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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

Immediate-Delivery Vacation Homes at Heritage Harbor Ottawa Mean Summer Fun Ahead for Buyers

Warm weather is here and boating season is underway, but it's still not too late for buyers to purchase a vacation home to enjoy this summer at Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort, a marina resort community in Starved Rock Country. Located along the Illinois ...

Published:  Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:43:00 GMT

Beaver Creek Fire remains active, structure protection a priority

Crews are concentrating on keeping the flames from about 40 nearby vacation homes. So far, only a few small structures have burned. Officials have stepped up their response since the blaze broke out Sunday, with 379 firefighters on the lines versus 120 ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:00:00 GMT

Central California wildfire claims 150 homes

About 1,100 firefighters battled the flames. Crews concentrated on keeping the flames away from about 40 nearby vacation homes. Fire officials said the fire was feeding on large, standing trees killed by a beetle infestation. There was concern that erratic ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:05:00 GMT

Milton realtor, co-host of Love It or List It Vacation Homes, makes television debut

Propping her cellphone on the doorknobs of two kitchen cupboards to film a video of herself, Elisa Goldhawke never dreamed she'd get to be on television. Yet, that two-minute video she created landed her the position of co-host on W Network's Love It ...

Published:  Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:20:17 GMT

Julia Child Foundation sues Airbnb over French home promotion

Specifically, the foundation says Airbnb used her name to promote a stay in France at one of her former vacation homes, Business Insider reports. So now the vacation rental company faces a lawsuit for violating California's law prohibiting misappropriating ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:40:00 GMT

Zerenda: Place to Enjoy Nature

A number of vacation homes line the shores of Lake Zerenda and hundreds of people visit every year. Tourists can enjoy hiking and horseback trails, while boats and equipment are available for fishing fans. The name is derived from the cloven-hoofed animals ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:41:00 GMT

150 homes burned in deadly California wildfire

Crews are concentrating on keeping the flames from about 40 nearby vacation homes. Officials have stepped up their response since the blaze broke out Sunday, with 379 firefighters on the lines versus 120 earlier in the week. So far, only a few small ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:04:00 GMT

The Latest: 2 dead in California blaze were trying to flee

Crews are concentrating on keeping the flames from about 40 nearby vacation homes. So far, only a few small structures have burned. Officials have stepped up their response since the blaze broke out Sunday, with 379 firefighters on the lines versus 120 ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:13:00 GMT

Experts weigh in on how Brexit will affect Southwest Florida's economy

Not only will a falling dollar shrink her clients' purchasing power, it also will make Britons more skittish about their job prospects, and so less likely to invest in overseas vacation homes. "The uncertainty will kill them," she predicted. But Al ...

Published:  Fri, 24 Jun 2016 01:00:00 GMT




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