Florida Vacation Rentals
By Emily Nipps
Wake up to sunrise on your own private deck overlooking the beach. Brew a pot of coffee and sizzle your own bacon on the stovetop. Relax in a hammock on your private garden patio. Bring home fresh produce from a nearby market and whip up a delicious dinner for the family.
Once you’ve discovered the joys of Florida vacation rentals, it’ll be hard to go back to anything else, especially if you’re staying for more than a couple nights.
You’ll find everything from waterfront stilt homes to urban high-rise condos to beach cottages throughout the state, many of which have most of the amenities you’ll find at a traditional hotel, plus tons of privacy, full kitchens with cookware and other features to make you feel right at home.
Renting a house, condo or even a boathouse allows you to imagine yourself living in a whole new, relaxing environment for a long weekend, week or a month, whether you’re staying solo, with your love or the entire family.
Discover some of the treasures of down-home Florida life by sleeping, shopping, cooking and lounging in the comfort of rental accommodations.
Among the most popular spots, of course, are the beachside condos and houses, ranging from rustic to luxurious and often including kayaks, bikes, towels and umbrellas and other necessities of seaside life.
Along the coastline of New Smyrna Beach, for example, you’ll find a number of beach houses mere steps from the water and poolside condominium homes that are reasonably priced and close to restaurants, bars and shops.
Destin, St. Augustine, Amelia Island and just about every other Florida town has dog- and pet-friendly cottage or home rentals so you can bring your pooch along for the adventure, and some are close to dog beaches and parks to add to the fun.
If you’re looking for a larger house or property for multiple couples or families to share, Florida has several rental companies that cater to larger groups looking to stay together in a common area while still maintaining enough privacy with well-appointed rooms and plenty of bathrooms.
Those seeking an even more secluded and outdoorsy vacation can find plenty of cabins, lodges and cottages in or near state parks, rivers, lakes and wooded areas. You can choose from cute, little huts that are one step up from camping, or larger homes on horse farms and ranches. Spend all day fishing, hunting or hiking and come back to a fire pit, hot tub and screened-in swimming pool.
Vacation rentals also allow you to try new styles of living you’d otherwise never get to experience back home. In Miami Beach, rent a rock-star level apartment filled with high-end furnishings, artwork, in-home pools and balconies overlooking the ocean or bustling nightlife scene. In the Keys, stay in an adorable stilt home accessible only by boat or settle in on your very own private island at Pretty Joe Rock off Marathon. And in north Florida, stay in a yurt dwelling for a truly adventurous outdoors experience that you’ll never forget.