FlaRBO Vacation Rental Awards 2018
Heading to the Sunshine State has never been easier or more popular. Florida is famous for its gorgeous beaches, theme parks, and incredible weather. Preferred accommodations are shifting from hotels to vacation rentals and we’ve put together the best we could find in Florida. Vacation rentals range in options as diverse as typical condos dotted along the beach to more urban retreats but some are pretty incredible offering resort-like amenities all to be enjoyed by your private group. In our analysis, we looked at a variety of factors and details. Including vacation rentals ranging in price, location, size, and amenities. Here’s a look at the best of the best vacation rentals for 2018. Click on any photo or Award Title to view these amazing, best of the best, Florida vacation rentals.
Sunshine Villa Florida, an elite luxury townhouse is found within the Regal Palms Resort in Davenport, Florida. This home had our hearts pumping with its gorgeous outdoor pool area. An incredible waterslide, tiki bar, zero entry pool for kiddies, lazy river and lush palms surrounding the terrace. Located within minutes of the theme parks and Orlando attractions. Its a great choice for families looking to stretch their vacation dollars.
This lovely Anna Maria Island property, Casa Migos, offers Coastal Living luxury with it’s bright and sunny interiors and outdoor private heated pool and spa area. The backyard is an oasis with BBQ grill, tropical landscaping, huge covered section and lots of space to hang out. The large outdoor space features outdoor dining and lounge area where groups can catch the game on the big screen outdoor television. This home is professionally decorated and features stunning furnishings, kitchen, and stainless steel appliances. You will absolutely love the open floor plan on the main living level and deck that overlooks the pool and tropical backyard. During your stay the most difficult decisions you’ll have to make are should you relax and spend time at your private pool or walk over to the white sandy beaches? It’s a tough life on Anna Maria Island!
The Shack and The Flunky are a combination of beach cottage charm and Old Florida flavor. Just steps from the Gulf beaches this vintage-inspired compound is a combination of a 1940’s historic cottage and separate guest house. Vibrant, juicy and fun of local design touches like the nautical pulley system that holds the bed frame along with the fence and paddle headboard. This little vacation rental makes us want to hop on a vintage beach cruiser and cruise on down to the beach for lazy sunny beach days.
This Sombrero Beach villa is on our list for multiple reasons. We love the large outdoor entertainment areas including a full stainless still kitchen and outdoor billiards! This home boasts 3 separate terraces, outdoor bar, pool, and hot tub all situated on the deep water canal that’s spacious enough to dock a yacht. Large enough for multiple families with six bedrooms and offer a lot of things to do nearby like snorkeling, boating, deep sea fishing, diving are just a few local activities to enjoy. We definitely want to grab the extended family and get there.
Words cannot begin to properly describe this privately tucked away private paradise alongside the beautiful gin clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Nestled on the beachfront of Holmes Beach, this historic home has been completely renovated with a stunning coastal design and is located on one of the largest privately owned stretches of beach, ‘The Tiki‘, is arguably one of the most elite and unique beachfront homes on the Gulf coast boasting a huge tiki pavilion, and stunning views, bonfire area and private pool sink into pure Florida luxury in this sought after home.
Villa Marlin is a boaters and sunbathers delight. We love how inviting the owners have made this home with double hammocks under the private tiki hut, crisp white robes awaiting each guest in the luscious plantation bedroom. The best part of all is the location perched on a canal and offering private sandy beach access in the Florida Keys.
Location, Location, Location isn’t that what they always say? We love this beachfront and bayfront condominium complex in Siesta Key. Walk out the front door for some shelling, swimming and sunbathing while at the back door lies the perfect perch to get out for some boating or fishing straight from the dock. Fall asleep tot he gentle ocean waves and wake up to glorious views. This is truly beach living at its best on one of Florida top beaches – Siesta Key.
