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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!


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

PD Editorial: Cracking down on vacation rental problems

Some communities, such as Healdsburg, have responded by banning vacation homes entirely. Others, including San Francisco, put limits on how many days the units can be used for vacation rentals. San Francisco recently reduced its limit from 90 days to 60.

Published:  Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:37:00 GMT

Ultra-rich Americans own an average of 9 homes - here's where they are

About 211,000 people in the world fall into that group, one research firm said. It found the U.S., UK, Switzerland and France were the most common locations for vacation homes of high net worth households internationally.

Published:  Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:32:00 GMT

Drugs Being Mailed to Empty NZ Vacation Homes

(Newser) - Unoccupied holiday homes in southern New Zealand may not currently have any residents, but they've been getting mail anyway. Specifically, drugs. Authorities are warning that meth and other drugs have been showing up in mailboxes at such homes ...

Published:  Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:17:00 GMT

Legislators to look for quick fix of short-term rental problems

A handful of Redington Beach residents over the last several months have urged the elected officials to take action as more vacation homes sprout along the affluent, residential strip on the Gulf. "Our life is holy hell, it has been now for the past year ...

Published:  Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:09:00 GMT

Americans own too many vacation homes, and it's making the 'new housing crisis' worse

An ongoing housing shortage is lifting prices and rents, and pushing homeownership further out of reach for many Americans. Part of the problem is that too many of the unavailable homes are used only once or twice a year when their owners are on vacation.

Published:  Mon, 07 Nov 2016 05:38:00 GMT

Tom Lee files constitutional amendment on property taxes

State Sen. Tom Lee has filed a proposed constitutional amendment to keep "dramatic increases in annual property tax assessments" in check on vacation homes and other properties. Lee, a Brandon Republican, filed SJR 76 on Monday. "Failure to pass ...

Published:  Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:26:00 GMT

InterContinental Da Nang makes World Travel Awards hat trick

RELATED CONTENTS: Singaporeans investors show strong interest in vacation homes in Vietnam The ceremony honours 2016's exceptional tourism and hospitality services in the Asia and Australasia region. 180 guests from the business community, tourism ...

Published:  Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:51:00 GMT

Letter: What problem is the council talking about with vacation rentals?

The number of vacation homes/STRs licensed before the good neighbors alleged a problem was approximately 360. Now there are over 670 licensed by the city. " Since the Type II Land Use permit requirement has been instituted for new STRs, 52 new permits ...

Published:  Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:18:00 GMT

Black Tie Ski Rentals Launches Banff's First Ski Rental Delivery Service

Serving 37 premier destination resorts throughout the United States and Canada, Black Tie Ski Rental offers a personal fitting service for winter sport rental equipment done in the comfort of travelers' hotel rooms, condos or vacation homes. As the name ...

Published:  Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:04:00 GMT

Havasu Realtors' new president predicts bright future

"We're the beneficiaries of the Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles markets - when things are going well in big cities, more people reach out to buy vacation homes and properties here." One of the big selling points in the Phoenix market is more ...

Published:  Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:27:00 GMT




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