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A vacation rental is a term used by the travel industry that refers to renting a furnished apartment, condo or home for a temporary basis. Rentals can range from an inexpensive one bedroom economy apartment to a lavish 6 bedroom home on a golf course overlooking the ocean.

Find Your Next Vacation Rental Home With Home Away Today! These vacation rental properties are generally owned by individuals who generate income by renting while they're not being used. Other properties may be owned by management companies and run more like a hotel. Either way, a vacation rental property is an excellent way to save costs and have more privacy. Vacation rental properties are also great for holding a large group of family or friends in a quaint, relaxed setting.

Many owners are making their homes available for rent through vacation rental websites that allow vacationers the opportunity to see pictures and learn about the property, location, and dates available. You may also contact the property owner through the website and discuss the terms of the agreement and payment arrangements.

However, not all vacation rental websites are the same. Using one with the specific qualities you want will save you lots of time and energy. Some of the important attributes you should look for before finding your next vacation rental property include:

  • Search. How easy is it to search vacation rental properties and find exactly what you're looking for?
  • Properties. How broad is the listing of vacation rental properties? For example, if you're looking to stay in Fort Myers Beach will you have 2 or 25 homes to choose from?
  • Locations. Where are the vacation rental properties located? If a website has limited listings in certain regions, knowing that in advance will you save time and frustration. has reviewed and ranked the best Vacation Rentals available today. We hope this information helps you find the perfect vacation home that meets your needs!

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Vacation Rentals

5 stars
Home Away

HOME Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Home Away leads the pack in vacation rental websites with superior search functionality, one of the largest property listings, and global vacation spots to meet anyone's needs. If you're considering a vacation rental for your next trip, Home Away should be your first stop. Read More... Visit

4 stars
Vacation Home Rentals


Vacation Home Rentals is a straightforward, no frills website with thousands of rental proprieties available for your vacation needs. Search results feature nice pictures of homes, condos, cabins, apartments and more along with detailed information about the property, local entertainment and any reviews left by prior renters. Read More... Visit

3.5 stars
Vacation Rentals By Owner


Vacation Rentals by Owner or VRBO is a website specializing in private vacation homes that are for rent. With 150,000 vacation homes spanning the globe you can count on finding the right vacation rental anywhere in the world. But, based on some of the search challenges this might take you longer than those companies ranked higher.
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3 stars
Direct Vacation Rentals


Direct Vacation Rentals has the potential for a good vacation rental site but lacked rental listings and a clean clear website. It took us longer at Direct Vacation Rentals to get our baring and learn how to navigate the site. Some search efforts brought up bad results and many listings had missing pictures and information. Read More... Visit

2 stars
Luxury Villa Finder


Luxury Villa Finder provides beautiful pictures of expensive villas and chateaus from around the world. But the magic stops there as the search functionality was disappointing at best. Search results were limited and information was lacking. Read More... Visit

The Airbnb For Historic Landmarks Lets You Sleep In A Castle

Then, after they're renovated, the nonprofit rents them out as vacation homes. Across its nearly 200 offerings, there are medieval castles, Gothic temples, Georgian follies, and even train stations. Even crazier? These places are renting for way ...

Published:  Tue, 24 May 2016 05:40:00 GMT

Beat The Crowds Specials!

Beat the Crowds! Our vacation homes are ready for you to enjoy Beat The Crowds Specials! Cottage Connection of Maine Vacation Rentals Since 1993 5/26 Beat the Crowds! Our vacation homes are ready for ...

Published:  Thu, 26 May 2016 04:51:00 GMT

Elite Alliance® Partners with The Waters Club

ROCHESTER, N.Y. and FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Elite Alliance®, the leader in exchange services for prestigious residence clubs and luxury, professionally managed vacation homes, announced that it has added The Waters Club ...

Published:  Tue, 24 May 2016 05:43:00 GMT

Vacation Rentals with Boat Rentals

New for 2016, Cottage Connection now offers boat rentals and vacation homes. Rent a house and rent kayaks that will be delivered to your door. Call 207-633-6545 to reserve your special Maine place! Vacation Rentals with Boat Rentals Cottage Connection of ...

Published:  Fri, 20 May 2016 10:54:00 GMT

Fiberon Decking Earns a Starring Role on Love It or List It Vacation Homes

NEW LONDON, NC--(Marketwired - May 12, 2016) - Fiberon ® Decking will be featured in several upcoming episodes of Love It or List It Vacation Homes, the newest offering from the popular Love It or List It franchise. Available on the W network in Canada ...

Published:  Thu, 12 May 2016 16:44:00 GMT

In This Part of Tuscany, No Souvenirs Necessary

but more life came to the area later that decade and into the 1980s when the Pesentis built apartments and villas that chic Italian city dwellers bought to use as their vacation homes. Today's laid-back beach culture, however, where a well-dressed crowd ...

Published:  Thu, 26 May 2016 04:37:00 GMT

Summer cottage sellers finally making gains in Michigan

Further boosting prices this spring are inventory shortages of for-sale vacation homes across the western half of the state. Some of the inventory squeeze is likely because of the abnormally chilly spring, which delayed some owners from opening ...

Published:  Sun, 22 May 2016 21:25:00 GMT

Trump Is Going to Attack Hillary Over Whitewater. What Was Whitewater, Again?

The Whitewater imbroglio centered on a failed real estate company, Whitewater Development, that the Clintons formed with longtime friend James McDougal in the late 1970s in order to buy and sell vacation homes in Arkansas' Ozarks. The issue first gained ...

Published:  Wed, 25 May 2016 19:48:00 GMT

Tourico Holidays launches new data mining initiative

Einat Aviv, data mining team leader for Travel Global Systems, said: "Our system sees billions of searches each week - providing massive piles of data on all different types of travel offerings - from air and hotel, to cruises and vacation homes.

Published:  Wed, 25 May 2016 20:50:00 GMT




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