Watch the world go by from your rocking chair on the spacious front porch at this pretty clap-board historic beach cottage which was featured in Southern Living magazine. Beautifully furnished with soaring 11-foot ceilings, and fully equipped to meet all of your vacation needs. Not just a quaint little bungalow this home is steps away from a community pool with spa, waterfall and cabanas, and only 140 footsteps to the private Destin beach. The perfect choice for a Florida beach getaway.
Incredible views are the perfect backdrop to any vacation and The Tiki has one of the best views we have ever seen from its gorgeous coastal living room and kitchen. This beachfront cottage is one of the best examples of the marriage of perfect coastal design and it’s beachfront setting. Absolutely stunning!
Best Private Luxury Villa – Anna Maria
Enjoy this large family playground on your next Florida adventure, Rum Cove is designed for fun! Unbelievable amenities abound in this incredible luxury home like indoor shuffleboard, putting and chipping green as well as 5 pools!!! Yes, we said that out loud… five pools including the main lagoon pool, infant/toddler pool, 2 plunge pools, and a hot tub spa. This vacation rental also offers a golf cart, paddle-boards, kayak, fishing poles, all included at no additional cost. Amazing and well worth a Best Vacation Rental Award.
Watch the dolphins play from your backyard beachfront pool area. This beautifully renovated beachfront private vacation rental has interiors that match the exterior with a large open floor plan with sweeping views of the Ocean over a large sun deck. Incredible views to wake up to every day while on a beach holiday.
We love this Adult Community situated on a quiet stretch on the north-end of Panama City Beach called Pinnacle Port. Seniors can get active with 2 pools (indoor and outdoor), tennis, bocce ball courts, bay and onshore fishing, shelling, basketball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, billiards, card tournaments and lots of holiday parties. It’s our parent’s favorite spot to spend warm winters away from the cold. Not just for seniors though, there’s a playground with swims along a sandy stretch on this complex.
Sirenia Cove is located between 2 beaches right on the waterfront but that’s not the best part, it actually has its own sandy backyard beach nestled in between the pool and dock area for lazy siestas in the hammock or sunbathing all day. Perfect for active groups, fishing, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, ping pong, basketball net are just some of the activities you can enjoy at this Florida rental. The private resort style backyard also offers an outdoor bar, flat Screen television, luxurious plush outdoor furnishings on both the large pool terrace and upper screened in lanai.
We have long ago fallen for this incredible Florida Coastal Community called Carillon Beach. The homes are a lottery winner’s dream. Located directly on the beach snuggled between Panama City Beach and Destin, this community boasts a gulf front pool and private sheltered option. They also offer tennis and basketball courts. You can feel like your on your own private Caribbean community with its parks, plazas, town hall, central market area, restaurants, and pavilions. Many owners offer private golf carts for use in this 104-acre community.
Visit the Emerald Coasts best family-friendly, gulf front resorts at Waterscape. Providing some of the most luxurious beachfront condominiums with amenities galore! Swim in one of three beautiful blue swimming pools, relax in two hot tubs, glide under the waterfall and a float away the day in the lazy river. The incredible courtyard oasis is the perfect setting for family fun with barbecue grills, outdoor dining tables, a children’s splash park with pirate ship and a handicapped accessible boardwalk leading to over 400 feet of pristine beach. Each condo vacation rental has incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico. This family-friendly resort even hosts a seasonal kids club.
Timeless elegance is what you’ll find in this Mediterranean-inspired luxury home. It’s the perfect setting for your Marco Island vacation memories. This distinctive two-story home is set on a wide-water canal and features a southern exposure with stunning sunset vistas! Perfect for boating this waterfront home has unparalleled luxury providing four-bedrooms and four full baths. With two master suites, it’s the ideal setting for two or extended families vacationing together. You have to see it to believe it!
The Turtle Nest is a 3 bedroom, bungalow home that is incredibly charming and comfortable. Between the beachy decor inside, spacious screened in lanai which overlooks the large heated pool and luscious landscaping out back, guests are able to fully relax and immerse themselves in island-living. This little beach cottage is just a brief walk to either the Gulf of Mexico or Tampa Bay, the best of both worlds. A week-long booking may not be enough time to enjoy the swimming, fishing, biking, shopping and eating that our lovely area has to offer.
