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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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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

Education Foundation auction features Cavs tickets, vacation homes and more: Community Voices
The annual auction to benefit The Education Foundation of the Berea Schools will be March 12.
Publication Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:19:01 -0800

The kind of family vacation you took when you were a kid is going extinct
Sorry, Clark Griswold. The traditional family vacation, the one in which Mom and Dad and two kids pile into a station wagon and head to a summer retreat all by themselves, is going away.
Publication Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:50:07 -0800

At Issue: Tourists spending more money in Vermont
New numbers show tourism spending is up in Vermont, even as the number of visitors remains the same.
Publication Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:41:28 -0800

Chaa Creek Reinvents The Easter Egg Hunt In Belize
Belizes The Lodge at Chaa Creek is offering a new Jungle Safari, nature-based Easter egg hunts and the chance to participate in an annual bird nest survey during this years Belize Easter Week celebrations
Publication Date: February 28, 2015

Economist: Improved housing, jobs market ahead for Havasu
The housing market in Lake Havasu City should continue to rebound as home values increase, lending eases and Americas well-to-do go back to buying vacation homes, according to a national economist.
Publication Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 02:31:44 -0800

Pointe South Rentals & Real Estate Celebrates 20 Years of Excellence
Locally owned Pointe South has offered premier accommodations and properties along the Gulf Coast since 1995.
Publication Date: February 28, 2015

Tourist ripped off in familiar vacation-rental scam
A tourist from Canada reported Monday he was ripped off on a Key West vacation rental, and it looks to be the exact same scam that victimized two other tourists Click to Continue
Publication Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:47:00 -0800

Madeline Hotel and Residences Selects Elite Alliance
DALLAS, Feb. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Elite Alliance, the leader in exchange services for prestigious residence clubs and luxury, professionally managed vacation homes, today announced Madeline Hotel and ...
Publication Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 05:06:00 -0800

Houstonian's new river-side cabin in Aspen is rustic and chic
Umansky just opened a second office in Aspen to help her Texas-based clients design their Colorado vacation homes. The result is what she calls "rustic Aspen," a mix of reclaimed wood and rust-red paint, natural materials - and those spectacular views. Umansky left some the original wood paneling around windows in the living room and bedrooms - not enough to darken the rooms, but enough to leave ...
Publication Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 23:25:25 -0800

ResortQuest Real Estate Reveals January 2015's Top Most Viewed Delaware Beach Properties for Sale
Bethany Beach, Delaware's Sea Colony Beach & Tennis Resort real estate listings top the list of January 2015's most viewed homes for sale on
Publication Date: February 28, 2015

Getting U.S. Tax Deductions On Foreign Real Estate
If your home or second home is not in the United States, you can still get U.S. tax deductions. How many and what kind depends on whether you also rent it.
Publication Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:47:37 -0800

Hidden costs of buying a vacation home
Take the time to figure out what a vacation home purchase would really cost you. Otherwise, you may find that owning one is no holiday.
Publication Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:09:06 -0800

Financial planning options for the 99 percent
Getting financial goals together is not as daunting as it sounds. From DIY plans to going to a professional, financial planning is within reach
Publication Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 -0800




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