Beach Vacation Rentals – What You Need To Know To Choose The Best Beach Vacation Rental For You

Do you know that there are thousands of beach vacation rentals out there? If you have been searching for one, you know that this is true. But with so many choices, the task of making a choice is a very daunting one. Making the best choice is even more daunting. But with the right eye, everything will seem much clearer to you.

In looking for a Beach Vacation Rental, many people take the clear risk of only concentrating on the fact that the vacation rental is near a beach. With so many choices, who could blame you? But, just as when you’re looking to purchase a house plant you not only consider its suitability for the house but also its basic requirements to grow and thrive, so too you should consider what other aspects makes a vacation rental the best choice for you on your vacation. Here are some things that you should look for.

1) Look for activities and special interests available in the immediate area.

The Location of your Beach Vacation Rental is all too important. Not only should the rental be near to an accessible beach, but it should also be near to great places to enjoy and experience. These include restaurants, bars, basketball courts, diners, supermarkets, and other places that you may be interested in. Why is this important? It is well documented, that what makes a vacation a really great vacation are the activities.

Have you ever been entertained by a live band while on vacation? Have you ever had dinner at a beach restaurant under the moonlight? Have You? You should consider experiencing things like these when you make plans to go on vacation. And the closer and more readily available these interests and activities are, the more likely you are to experience them on several occasions before returning home. It would be a shame to go to a deserted spot, with nothing to do but watch TV. So Look at the Location and the things available in the immediate area. This leads up to aspect number 2.

2) Find Out If There Are Things Set In Place To Help You Get Around.

We already talked about the immediate location. But we need to consider how you’re going to track to those places and the wider area. Many Bus Services are affiliated with Vacation Rentals. Is the one that you’re considering provide a bus option? If you’re not into getting buses, there’s also the great option of acquiring a vehicle of your own by getting a rent-a-car. Does the vacation rental offer this service? You’ll find that many of the outstanding vacation rentals provide contacts for you to take charge and get your own vehicle. In fact some rent-a-car dealers extend the courtesy of making the vehicle available to you for your immediate use when you arrive. So look out for the vacation rentals that offer this option. If the vacation rental hosts throw in a Free Tour of the area, then all the better. This only helps you to solidify your vacation plans even further because you’ll be taken around the see the area. Now to the final aspect of our beach vacation rental hunting.

3) Find Out All That’s Included with The Vacation Rental of Your Choosing.

Frequent complaints are often made by vacationers because their beach vacation rental did not have a kitchen, and if it did have a kitchen, it was a very limited one. A Full Kitchen comes in very handy if you’re traveling with friends or children and need to cook a large meal, or even if you need to boil some water for the spaghetti.

Other things you should consider include whether or not there is hot and cold water available. If you’re making vacation plans for friends, make sure that you get hot and cold water at the rental you choose. If you don’t they may be a little flustered while drinking their morning coffee. This is also of great value since it gives you the option of having long steam baths, or short cold showers. Of course, this list of things to look for is not exhaustive, but it is certainly an excellent start when making your vacation plans.

Again, in looking for the best beach vacation rental to suit your vacation needs it is very important that you look for the things you want to find in a vacation rental. Look for the activities available in the immediate area. Seek out transportation. When you’ve done all of that, you’ll be well able to give your rental host a call and make reservations for what would be bound to be an unforgettable vacation.

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Vacation Rentals – 21st Century Family Vacations

It seems as if Vacation Rentals are becoming more and more popular. With the rise of the world wide web, you are able to communicate with a vacation rental owner anywhere in the world. Years ago your only option was to visit your local travel agent and book a hotel. There were no vacation rental directories or portals in the past. Now you can surf the web for the perfect vacation rental house. No need for a travel agent as you usually negotiate directly with the owner of the property. Since vacation rentals are slowly becoming the preferred method of booking a vacation, I decided to create an article to give renters some tips about finding the perfect vacation rental.

First, let’s define what we are talking about when we say vacation rental. We call it a vacation rental when a renter rents a property directly from the owner (or representative of the owner). The property usually has it’s own kitchen, living room, bedrooms, etc. They come in many shapes and sizes including condos, single family homes, townhouses, cabins, chalets, and more. Vacation rentals are usually near resort locations and activities such as theme parks, beaches, and skiing. A hotel or motel room is not a vacation rental!

What makes vacation rentals different from hotels? The comfort is the main difference. You have all of the same luxuries that you have at home. Most vacation rentals have kitchens and most of the other amenities that you have at home, plus many have additional amenities such as hot tubs, pool tables, etc. With larger groups there is definitely a cost advantage. A 3-bedroom vacation rental usually hosts more visitors than 3 hotel rooms. Make sure to keep this in mind if you do any cost analysis. Also make sure to include meal savings in your analysis since you may not dine out as often in comparison to a hotel vacation. These items alone could be substantial savings.

Imagine this scenario: Yourself and two other families pay a visit to a popular tourist destination. Your touring of the destination is complete for the day at about 3 pm. From 4pm – 6pm you dine together. It’s now 6pm with still some time remaining in the day. If you have a hotel, what do you plan to do? You can waste all of your money at numerous tourist traps (activities such as spending $3, to try to throw a ball into a bucket or $2 to throw a plastic ring around a bottle). With a vacation rental there is no need for that stuff! You can have family game night sitting in a nice comfortable home or take advatage of all the other amenities your rental has to offer. This is why it is important to learn about the amenities of the rental before you enter into a contract. As stated earlier some have hot tubs, pool tables, movies and many other activities.

Tips for Renters:

1. Bookmark as many “vacation Rental” websites as possible. This way when you are searching for a rental, you have all of the portal sites at your fingertips.

2. Always make sure to find out what items are provided and what is not provided by the owner. For example, in some rentals you may need to supply your own linens. It would be unfortunate to show up with no towels/sheets, etc.

3. Always book early. Many of the popular destinations get filled quickly.

4. Check for references if possible. The exception to this rule is if the owner is just starting out.

5. If you enjoyed your trip, try to negotiate a better price for next year. The owner would probably love to start filling his/her calendar for next year.

6. Make sure you have the owner’s contact information with you while on the trip. If there is an emergency, you may need to call.

7. Read the fine print and make sure to read all fine print on any leases or documentation that you are asked to sign. Also, read any fine print on the vacation rental web listing.

8. If you’re trying to save some money, scroll to the bottom of the list. Many vacation rental portal sites have hundreds of listings. Many times, the listings at the bottom of the list are just as good as those at the beginning. The listings at the bottom don’t get as many page views so you may find some better prices and some owner’s looking to fill a quick vacancy.

9. Make sure you ask any questions you may have before making a reservation. Questions about the amenities, pets, smoking/non smoking, handy capped accessibility, and cribs for children are some questions that come to mind.

10. Lastly, have fun on your vacation and please respect the owner’

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