5 Rental Car Free Destinations for a Car-Free Vacation

Bike Ride Car Free Vacation

Drive those cares away without driving on a Car Free Vacation!

While the following car free vacation destinations are pedestrian-friendly, they are hardly pedestrian. Save gas money, taxi fares, rental car rates, and the planet, with a car free vacation to some of the world’s most intriguing places! Car free travel really is possible.

Fire Island, New York

The 32-mile sandbar of Fire Island is one of New York’s favorite natural sanctuaries; it’s where overworked Manhattanites go to escape the city and quietly relax beachside. Unlike the city, you can’t hail a taxi here. Your feet, or a bicycle, are all you have for transportation! This makes Fire Island one of America’s very best car free destinations. Find a Fire Island rental in the center of all the action, so it won't be hard to kiss a car goodbye.

Santa Catalina Island, California

Trade in that rental car for a golf cart! Santa Catalina Island sits comfortably in the Pacific, just off the coast of Long Beach. Avalon is the best example of a city here, and it’s the only place you’ll find cars. Avalon welcomes guests from the mainland who come to scuba dive, view buffaloes, transport themselves into old Hollywood westerns (Avalon has been the site of many movie sets), and sunbathe. Despite the considerable size of Catalina Island, there’s not a freeway in sight!

Santa Barbara, California

While Santa Barbara has been long established as a top city for sight-seeing, it’s recently branded itself an ideal vacation spot for the car-less. Not only will you save money by ditching a rental car, but you’ll get great deals (in the form of kayak rentals and bike rentals) just for taking on the city by foot! With the city's advanced public transport system and very walk-able layout, a Santa Barbara condo rental is a great idea for vacationers of all ages.

Fes, Morocco

Even though Fes is one of Morocco’s biggest cities, it happens to be its most pedestrian-friendly – by design! The imperial city is divided into three sections (called a Medina): Fes el Bali, Fes-Jdid, and Ville Nouvelle. Fes el Bali in particular has earned the title as the world’s largest car-free urban area. Fes was built in the 400s, and its narrow streets are still navigated mostly by foot and donkey.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Horse Car Free Vacation

If golf carts aren’t your thing, saddle up on a horse! Mackinac Island’s reverence of all things equestrian is the reason cars were banned on the island in the 1920s. Horse-drawn carriages and buggies are a common sight, but Mackinac Island is hiker-friendly as well. At sundown, check out the many bars and partake in regular festivities that help to make Mackinac Island one of Michigan’s most unique vacation spots.


Car free travel is easy, thanks to all the conveniently located accommodations available! From Fire Island rentals to Santa Barbara condos, we've got it all.