Renting a Florida Beach House Can Give the Right Mixture of Fun and Convenience

Have you ever dreamed of what it was like to live near the beach? Does it seem too good to be true? What if you could rent a house that will hold your whole family for a vacation that feels like home, but lives like you're on a break? That's what it's like when you choose to rent a Florida beach house.

For those who choose to vacation this way, it offers the chance to settle in and feel like you're at home but offers the fun and excitement of being on a holiday. If you've never thought about renting a beach house on the Florida coast, now might be the time to start looking into it. 

Cities With Great Beach House Rentals

Florida is full of gorgeous coastline, so there is no shortage of places to visit. It largely depends on where you would like to go. We've all likely heard of Miami Beach, Daytona Beach, and maybe even Vero Beach, but there is also St. Augustine boasting beautiful beaches and a plethora of historical sights. Cocoa Beach has many wonderful beaches, and to go with that, there are lots of beach house rentals, too.

If you prefer the calmer waters of the Gulf Coast, you might enjoy Panama City or Destin, both of which boast a tourist playground, and beautiful beaches. Or, if small and quaint is more your speed, consider a beach house rental on Siesta Key, Saint George Island, or Anna Maria.

Tampa, Sarasota, and Clearwater also have beautiful beaches, aquariums, and most importantly, beach house rentals ranging in accommodations and prices, so no matter what your budget, you're sure to find one that meets your needs.

What to Expect from a Florida Beach Rental

No matter where you choose to vacation, there are a few constants when it comes to Florida beach rentals. The pricing is likely to be different everywhere, but you'll likely have to pay a pet fee if you choose to bring your furry friends. Most of the time, there are limits for weight and how well trained your pet is. You might also find that it's common to not allow cats in rental properties.

Additionally, you might find a cleaning fee and taxes. There may also be a damage deposit or damage fee, so be aware of these when booking a place to stay. It's also common for Florida beach rentals to book up quickly. However, keep an eye on them, as you may find that cancellations can help you get a great price on a place. Depending on when you book in comparison to your stay dates, you might find that you pay a deposit when you choose your rental, and then have to pay the rest 30 to 60 days from your travel dates.

Most Florida rentals offer fresh clean linens, including beach towels. They will likely also provide a few extra dishwashing detergents, a roll or two of toilet paper per bathroom, and other miscellaneous items, but it's up to you to get the groceries you will need and want for the duration of your stay.

Red Flags to Avoid

It's easy to get sucked up in the search when you're looking for the perfect beach house rental, but there are some things to keep in mind. For example, be sure to go through a reputable agency, so that if something goes wrong, you aren't blamed for it. Between Air BnB, VRBO, and local real estate agencies, you're sure to find what you're looking for. Plus, you can read reviews of the house you're considering, and have assurances for cancellation policies, damage policies, and more.

Avoid rentals listings that have a large number of negative reviews, or that don't show lots of pictures. You may also want to check out the location of the place you're considering because some rentals can be in dangerous or non-tourist locations. It's also a good idea to make sure you have a rental agreement, and that your payments are going to a company that you can check out online before you choose to book a place.

The bottom line is that if you're looking for your next great vacation, renting a Florida beach house is a wonderful way to include your whole family, and enjoy playing – and staying – by the beach.