The Seahorse Retreat is a lovely bayfront villa in the tropical setting of Navarre Beach that is perfect for family reunions or get-togethers with friends. The signature landscape features a palm court, infinity edge swimming pool, large in-ground spa, and beautiful flowering plants that overlooks a private beach, dock, and the Santa Rosa Sound. Multiple porches outfitted with comfortable furniture allow for relaxation and admiration of the brilliant sunrises and sunsets. Almost every room has incredible water views with outdoor access. A home with style, as beautiful as the villa is on the outside, the inside has been designed in an eclectic West Indies decor that will have you wondering if you’ve landed on the doorstep of Hemingway’s home.
The Dunes of Panama Beach Resort is spectacular in itself, but this vacation rental penthouse is the perfect option for snowbirds looking for refuge from the harsh winters up north. At a little over $850+ per week, it’s the best bet for longer winter stays.
This fun, casual and elegant Clearwater Beach condo is beachfront and makes you feel like you’ve come home to coastal living. Relaxing neutral backgrounds and cheery bright color accents all through the condo. Truly an oasis on the Gulf of Mexico.
The minute you step into this ‘Tropical Paradise‘ home, you will feel like you are in paradise. Waterfront both in front and back for privacy. This 5 bedroom home is not only sprawling and fabulous at 4000 sq feet it has a backyard oasis with rock waterfalls cascading into a heated spa and pool. A perfect place to entertain al fresco. This home boasts the Best Host Experience in our opinions, an optional 4-hour cruise where the hosts will show you where many famous celebrities live in fabulous mega mansion homes. The cruise is subject to seasonal availability.
Slip into beachfront living on Marco Island and you’ll have the chance to claim your own “happy place”. A little slice of margarita-sippin’ paradise. The living’s easy at The Apollo and Sea Winds, where you’ll savor spectacular oceanfront sunsets from your open-air patio or stroll down to watch the kids play in the surf. Walk to the shops and restaurants of the Marco Walk Plaza, or ignore civilization altogether as you soak in the sun poolside. Sample the leisured life by watching the dolphins play in the ocean below, or bask in the sun while you collect handfuls of coquinas for your shell collection. Consider yourself warned: You may never want to go home!
The kids are splashing around in the pool, you have your feet up, totally relaxed and happy.. memories made, job done! Serendipity at Indian Creek offers all the comforts of home and then some. This kid-friendly Disney vacation rental is pure fun with high-quality amenities to make it special but laid back so you feel comfortable enough to just kick back and relax. This home even boasts a Tesla Charger for guests. A mere 4 miles from Disney’s Animal Kingdom makes it effortless to make a quick trip home during the day for a cooling swim or lunch. Cranky kids stuck in traffic don’t exist and happy heads filled with Disney dreams at night makes it the perfect family-friendly destination.
Often times you don’t want to leave your furry family member at home while the rest of the crew has fun in the sun. At Florida Rental By Owners, we’ve got you covered. We think the best dog-friendly beaches to be found in Florida are at Cape San Blas found on the northwest coast. Enjoy frolicking on the beach with your pooch and the kids on this award-winning beach. Most of the homes for rent in Cape San Blas are known for their pet-friendly hospitality.
Hurry to book these award-winning Florida vacation rentals in the sunshine state. Whether you are looking for a gorgeous beach condo, home close to the theme parks, or a little shack away from it all our list of the best Florida Vacation Rentals is sure to meet every traveler’s needs. The vacation rental industry is changing quickly and rivaling the top hotel chain resorts in amenities and curated offerings. Share your favorite rental with your family, guy or girls group to plan and book your next Florida holiday on Florida Rental By Owners website where you “Book the Same Vacation Rentals for Less”. There are no booking fees for either traveler or owner on FLARBO, it’s the best option for a match made in heaven.
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