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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. Read More... Visit

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

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Publication Date: May 29, 2015

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Publication Date: May 28, 2015

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Publication Date: May 29, 2015

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Publication Date: May 28, 2015

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Publication Date: May 29, 2015

Winnie Talemal Joins ResortQuest's Bethany Beach, Delaware Real Estate Office
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Publication Date: May 28, 2015

New Company Launches Unique Online Travel Booking Service
Consumers have a new option for booking travel online. QuickPick Travel provides concierge-style customized itineraries created and booked, at no cost, by travel specialists for travelers.
Publication Date: May 29, 2015

Companys Motto Comes to Life in Declaring Contest Winner
Capital Resorts Group celebrates its first anniversary by revealing the winner of its first luxury vacation contest.
Publication Date: May 28, 2015




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