4 Secrets To Santa Barbara! | Hidden LA

Mission Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara limo services sure have a blast. We get to cruise up and down the American Riviera, PCH, Solvang and Montecito on a daily basis. Having served the county for over 20 years, our limousine services know the ins and out of the area. We have also come to know some pretty exciting facts and spots throughout the city. Hang on as we present some hidden facts you probably did not know of.

1. Scarface House

Few customers renting limos in Santa Barbara know that the actual house of Tony Montana in the best-selling film Scarface is located in Montecito. Popular on cinematic limousine tours, the city has been featured in various big movies. In one film, Batman throws a bomb off of Stearns Wharf, while Barbara Jane’s (Meryl Streep) home in Its Complicated (2009) can also be seen in town. The movie Sideways (2004) was mostly filmed in the Santa Ynez Valley, located a short drive from the city itself.

2. Romance at Sea

Numerous companies offer romantic cruise tours from the city. Santa Barbara limos have for instance been utilized for couples going on sunset dining cruises, party boats, concert yachts and similar.

3. Wine Country

Santa Ynez’ vineyards are amongst the most gorgeous in California. Renting a hot air balloon for a date here can be an ideal adventure. Why not try wine-sipping onboard a balloon flying over acres upon acres of rolling green hills?

4. Island Paradise

Just across the channel from the city is where we find Channel Islands National Park, a true treasure of the sea. Visited by planes from Camarillo Airport and by boats, this hidden gem is home of numerous species found nowhere else on Earth. Limousines take clients here for experiencing the great outdoors, camping, hiking or photographing.

Book your tours of the city today! Your Santa Barbara adventure is closer than you think.

Limousine at Stearns Wharf

4 Secrets To Santa Barbara! | Hidden LA

Best Santa Barbara Camping! | Limo and Party Bus Services

Camping trip with limo in Santa Barbara CountyHaving been providing Santa Barbara limos and party buses for over twenty years, we’ve also transported numerous campers to campgrounds around the county. We are a best rated limo service also offering unique wine-tasting tours to vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County and Southern California. Why not style up your camping trip by adding limousine services? These are our best picks for “Top Campgrounds in Santa Barbara County”!

Beach Camping

Limousine on Stearns Wharf in Santa BarbaraVarious beaches in and around Santa Barbara offer overnight tent camping. We’ve had clients booking limousines for campouts at Carpinteria-, El Capitan-, Refugio- and Gaviota State Beaches. These beaches are visited by limos and party buses for a variety of different reasons, some come here for surfing, while others come here to do wedding photography. Carpinteria State Beach might be the most scenic and offers over 240 campgrounds, many of them by the sea. There are also tours available here of the nearby Salt Marsh, a Carpinteria landmark. Gaviota is a sandy cove sheltered by Point Conception, 30 miles west of town, and is famous for its hiking trails. El Captain and Refugio are relatively close to one-another, but our choice would be El Captain, which sits further away from the highway and offers nearly 140 campsites. Beach camping can also be done at Jalama Beach County Park, one of our limousine clients’ favorites. Here you can enjoy pristine coastal areas and wide camping sites. This beach rarely gets daily visitors, so campers mostly get the beach and campground to themselves.

Mountain- & Forest Camping

Aliso Park Campground, New Cuyama, CA
Aliso Park Campground

Inland Santa Barbara isn’t just home to acres and acres of wine country, but also prime camping grounds, beautiful forests and surrounding mountains. If you are looking for remoteness, check out Cuyama Valley, maybe the county’s most underrated and secluded region. Here you can camp at Aliso Park Campground in New Cuyama, CA, nestled in an oak forest just below the mountains. There’s also a beautiful year-round creek nearby, abundant wildlife and numerous hiking trails. Closer to town, you can get a limousine rental to one of the many campgrounds along Santa Ynez River. Fremont, Sage Hill, Paradise and Los Prietos are few miles apart, and best of all, just a 30-minute drive from town! The Santa Ynez wine country is also home Upper Oso Campground, yet another camp ideal for fishing, hiking and lake swimming. For a campground separated from others and with beautiful nearby creeks and hiking trails, see Sage Hill Campground. We’ve had limousine rentals stop by here at numerous occasions, oftentimes prior or after a wine tour of Santa Ynez.

Lake- & Island Camping

forested-road-santa-ynez-riverAlternatively, why not venture out to Channel Islands National Park for an overnight island camp? Several of California Channel Islands offers secluded camping, including Santa Rosa-, Santa Cruz- and San Miguel Islands. While Island Packers offers one day-trip to San Miguel Island in 2017, there are several overnight tours here in 2017. So why not get a limo to the harbor and cross the channel for an island camping trip?

