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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

Vacation homes embrace the landscape

Just the act of leaving home and getting away for a few days can be enough to unwind, but that immediate tools-down feeling you get when you walk into certain vacation properties is by design - good design - says HGTV's Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe.

Published:  Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:04:00 GMT

Bargains on Bali Vacation Homes

The Indonesian island of Bali, a popular vacation home destination, has seen price drops over the past year. House hunters dreaming of an oceanfront villa can now find significant bargains. Photo: Mario Juanito Reynaldi for The Wall Street Journal

Published:  Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:34:00 GMT

Lake Havasu City looks to crack down on short-term rentals

City Council will consider instating a permit system for short-term vacation homes on March 22 when a new ordinance will be introduced to the council. Last fall, residents approached the council with their concerns regarding rowdy weekend renters who ...

Published:  Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

How to Buy a Vacation Home With Family or Friends Without Driving Everyone Nuts

You want a lodge in the woods, a cottage by the sea, or a chalet by a ski run. But vacation homes are expensive, and who has the time to care for a second home in addition to a primary residence? So, here's an idea: Split the financial obligations with a ...

Published:  Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:04:00 GMT

Vacation Homes for Sale in Thailand, Malaysia and Bali Soaring High

Buyers thinking of purchasing a beachfront vacation home in Thailand, Malaysia or Bali have something to rejoice about. Vacation homes for sale in Thailand, Malaysia and Bali now come with a more affordable price tag as the currency in Southeast Asia drops.

Published:  Mon, 01 Feb 2016 02:54:00 GMT

VIDEO: Take a break and transport yourself to the beach in Myrtle Beach SC

Vacation Homes & Condos- Have a large group coming to town or want to feel at home at the beach? Rent a vacation home or condo. There are several management companies that can find you the perfect place from a one bedroom condo to a five bedroom home.

Published:  Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

The Super-Wealthy VC Behind The Fight For A $15 Minimum Wage

Nick Hanauer is one of the people behind the movement. As a well-known technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist with several yachts, vacation homes and a private jet, he is, notably, not making minimum wage, but he believes that a higher minimum ...

Published:  Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Weekend homes the price of luxury

Weekend homes, also called second homes or vacation homes, are currently an oasis of market activity in India's the otherwise lacklustre residential real estate sector. In earlier years, only the affluent could and would invest in these whereas now these ...

Published:  Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:26:00 GMT




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