In describing Florida vacation rentals, the words “best-kept secret” naturally roll off the tongue. Those topaz sunsets from the deck are moments of personal bliss, as are the soothing jet-propelled waters in the hot tub. Every minute to yourself feels like a best-kept secret, when nothing else matters but fresh air, water and sun.
Here, the term applies to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., a surf town that boasts the unique combination of river and ocean frontages. On one side of the New Smyrna Beach vacation rental pictured are estuary views, on the other, the gleaming Atlantic. Full-to-ceiling windows in the living area and a screened-in patio mean stream sunlight and sea breezes in, and a private boardwalk situated along the river allows for closer glimpses of frolicking dolphins and manatee.
If angling and boating are your lifestyles, there’s no reason to miss out while on vacation. There’s a paved launch pad where you can dock your boat when you’re not out catching speckled trout, black grouper, flounder and red fish.
And for the little ones? The Cedar Island waterfront condo is close to a playground, Canaveral National Seashore Park, the Kennedy Space Center and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
After you watch a sea turtle nest for the first time, there’ll be no keeping that a secret.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.