Why not combine your day in wine country with a campout? Another popular place for camping is by Cachuma Lake, not far from where we do wine tours in the Santa Ynez Valley. Cachuma Lake Recreation Area offers the county’s best lake camping with numerous sites along the lakeside. Two popular nearby camps are Live Oak- and Circle V Ranch Campgrounds by the Santa Ynez River. Alternatively, check out Mono Campground in the wetlands surrounding Gibraltar Reservoir. This camp may not be by a lake, but sits along Mono Creek wetlands in the Los Padres National Forest.

Check Also Out: 6 Best Things To Do in Carpinteria, California!

Aliso CampgroundSo what’s the county’s best camping spots? Well, that all depends on who you ask. For beaching, head south to Carpinteria State Beach or venture north to Jalama Beach County Park. Prefer isolated forest camping? Visit the secluded Aliso Park Campground with spacious sites and a beautiful setting. Rather into lake camping? Your best choice would probably be Cachuma Lake Recreation Area.

For whatever reason you’re searching for a limousine in Santa Barbara, let a limo rental from us get you there in style and safety. Besides the traditional stretch limo transportations, we also specialize in local wine tours, city tours, airport transfers and party bus rentals. A limo service can be used for so much! Whether for a wedding or big day celebration, or just for a romantic side-trip to the campgrounds.

Best Santa Barbara Camping! | Limo and Party Bus Services

8 Best Santa Barbara Tours: Boat Trips, Wine Country, Apple Picking & More!

santa-barbara-toursFrom hot air balloon rides, feeding ostriches and jeep rides through the sand dunes, Santa Barbara sure has lots to offer! Whether you are looking for an exclusive wine-tasting tour to the vineyards or you would prefer a dinner cruise in the Santa Barbara Channel, a limo provider can make your excursion even better. What could possibly be better than arriving for your plane- or boat tour with a stretch luxurious limousine? Whether it’s for a birthday party, an outing with friends or for a romantic getaway — let us help you plan out your dream day on the American Riviera. Looking for a tour where you can pick your own fruits? Or would you prefer a tour of the Native-American historic places, or maybe a safari whale-watching cruise in the harbor? These are our picks for the best getaway tours in the city of Santa Barbara!

8. Apple-Picking Tours

apple-pickingA fun adventure for the whole family could be apple-picking at an apple farm. You’ll have many choices in picking an apple farm, but Apple Lane Orchards in Solvang is the most popular for limo service clientele and should definitely be checked out! Here you can pick Golden- and Red Delicious in September-October and  Granny Smith apples October and November. Other alternatives for apple-picking include the Ballard Apple Farm, Greenhaven Orchard, Golden Hills Orchards, Country Harvest Apple Orchard, Loyal’s Family Farm and Mueller’s Apple Farm.

7. Feeding Ostriches

feeding-ostriches-at-ostrichlandFeeding the ostriches and emus as Buellton’s Ostrich Land U.S.A. has become an increasingly popular activity. Our limousine services often head here on tours with families, for kid’s birthday parties and other trips. Here children and adults alike can have fun while photographing and hanging out with the world’s largest birds. And let’s face it, how often do you get the chance to feed ostriches yourself? You can also try out ostrich meat, if you dare, and you can check out or buy gigantic ostrich eggs. Ostrich feathers, oils and jerky are just a few more of the souvenirs available at their gift shop. Being located in Buellton nearby the magnificent wine country, a trip to OstrichLand U.S.A. is easily combined with a Santa Barbara wine-tasting tour by limo or party bus.

6. Touring the Channel Islands


The sand dunes at Santa Rosa Island

Yet another limo service destination is the Channel Islands National Park. These five islands make up the majority of the California Channel Islands and is a place visited for numerous reasons. Nicknamed “the North American Galapagos Islands”, these islands are home to many animals and plants found nowhere else on Earth. In fact, there are 145 plant- and animal species on these islands that are found nowhere else on the planet. One example is the Channel Island Fox, an endemic fox species that inhabits most of the islands. As each of the islands are unique and different from the others, do some research on the different islands and find out which one you’d like to pay a visit to. Santa Cruz Island is the largest and maybe most diverse. Here you can find caves, forests, beaches, mountains, cliffs and more. Santa Rosa Island may have the most scenic white sandy beaches, while Anacapa Island is small and relatively easy to explore. The national park can be visited by Island Packers.

5. Jeep Riding Tours

With off-road jeep trips in the mountain side, on the beaches and in wine country, Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours are a great way of bonding with friends or family while at the same time enjoying beautiful sceneries and a lot of fun! There are four types of trips offered: sunset-, mountain-, discovery- and wine-tasting tours. The trips take place in six-passenger jeeps and take place in the Santa Ynez Mountains and Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara’s backyard wine country. Have fun, explore the vineyards, check out the Ronald Reagan Ranch and enjoy the backcountry! These trips are becoming increasingly more sought-after for limo and airport sedans clients in Southern California. Prefer riding in the sand dunes? Check out Pacific Adventure Tours for Hummer rentals at the Oceano Sand Dunes and Pismo Beach!

