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Perched on the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is rich in family-friendly tourist attractions, gleaming white colonial-style buildings and beautiful beaches. The city is also ideal for exploring the Pacific coastline and other destinations such as Tijuana,Los Angeles,Temecula and Carlsbad.
If you’re arriving via San Diego International Airport, it’s a short three-mile drive by hire car into the downtown area of the city. En route you could stop off at Waterfront Park to take in the ocean view and, if it’s hot, cool yourself off beneath the spray fountains.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Alamo, National and Avis. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and shuttle services to your rental car.
There are many easily accessible attractions within the city itself. The San Diego Air & Space Museum is a two-mile drive by rental car, while Balboa Park, three miles away, features green spaces, museums and theatres, and is the home of San Diego zoo. Popular family attraction, SeaWorld, is a seven-mile drive from the downtown area, while both Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are a nine-mile journey.
Tijuana, in Mexico, is a 20-mile car ride via Interstate 5. There you can swim, surf and body board on the Playas de Tijuana beaches, plus enjoy all that Tijuana’s thriving nightlife has to offer. Los Angeles is a 120-mile journey and includes popular attractions like Hollywood Boulevard, Universal Studios and Rodeo Drive.
Freeways in San Diego usually have four lanes, with the first lane being the fastest, so it may be best to choose a slower one while you’re getting used to your hire car. Remember that the US is right-hand drive, and also keep an eye on your mirror as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the California ones before your visit.
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When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.
You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.
Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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