November 15, 2021

How to Be Sure You Book the Best Home for Your Next Vacation

We love the luxury of a resort and the convenience of taking a cruise, but when you want an immersive experience, renting a vacation home is the way to go. Staying in a rental puts you in the heart of the action, whether that’s downtown in a bustling city or right on the beach. Plus, you have amenities and space to spread out that hotels simply can’t match.

With all of these benefits, there can be drawbacks to staying in a rental -- namely, if you make the mistake of booking the wrong one! Consider these suggestions and tips from Blue Beach House.

Location and Timing

When you’re planning a vacation, the first thing to ask yourself is what will help you make the most of your trip. Are you looking for a cultural experience in an urban destination, an outdoor adventure, or a leisurely week or relaxation? If you aren’t sure, or if you’re going with a group, consider a destination that has something for everyone.

Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a spot that definitely fits that description. Turnkey points out that you can hit the music scene for the Tortuga Music Festival, visit the Isles, or check out the International Boat Show. Needless to say, Ft. Lauderdale is a destination that has it all, but you’ll want to book wisely to be near the spots that fit your group’s interests.

As an alternative to booking in the most desirable area, cost-conscious travelers may want to look off the beaten path. Mental Floss explains how you can usually get a better rate in a neighborhood that’s less touristy , and you’ll probably get more for your money. Another key tip is to start your property search early if you have specific dates in mind. You aren’t likely to get a better rate by waiting, and booking early gives you more options to choose from.

Size and Amenities

One of the best tips for renting successfully is to be clear about your expectations from the start. For example, if you’re traveling with a group , make sure you find a home that can accommodate everyone comfortably. Don’t settle for fewer bedrooms (or bathrooms!) and end up with everyone feeling cramped.

It also pays to get to know the area and what you can expect in terms of practical matters. If you’re flying, will you be able to take public transportation, or will it be better to rent a car? The time when you book your rental is also the best time to reserve a rental car to get a good rate. For many travelers, renting a car is an afterthought, but booking ahead of time allows you to find online deals for companies like Enterprise and Hertz, which can add up to serious savings.

Along with these practical matters, and the basic amenities you want from a home, make sure the place you’re considering has all the extras you want. For example, if you’re planning a warm weather getaway, everyone may appreciate being able to lounge by a pool. Or if you’re going somewhere snowy, a fireplace is much-needed.

The Finer Points

It isn’t likely that you’ll be scammed as long as you book through a reputable company, but there is always the possibility that something in the listing is inaccurate, or that you simply overlook an important detail. This is why you should read the property’s description and customer reviews thoroughly. Another smart tip from Parents is to look up the home on Google Street View to make sure it looks similar to how it’s presented on the listing site.

The reality is that anyone can find and book a vacation home online, but just because it’s simple doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your homework. Vacation time is priceless, and no one wants to waste it dealing with a bad rental. Follow these guidelines the next time you book to be sure you find a diamond and not a dud.

Blue Beach House lies just a 2-minute stroll from the iconic Hollywood Beach, on the quieter end of the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk. Offering a laid back coastal vibe, our 4 contemporary apartments were completely refurbished in late 2015, with all new amenities and high-end furnishings. To learn more, contact us today!

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Brittany Fisher