4. Sunset Dining Cruise

One of the most romantic getaways on the American Riviera are the sunset dining cruises in the Santa Barbara Channel offered by the Sailing Center. Here you can enjoy wines, cocktails and beer in the full bar while enjoying a dinner with your significant other while watching the waves at sea. Private dinner cruise rentals are available by the Condor Express. For alternative trips, check out the various tours offered by Sunset Kidd, the Santa Barbara Sailing Center and Condor Express! Some of the trips offered by Sunset Kidd include their full moon cruises, valentine’s day cruise, parade of lights cruise and others. Wine-tasting cruises are offered by both Sunset Kidd and the Sailing Center. Live music tours are offered by the Sailing Center and the Condor Express.

3. Whale-Watching Cruise Tours


A dolphin in the Santa Barbara Channel

Whale-watching watching boat tours in the Santa Barbara Channel can be a lot fun, enjoyed by families or couples. Here you will get the chance to observe dolphins, porpoises, Blue whales, Humpback whales, seals, sea lions, killer whales, and more! These tours are offered by Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises, Santa Barbara Sailing Center’s Double Dolphin, Condor Cruises, Captain Don’s on Stearns Wharf, and by Island Packers in Ventura. Why not book a limo service to the harbor to go whale-watching with the kids, family, significant other or anyone with an interest or love of wildlife.

2. Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Wine Country

Experiencing the Santa Ynez Valley and its gorgeous vineyards from above can be a beautiful experience. Here you can bring your significant other along for a romantic balloon ride above the rolling green vineyards and picturesque nature. Contact Sky’s the Limit Ballooning in Los Olivos for a unique balloon ride over Santa Ynez. Alternatively, check out Windhaven Glider Rides or Red Baron Aviation for plane rides over the valley.

1. Santa Barbara Wine-Tasting Tours

There are many wineries, vineyards and wine-tasting venues spread throughout the American Riviera, in the city as well as the nearby wine country in the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Maria Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. Some of the most popular Santa Barbara wine-tasting tours are those to wineries such as Bridlewood, Sunstone and Firestone. These mansions are located in maybe Southern California’s most gorgeous vineyards and are surrounded by pristine nature, rolling hills and ever-green vineyards. Our limousines and airport sedans are daily servicing these vineyards, where we offer top rated wine tours with exclusive price-match-guarantees for all our customers. The small vineyard towns of Santa Ynez and Los Olivos are definitely worth the visit, for the night or just for the day. Here you can stroll the streets of these all-American small towns and enjoy the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of the wine country.

See also: Top 5 Best Southern California Wine-Tasting Tours!

Horseback-riding at the Alisal Guest Ranch

Of course there are many more tours to be enjoyed in Santa Barbara. Prefer a flight over wine country and the city to take photos? Check out Spitfire Aviation, which specializes in flights for photographing over Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley! How about a tour of the various wine-tasting rooms in the city? Try the Urban Wine Trail! For those interested in checking out the city, check out the red-tile tours, Segway tours or trolley tours! For those with an interest in local history and Native-American pictographs, why not get a limo or party bus to see the historic sites of the city and the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park? For surfing, check out the Lovewater Surf School, and for go-karting, research the great Jim Hall Kart Racing School. The tours “Eat This, Shoot That!” and “Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours” are two great tour ideas for those interested in visited the great eateries and learning more about the great diners and iconic Santa Barbara dishes. If you’re looking for horseback-riding you’ll have many choices in Santa Barbara. One of our favorites include the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Solvang, where you can try horseback-riding in one of Southern California’s most beautiful nature areas with forests, creeks and mountains. For whatever tour and for whatever reason or occasion, limousine services can add an additional tour to your tour, and make your day a day to remember for life!

Limousine service at Santa Barbara Bowl

8 Best Santa Barbara Tours: Boat Trips, Wine Country, Apple Picking & More!

Top Movies Filmed In Santa Barbara !


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.

Meryl Streep in front of the Santa Barbara Courthouse

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.

A limousine service seen at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, CA
Batman tries to get a bomb of off Stearn’s Wharf in Batman The Movie

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.

Limousine services by Mission Santa BarbaraMore 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?

wineries-featured-in-sideways-in-the-santa-ynez-valley-stops-for-wine-tours-2017So 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

limo-service-santa-barbaraBesides 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.

See also Top 10 Boat Tours in Santa Barbara!

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.

Limo service at Granada in Santa Barbara

Top Movies Filmed In Santa Barbara !