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About Florida

A great destination for sun and adventure lovers, the Sunshine State has it all. From vibrant cities to beach towns to theme parks, you’ll find a little of everything here. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family trip, make Florida your next vacation spot.

Regions for Florida Rentals

Find Florida rentals in the following regions:

  • Northeast Atlantic Coast
  • East Central Atlantic Coast (includes Daytona Beach, the Kennedy Space Center, and the Treasure Coast) has many Florida vacation homes and Florida beach rentals.
  • South East Atlantic Coast (South Florida rental cities include Fort Lauderdale and Miami).  Miami is the most popular place in South Florida for vacation rentals
  • Orlando/Disney Area. Orlando vacation rentals are perfect for Disney vacations.
  • Florida Keys. Visitors love Florida Keys vacation rentals. A Florida beach rental in the Keys is a great base for an exotic vacation.
  • Central Gulf Coast (includes the Nature Coast and Tampa). Florida rental homes on the Gulf side are great for families because of the gentler waters. Siesta Key rentals also put guests close to fabulous shopping in Sarasota.
  • South Gulf Coast (includes Fort Myers and the 10,000 Islands area)
  • Panhandle (includes Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Apalachicola). Many wonderful Florida vacation rentals are located along the Panhandle coast, including Panama City beach condo rentals and Destin vacation rentals.
 

A Short History of Florida

Florida has long been home to Native American groups like the Calusa and the Apalachee, and the state has the distinction of being the first part of the New World sighted by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. Upon discovering its flowery natural beauty, explorers named the area Florida and established numerous settlements throughout the peninsula. Florida was under the authority of both the Spanish and the British prior to becoming one of the United States in 1845.
The state remained relatively undeveloped until tourism began its slow boom in the early 20th century. The 1920s brought Florida’s first hotels and resorts, the 1940s brought new development to the state, and 1971 brought Disney World to Orlando. Thanks to its warm weather, numerous beaches, and hospitality infrastructure, Florida now draws nearly 100 million tourists each year.
 

Miami

Known for its Art Deco architecture, South Beach nightclubs, and vibrant Little Havana, Miami doesn’t disappoint. Culture lovers won’t want to miss a tour of the brightly colored and architecturally distinct Art Deco buildings scattered throughout the city or the renowned Design District, with its myriad galleries and shops. For a taste of Cuba, kick back with a cigar, a strong Cuban coffee, and a traditional ham sandwich in the Little Havana neighborhood. For the city’s best nightlife, look no further than South Beach, home to countless dance clubs, lounges, and beach bars.
 

Florida Keys

Just south of Miami, the Florida Keys are a series of islands that feature tropical climate, sandy beaches, and a welcome respite from city life. To take in the area’s natural beauty, visit Bahia Honda State Park, a secluded beach that offers sunbathing and snorkeling, or Dry Tortugas National Park, a camping and wildlife spotting haven that’s only accessible by boat. No trip to the Keys is complete without a visit to Key West, a laid back city with gorgeous mansions, great music, and fantastic nightlife.
 

Orlando

Theme parks are the name of the game in Orlando, home to endless family fun. Don’t miss Disney World, a massive complex that includes Magic Kingdom Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon water park, and futuristic Epcot. Universal Studios is also well worth a visit, with its wild rides and Hollywood allure, as is SeaWorld, which offers both rides and animal performances. With so many activities for kids of all ages, Orlando is the ideal family destination in Florida.
 

Everglades

To truly get away from it all, a trip to the Everglades is a must. Take a scenic drive through this vast national park, hike the Pine Island Trails or the Shark Valley Trails, and spot flora and fauna that you won’t see anywhere else. Since most of the Everglades is accessible by water, a boat trip is a must. Join one of the organized boat tours, charter a fishing trip, or kayak the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway.

From natural beauty to theme parks to city life, Florida has it all. Plan your stay at one of the numerous beachfront or urban chic vacation homes across the state, and enjoy your visit to this slice of paradise.
 

Outdoor Fun in Florida

All the beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf Coast provide ideal locations for Florida vacation rentals and Florida condo rentals. No matter which of the Florida rentals you pick, you can have the perfect vacation. Destin vacation rentals remain a popular choice.

Guests staying in Florida vacation homes stay active by hiking, biking, and golfing. Florida is famous for world-class golf courses.
 

Disney World Lodging and Florida Vacation Homes in Orlando County

Florida house rentals offer guests easy access to Disney World, whether the destination is Disney’s Magic Kingdom, MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom, or Epcot. You do not necessarily need a Florida beach rental, one of the Orlando vacation rentals will do just fine. Oceanfront Florida vacation rentals, however, are always nice!

Vacation Rental Homes has many listings for Disney vacation homes, including Orlando rental homes. Stay in one of the Kissimmee vacation home rentals for a short 20 minute drive up to Disney World. Many Disney vacation homes include Florida rental homes with quick golf access as well.
 

Other Activities in Florida

Guests staying in Florida rentals often enjoy visiting exciting alligator farms located through out central and southern Florida. Many Florida vacation rental guests relax in world-class spas when in Florida.

Shopping in Florida

Florida vacation home rental guests enjoy boutique shopping in Miami, Sarasota, and Fort Lauderdale. Florida beach rental guests staying in Siesta Key rentals enjoy great shopping in nearby Sarasota. With many affordable Florida home rentals, guests can enjoy shopping while on their Florida rental vacations.

Indian crafts are a popular draw on reservations in the Everglades. Florida vacation home rentals on the South Atlantic Coast near Miami provide good access to the Everglades.

Many visitors reserve Florida vacation homes to go antique shopping. Florida antique shopping is an adventure, and you are sure to find some hidden gems while antique shopping in Florida.

Food and Dining in Florida Rentals

Buy fresh citrus fruit at the farmer’s market, usually held on Saturdays. Florida is second only to California for producing vegetables and fruit.

Key Lime Pie is a favorite all over in Florida. Luckily, guests are not limited to Florida Keys vacation rentals to have a slice of authentic Key Lime Pie.
 

Florida Weather

Guests staying in vacation rentals in Florida enjoy coming year round. Florida vacation rental home guests enjoy summers in the upper 80s with lows in the 70s. In the winter, guests staying in Florida rentals experience temperatures between the low sixties and the high 70s. Hurricane activity is at the highest between August and October.

When to Visit Florida

Many guests flock to Florida vacation home rentals during winter months. With the many great vacation home rentals Florida has to offer, guests are drawn to Florida home rentals year-round. Visitors often reserve Florida rental vacations around these entertaining events:

  • Hemingway Days (July) in Key West. Reserve South Florida vacation homes or Florida Keys vacation rentals.
  • The Indian Arts Festival in the Miccosukee Indian Village in the Everglades in late December. Miccosukee Indian Village is about one-half mile west of the Shark Valley entrance into the Everglades and about one hour west of Miami.
  • The Florida Strawberry Festival starts in late February or first week of March and lasts for ten days in Plant City, one-half mile east of Tampa. Central Gulf Coast Florida rentals make for a convenient trip to enjoy the festivities.
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