a cinematic tour to the courthouse, often by a Santa Barbara limousine, sedan town car, SUV or with party bus. Film locations in a variety of movies can also be seen on a Santa Ynez wine tour.
Reserving limos for rent in order to visit the famous movie locations are more sought-after than ever. And whether you’d like to see locations from Lassie Come Home (1943), No Strings Attached (2011) or Adaption (2002), our limo and party bus rental services can take you there! Having had the honor of offering Santa Barbara limousine services for nearly 20 years, we know all the film locations tourists love to see!
Elsewhere Santa Barbara County
Besides Tony Montana’s house, there’s a lot more film locales in Montecito. The 2016 film 20th Century Women is filmed entirely in Santa Barbara and Montecito. Also featuring scenes from Montecito are movies such as Summer of 42 (1971), The Pet (2006), Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) and many more. While Lompoc can be seen in The Greed of Men (2013), Lompoc’s Vandenberg Air Force Base can be seen in movies such as the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971), in the part when a satellite gets launched, and in the 1970 film Moonraker. A designed Santa Barbara County historical landmark in Carpinteria has been featured in numerous motion picture, namely the Casa Blanca Pool House at 851 Sand Point Road. This house can for example be seen in a 1973 episode of Columbo (1971-2003) and a 1984 episode of Dynasty (1981-1989). The water-polo match in the 1932 film What Price Hollywood? was also filmed in Carpinteria, at 3300 Via Real. The Best Western on 4558 Carpinteria Ave. can be seen in My Favorite Martian, a 1999 comedy. A number of movies have also been filmed throughout Santa Ynez Valley, often stopped by on a Santa Ynez wine tour.
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Our limo service has served Santa Barbara County now for over seventeen years. Besides the award-winning wine tour selections, we also offer Southern California’s largest fleet when it comes to everything from a party bus selection or limousine vehicles. Book the best rated Santa Barbara limousine today! Call us at (866) 319-LIMO for a free quote to any/from any Southern California location.