Sick of these freezing temperatures and all of this snow? A getaway to somewhere warm might be your next move. Even if you don’t own a vacation home in a warmer locale, you’re still in luck.
Boston-based online family-to-family vacation marketplace, VacationHomeRentals.com, is one of the best ways to rent a place somewhere warm for a fraction of what it would cost you to stay in a hotel. The website connects you directly to the homeowners of homes available to rent. Most homes offer free WiFi and parking, and are conveniently located near grocery stores. Using a rental home’s kitchen to cook your own food is a budget-friendly alternative to eating out at restaurants for every meal while on vacation.
Here are some reasonably priced vacation home options available through VacationHomeRentals.com right now that could put you on the beach in a matter of weeks. It may be worth it to save your “spring break” for April and May, as these properties have more availability later in the season.
Kissimmee, Fla. – $65 a night
This Central Floridian 3-bedroom home is located in a gated community not far from Universal Studios, Walt Disney World and Sea World if you have kids, or are still kids at heart. Be sure to bring your golf clubs so you can hit at several surrounding golf courses, or day trip to the beach along the coast. Past renters love this property for its large size, convenient location and community amenities.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – $50 a night
I probably couldn’t imagine a better place to escape this freezing Boston weather than Hawaii. Offset the high-priced flights to the island with this steal of a vacation apartment. At $50 a night, this place sleeps up to four people and is a close drive into town and to the beach. There’s even a large patio and a gas grill so you can barbecue like a Hawaiian local.
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – $525 – $700 a week
Head south for a week to this vacation condo in North Myrtle Beach. Past renters say that this resort community, Barefoot Resort, is very well maintained, and that the homeowners are eager to help out with anything you may need during your stay. It’s only a quick five minute drive to the beach, with free parking courtesy of the city of Myrtle Beach. The resort has several pools, golf courses and a yacht club on site, so you’re guaranteed to have something to do every minute.
Miami Beach, Fla. – $99 a week night, $189 a weekend night
This studio apartment in South Beach could not be more perfect. It’s located in the heart of the Art Deco Historic District of Miami, and only a few short steps to the beach’s clear waters and sands. The homeowner also gives you access to his membership at a rooftop pool a couple of blocks away. I might just be packing my bags right now…
Daytona Beach, Fla. – $99 a night (for at least 2 nights), $79 a night (for at least 4 nights)
As a condo in an eight-story condominium resort, this property comes with all the amenities. The resort boasts home to the “largest pool in Daytona,” and is located right along the ocean. This place sleeps up to four (and two children too), and has its own private patio. It’s home to the best of both worlds: set off away from the crowds, but still walking distance to the Pier.
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