Destination guide

Experience the Sunshine State with a Florida vacation rental

"Fun in the sun" perfectly describes the quintessential Floridian experience – from swimming and sunbathing at some of the best beaches in the country, to thrills and squeals aboard roller coasters in world-class theme parks. Plus you've got colourful cultural enclaves and vibrant nightlife too. You can choose from tens of thousands of Florida vacation rentals, whether you want a whole house where the kids can run amok, or a modern condo with a balcony overlooking the ocean.


Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon touched down on Florida soil in 1513, making it the first area in the continental US where Europeans settled. For a peek into the state's colonial past, make a pitstop at St. Augustine Town Plan Historic District – the oldest permanent European settlement in mainland North America. Tampa's Ybor City Historic District boasts a ton of Spanish-Cuban architecture, along with old buildings related to the cigar industry, while Ernest Hemingway House in Key West was where "Papa" hung his safari hat in the 1930s.

Things to do

Top attractions near your Florida vacation rental

Vacation rentals in the Sunshine State put you close to exhilarating adventures, whether you're more about the hair-raising roller coasters or the popular surf spots. Central Florida prides itself on being the "theme park capital of the world," and its attractions include Orlando's Walt Disney World – the most visited entertainment resort on the planet. Needless to say, there's no shortage of beautiful beaches in Florida. You could try various water sports in and around Miami, or hit up Palm Beach County for quieter shores. Groups looking to set the night alight can head to buzzing Panama City or the nightlife hotspots in Tampa's historic Ybor City district.

How to get around

Navigating transit options near Florida vacation rentals

If you're taking the wheel and tackling Florida's expressways, expect to pay a lot of tolls, particularly in Orlando and on the Florida Turnpike System. Car rental agencies are almost as abundant as the sunshine, but on the downside, the rates are among the country's highest. If you'd rather kick back and leave the driving to someone else, you can travel between major cities via Amtrak trains and Megabus or Greyhound buses. Many locales also have public buses running between cities.

Food & drink 

Try Florida's food and drink on your vacation rental stay

Florida's local cuisine is a killer mix of Southern and Caribbean fare, and Cuban dishes are particularly common in Tampa and Miami. More adventurous carnivores can get their teeth into an alligator steak, or you could opt for breaded and fried conch (a large mollusc). It's a popular appetizer in Key West, which is also the birthplace of Florida's legendary key lime pie. And keep your eyes peeled for roadside stalls as you roam Florida's highways – fresh strawberries and juicy oranges are often available during the season.

Essential info

Facts to note when you're staying in a Florida vacation rental

Nicknamed "the Sunshine State," Florida is the southeasternmost state in the US, and with nearly 21 million residents, it's also one of the most populous. Tallahassee is the state capital. You'll want to take hurricane warnings seriously – hurricane season runs from June to November – and to look out for swimming safety signs, as some areas are notorious for rip currents, alligators, and rare shark attacks. Call 911 in case of emergencies. As in the rest of the US, tipping is customary; when you're dining in restaurants, your tip should equal roughly 20% of the bill.

Can I find a vacation rental around Florida?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 122,921 vacation rentals near Florida. From 61,931 house rentals to 54,173 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Florida are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Florida?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Florida. From Vrbo Canada travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kissimmee: 24,856 vacation rentals
  • Orlando: 26,045 vacation rentals
  • Davenport: 25,119 vacation rentals
  • Sarasota: 7,433 vacation rentals
  • Florida Gulf Coast: 29,851 vacation rentals

And Vrbo Canada offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Florida! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Florida?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Florida:

  • Kissimmee: 24,856 rentals
  • Orlando: 26,045 rentals
  • Davenport: 25,119 rentals
  • Sarasota: 7,433 rentals
  • Siesta Key: 4,818 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Florida?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Florida are:

  • Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.): 9,851 vacation rentals
  • Kissimmee, FL (ISM-Kissimmee Gateway): 26,974 vacation rentals
  • Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.): 8,277 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Florida?

Vrbo Canada offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Florida. From Vrbo Canada travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Walt Disney World®: 26,345 rentals
  • Universal Studios Florida: 25,586 rentals
  • Del Tura Golf and Country Club: 4,176 rentals
  • Bahia Honda State Park and Beach: 1,414 rentals
  • Florida Gulf Coast University: 13,596 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Florida listed on Vrbo Canada where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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