It’s easy to see why Florida is one of the most – if not the most – popular vacation spot in the US. From the buzzing Miami Beach area, home to some of the country’s best nightlife, through to the relaxing beaches in Key West, visitors are spoilt for things to do.
There’s something a lot more enjoyable about staying in a vacation rental than a hotel, as it really feels like a ‘home from home.’ Guests can spread out across the property and have a greater sense of privacy. Plus, staying in a vacation rental is a great way of saving money as they often work out significantly cheaper than hotels. Using unique data from AllTheRooms, the world’s first vacation rental search engine, we’ve taken a closer look at the most popular vacation rentals in Florida:
1. Riverfront House With Backyard, Merritt Island
This riverfront house in Merritt Island is one of the most popular vacation rentals in Florida and was 100% fully booked for several months in 2018. It’s a beautiful bungalow-style house that backs on to the stunning Sykes Creek River. It’s an ideal spot for families and a group of friends who want to spend their vacation chilling in a spacious house and taking a dip in fresh creek waters directly in the house’s backyard. If you’re lucky, you might even spot dolphins, manatees and rare wildlife from the house’s private boat dock. The house also features a boat lift, water jet lift, backyard BBQ, and a wood burning fireplace. What more could you ask for?
2. Hollywood Style Hacienda, East Hollywood, Florida
This elegant Hollywood-style hacienda is perfect for large groups of friends or a big family as it can sleep up to nine people across the villa. The property also boasts a 100% booking rate over the time it was listed in 2018. The house features a private pool and spa in a tropical setting, with palm trees offering much-needed shade. It boasts an excellent location, around a one-mile drive to some of the best beaches in South Florida — many of which are within walking distance if you want to work up an appetite. The house lies in a residential neighborhood that’s in the heart of a historic preservation district which has been used as a film set for many movies portraying 1950s Beverly Hills and California.
3. Luxury Villa, Hollywood, Florida
Another Hollywood special is this luxury villa located in Florida’s bustling Hollywood city. It also boasts an excellent location — the property was 100% booked over its listing time which is probably contributed to by the fact that the house is just a short walk to the beach and the area’s best bars, restaurants, and cafes. The house features modern, sleek decor and it can sleep up to four guests. It has a large back yard where you can unwind when the temperatures start to cool down in the evening.
4. Beachside Condo, Panama City Beach, North Florida
Panama City Beach is a stunning beachfront city in the north of Florida, and it’s an incredibly popular vacation destination spot. This 9th-floor condominium with ocean views also had a 100% booking rate over the time it was listed in 2018. The apartment has a balcony and large windows that gaze out onto the turquoise sea and its location offer unobstructed beach views. The condo can sleep up to seven guests and has been newly renovated, making it a very comfortable stay. There are two balconies, one in the living room and the other in the master bedroom.
5. Charming Cottage, Hollywood
The city of Hollywood is winning in our round-up of the most popular vacation rentals in Florida. This charming cottage, also located in Hollywood, will have you feeling like you’ve taken a step into a tropical (residential) paradise with its pale yellow exterior and foliage. It’s another property that was 100 percent booked over the months it was listed as a vacation rental in 2018. The cottage is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood, yet it’s just around a ten-minute drive to the beach, Downtown and Fort Lauderdale Airport. The owners say it’s a property best-suited to couples, so why not book the rental as a surprise for your significant other?
6. Modern Beach House, Anastasia Island
Last but not least, this brand new beach house near St. Augustine Beach on Anastasia Island draws families looking to relax in a stunning coastal destination, without forgoing the luxuries of a modern home. The house is a short drive from excellent shopping, restaurants, and bars. It features an open-plan living room area, four spacious bedrooms, a fenced back yard, and a breakfast bar. It’s also got a two-car garage for you to keep your rental car or usual ride safe. Anastasia Island is one of Florida’s stunning barrier islands, and it’s home to beaches, alligator farms, and historic lighthouses. It’s less busy than many parts of Florida, making it a peaceful (and in-demand) vacation spot.
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