5 PLACES TO RENT A VOLKSWAGEN CAMPER VAN AND TRAVEL LIKE A HIPPIE

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Why is it whenever I see a Volkswagen van, I just want to travel? It must be their association with peace and love-loving hippies who used them in the 1960s and 70s to roam without a care from beach town to beach town and from music festival to music festival that makes them the symbol of freedom and wanderlust they are today. If you feel the same, you’ll want to check out these five incredible places to rent a volkswagen camper van and travel like a hippie.

 

1) Southern England

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Start a summertime English jaunt in Cornwall, a peninsula at Britain’s southwestern tip where you can tour seaside villages, surf, meander through the countryside and camp in style at a music festival (ladies, here’s your chance to finally post a photo of yourself wearing a flower crown). For the most fitting set of wheels, check out Cornish Campers, whose fleet of vans includes the spacious, yellow and white Mrs. Robinson, which was built in 1969. Located just two and a half hours by car from London along the country’s central southern shore, New Forrest Safari Campers also has a groovy-looking fleet of vans and tons of resources to help you plan the best road trip ever.

 

2) Southern France

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From quiet medieval villages to lavish seaside cities, exploring Southern France is like living in a dream (or living in reality if you’re a supermodel or a European prince). You can visit wineries, indulge in French cuisine (hello butter, garlic, truffles and cheese), swing by Monaco to catch the Monaco Grand Prix, stop in Cannes for the Cannes Film Festival, spend a day on the beach in Nice or rub shoulders with the 1% in Saint-Tropez. For a classic ride, check out 69 Campers, whose 1968 VW van named Amélie sleeps four. Also in Southern France’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, you’ll find Freewheelin’ Classic Campers, which offers two beautifully restored vans from the 1970s.

 

3) Southern California

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When you think of cruising in a vintage VW van, you probably envision surfboards on the roof, a warm Pacific Ocean breeze in your hair and The Beach Boys playing on the stereo. To help you turn this Southern California dream into a reality, there’s Vintage Surfari Wagons, purveyors of classic VW vans based in Costa Mesa (which is about a one hour drive south of Los Angeles International Airport). Stick to the coast and explore San Diego, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Big Sur and San Francisco. Or head inland to roll through redwood forests, Yosemite National Park, the Mojave Desert and California’s southern, central and northern wine regions. And if you don’t want to go at it alone, Vintage Surfari Wagons also offers self-driven group tours.

 

4) Southern Spain

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Andalusia, an autonomous region in Southern Spain, is home to over 500 miles of Atlantic and the Mediterranean coastline and more protected natural areas than anywhere else in Spain (including the Tebernas Desert). It’s also the birthplace of flamenco dancing and bullfighting (i.e. the most Spanish things you can think of). To experience it all at your own pace, check out Weekend Wagon, whose fleet includes the MickyVan, a red and white Westfalia model van built in 1970. If Spain sounds nice but exploring the coastline and wine regions of Portugal sounds better, Camper Tales can hook you up with a vintage van and also direct you to the best surf spots.

 

5) Western Montana

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Home to America’s most untouched and wild places, a visit to Montana can feel like a visit back in time. But ditch the horse-drawn wagon used by westward bound pioneers of days gone by and opt instead for a VW Westfalia camper van from the 1980s. Based in Missoula, Montana, Dragonfly Vans offers a growing fleet of totally rad VW vans perfect for camping and fly fishing trips, as well as exploring nearby national parks like Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. In these rugged parts, the van’s small size will allow you to access places large RVs can’t — plus they’re a more comfortable and mobile alternative to tent camping. It’s a win win.

 

Photo credit: top photo by grassrootsgroundswell, all other VW van photos by their respective companies.

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10 Responses to “5 PLACES TO RENT A VOLKSWAGEN CAMPER VAN AND TRAVEL LIKE A HIPPIE”

  1. Raymond RodriguezMarch 8, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    Dear Trevor,

    I’m looking into renting a VW Camper in the Miami, Ft. lauderdale area. We have an entry to the South Beach Gay Pride Parade on April 10th, 2016. I have found places on the East Coast of Florida. Too far for a one day affair.

    I would greatly appreciate any information that you may have or suggestions as to where to look.

    Thank you,
    Ray Rodriguez

    • Trevor MorrowMarch 14, 2016 at 11:49 am #

      Hi Ray. I took a look around and could only find VW camper van rentals in northern Florida (Tampa) and western Florida (St. Petersburg) — which won’t work for your east coast trip. It’s not a WV, but the only thing I found was this van hire: http://www.escapecampervans.com/locations/miami/ — Good luck, sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

  2. Anthony ScogginsMarch 19, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

    The guys who operate out of the Tampa/St Pete area rent their vans all across the state, including St Augustine, Miami, and the Keys. My girlfriend and I rented one of their VW buses for a little beach camping last fall and had a great time. Check them out a http://www.floridavwrentals.com

  3. Kendall RyderJuly 22, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    I think renting VW van is perfect for a road trip in California! You can drive with the windows down and enjoy the warm air! I totally want to rent a VW van for my next road trip. I think it would be so fun and plus, it looks like they have a lot of room!

  4. SaraSeptember 29, 2016 at 9:45 am #

    Do you know of anywhere you can rent in Texas??

    Sara

    • Trevor MorrowNovember 27, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

      Hi Sara, I wish I had a great recommendation for you, but I’m sorry I don’t know of a place to rent one in Texas.

  5. ShellyJanuary 19, 2017 at 11:40 pm #

    I am looking to rent a VW Camper in and around the Phoenix or Scottsdale area, does anyone know of anything out there?
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  6. KelsyFebruary 1, 2017 at 11:49 pm #

    Hey Trevor!

    So I also wanted to add Australia, specifically eastern Queensland and New South Wales. You’d see them everywhere they even have companies devoted to renting VW and the like vans. Check it out!

    • Trevor MorrowApril 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

      This is so good to know. Thank you for sharing Kelsy! Aus would be an awesome spot to rent a vintage VW van.

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